Wednesday, October 22, 2008

fall 08 issue...

I’m in the final editing stages of the Fall 2008 Issue. Contributors will preview their pages later this week, and will be online next week.

This issue will feature new work by...

Melissa Buckheit, Rachel Lehrman, Kenneth Pobo, Amy Lemmon,
Susan Terris, Steve Meador, Robert E. Wood, Laurel K. Dodge,
Karen Head, Scott Owens, Yun Wang, Collin Kelley, Amy Riddell,
Marge Piercy, Tammy Ho Lai-ming, Felicia Mitchell, C. S. Reid,
J. Alan Nelson, C. E. Chaffin, Deborah Vatcher, Leslie Marcus,

and more


Winter 2009 – special themed issue: Collaboration

Open for consideration: poetry of collaboration or art in collaboration with poetry.

I only consider new work that has not appeared in magazines, print or online...

E-mail submissions to


sam of the ten thousand things said...

An exchange between Collin Kelley & sam of the ten thousand things

Collin: Very cool looking blog. Have you considered making Blue Fifth Review itself into a blog? Seems like it would make posting, archiving, etc. easier than the old site.
October 21, 2008 9:20 AM

10,000: I have thought about it, Collin. My hesitation has always been a concern for how BFR would be accepted in that format. When I started BFR, online journals were not widely accepted by readers & writers outside the Internet community. That’s why I’m only interested in material that hasn’t appeared in print or online. Since then the poetic community has changed. For example, Robert Creeley was the first ed. of Best American Poetry to include work that originally appeared online. That, at least in my mind, lends a certain credibility to the online format.

My fear would be that if I shifted to a blog format, the magazine might lose readers and contributors. I also realize - that is not a valid argument because I don't really know how BFR is accepted now.

It would be easier, probably, to do the magazine as a blog. Still thinking.
October 21, 2008 11:37 AM

Collin:I think it would go over well, actually. There are a number of online mags now doing a blog format -- Ecotone and Contemporary American Voices instantly come to mind. Just seems like it would be more modern and easy to navigate on a blog. Maybe you should take a poll and see what folks think.
October 22, 2008 8:22 AM

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Collin, I would need to work with a view that allows a wide range of poetic forms and line spacings. That would be a major challenge, and could limit the works I would otherwise accept. That's another fear.

If I were to do the change - Winter 09 might be the right time. I'm thinking about it.

Collin said...

That is a good point about the formatting. Surely there is a way to fix this in blogger. I just haven't had time to explore it.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Some of the blogger templates do allow for a wider page. This paricular template that I'm using now does not. I'm experimenting with a wider form to see what is possible.

Pris said...

You've got a great lineup here , Sam. I agree that a blog allows for limited formatting and that does pose a problem. I was reluctant at first to submit poems to a blog based journal, but recntly did and it's a good journal. Ditto with two of my haiga.

To be honest, I still prefer the traditional online journal format, though.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Good point, Pris. Thanks for the input.