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My poem “Three Miracles” in The Penn Review! + no fee call & editor interview, DEADLINE: Feb. 24, 2019

I’m honored and so pleased to have my poem “Three Miracles” published in the winter issue of The Penn Review. This poem is the third to be published from a series of personal poems about healing and recovery. In 2015, my son (21 at the time) was in a horrible accident in which he was hit on his bicycle by someone driving a pickup truck in downtown Salt Lake City. He nearly lost his life. Recovery was difficult, but he made it through and I'm grateful every day that he's still here with us. It took me a long time to begin writing about the incident, and I’m hoping to soon have a home for the complete chapbook length collection. You can read the other two published poems from this collection here: Bone Music - Contrary Magazine, Resurrection Party - Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

The Penn Review is among my favorite literary magazines and are known for their fast response time and professional and supportive staff. This issue is packed with a wide variety of poems and prose. Take a look to see what the editors are selecting and send in your best work before the deadline.

For more editor insight, check out this excellent interview with editor Daniel Finkel recently published in The Review Review:

“We Want to Read Stories and Poems that Leave Us Feeling Electric.” A Chat with Daniel Finkel, Editor of The Penn Review

The Penn Review was founded in 1966, making it the oldest continuously published literary magazine at the University of Pennsylvania. "Devoted to the literary and visual arts, we publish original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual artwork, and feature an innovative blend of emerging and established voices in our biannual publication.  Our list of contributors include authors and artists from across the United States and around the globe."

They aim to respond within a couple of days and are listed as one of the fastest poetry markets on Duotrope. If you’re a regular submitter, it’s always nice to get a response back so quickly, even if it is a rejection.

I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I also asked Editor-in-Chief Daniel Finkel a few questions. See my interview with Finkel and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Penn Review.

FINKEL: We're the University of Pennsylvania’s premier literary magazine, specializing in the publication of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art.

HOPKINSON: How/why was The Penn Review originally started?

FINKEL: The Penn Review was founded in 1966 in order to provide a space for the best literary and artistic works of the Penn community. Over the years, we've expanded our original guidelines to include authors and artists from across the United States and around the globe, and up to the present day we have continued to publish a range of emerging and established voices in our biannual issues.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

FINKEL: We're looking for works with sharp edges and evocative language.  Send us fiction with strong narrative voices and even stronger characters, creative nonfiction that honestly and eloquently strips all pretenses away, and poetry that uses language with power and precision.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

FINKEL: Right now some of our favorites include The White Review, n+1, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Cleaver.

HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?

FINKEL: Our online submission form is accessible at

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you? 

FINKEL: By using our contact form ( or emailing us at

Click here for submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: February 24, 2019 



FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual artwork


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