Blue Horse Press

& San Pedro River Review

We publish occasional books and chapbooks, as well as San Pedro River Review, a biannual perfect-bound journal of poetry and art. Founded in 2008, SPRR is named for the river that flows north from the mountains of Sonora, Mexico, into Arizona. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                         

                                                            ISSN 1944-5954

 

                Blue Horse Press poetry book and chapbook publications are found here:

             http://www.bluehorsepress.com/blue-horse-press-books-chapbooks

 

            We only publish POETRY, and are not considering unsolicited book and chapbook manuscripts.

 

 For SPRR, we consider submissions during two periods: January and July See general and specific guidelines below. SUBMISSIONS MADE OUTSIDE OF THE SUBMISSION WINDOWS WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT REPLY.

 

 Our representative poets include Naomi Shihab Nye, Ellen Bass, Gary Soto, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Joseph Millar, Jack Bedell, Marge Piercy, Alex Lemon, Afaa Michael Weaver, Tyree Daye, Joe Wilkins, Nathalie Handal, Jack Ridl, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Lauren Mukamal Camp, Larry D. Thomas,  Adrian C. Louis, Gary Copeland Lilley, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, and Walt McDonald.

We publish approximately 60 to 90 poems and multiple pieces of art per issue. In size, we are 5 ½  x 8 ½ .

Here is our current issue.  Previous issues may be viewed toward the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    THESE ARE THE SUBMISSION WINDOWS:

January 1st to January 31st, 2023 -- Theme:

Summertime. Not everything needs to be foreboding or tragic, but no light verse, no sappy scenes. We're not interested in travelogues and diary entries that don't employ poetic craft.

On the wider scale, we seek things that happen in summer but are not necessarily restricted to summer alone. You could put to poetry seaside, pastoral, rural, or urban places, people, animals, travelers, sensuality/emotions — all without specific reference to the summer months, including things that have been postponed from non-summer seasons: weddings, trips, classes, reunions. Subthemes like Americana Fable, Southern Gothic, Land music: cicadas, tractor hitches, whispers of prairie wind. We also consider humanscapes: the loner, the victim — good confessional poems. Motels, city streets on a hot night, picnics, summer storms, a town no one comes home to. Sports: we are more interested in the failures, has-beens, washouts and heartbreaks than the glory. So send us your summer sweat and longings, but also consider spring and autumn as they touch upon summer. And keep foremost in mind our general guidelines.

July 1st to July 31st, 2023

                                Submission windows close precisely at midnight, Eastern Standard Time

 

   GENERAL GUIDELINES

We seek an economy of language with a keen focus on voice and image. We like a touch of Lorca's duende that loves ledges and wounds, Kant's "crooked timber of humanity," Neruda's description of poetry as "stained by food and shame."

*  Email your submission to: sprreview [at symbol  ] gmail. com

 ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. ADDITIONAL SUBMISSIONS SENT WITHIN THE SAME SUBMISSION WINDOW WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT REPLY. The exception would be when poems are submitted in one email, and art in another (see Art guidelines below). However, except by invitation, we do not consider poems paired with art, if accepting the poem must include the art it is paired with.

*  Simultaneous submissions are fine.

Please keep cover letters simple. Inscribe a brief THIRD-PERSON BIO IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL, and your address (if you like).     

No previously published work. But we're okay with prior publication on blogs or social media.

We do not comment on work we decline.

CONTACT US IF YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM US WITHIN 10 DAYS OF YOUR SUBMISSION, especially if you              have not heard by the morning of the day immediately after our submission window closes.

 

    POETRY

*  We consider all forms of poetry, including prose poems. However, prose poems may NOT extend in length beyond half a single page on a standard 8x11-sized sheet of paper.

*  Send up to 3 poems in a SINGLE Word document -- do not inscribe them in the body of your email. NO pdf. or .dat filesNor do we use Google docs.

*  Do not explain your poems.

*  We are not interested in gratuitous sexual or violent scenes meant to shock or be clever.

  We have ZERO interest in work centered primarily on the US political scene.

*   No be-boppy Beat pastiche. 

*   Spare us the philosophical or polemical verse.

  No need for word or line count.

 

All work must be in English, excluding, of course, the case where a non-English word or term is intrinsic to the poem. Non-English poems may be submitted if accompanied by their English translation.

 

ART

 

 Only black & white photography. Approximately 1 - 5 pieces. Check to see if the window you're submitting for has a theme. We like Realism: photographs of urban and rural decay, obsolescence, wayworn scenes, solitary individuals, especially with a sense of isolation about them, and night scenes. Straight-up nature shots won't likely interest us. Submit as separate files in a single email. Submissions must be sent as graphics files (jpeg, tiff). Please try to limit each file to no more than 7-8 MB, high-resolution, preferably 300 dpi; if not, we can increase resolution as needed. We are not likely the best place for art that is solely generated by computer, though computer-enhanced or post-processed art / photography is fine.

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By submitting to us you grant us permission, if we select your work, to publish it. No separate author's consent form or proof will be sent out.

 

All work must be that of the submitter.

 

Payment is one contributor copy. Under certain circumstances, contributors outside the US may need to purchase their own copies due to customs fees, taxation, etc. 

 

San Pedro River Review acquires first serial rights to accepted pieces, except for work published previously in other publications. Copyright reverts to the author after publication.

 

Contributors may purchase additional copies at reduced rates. Discounts are only available through us, not the regular Amazon site. Otherwise, copies for non-contributors are available on Amazon at the regular retail price. 

 

You do not need a Facebook account to access our public Facebook page. This is where we often broadcast updates, such as publication timing and when contributor copies are mailed out. Our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/san.review

 

San Pedro River Review is indexed in the University of Wisconsin - Madison Special Collections Little Magazine Unit, the collections at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, University at Buffalo, and the library at Texas State University. We are a member of The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP].

 

THE EDITORS

 

Jeffrey Alfier is 2018 winner of the Angela Consolo Manckiewick Poetry Prize, from Lummox Press. In 2014 he won the Kithara Book Prize, judged by Dennis Maloney. He was a finalist for the Missouri Laureate Prize in 2021. Publication credits include Arkansas Review, Atlanta Review, The Carolina QuarterlyColumbia College Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Emerson Review, FaultlineIron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, GargoyleHotel Amerika, Los Angeles Review, Louisville Review, The Midwest Quarterly, New York Quarterly, Permafrost, Penn ReviewPoetry Ireland Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry ReviewSouthwestern American Literature, and Texas Review. His latest collection of poems is The Shadow Field (Louisiana Literature Journal & Press, 2020). He is also author of Gone This Long: Southern Poems, The Wolf Yearling, Idyll for a Vanishing River, Fugue for a Desert Mountain, Anthem for Pacific Avenue: California PoemsSouthbound Express to Bayhead: New Jersey Poems, The Red Stag at Carrbridge: Scotland Poems, Bleak Music: A Photo and poetry collaboration with poet Larry D. Thomas.

Tobi Alfier is published nationally and internationally. Her poems have appeared in Washington SquareThe American Journal of Poetry, Anti-Heroin Chic, Arkansas Review, Atlanta Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Chaffin Journal, Fourth River, Gargoyle, KGB Bar Lit Magazine, The Los Angeles Review,  Nerve Cowboy, Permafrost, Spoon River Poetry Review, Suisun Valley Review, Chiron Review, Cholla Needles, War Literature & the Arts, The Galway Review, The Ogham Stone, and other print and online journals in the US and overseas. In addition to seven chapbooks, she is the author of Grit & Grace (The Orchard Street Press, 2021), Symmetry: earth and sky which was published by Main Street Rag, 2020, Slices of Alice & Other Character Studies, published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, Down Anstruther Way, a collection of Scotland poems, published by FutureCycle Press, Somewhere, Anywhere, Doesn't Matter Where, published by Kelsay Books, Romance and Rust, Lapses & Absences, The Coincidence of Castles, a chapbook of Ireland poems (Glass Lyre Press). Both a reissue of Sanity Among the Wildflowers, and Calendar Girls Poems 2022, a wall calendar, were published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library.  The calendar includes poetry and photographs.

Truly imaginative writing can bring us back to the living presence of the grass, to the fields that feed us, to the cities we live in and the nature of the men and women among whom we live.

 

       — Phillip Levine

 

 

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