Psaltery and Lyre was founded in 2012 and is currently open for submissions of essays, stories, hybrid works, and poetry. Per their About page, they are seeking “works that push the borders of belief and doubt, sacred and secular. We want poetry that burns, that effectively translates the white heat of ourselves into the communion of language. Above all, we seek excellence.”
Of course, I needed to know more, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Dayna Patterson some questions to find out. See my interview with Patterson and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the Psaltery and Lyre originally started?
PATTERSON: I launched P&L in 2012 when I was going through a major faith crisis. I wanted it to be a space where poets could explore the intersection of faith and doubt. At that time, P&L only published poetry and I was the lone editor. After a year as managing editor of Bellingham Review, I relaunched P&L, recruiting lots of the good folks I met during grad school to be genre editors. We now read and publish all genres.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
PATTERSON: Anyone interested in literature that intersects with faith and doubt, sacred and secular.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
PATTERSON: We’re looking for work that engages with spirituality on some level, from a range of denominations and perspectives, including atheistic and agnostic. That engagement with the spiritual can be quite subtle, and we find that beautifully crafted work can create a feeling of transcendence on its own, without overt religious content. Surprise us!
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
PATTERSON: I think because P&L started out publishing poetry, we still get more poetry submissions than anything else. We are particularly excited by hybrid work, lyric essays, visual poetry, poetry comics, and anything else that pushes against the borders of categorization.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
PATTERSON: EcoTheo, Ruminate, Rock & Sling, Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, AGNI.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the Psaltery and Lyre?
PATTERSON: As writer-editors, it feels good to give back to the literary community, to engage with the art others are creating, to hold that work in the limelight. We nominate for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, the Orison Anthology, etc., to try to promote our authors as much as possible.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 31, 2020 (year-round for prose/hybrids)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and hybrid
SUBMISSION METHOD: email