Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
We publish four literary journals a year, each with a specific literary genre focus in addition to poetry and art: Coneflower Cafe, which focuses on fiction; Glacial Hills Review, which focuses on nonfiction; Rushing Thru the Dark, which focuses on drama; and The Best of Choeofpleirn Press, which publishes the top three winners of each creative category: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and art. Our goal is to publish great writing and to help writers promote their own works.
Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Twitter, Reddit
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Ruth J. Heflin
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art
Carol Hamilton, John Q. McDonald, Brian Daldorph
For poetry, we are looking for poems that display the writer's natural voice and that are as well written as prose. We like poems that contain strong imagery and that often play with metaphor although we are not limited to these things because even poems containing a narrative will work for us. Poems in either an organic form or a traditional form are acceptable. Save your manuscript file with your surname and the words "poetry submission" in the title. Send only three poems (saved in one file) in one submission, and limit your poems to fifty lines or less. Send us your poetry manuscript(s) as one file as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf at [email protected]. Include a cover letter containing a short one-paragraph biography with your submission. If you wish to enter the annual Derick Burleson Poetry Contest, you must pay the $15 contest fee below. For short fiction, we are looking for stories containing between 3000 and 10,000 words that show originality, subtlety, wisdom, and appeal to broader perspectives, while adhering to typical story qualities (i.e. character development and a clear plot). The stories do not have to be high brow, but should maintain reader interest without resorting to gratuitous violence or fear to keep reader interest and without overtly moralizing its point for readers. Save your manuscript file with your surname and a portion of the work's title. Send us your manuscript as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf at [email protected]. Include a cover letter containing a short one-paragraph biography with your submission. To enter the Ben Nyberg Fiction Contest, you must pay the $20 contest fee below. For creative nonfiction, we want to see creative personal stories that reflect your own personal experiences in such a way that they provoke understanding in discerning readers. To that end, images much be specific, so that readers can feel they saw, felt, heard, witnessed what you saw, felt, heard, and witnessed. We also accept scholarly essays--from standard forms of literary analysis or persuasive argument to annotated bibliography essays that isolate a particular focused angle of research. No matter which type of essay you choose to submit, limit your work count to less than 15,000 words. Save your work in a file labeled with your Surname and a brief portion of your essay's title or the words "nonfiction submission" as the file name. Send us your manuscript as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf at [email protected]. Include a cover letter containing a short one-paragraph biography with your submission. If you enter the Phil Heldrich Nonfiction Contest, you must pay the $20 contest fee below. For drama, we want to see your most interesting human interactions with strong dialog and scene descriptions for either your one-act play or your short screenplay. Follow this sample template (right click to open the link in a new window) for creating your drama submissions, which should be fewer than 20 pages for one-act plays and fewer than 90 pages for short screenplays. Save your work in a file labeled with your Surname and a brief portion of your play's title or the words "drama submission" as the file name. Send us your manuscript as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf at [email protected]. Include a cover letter containing a short one-paragraph biography with your submission. Entrants for the Drama Award must pay the $20 reading fee below. For works of art, we are looking for clear images in your photographs or drawings (which could be of an artwork you created in another medium) that evoke a clear response; titles for the artwork help viewers understand the art (even if the artist does not understand her/his own art). Future writers should have no problem writing 1000 words about your photos or drawings. We ask that you limit your submissions to three images saved as either jpg or png files and provide an explanation of the work in your submission email, so we can easily identify what we are looking at and how you approached the work. Save each image file with your Surname and a portion of the work's title. Send us your images as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf at [email protected]. Include a cover letter containing a short one-paragraph biography with your submission. To enter the Mary Cassat Art Contest, submitters must pay the $15 contest fee below.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
2 - 12 weeks
Derick Burleson Poetry Prz, Ben Nyberg Short Fiction, Phil Heldrich NonFiction, Susan Hansell Drama, &Mary Cassatt Art Prize.
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
Coneflower Cafe; Glacial Hills Review; Rushing Thru the Dark; Best of; Orbital Debris; Weight; Listening for Low Tide
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book
Number Of Issues Per Year
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
Publish Print Anthology?
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
After much deliberation among ourselves, my husband and I decided to create this press.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
My husband (James P. Cooper) and I are co-editors. He is primarily responsible for poetry and art. I am primarily responsible for fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Introduce yourself to us. Tell us what you are submitting. Add a brief bio in third person of 100 words or less.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Submissions are received via email, immediately acknowledged (within 24 to 48 hours), and a time frame projected. Editors meet to decide what to accept for publication. Journals are published within four weeks of end of submission deadline.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
See our webpage: https://www.choeofpleirnpress.com/what-we-are-looking-for.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Do not be afraid. If you ask, we will provide constructive feedback for improvement. Make certain to email us and to read through our Submission Guidelines.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We have been excited by the number and quality of submissions we have received.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
A well-read person who desires to experience deeper and more satisfying interactions with other human beings through the written genres and art.