Street Light Press is a new online poetry magazine, “looking for poetry that moves us. We don’t care for elaborate use of language–give us your real, your raw, and your intimate.” They are currently open for submissions for their first issue until May 5, 2017. Their web site is still in the works, so the initial/brief submission guidelines are below.
I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked founder Kristen Williamson a few questions to find out. See my interview with Williamson and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Street Light Press.
WILLIAMSON: Street Light Press is really interested in everyone’s voice. Not just those in academia but anyone with something important and real to say. We want to bridge the gap between community and academia and be a place for all writers no matter where they are in their careers.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Street Light Press originally started?
WILLIAMSON: From the time I was a child and well into adulthood I felt like the only voice I had was through writing. Often as children we are placed into situations we can’t control and situations we rarely have a say in. Writing really became my only form of coping with these experiences. Street Light Press was started not only to give a voice to others but because as a graduate student I started to feel the immense pressure to publish. Navigating the world of publishing is tough enough for a graduate student (with the resources we have) that I couldn’t imagine how it would feel being out of an academic setting and doing it on my own. Publishing is a vital and often scary part of being a writer. Although we can’t fully relieve that pressure because we do have a certain aesthetic, we hope writers feel like we really appreciate their work and the courage it took to submit it.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
WILLIAMSON: As of now we are looking for narrative and prose poetry with hopes of expanding in the future (fiction/creative non-fiction). We also accept visual art because there’s nothing we enjoy more than watching poetry come to life with artwork. We don’t care for elaborate use of language–give us your real, your raw, and your intimate. The work that you write and hide away because it feels too fragile to share with the rest of the world, that’s what we want.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WILLIAMSON: Ah! This is a tough one because I could go on all day. I really fell in love with “This Blog Will Change Your Life.” Ben Tanzer is just incredibly witty, intelligent and naturally good humored. Plus, the website offers so many cool things–from podcasts to poetry to book reviews–they literally have everything. He’s definitely someone I thought of when creating my own site.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
WILLIAMSON: Currently submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the website launches there will be a submit page so users aren’t blindly submitting like they are now without detailed guidelines (sorry everyone!)
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
TUDOR: Our email email@example.com is the quickest way to reach us. We have a great response time!
Initial submission guidelines for the first issue
• Poetry: Send 1-5 poems in a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Prose Poetry: Send up to 2 prose poems
• Visual Art: send up to five paintings or photographs
Please submit all poems as one submission in a word document. Include a short third person bio that we can use if your work is accepted. Please only send unpublished works.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, just please let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
DEADLINE: May 5, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: None
Categories: Call for Submissions