Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Third annual issue in April 2019

(973) 618-3375
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Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Department of English, Caldwell University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Mary Ann B. Miller
Contact Title
essays, poetry, reviews, art
Submissions Policy
Our reading period will be held in the fall semester of the academic year, August 1 - October 1, with the annual issue planned for April of the following spring semester. Please read our Mission Statement while deciding upon poems to submit. Poets are invited to submit up to 5 poems, each of which should be no more than 2 typed pages in length. Poems must be unpublished, neither in print, nor on the web, nor self-published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. However, in the meantime, should a poem be accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible by e-mailing the editor at [email protected]. Poems must be accompanied by a cover letter, in which the author clearly states his or her intent to be published in the journal. In this letter, please include a short biography, approximately 100-125 words in length. Biographies should list at least the poet's most recent book titles, some titles of journals containing the poet's individual poems, any key awards or honors received. Other information individualizing the poet is also encouraged, such as occupation, geographical location, interests. Poets may also wish to include a few sentences that explain how each poem is informed by Catholicism, either in its inception or content or otherwise, but this request is optional and at the discretion of the poem's author. The poems themselves should stand alone without the need of gloss. However, we also recognize the value of such autobiographical information for many readers. We intend to print short biographies of contributing poets in an appendix in each issue. Please submit poems in 11-point, Century Schoolbook font, taking care that spacing is preserved and that you are sending your latest revised version of your poem(s). Because of limited staff, we cannot guarantee individualized editorial responses to all poems submitted. However, we will make every effort to notify you of acceptance or rejection at least three months after the close of the reading period.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 8 / 1 - 10 / 1
Reporting Time
2 - 3 months
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
ISBN Number
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
$2-year $22; 3-year $30
$2-year $22; 3-year $30
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
6.5" - 9"
Average Number Of Pages
Mary Ann B. Miller
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
founding editor
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
editor, associate editor, assistant editor, advisory board, undergraduate student interns
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Please read the submission guidelines on the web site:
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Each poem is scored by the editor, associate editor, and assistant editor; editor then evaluates the poems where high scores intersect, seeking to achieve variety but also resonance among final selections.