Auroras & Blossoms is a new electronic poetry journal. They are family friendly, publishing “positive poetry / content. Positive as in stimulating, optimistic, confident, uplifting, inspirational.” They accept work from adult writers/poets and teen poets (13 – 16).
You can subscribe to their PDF issues and support their publishing endeavors here. They have an interesting business model and offer single poem submissions for no fee, additional submission for a nominal fee, as well as offering book reviews, book promotion, and interviews at a very reasonable, I’d say even low cost.
I wanted to know more about what they are up to, so I asked founders/editors Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis a few questions to find out. See my interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal.
CM/DE: We (Cendrine and David) co-founded Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, a magazine that promotes inspirational and uplifting poetry no matter the topic. We accept everyone, as long as they have something positive to say in their poetry.
We published the first issue of our magazine in October of this year.
You can submit one free poem per submission period to the magazine.
Furthermore, Auroras & Blossoms is also looking for article submissions or essays relating to poetry that are inspirational in nature.
CM/DE: About a year ago, we were both discussing how frustrating the process of submitting to poetry journals can be. Many of these journals are elitist and very selective. They usually will only consider you if you are already famous/have a large Social Media following or already have publishing credits from other journals under your belt. And, very often, journals do not accept already published material.
As poets, our main focus has always been inspiration and upliftment. We believe that there is too much negativity in this world, that it is high time the status quo changed. And the best way to force that change is through art.
Poetry is one of the most misunderstood art forms and yet, strangely enough, it is also the one that most people rely on when they need to feel better. So, we had the perfect combination to allow us to build our journal.
We believe that poetry can be used to make the world a better place. Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal was born shortly after that discussion.
What makes our journal so unique is that we accept poetry from everyone, even younger artists (ages 13-16). We do not care if you have never been published before or if you are new to poetry. If you have a positive message to share with the world, and are between the ages of 13 and 100+, you are welcome to send us your pieces for consideration.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
CM/DE: Anyone who is looking for simple, catchy, easy to read poetry that is free of jargon and will make them feel better after reading it. Our submission age range matches our expectations of our readership age range. We think anyone who enjoys poetry will appreciate the good vibes that our journal aims to produce.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CM/DE: We are a family-friendly magazine, so we expect clean language. No dirty words at all. We also don't want anything related to erotica or politics.
Apart from that, we are open to everything, as long as the message is good and uplifting.
When poets send us their pieces, we ask them to tell us why they think they would make a good fit for the journal. We want to ensure that they understand that the message is just as important as the language itself. There must be an energy behind the pieces that really make us think hard.
Actually, we can sense whether a poem will be a decent fit or not, based on what the poet usually answers to the aforementioned question about the poem's inspirational nature. Many of the submissions we have received come from people who love what they do and act accordingly. They will craft interesting answers, which entices us to read their pieces. They also respect our time and efforts, so even when issues arise with their submissions, we always find a middle ground. If they are willing to work with us on issues that arise, we may end up selecting something from them.
However, we are not as lenient with the odd poet who sends us something in a hurry without taking the time to read our guidelines. Unless they have a stellar piece that really meets our expectations, they will be rejected.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
CM/DE: Poetry that takes us on a journey or experience that could start off negatively but will resolve itself in a positive way and help teach us a lesson about ourselves or life itself in an uplifting way. We want readers to empathise with a piece that may contain trauma or hardship, which may start out in tragedy but ultimately gives us hope, courage and positivity for the future.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CM/DE: Our top three of the major publications are The New Yorker, The Atlantic and McSweeney's. We are also very fond of a large variety of independent journals that have a unique voice for the type of articles they publish, particularly when it comes to equality for groups of individuals.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal?
CM/DE: We get along famously. We chat almost every day and aren't afraid of trying new ideas and ditching things that do not work for us or our writers/readers.
It is this constant conversation and exchange of ideas that really makes working on this venture a wonderful thing. We both understand the importance of being flexible and seeing the big picture.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
CM/DE: We have two sections dedicated to submissions on our website. One is for adult poets and can be found here: https://abpoetryjournal.com/submissions/
The other section is for younger poets: https://abpoetryjournal.com/submit-poetry-13-16-year-old-poets/
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
CM/DE: People can contact us via email, Facebook, Twitter. However, our preference is emails, since this will enable us to respond faster to queries regarding our journal.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 15, 2019
FORMAT: electronic PDF
SUBMISSION FEE: None for single poem submission
FORMS: poetry, inspirational essays/articles on poetry topics