Word Is Spreading
June 2023 was a particularly busy month for us. We not only had to attend two major family functions, which seems to be a lot as we readjust to life post-COVID, but also were inundated with submissions--a good thing if you publish literary magazines, but a time consuming process for those of us who insist on remaining hands-on instead of relying on programming like Submittable to do that work for us.
We want our contributors' experiences to be positive ones because they are trusting us with their precious creations, and, as writers and photographers ourselves, we understand how important those creations are to the people who have conceived, shaped, and brought them to fruition.
However, we also find our press is rejected, time and time again, for grants. We thought getting our own creations rejected by other editors was disheartening enough, but being rejected outright for every grant we have applied for over the last two years--even by those granting agencies that often reduce the amounts they give just to be able to give to more nonprofits--is almost crushing.
We continually hope creators will be generous enough to enter our creative contests, which helps us pay monetary prizes to the winners, but too many creators in America are as cash-strapped as we are, so we understand those who do not pay those modest fees.
Few people realize how much publishing costs these days, most assuming that an $18.99 price at Amazon means we get all that money for our magazines or books, but that is simply not the case. We price our books and magazines so that we only receive $1 from each one sold--every other bit of cost goes to the middle guys and the printers. As a nonprofit company, we feel we should not be in the business just to make money.
We are here to bring human beings together, to show how cooperation and understanding can enhance all our lives. We strive to bring more beauty into the world, not draw blood for the sake of profits.
If you find value in that effort and can afford to do so, please seriously consider donating to Choeofpleirn Press. See our Donate webpage for how to do just that.
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May 10, 2023
March 11, 2022
November 20, 2021
We have had a busy month.
Once the finalists and winners were determined for our five creative awards, we were able to put together our final literary journal of the year, The Best of Choeofpleirn Press, which is now on sale through our Bookstore tab and on Amazon as a print-on-demant paperback, which looks great (if we do say so ourselves) as a coffee table book to stimulate conversations about the various works included.
Winners and finalists for the five Awards are also listed in the Bookstore tab, so be certain to take a look.
Then we had to decide which six works were the best pieces of literature that we could nominate for the coveted Pushcart Prize in literature. Unfortunately, the Pushcart does not recognize drama as a category of literature yet, but we nominated the following works for the best literary quality works we published this year in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction:
While only two of these works were not considered in our creative contests for the Best of Choeofpleirn Press 2021, the rest were, so we feel honored to have had such great works of literature sent to us for consideration for publication this year.
We are already looking forward to 2022 and our first poetry chapbook contest, and are ruminating about when to add a short fiction collection contest to the mix.
We both hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. Keep writing!
Cheers, Ruth and James
Co-editors, Choeofpleirn Press
October 22, 2021
Since we do not qualify for grants given to small presses because we began as an LLC, we are currently jumping through the necessary hoops to become a non-profit literary press.
We are also finalizing the awards for the five creative categories, but we have a tie for poetry, so might end up giving out two awards for the top two poems.
All going well, we will be able to announce the results to the winners by November 10th, and send out checks soon after.
We have also added the lists of contributors below each literary journal in the Bookstore, just in case you or your friends are looking for a particular creator's works.
Whatever you do, keep writing!
September 30, 2021
Ten plays and one screenplay were published in our Autumn 2021 issue of Rushing Thru the Dark.
Formatting plays is almost completely opposite of how screenplays are formatted, supposedly so professionals in those fields can easily recognize one from the other. However, the complex formatting delayed our production of the magazine by approximately a week.
Coupled with some poems that had some strange formats themselves, this literary magazine was more of an aesthetic challenge than the first two magazines.
We have learned so much about putting together a gorgeous printed magazine. All (Coneflower Cafe, Glacial Hills Review, and Rushing Thru the Dark) are available through Amazon as print-on-demand books, which really highlights the intense colors in some of the artwork. While we try to keep the print-on-demand copies as affordable as possible (around $25), that usually means we make less than a $1 off of each Amazon sale because of the high costs of printing these days.
So we also work really hard to create the ebook version of our magazines, so that they are also attractive and easily navigable, not to mention highly affordable at $6 per issue through our website's Bookstore.
Once we know who has won in each creative category, we can begin pasting up our final issue for the year, The Best of Choeofpleirn Press, Winter 2021. The poetry judge has many poems to consider, but we hope to know soon.
Thank you for your interest in Choeofpleirn Press' literary magazines! Keep reading and writing!
July 6, 2021
June 30, 2021
Half a year gone. But what a great demi-year it has been!
As planned, we launched Choeofpleirn Press in August 2020. As college English professors, writers, and editors, we want to encourage all writers to produce their best work, and we chose starting a small, private literary press to help us accomplish that goal.
The only advertising we did for our new press was through Poets & Writers and Facebook, but we still ended up with many great story, poetry, and art submissions for our premier issue of Coneflower Cafe. As writers, we hate not hearing back from potential publishers for ages, so we did our best to promptly review, select, and respond to the works that were submitted, publishing our first literary journal on March 11, 2021.
Similarly, we received many interesting works of poetry, nonfiction, and art for our premier issue of the Glacial Hills Review, which we published earlier this month on June 12, 2021.
We have already received several one-act plays and a couple of screenplays for Rushing Thru the Dark, which will appear in early September, 2021.
The only real error we have made along this journey is not realizing we needed ISSN numbers for each magazine. Instead, we thought we had to use ISBN numbers, which we now know are reserved for books--one-off publications, instead of serial publications. Had we known, we would have saved ourselves $250 because ISBN numbers cost $125 each, but ISSN numbers are free through the Library of Congress.
Once we learned we should be have ISSN numbers for each annual journal, we looked back over the many journals we have worked for over the last 30+ years and saw that most only used ISSN numbers occasionally, a mystery we are not likely to crack. The only reasonable rationale is that ISSN numbers were not invented until the 1970s, and, even though I was the person responsible for copyrighting each issue of the Kansas Quarterly in the early 1980s, for instance, the magazine apparently was not assigned an ISSN number until after my tenure with the journal.
We live and we learn. Possibly the reason we live is to share the wisdom we learn along the way.
Whatever you do, keep writing!
Ruth J. Heflin, Co-Editor