Good News, Bad News

September 4, 2014

Hi Folks,
Just a quick note to tell you how much we love your interest and support of Paper Nautilus. Our recent Vella chapbook contest was a huge success, generating 150 submissions this year. We are certain we’ll be able to support at least two collections, with the possibility of a third.

Also, while far into the future, Paper Nautilus will have an official table at AWP 2015 in Minneapolis, MN! We’ve meandered around in the past and done some rogue promoting from the generosity of other tables, but this year we’ve sprung for our own space. We hope to see some of you in April!

And the “bad news” – which, really, might be a bit dramatic – is that we are temporarily closed to fiction submissions. We love your fiction, we promise! But we have a backlog that was exacerbated by some wonky settings in Submittable that resulted in out editors not being notified every time we received a submission. Since we all have other jobs and obligations outside of our labor of love for Paper Nautilus, those emails are actually pretty important in terms of keeping us up-to-date and aware of how to balance our time. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and expect to re-open October 1, barring any other dilemmas. This will allow us to have the opportunity to give your stories the attention and focus they deserve without being distracted by how many more are still waiting to be read.

This is the first time in almost four years we’ve ever had to close our general submissions – which, in a way is actually a great thing, since it means that this little magazine has really grown substantially. We have all of you to thank for that.

Now, I should really get back to reading those chapbook submissions, so we can figure out what amazing collections we’ll be publishing this spring!

Lisa Mangini


One Response to “Good News, Bad News”

  1. Sandra Soli said

    Dear Lisa Thank you for the update. I did not submit to the contest, but would like to remind you that many of us out here in the wide world are in your cheering section (Insert loud holler here). The magazine for which I was poetry editor for more than a decade published a contest chapbook annually, so I know how difficult that job is. Wishing you some great reading! I like being on PN’s distribution list. Sandy Soli Edmond, Oklahoma

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