Noctua Review is the annual art and literary magazine produced by the Southern Connecticut State University MFA program. It was the brain child of Graduate Student (now Professor) Lois Lake Church and launched its inaugural issue in 2008. They don’t have a theme this year; instead, they are asking for writers to send their best fiction, poetry, or art.
In 2016 they published one of my found poems “Sonnet Zero” and sent me a beautiful copy in print.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor in Chief Natalie Schriefer and she kindly replied. See my interview with Schriefer and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Noctua Review originally started?
SCHRIEFER: Noctua started back in 2008 as a publishing opportunity for students enrolled in Southern’s MFA program. Starting with 2012, though, the journal opened to submissions to the general public, to anyone writing in the English language. That said, the journal is still plays an important role for the MFA program: Noctua is staffed entirely by graduate students enrolled in both the fiction and poetry programs at Southern. Our goal is simple: we want to read (and publish!) work that moves us.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SCHRIEFER: This year, the editorial staff decided—as a group—to keep this issue of Noctua theme-less. We felt that themes limited the work that people sent us. We aren’t interested in reading strong writing on a single subject or idea; instead, we want to read strong writing on any subject, to really let writers hit their stride, so to speak, and showcase their best work in their favorite subjects.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
SCHRIEFER: I can’t speak for poetry, since I’m a fiction person myself, but I’d love to see some really thoughtful flash fiction. I’m always amazed by writers who can pack a short piece with emotion and meaning.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
SCHRIEFER: Rattle is one of my favorite places to read poetry. I read a lot of fiction, but some of my favorite journals are Glimmer Train (I can’t believe they’re closing!) and New Delta Review. Last year, Noctua has started a journal exchange with Naugatuck Valley Community College. They publish their own literary journal, Fresh Ink, annually.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SCHRIEFER: Poetry and fiction can be submitted through Submittable, at: https://noctuareview.submittable.com/submit.
Art and photography can be emailed directly to our art editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our submissions guidelines are published both on Submittable as well as our website.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SCHRIEFER: Email us at email@example.com!
DEADLINE: December 31, 2018
FORMAT: digitally online and print
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: While we cannot offer payment at this time, contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which they appear.
FORMS: poetry, fiction, visual art