Pretty Owl Poetry “is a journal that publishes new, emerging, and established writers in poetry, fiction, and the visual arts.” The issues are published in PDF format and are free to read online. Not only did Pretty Owl publish my poem “And Finished knowing – then –” in their Spring 2017 issue, in 2016 I reviewed Pretty Owl Poetry’s Summer issue for The Review Review. Here’s a snippet from my review:
The poems continue with sonic pleasure and dense descriptions to pull the reader through, make them stop to chew a bit, review, go back, move forward some to the end of each poem with a yearning for more.
Read my complete review of Pretty Owl Poetry here: Sonic Pleasure and Lyricism in Online Poetry Magazine
Pretty Owl Poetry is open year round for submissions previously unpublished poems, fiction, and art. Pretty Owl is under the umbrella of Sundress Publications.
I wondered how and why this poetry journal came to be, so I asked Poetry Editors Kelly Lorraine Andrews and Gordon R. Buchan and they kindly replied. See my interview with Andrews and Buchan and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Pretty Owl Poetry.
ANDREWS/BUCHAN: Pretty Owl Poetry is a quarterly online journal run by a small staff of Kelly Lorraine Andrews (poetry editor), Gordon Buchan (poetry and art editor), Rose Kelly, (fiction editor), and Alexis Olson (assistant editor). The titles are misleading, though, as all of us share many responsibilities and talents that keep the journal looking fresh and keep us publishing issue after issue. The three founding editors started working on the journal in the fall of 2013, and we released our first issue in the spring of 2014. Since then, we’ve published 13 issues and are set to publish number 14 this fall. We feel incredibly lucky to all of the writers who have contributed to the journal and trusted us with their work thus far.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Pretty Owl Poetry originally started?
ANDREWS/BUCHAN: When we first started out, we were brimming with ideas about collaboration and how to make the most out of an online medium. We experimented with different types of interviews, readings, and designs of the website. Pretty Owl was a learning experiment for us — we knew we wanted to participate in all aspects of publishing, but we didn’t really know what we were doing. It took quite a few email exchanges and long conversations on Google Hangouts before we really had a clear vision for the journal. Even now, the journal continues to grow in unexpected ways. This past year we brought on Alexis Olson as our assistant editor, and she has been giving new life to our online presence. And we’re still dreaming up other possibilities (maybe someday an annual print anthology…).
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ANDREWS/BUCHAN: One of the remaining constants for Pretty Owl’s website has been the call for submissions, which manages to give a specific yet open-ended idea of what we like. “…Send us something shameful. something surreal. a deluge of desire. confessions of crimes & hearts teeming with rattlesnakes…” and it goes on. Simply put, we want bold new work that moves us. Also, it goes without saying, but the best way to get a feel for what we’re looking for is to dig into the archives.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
ANDREWS/BUCHAN: Gulf Coast, Sixth Finch, Birdfeast, jubilat, Stirring, Rogue Agent, Phantom Books, Ghost Ocean, The Atlas Review, [PANK], Profane, The Sun, Sugar House Review, Smartish Pace, Pinwheel, Bedfellows, Spillway, Apiary, Arsenic Lobster, Ecotone, DIAGRAM, A Capella Zoo, etc. etc.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
ANDREWS/BUCHAN: We’re fancy AF these days and use Submittable: https://prettyowlpoetry.submittable.com/submit
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
ANDREWS/BUCHAN: By email: email@example.com
DEADLINE: Open year round
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poems, fiction, and art
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/14610 (including an interview with the editors)