Parks & Points publishes personal essays and poetry about national parks and other public lands, along with timely budget travel tips and short guides to select sites. They host an annual fall essay contest and a spring poetry series in conjunction with National Poetry Month. They invite poetry submissions that reflect upon nature, outdoor exploration, and accompanying moments of adventurousness or self-reflection.
I was curious how and why this literary/public lands site began, so I asked editor and founder Amy Beth Wright a few questions to find out. See my interview with Wright and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Parks & Points.
WRIGHT: At Parks and Points we publish personal essays, poetry, and travel strategies, all inspired by national parks and other public lands.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Parks & Points originally started?
WRIGHT: Derek and I launched Parks & Points in 2016, based on our appreciation for public lands and domestic travel, as well as our literary interests in creative nonfiction and poetry. This platform seemed a way to integrate many things we value, while supporting and promoting public lands as unique, historic, and transformative places to visit.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
WRIGHT: This is varied, as we have outdoor enthusiasts, public lands advocates, and writers amongst our readers.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
WRIGHT: We are looking for poems that celebrate a connection to the natural world and/or to a particular site on shared public land.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
WRIGHT: We always enjoy poems that are directly inspired by a specific national park or site.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
WRIGHT: Catapult, Longreads, Guernica, Granta, Gulf Coast... and more!
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
WRIGHT: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is fine to paste poems and a bio into the body of the email.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 30, 2019
PAYMENT: honorarium of $10 per poem
SUBMISSION FEE: None