Here I am on yet another adventure in theme finding. I have about 70 or so poems that I feel really good about and a couple of hundred that I am “meh” about and maybe a hundred or so that I cringe at yet refuse to take them out of my archive. All of these are the thickly foliaged jungle through which I have to traverse to get to an actual entry.
Today’s submission brings us to Liminality
In anthropological terms, liminality is the midpoint of a ritual: the threshold where a person is no longer quite who they were, not yet who they might become. In between masks, what face might you have? What might you be in transit? Where will you go? Everything is possible in that moment; change is its own goal. Liminality is the space between.
Liminality is an online quarterly magazine of speculative poetry edited by Shira Lipkin and Mattie Joiner. We are very pleased to meet you. We’re looking for speculative literary poems that touch the heart as much as the head; poems of the liminal, the fluid, and the fantastic. We’d love to see work that shifts shape, refuses to be to be easily pinned down or categorised. We actively welcome diversity; we want to hear new as well as established voices. Tell us tales we thought we knew, the way only you can tell them. Give us new myths.
Here are the actual guidelines from their submissions page:
Liminality pays $10 per poem, for first worldwide publication rights and non-exclusive anthology rights.
We are currently open to submissions.
We will be open:
January 1 – February 29
April 1 – May 31
July 1 – August 31
October 1 – November 30
To submit, send up to three poems to liminalitypoetry AT gmail.com with the subject line “SUBMISSION – [your name]”. Please include your poems in the body of the e-mail; if you have formatting that makes that untenable, you may attach the poem as an .rtf. You may send up to five poems per reading period. We do not accept reprints or simultaneous submissions. (If the poem has been publicly viewable online, yes, it would be a reprint.) “Dear Editors”, “Dear Mattie and Shira”, and “Dear Shira and Mattie” are all fine as forms of address.
It looks like this is a strictly online ‘zine which is OK. I like the idea of being in actual print, but if an online pub is willing to pay, I am down with that too. So… I took a look at the most recent issue to see what they work with.
The first poem in the issue I checked out was titled “Ritual” so it is basically a poem specifically about the theme of the mag. Going to look at more because the one poem I have that would fit with this theme I already submitted someplace else and they are clear in the guidelines that they do NOT do simultaneous submissions. SIGH.
I picked a few that are good poems, but I don’t think they fit exactly. This is getting harder and harder as I keep along this submission challenge. I really don’t want to write all new poems EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS… not like I haven’t done a poem-a-day challenge before, but usually I can write whatever I want instead of having the extra pressure of submission… we shall see what happens as I go along. I feel new poems will be required. Wish me luck!
Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!