Fernwood Press

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Fernwood Press promotes poetry collections that speak to the human capacity for spiritual experience. A not-for-profit literary imprint, Fernwood Press is named for a one-acre plot of land overlooking a meandering creek in what was an unincorporated area of Yamhill County on the easterly boundary of Newberg, Oregon, site of the state’s first Quaker meeting. Four prominent headstones mark the graves of the Brutscher and Everest families in this pioneer cemetery. It adjoins Friends Cemetery, the burial ground of the community of Quakers drawn to Newberg following the platting of the town by Jesse Edwards in 1883. As the enclave of the overland pioneers, Fernwood represents both our roots as a Quaker press and our aim to provide a home to all poets whose collections uphold and perpetuate the Quaker pursuit of corporate mysticism. Gathered together in centered silence, we might hear and experience truth. And we will be changed.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Eric Muhr
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Representative Authors
Norbert Krapf, Annie Lighthart, Paul J. Pastor
Submissions Policy
We seek to publish the very best poetry, especially from previously unpublished and lesser-known authors. We select manuscripts through an open submissions process that occurs year-round. Manuscripts should be 50 to 100 pages of poetry, submitted in .rtf, .doc, or .docx formats only. All submissions should be made via email. We do not accept unsolicited paper submissions. Eligibility: Poets writing in English are eligible. Previous book publication is not a consideration. Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify Fernwood Press immediately if a manuscript becomes committed elsewhere. There is no open submission fee. All submissions are eligible for publication by Fernwood Press with a standard royalty contract.
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
1 - 2 months
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Year Founded
Number Of Books Published Per Year
8 to 14
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