Fall 2019

Submission Period: August 1 - September 15, 2019
Guest Editor: Kim Parsons & Sheryl Slocum

Bramble is open to all poems & forms; however, our Guest Editors offer the following prompt:

We invite you to explore black holes and lacunae for the Fall 2019 issue of Bramble. Consider the potential of black holes to create and erase universes, or the torments and treasures latent in empty or dark spaces. Surprise us—blow us away!

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Kim Parsons, of New Berlin, is an avid canoeist, hiker, reader and Scrabble player who is passionate about exploring the natural and metaphysical worlds. After earning a BA in Comparative Literature, she returned for an MBA in Systems Analysis and Design, and has worked in software development and business valuation. Her writing has appeared in various small press publications as well as Canoe and Kayak magazine.

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Sheryl Slocum’s childhood in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and on the high range of Wyoming instilled in her a love for the stars and for the hard bones of Earth beneath her feet. Now living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she appreciates the few stars she can see on clear nights and the glacier-shaped land and lakes. A linguist, Sheryl teaches English as a second language and studies grammar. Her poetry has appeared in numerous small press venues.

Both are members of WFOP and Hartford Avenue Poets; their work is included in Masquerades & Misdemeanors published by Pebblebrook Press.

Submission Guidelines

  • We welcome unsolicited submissions from Wisconsin poets* & WFOP members. Please send one submission of 1-3 poems (of any length and style) to bramble@wfop.org. Put your last name and "Bramble Submission" in the subject line. In the body of the email please include a cover letter with mailing address, poet pic, a 50 word bio, and your poems. Please do not submit poems as a separate attachment unless your poem requires special formatting (PDF preferred).

  • No previously published poems; no simultaneous submissions.

  • Please make only one submission to Bramble per issue.

  • If your work was accepted in the last issue of Bramble, we ask that you wait out a cycle before you submit again.

  • Contributing authors and artists will receive one contributor's copy of the print issue.

  • If you are interested in providing original artwork for the cover, please query at bramble@wfop.org.

  • Current quarterly issues include: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. In 2020, we will be changing to triannual issues. Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall.

Current Schedule

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Starting 2020

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*Bramble seeks to celebrate Wisconsin poets & poetry, as part of the mission of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. For our purposes, this includes poets who live & write (a substantial portion of the year) in Wisconsin, as well as students studying in Wisconsin. If we cannot determine from your bio or mailing address whether this is you – we won’t be able to consider your submission.

WFOP is an inclusive and accommodating group. Benefits of membership are listed here. If you have any questions or concerns about membership please contact our membership chair at wfopmembership@gmail.com. Membership is calendar year based from January to December. Join here.

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