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June 28, 2012


I agree, Leslie. Most of what is new and exciting in poetry now can be found online - not to consider it in the prize selection seems to be both sour-grapey and an exercise in futility. Online publishing is here to stay.

Two of the truly positive things with online magazines is that their turnaround time seems to be much faster and almost all of them now accept simultaneous submissions. A huge relief to writers who previously may have had work tied up for years, only to have it rejected.

Some of the online venues I especially like are the Atticus Review, the Red-Haired Stepchild, and DMQ. Fine work by fine writers and editors.

I strongly disagree with Bill Henderson's sentiments. Some very fine poetry has appeared online - the Kenyon Review Online, for example, has writing on par with its print sister.

Not to mention journals such as Blackbird, Diagram, Sixth Finch et al. There are so many fine online-only journals that to dismiss the medium is a little short-sighted.

I hope an enterprising organisation/individual creates an alternative to the Pushcart; one which will recognise both the online and print journal equally.

I too find a lot of exciting work online and it likely finds more of an audience than print. I can appreciate that it is difficult to keep abreast of everything that is out there but to eliminate the work from consideration doesn't make sense in today's world.

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