first issue is live!

So, we’ve managed to get here at last… the first issue of CSHS is now live! You can get to it via the “current issue” link on the header bar, and it will be the front page for the site for a couple weeks, at least. There is fine work by twelve poets in this issue: Kendall A. Bell, James Brush, Rachel Bunting, John Grey, Corey Mesler, Esther Murer, Kenneth Pobo, Val Dering Rojas, Jeff Schiff, Irene Toh, Barbara Young, and Thomas Zimmerman. Please give them a read!

And remember that we are currently accepting submissions for our second issue, with the theme Alchemies (due in on 20 April), and will begin accepting submissions for our third (unthemed) issue on 1 April. Click on the “submission guidelines” link on the header bar for more information. Thanks to everyone who’s been supporting us in getting the journal off the ground, and we hope you enjoy it/follow us/spread the word!

one week left…!

Just a friendly reminder that we have one week remaining in the submissions period for the first issue; hope you’ll consider sending something in! And remember that after that, the submissions period for our first themed issue, Alchemies, will be running through late April; you’re welcome to submit to both.

Check out our submission guidelines and lob something our way. We’d love to read it!

the first wave begins to crest

Happy Thursday! We’re pretty excited to see that the submissions are already rolling in at a steady clip, poetry and prose alike; 22 days to go! Please have a look at our guidelines and consider something in if you haven’t yet…

Nicole raised a good question in the comments: will we consider work that has previously appeared on a blog? The answer is yes, but. We would prefer to see some or all of the following: a) the work removed or password-protected on the blog; b) a more polished version of the original piece in your submission; c) notation in your blog of where to find the published piece. We understand the idea of blogs as a forum for developing ideas in a semi-public way, and the importance of having a record of your work’s progress over time; but we hope that you give CSHS its due by treating the version here as the “most finished, most public” version. (At least, until you publish it somewhere else, someday, perhaps.)

It’s also a good time to give two shout-outs to other blog types that have given a signal boost to our project here. First, special thanks to We Write Poems and their new offshoot, Red Wolf Journal, for their support; go check them out and consider sending to two journals at once! (Maybe different poems though. You know how editors like to chat.) And thanks also to Margo Roby, who has very kindly given us a write-up on her site. If you haven’t been to see it, you should: it’s the veritable clearinghouse for blogs, prompt sites, news, and tidbits poetic that all cyberspace writers should be familiar with.

Quick edit: forgot to mention that there has been a bit of confusion about what the address to submit to actually is. If the submission guidelines are bit too arcane, the address is “cshsquarterly”. Then there’s an at-sign. Then there’s “gmail”. Then comes the punctuation mark and “com” that you’d expect. We’re being so crafty with this to deter bots however little we can.

Other questions are welcome! We’ll answer as promptly as possible, between reading what people have sent in.