Virga is rain that takes some cloud down with it–precipitation with parachute.
Virga is also a poetry journal. Here, we hope to publish poems that take some of the sky down to the page.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Laura Page a few questions to find out. See my interview with Page and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Virga.
PAGE: Virga is an online, bi-annual journal. Issues are released in late Spring and Fall. We publish poetry exclusively, though we also consider work that is hybrid, that defies genre in some way. The word Virga is from the Latin, meaning “stripe” or “streak,” and describes the cloud streaks you see in the sky sometimes during or after a rain—“precipitation, with parachute,” if you will! We look for work that has that effect, that brings something down in a beautiful way.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Virga originally started?
PAGE: I started Virga to be a more involved literary citizen and enhance my literary community. After I graduated from college, I started writing reviews of literary journals and magazines with The Review Review and sending out my own writing, with some success. I also started reading submissions and manuscripts for Kindred and Anchor & Plume Press. I loved meeting other writers through reading, and also by dint of my work “rubbing shoulders” with theirs in various publications, but I wanted to curate—and work more intimately with new and emerging poets in particular. Virga is the manifestation of that desire.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
PAGE: We have a soft spot for narrative and lyrical poetry, but like to see innovations on those descriptors. We want to see empathy, elegance (attention to detail!) and thoughtful experimentation.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
PAGE: There are many journals we love, but a few of our faves are Cutbank, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Harpur Palate.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
PAGE: We accept poetry submissions through our Submittable portal. Visit virgamagazine.com/submit to review our guidelines and submit your work.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
PAGE: General inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: $3
FORMS: art, fiction, non-fiction, poetry
Categories: Call for Submissions