Just looking at the statistics for Antiphon 16 today – we’ve had several hundred downloads already, and around 2000 unique visitors to the website each month. We’ve reached our fourth birthday now and can be said to have arrived – please spread the word in your poetic places and let’s see if we can cast the net even further. This issue (indeed, all of them) is crying out for a large and appreciative audience. Because you’re worth it, and Antiphon is grateful.
And a bonus reading of one of my favourites from issue 16:
We’ve selected all the poems for issue 16. Many thanks to David for all his hard work! We are now crimping them, bending them, twisting and warping them so that they will fit into the format of a poetry mag. Never let it be said we don’t look after your work.
David and I have been reading through the hundreds of poems that have been steadily drifting down to land in Antiphon‘s Submittable account, and we’ve already snaffled quite a few for the next issue, with many more under serious consideration. But there’s always room if we see something we really like – and we might make this issue even bigger and better than before. Let’s say all submissions for issue 16 in by the 10th September, please. The guidelines are here – and we’re always pleased if you add a note in your covering letter about what you thinkof Antiphon.
I was just reading Robin Houghton’s blog in which, among other things, she mentions how long she’s had some poetry submissions out to magazines. Her current ‘waiting to hear’ maximum is 77 days. I smiled a bit, as two of my submissions are now at 115 and 91 days. The best way to deal with such delays is to ignore it; keep writing, keep submitting, expect nothing one way or the other (neatly summed up by Cameron Self, in a poem Antiphon‘s quoted before). It is frustrating, but generally a long wait is more positive than a short one. If a poem isn’t right for Antiphon, I can often tell almost immediately, and I’ll let the poet know. Sometimes it’s harder to make a decision. Many poems grow on me with further reading, or need some thinking about. A long wait, then, can mean that the editor is seriously mulling over your work.
On the other hand, according to Submittable, my 91 day wait poems are still at the ‘Received’ stage, not even ‘In progress’. This doesn’t necessarily mean they haven’t been read – it depends how the journal uses the submission manager. But it probably does mean they are swamped with submissions, and have a large backlog. We try to avoid that happening with Antiphon, and let everyone have a response by the time the issue is published, which is every 3-4 months. That seems a fair enough delay.
I’m very pleased to announce that David Callin has agreed to join me in editing issue 16 while Noel takes a break. David is a marvellous poet who has been a staunch supporter of Antiphon since its inception. He’s also a mod of the poetry forum at Poets’ Graves and I and many others have benefited from his wise and generous advice for more years than either of us would care to count. I had the great joy of meeting David in the flesh earlier this year and was delighted to find him just as wonderful as I expected. I have nervously exposed him to the workload already piling up on Submittable and he’s rolled up his sleeves and got stuck in.
I’m putting words in his mouth here but I think I can say he’s a fan of the rural, of folklore, of history, and is partial to a carefully constructed rhythm and a subtle rhyme. So keep the submissions coming in – I think we have a great issue in the making.