Panoply is a literary e-zine that publishes three times a year, in spring, autumn and winter. They seek prose of less than 500 words and poetry of all types and genres. Each issue features “Editors’ Choices,” including weekly videos of the writers reading their work. Panoply is listed in POETS & WRITERS, with publication here worth “2 points” for a P&W listing. They have been read in over 140 countries and includes pieces from writers from 48 US states and 24 foreign countries. They “take great pride in offering a spectrum of voices ranging from teens to septuagenarians, from new, emerging voices to highly accomplished and acclaimed writers.” And they just nominated for Pushcart for their third year.
I was curious how and why this literary e-zine began, so I asked editor Jeff Santosuosso a few questions to find out. See my interview with Santosuosso and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Panoply .
SANTOSUOSSO: We like to call ourselves aficionados vs. scholars. We love poetry and short prose and do our best to stay informed outside of a formal academic setting. We’re located in Pensacola, FL, as far west in FL as you can get, but we seek submissions from all over the globe. In fact, our name is quite fitting because we prefer to present “a wide array” of poetry and short prose. We read with names redacted, focusing on the writer more than the writing. We’re pleased when a writer debuts in Panoply and just as pleased to include acclaimed writers.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Panoply originally started?
SANTOSUOSSO: There is no apparent publishing outlet around here. We have workshops, open mic nights, and an active literary federation, along with other resources and outlets, but nothing for publication. Since the local federation publishes only biannually, a group of us got together and decided to fill the gap, albeit with a more far-reaching scope.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
SANTOSUOSSO: Our target readers are anyone who enjoys contemporary poetry, art and flash fiction. we think poets and writers will like our journal, but we hope any reader might find writing to fall in love with there.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SANTOSUOSSO: Oh boy, hard to say. I think our behavior indicates that we have preferred mainstream-type stuff, although we have a soft spot for form and even rhyme. We wind up publishing a lot of narrative poetry. But we are not afraid to publish edgy stuff and/or language as long as it’s artistic. So far, we’ve not been enamored with “post-modern” work. I remember a protest article accusing publishers and editors of culture bias. While I see the risk, I throw the accusation right back on the potential contributors. We try very hard to reach out actively to non-traditional or non-mainstream writers. But we can only choose from what we receive! So if you’re out there with an alternative voice or perspective, give us a shot!
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
SANTOSUOSSO: See above. We enjoy humor from time to time, and the gutsy stuff always has a place.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SANTOSUOSSO: There are so many! I read San Pedro River Review cover to cover. I know the editors. I also enjoy SoFLoPoJo, First Literary Review-East, which I read almost the instant it comes out, plus my old friends at Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, and Mojave River Press & Review.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SANTOSUOSSO: Use Submittable or Facebook. We try very hard to provide personalize feedback. In fact, when we send acceptance notices, we always include a short comment about what in particular we liked about any given piece. We think that just brings us a little closer to our contributors.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 17, 2019
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: short prose and poetry