Cider Press Review is quarterly online poetry journal originally founded in 1999. They also publish the manuscript winners of the annual Cider Press Review Book Award and the Editors’ Prize for first or second book. They publish online issues four times per year–January, April, July, and October.
I wondered how and why this poetry journal came to be, so I asked former Managing Editor Ruth Foley a few questions to find out. See the interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Cider Press Review.
FOLEY: Cider Press Review is an online quarterly poetry review. We publish between 20 and 25 poems per issue, plus reviews of poetry collections and books about poetry. We also publish two full-length poetry collections each year. The Cider Press Review Book Award is open to all poets and judged by an outside judge each year. The CPR Editors’ Prize is a contest for first and second collections of poetry and is judged by the CPR editorial staff. CPR is a labor of love for us—we’re a staff of volunteers who want to publish the best poetry we can get.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Cider Press Review originally started?
FOLEY: Cider Press Review was founded in 1999 by Caron Andregg (still our Editor-In-Chief) and Robert Wynn, who has since moved on to focus on his own writing. We were originally a print annual, and published one book a year (the winner of the Cider Press Review Book Award) but in recent years, we’ve moved to a quarterly online format and now hold two book awards each year.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
FOLEY: We have diverse tastes, and we pride ourselves on including a variety of voices and styles in the journal. While I know the least helpful editorial advice ever is “send us your best work,” it’s probably the best I can do. I am a sucker for a gorgeously-crafted formal poem; Caron has a fondness for prose poems. We’ve published lyrics and narratives, long and short poems, translations, prose poems, formal poems. We look for elegantly elevated language, and for poems that speak in ways we haven’t heard.
Finally, while we love (and publish) straight male poets, we actively encourage submissions from poets whose voices are traditionally underrepresented. I’d love to see more diversity of experience in the poets who send us work. Take that as you will: race, ethnicity, gender/sexuality, income, physicality…I will say that misogynistic, homophobic, racist, or otherwise bigoted work will not find a home with us. As editors always say, the best way to get a feel for what we’re looking for is to read the journal.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
FOLEY: Speaking only for myself: The Adroit Journal, Passages North, Threepenny Review, Thrush, Sweet: A Literary Confection. There are others, and I’m sure I’ll kick myself for forgetting some. Plus, if you ask me this same question next week, a handful of other journals might come to mind instead of these. I also have friends out there doing really good work, and I’m afraid I’ll miss some if I start listing them.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
FOLEY: Submissions should come through our online submissions manager: https://ciderpressreview.submittable.com/submit/
We’re happy to take simultaneous submissions provided we’re immediately notified of acceptances. Our ideal submission is 1 – 5 poems uploaded as a single document, in a standard font, with identifying information on each page.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
FOLEY: There’s a “contact us” form on the site here: https://ciderpressreview.com/contact/
DEADLINE: July 1, 2020
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION METHOD: Submittable