October 21, 2012

Rattle Quarterly, Call for Submissions by Southern Poets

1.  First of all, and most importantly, I want to make sure that everyone is aware of our current call for submissions. With all of this shuffling explained below, we have a shorter reading window than we do for most featured tributes—the deadline for submissions is less than one month away.  

Now through November 15th, we'll be reading for a tribute to Southern Poets. For the purposes of this issue, we're defining Southern Poets as those who have spent at least half their lives in: Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and/or Texas.
The goal of a tribute is always to look at a certain group within a context, and also to expand the scope of our own reading. The poems for this issue don't have to be about the Southern experience—they can be any subject or style. We want to represent the broad scope of what Southern Poets are writing today. So if you happen to be a Southern Poet, please share some of your work!  Just follow the regular guidelines, and mention somewhere that this is what you're submitting for.

But even if you're not a Southern Poet, keep in mind that only half of our issues are themed—Summer and Winter issues will be open to any style, subject, or poet. We always enjoy reading submissions about anything, by anyone, in any style, and accept them by email and hardcopy, year-round, so never hesitate to send us work. All submissions to Rattle are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, which we've increased to $500.

For guidelines, visit: www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/

2. Now on to that shuffling. If you haven't heard, Rattle will be splitting from a semi-annual to a quarterly magazine in 2013. The newer, svelter issues will appear March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st, and will feature the same great poetry you're familiar with, spread more finely across the calendar for your reading pleasure. This has been a frequent suggestion from subscribers for years, and I'm thrilled to finally find room in the budget to do it.

In addition to trimming some expenses on the back end, we're also raising the subscription prices by a couple bucks to help cover the extra postage—but if you subscribe by the end of the year, you'll receive all of the extra quarterly issues at the same old rates 2x per year rates. And I'll throw in an extra issue on top of that.

That means you'll receive five issues now for the same $18 that used to get you two. And $36 will get you thirteen issues of Rattle. That's less than $3 per issue, which means you'll be receiving them for no more than our cost to print and ship.

Why would we do that? Well, for one, our goal as a non-profit is just to get more people reading and enjoying more poems, so why not? But also, each issue of Rattle is always better than the last, and I think that if you see where we've gone and where we're headed over the next few years, you'll keep subscribing in the future.

To subscribe by check, just drop one in the mail to the address below, or order online with a credit card by going here:  www.rattle.com/poetry/purchase/

This secret deal is only valid for those receiving this email, and ends when the ball drops on New Year's Eve. Just send in your order, and I'll automatically send you the next issue for free.

That issue, #38, is heading off to the presses soon, and features a huge tribute to Speculative Poetry, winners of the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize, and interviews with Rhina Espaillat and Timothy Steele. For a preview—and if you're wondering what the heck speculative poetry is—go here:

But I really don't like marketing, so that's all I'll say about that. If you don't want to subscribe, we always appreciate your support through visits to Rattle.com and submissions to the magazine. You can also follow us on Twitter or "like" us on Facebook. Or not. We're just trying to get the poetry out there.

So I'll continue to the next announcement…

3. Given the change to quarterly publication, we're discontinuing our free online newsletter series—archives of the 12 e-issues that we've done are available on the website, but we won't be putting out any more. They were fun while they lasted, but they were only intended as a compromise to my dream of quarterly production—unnecessary now—and moreover, e-books seem to have rendered the PDF-newsletter format obsolete.

Instead, we're going to post more original content directly to the website. New essays, book interviews, and anything else we think you'll find interesting will appear throughout the year among the regular daily feature of "new" poems from our back issues. For example, here is Art Beck's column, now a two-part essay appearing last week:

Just like the daily poems, this original content will be available on the front page of Rattle.com every day, feedable through RSS, and emailed directly each morning to anyone who wants to sign up. (To sign up for the email feed, just go Rattle.com and enter your email address in the box at the upper-right.)

That's all for now. We hope you enjoy these improvements. If you have any other suggestions, let me know; I'm always listening, and I hope you'll keep practicing poetry with us, in whatever capacity you choose.

Best wishes,
Timothy Green
12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

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