Pretty Owl Poetry “is a journal that publishes new, emerging, and established writers in poetry, flash fiction, and the visual arts.” The issues are published in PDF format and are free to read online. Not only did Pretty Owl publish my poem “And Finished knowing – then –” in their Spring 2017 issue, in 2016 I reviewed Pretty Owl Poetry’s Summer issue for The Review Review. Here’s a snippet from my review:
“The poems continue with sonic pleasure and dense descriptions to pull the reader through, make them stop to chew a bit, review, go back, move forward some to the end of each poem with a yearning for more.”
Read my complete review of Pretty Owl Poetry here: Sonic Pleasure and Lyricism in Online Poetry Magazine
Pretty Owl Poetry is open year round for submissions previously unpublished poems, flash fiction, and art. Pretty Owl is under the umbrella of Sundress Publications.
I wondered how and why this poetry journal came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Kelly Lorraine Andrews and she kindly replied. See my interview with Andrews submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Pretty Owl Poetry.
ANDREWS: Pretty Owl Poetry is a quarterly online journal run by a growing staff of eight individuals. We’re a feminist press and are committed to publishing underrepresented and marginalized voices. We published our first issue in the spring of 2014 and since then have published 23 additional issues. We’ve expanded the journal to include writing prompts based off of Tarot card spreads (“POPcraft”), a monthly podcast about publishing (“POPcast”), and regularly feature news from our past contributors on our website.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Pretty Owl Poetry originally started?
ANDREWS: When we first started out, we were brimming with ideas about how to make the most out of an online medium. We experimented with different types of interviews, readings, and designs of the website. Pretty Owl was a learning experiment for us — we knew we wanted to participate in all aspects of publishing, but we didn’t really know what we were doing. It took quite a few email exchanges and long conversations on Google Hangouts before we really had a clear vision for the journal. Even now, the journal continues to grow in unexpected ways –– POPcraft and POPcast are the most notable changes in recent years. Also, four of our past editorial interns serve on the journal in Assistant Editor roles, so we continue to grow in people and ideas. The journal was currently accepted as part of Prototype PGH’s 2020 Incubator cohort, which means we’ll be expanding into a print chapbook press next year.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ANDREWS: We’re interested in traditional and nontraditional forms, fiction masquerading as poetry, and work that doesn’t snugly fit into a specific genre, all with a lyrical quality. We’re especially interested in work centered around the bodily experiences of womxn, nonbinary, and trans folx. We want bold new work that moves us. Also, it goes without saying, but the best way to get a feel for what we’re looking for is to dig into the archives.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
ANDREWS: Gulf Coast, Sixth Finch, Birdfeast, jubilat, Stirring, Rogue Agent, Phantom Books, Ghost Ocean, The Atlas Review, [PANK], Sugar House Review, Arsenic Lobster, DIAGRAM, A Capella Zoo, etc. etc.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
ANDREWS: We’re fancy AF these days and use Submittable: https://prettyowlpoetry.submittable.com/submit
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
ANDREWS: By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE:Spring Issue reading period closes February 28, 2020, but they are always open for submissions.
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMAT: electronic PDF
SUBMISSION METHOD: Submittable
FORMS: poems, flash fiction, and art
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/14610 (including an interview with the editors)
Facebook Profile URL: https://www.facebook.com/prettyowlpoetry/
Twitter Profile URL: https://twitter.com/PrettyOwlPoetry