Salt Hill Journal is a biannual literary journal available in print and by subscription. They publish new fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art by people at various stages in their literary and artistic careers–both new and emerging writers alongside those with illustrious careers in the literary arts. Previous contributors include Terrance Hayes, Patricia Smith, Eduardo C. Corral, Laura Kasischke, W. S. Merwin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Ruefle, Sam Sax, Charles Simic, James Tate, Jean Valentine, Dean Young, and even Stephen King, and others.
I was curious how and why this literary journal began, so I asked Poetry Editor Rainie Oet a few questions to find out. See my interview with Oet and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Salt Hill.
OET: We’re a print journal publishing incredible new writing and art two times a year, run by students of the MFA program at Syracuse University.
As current poetry editor, I’m really proud that Salt Hill has published poems by Eduardo C. Corral, Laura Kasischke, W. S. Merwin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Ruefle, sam sax, Charles Simic, Patricia Smith, James Tate, Jean Valentine, Jenny Xie, Dean Young, and Felicia Zamora, among so many brilliant others.
We’ve also published some really fantastic prose: Lydia Davis, Renee Gladman, Bhanu Kapil, to name a few names.
We run three contests throughout the year, too: the Phillip Booth poetry prize, the Dead Lake chapbook contest, and – new this year – a high school poetry contest!
HOPKINSON: How/why was Salt Hill originally started?
OET: To publish the best work possible, regardless of school or style!
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
OET: I’m particularly interested in reading things from writers who are poc, trans/gnc, women, and/or never-published!
My reading philosophy is to believe 100% in every poem’s project, and see how far that poem can take me when I’m totally open to it. I want poems that are as beautiful and idiosyncratic and real as you are!
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
OET: I’d love to see more (in no order) translations, collaborations, hybrid or mixed media works, play poems.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
OET: In the last month or so, I’ve read some amazing things in Bennington Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, jubilat, Peach Mag, Poetry Review, Split Lip Magazine, Sycamore Review!
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
OET: Check out our Submittable page: https://salthill.submittable.com/submit
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
OET: There’s a contact form on the website: https://salthilljournal.net/contactus/
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 31, 2018 (fiction and poetry, nonfiction and art are year-round)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art