I’m writing for two reasons—most importantly to make sure that everyone knows about our current call for submissions. Between now and April 15th, we want to see as many poems written by Single Parents as possible for our Fall 2013 issue. The poems don’t have to be about parenting, but simply must be written by those who identify as single parents. As always, the criteria is self-selecting; just be honest about how you feel. If you’ve been a single parent for a time, but have since remarried, for example, that counts if you think it should. Joint custody counts if you think it should, and so on—it’s not our place to judge.
We are also looking for personal narrative essays that are about parenting, and how it relates to and influences poetry. There’s no length limit—we just want to enjoy the read.
We still have plenty of room in this issue, so if you have friends who are single parent poets, please help spread the word. To submit, all you have to do is follow our regular guidelines (http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/guidelines/) and mention that you are a single parent.
Of course every other issue (Summer and Winter) has no theme, and we’re always looking for great poems for those issues, too—so don’t hesitate to send new work any time you’d like, no matter what kind of parent you are or are not.
I’m pasting below our production schedule, so you know what’s coming up. As you’ll see, we’ve officially become a quarterly magazine, and our first ever spring issue is just off the press. It’s a gorgeous collection, dedicated entirely to the work of Southern Poets—frankly, it’s our best issue yet, with a broad range of brilliant poems, beautiful photography, and a conversation with Georgia State Poet Laureate David Bottoms.
To celebrate, we’ve decided to offer a free copy of Rattle Conversations with all subscription orders this March. This 285-page anthology includes 14 of the best interviews with poets that Rattle has published, including Phil Levine, Sharon Olds, Lucille Clifton, Li-Young Lee, and many more. The interviews are not dry and academic—they’re candid conversations with the greatest poets of our time, both entertaining and intimate. You can’t read it and not feel inspired.
Anyway, it’s a $19.95 value, and it’s it’s free with all subscription orders placed this month—sorry, but I can’t send an email to thousands of people without at least mentioning it. For $20 you’ll receive four issues of Rattle, plus theConversations anthology—there’s never going to be a deal better than that. Order here, if interested (and ignore if not):
What really matters, though, is the call for submissions. We published several single parents poets by happenstance in 2012—including our Rattle Poetry Prize winner, Heidi Shuler—and we thought it would be interesting to dedicate a whole issue to that incredible feat. 35% of children in the U.S. grow up in single parent households—and still the poetry comes. So if you have been a single parent poet yourself, please share some work. And if you have friends who have been, please pass along this information.
Thanks, as always, for your support, and for loving poetry as much as we do.
#40 – June 2013 – Open
#41 – September 2013 – Single Parents (Deadline: April 15th)
#42 – December 2013 – Open / Poetry Prize
#44 – June 2014 – Open
#45 – September 2014 – to be announced…
#46 – December 2014 – Open / Poetry Prize