The good news is that although I’ve been very busy with learning typesetting software and choosing poems for the anthology we’re creating, Antiphon has been bubbling away in the background. I’ve found time to decide on the images for the next issue (issue 18), and we’ve still been selecting poems – rather to my surprise I’ve found we already have nearly enough for the next issue, so let’s say a closing date of 15th June and I will try to get the issue out sooner than we expected.
The image above is what Google comes up with if you search for ‘sooner than expected’ in images. Curious!
A lovely recording from Juliet Antill of her poem in issue 17.
Bloody Jackdaws by Juliet Antill
When Antiphon published its first issue, back in September 2011, Sabotage Reviews were kind enough to publish an extensive review. As part of their support for the independent publishing scene, they offer a series of awards – one of which is for Best Magazine. The awards are decided by public nomination and votes, so if you’d like to join in please check out the survey below.
At present they are collecting nominations. If you felt able to nominate Antiphon for best magazine, we would, of course, be very grateful! Voting for the shortlist then takes place in May.
As part of Sheffield’s Year of Making, Sheffield Hallam University is holding a festival of arty things called the Catalyst Festival. Noel and I submitted a proposal to produce a book, art competition and exhibition celebrating some of the poets connected with the university, and we’re very pleased that it’s been approved. We will be working with the Poetry Business and Bank Street Arts. Learning how to produce a physical book is going to be an exciting process! We’re hoping to find time for Antiphon too, though it may mean the next issue, number 18, isn’t published until around August. We will keep you informed!
The Forward Prizes are this year allowing submission of single poems from online magazines, something that’s always been excluded. They are obviously testing the water cautiously – they only allowed the first 20 submissions. I’m delighted that, through some frantic communication with poets, Antiphon’s submission has been accepted. OK, we had to rush, rather than choose in a measured way like the print mags, but it’s a start! I’m confident that the quality of submissions from online magazines will easily rival that of the print mags. It will be very interesting to see if any are shortlisted.
Forward Prizes 2016
Antiphon issue 17 is now live!
Click on the link above to download or read issue 17, and enjoy some further readings.
Close To Death by Ann E Michael
On the Day of the Dead by Kenneth Salzmann
Herring Loss by Lisa Kelly
More words, emphatically in the right order.
Tomorrow, the magazine!
Miasma by Mary Makofske
My Caribbean by Clark Holtzman
25 Vendemiaire, An II by Page Nelson
The Brush by Judith H Montgomery
The Return Trip by Claudia Gary
We now have recordings of over half the poems in the issue, and very wonderful they are. Come and listen:
The Light Box by Susan Stiles
Pelagic by Sarah Watkinson
Skype from America by Rasma Haidri
The Tree by Isabel Bermudez
I Am Not Joan Rivers by Anne Harding Woodworth
Antiphon issue 17 will be issued at the weekend. We have some tremendous work to present, and would like to begin with five of the recordings sent by this issue’s poets:
Fire-Eater by Myra Pearson
Nothing to Say by Kevin Casey
Orange by Jane Frank
The Green Apartment by Pam Thompson
Anniversary Song by Sylvia Byrne Pollack
See, things are growing. I saw a garden full of daffodils today. Issue 17 is shaping up nicely – many thanks to all. The recordings are sounding great too, and will be posted shortly. I’m just waiting for some more reviews to come in and am sorting out the layout. Watch this space!