Petrichor is an online literary magazine with the tagline “an archive of text & image.” They are currently open for submissions of poetry, including visual/hybrid work through the summer or until the issue is full.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor Seth Copeland and he kindly replied. See my interview with Copeland and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about petrichor.
COPELAND: We published the first issue of petrichor in April of 2016. It was by invite, and included mentors (Aaron Rudolph, John G. Morris), heroes (CAConrad, Adrian C. Louis) and even future editors (Sydney Vance). The first few issues appeared under a different name, which we’ve dropped after becoming aware of its not-so-innocent history. Our seventh issue came out this past month.
HOPKINSON: How/why was petrichor originally started?
COPELAND: The best digital poetry journals tend to incorporate the possibilities of non-print space. We found that enticing, and wanted to be a part of it. These days, new journals come and go every day, but great poetry continue to be written. We will serve as one of those conduits as long as we can.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
COPELAND: People who like poetry.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
COPELAND: We don’t have a particular type, and we’ll even look at form work; we did an issue on received forms last Fall. As that issue will show, however, we’re not very traditional, so the ballads and iambs can stay at home. We’re also curious for hybrid work that incorporates images. Since letters started off as pictographs anyway, we’re curious to see remixes of the visual aspect of language. When we accept art, we like it to incorporate text in some way. There’s a pretty fine line to all this, so if you think we’d like it based on what we’ve published before, send it our way.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
COPELAND: We do want to see more representation from all over, excepting of course the hateful and toxic. Strong work forging the personal with the political is very welcome. On the aesthetic side, we’d also love to see more submissions of a visual nature, be it concrete, vispo, erasure, etc., but we like substance, too. Experiments are welcome, but we’d caution people against sending their first attempt at something. Practice make poets.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
COPELAND: We link to a lot of the journals that we admire. Some recent darlings include Flag + Void, DATABLEED, and MUSH/MUM. Those guys are wild! Our editors all have their favorites. Otoliths always has these huge issues that I personally love to dig into.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
COPELAND: Same as above. We’re happy to answer queries beyond just submissions.
DEADLINE: Summer, until full
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, visual/hybrid