Lavender Review is an international, biannual (June & December) e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including whatever LGBTQ might appeal to a lesbian readership. It is a publication of Headmistress Press, which publishes books of poetry by lesbian poets. They have an excellent quote on their Submission page by Eloise Stonborough:
I wondered how and why this e-zine came to be, so I asked editor Risa Denenberg a few questions to find out. See my interview with Denenberg and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Lavender Review and Headmistress Press.
DENENBERG: Lavender Review, established in 2010, is an international e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including whatever might appeal to an LGBTQ readership. Lavender Review publishes work by established and new poets and artists and is free and open to everyone. Each poem is followed by a work of art, allowing poetry and art to interact in fascinating ways. PRIDE named Lavender Review one of the 10 Awesome LGBT Literary Magazines You Need In Your Life, and Lavender Review is listed in EBSCO, the academic database.
Headmistress Press was founded in 2013 with the goal of publishing a range of lesbian voices, and promoting lesbian representation in the arts. Headmistress Press holds an annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest, which offers a monetary prize and has been judged by the fabulous poets Meg Day, Ellen Bass, and Natalie Diaz. We have also produced our annual Lesbian Poet Trading Card series since 2015. Headmistress Press has produced books of poetry by more than 20 lesbian, bi, and trans poets including Ann Tweedy, Constance Merritt, Flower Conroy, Joy Ladin, Gail Thomas, Janice Gould, Laura Foley, and Lesléa Newman. Lavender Review became a publication of Headmistress Press in 2013.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Lavender Review originally started?
DENENBERG: Lavender Review was conceived of and is edited by Mary Meriam, who has published the biannual e-zine since Gay Pride Day in June of 2010. The idea of founding a press dedicated to publishing lesbian-identified books of poetry also began in the mind of Mary Meriam, who invited me (Risa Denenberg) to help with this endeavor. Together we founded Headmistress Press in 2013 with the goal of bringing lesbian poets of all ages and backgrounds into the fold of publishing and to create a market for lesbian-identified poetry. There was no press, then or now, explicitly and solely dedicated to producing books of poetry by lesbians, who often find few outlets for our work even in the larger LGBTQ literary community.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
DENENBERG: As editors and as poets, of course we have our own tastes and ideas about poetry, but our tastes are eclectic and include formal and free verse, long and short poems, lyrical and narrative poetry, and topics ranging from passionate sex to political reflection (and everything in-between). The usual recommendation applies—read Lavender Review and buy our books to discover what we love best.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
DENENBERG: Lavender Review and Headmistress Press accept submissions only through Submittable. Lavender Review submissions are open year-round, and there is no fee to submit. Headmistress Press offers a chapbook contest in the late Spring. Although there is a reading fee, we have always had a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of entrance fee.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DENENBERG: We can be found on Facebook, at our website, and on Twitter at: https://www.facebook.com/HeadmistressPress/
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Headmistress Press Bookstore can be found at:
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DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry and art