issue two, “alchemies”, is live!

Now that the April frenzy is over, we finally had time to… well, what do you do after you get your ducks in a row? Knock them over? Feed them bread crumbs? Whatever it is, we managed to do it this weekend, and muscle through to get Issue Two live. This is our first themed issue, on the subject “Alchemies”, so we weren’t sure what to expect; but the submissions pile was full of pleasant surprises and interpretations on the theme, with settings from the fantastic to the ordinary and styles from the conversational to the ecstatic. We also got visual art submissions, which we were thrilled to see, and hope those will continue in the future.

Please click the “current issue” button at the top of the page to get to the works by, *ahem*, Sylvia Ashby, Susan Chast, Gabrielle Freeman, Nicole Nicholson, Sara Norja, Francine Rubin, Scott T. Starbuck, John Vieira, and Barbara Young. And while you’re clicking up there, you ought to think about clicking “submission guidelines” as well, since we are still reading for the next issue until 10 June! We thank you all for your continued support, and hope that you’ll help us grow this little corner of the blogosphere into something truly special. Cheers and enjoy!

extending the deadline…

Hey all!

In case you’re not aware, Tessa and I have been pretty nuttily doing NaPoWriMo daily challenges for the month of April, she at her blog and I at mine, which means this blog has been a bit quiet. BUT, that doesn’t mean we aren’t reading your submissions and craftily plotting the release of our next issue in about a week.

First of all, we are looking to finish sending responses for what we’ve received already by tomorrow or Saturday. So if you did submit to Alchemies and haven’t heard yet, please stay tuned.

However, the slush pile was also pretty light this time around, and we are still open to additional submissions, beyond our original deadline of this past Sunday. So, let’s say… if you get us something by Monday, 28 April, we are willing to consider it for the second issue. We know a lot of you have been doing daily challenges for the month as well, so if anything you’ve written can connect to our theme — poems, stories, artwork, or other media that relate to transformation, change, harmony and disharmony, actual alchemy, lead, gold, beasts, symbols, or however you want to interpret the theme in a way you think we’ll like — please send it! Monday is definitely the hard deadline, though, as we still expect to get this thing out next weekend, lightweight or not.

We are also accepting submissions for the next unthemed issue, but that’s not the fun one. We know you want to send in for the one about to launch. So what are you waiting for? :)

~ from Joseph

one week later…

Hey everyone,

First, we’ve been thrilled to see the response from the blogosphere to CSHS; thanks very much for your support! We’re proud to have offered some kickass poetry that’s been well-received, and we hope we can continue to do so. Of course, that means we need…

Submissions. Currently, we have need for submissions related to our second issue’s theme, Alchemies. Please check out our post on what the theme entails: really, it’s a lot more flexible than you may think. We welcome short stories, prose poems, and artwork that expresses the theme as well! But there’s only three weeks left to submit, and we haven’t yet filled our plate with as many options as we’d like, so we exhort you to send things in. (With National Poetry Month around the corner, hopefully some of you will be generating fresh work in the next couple weeks that can tie in to the theme…)

And yes, we will be accepting for our unthemed Issue #3 starting Tuesday. But we’d really like to get an Issue #2 in there first. :)  (The theme for Issue #4 will be released before too long as well, we’re sure…)

We appreciate any signal boost you can give us, both to share the fine poetic work that’s already up, and to get your friends, enemies, or frenemies to send us more. Please also keep an eye on this blogspace for treats during National Poetry Month. Reach out and touch us!

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!

opening up for submissions…!

So here we go again, chums…

After many lessons learned, ideas volleyed, lives led, thoughts kindled, considerations made, attempts aborted, resources gathered, time transfixed, and passion inflamed, we are ready to begin. CSHS Quarterly is now open for business! Things are a little different this time around, as we’ve alluded to here and there on the blogosphere; but the bottom line is, new year, new journal, new unheard-of levels of devotion to the cause. We want to see your work. You want your work out there. Let’s bump our pens together and make something happen.

Check out our submissions page (linked up at the top) for some guidelines as to what we’re looking for. (Spoiler: it’s the usual claptrap, we’re looking for whatever you have to offer that’s half-decent.) Keep an eye on this space as we develop the journal’s shape and voice over the next few weeks; simultaneously we’ll be reading through whatever we’ve got in the pile to review. The blog will be updated regularly to keep you abreast of changes/news, and new pages will be added as needed. For now, consider this our friendly announcement that you should get involved…!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Screams of terror? Coos of joy? Let us know. We want to hear from you.