Cider Press Review is quarterly online poetry journal originally founded in 1999. They are open year-round for submissions of book reviews and their current poetry call has a deadline of May 31, 2021. They also publish the manuscript winners of the annual Cider Press Review Book Award and the Editors’ Prize for first or second book.
It’s been a while since I interviewed them, so I asked new dedicated reviews editor Angie Dribben what’s new with Cider Press Review. See the interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: What is new at Cider Press Review?
STAFF: Cider Press Review is very excited to welcome a dedicated Contributing Reviews editor, Angie Dribben. She is the author of Everygirl, a finalist for the 2020 Dogfish Head Prize, published by Main Street Rag. Her poetry, essays, and reviews can be found or are forthcoming in texas review press’ Virginia anthology, EcoTheo, Deep South, San Pedro River Review, Crab Creek Review, Crack the Spine, and others. Her reading and writing interests always seem to come back to close examination of cultural and institutional inequity. She is also fascinated in the relationships between visual art and text. A Bread Loaf alum, graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College, she is currently an MFA candidate at Randolph (the co-ed version of her undergrad alma mater).
Not only do we have a new dedicated Reviews Editor, we also have a wonderful new Editor-in-Chief taking position April 2021, Beth McDermott. Aside from being incredibly patient with all my many questions, she is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press. Her poems have been published in journals such as Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Terrain.org and Southern Humanities Review. Research interests include ecopoetry, ekphrasis, and poetic form. Articles and reviews about art and ecology can be found in The Trumpeter, After the Art, American Book Review, and Kudzu House Quarterly, where she was also Poetry Editor. Beth holds degrees from Hope College, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Francis and lives in Frankfort, IL.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
DRIBBEN: Please send reviews revealing intimacy with the work. Tell us why we will never see the same way once we engage with the collection, why you will never be the same since exploring it. Be wildly lyrical and inventive with your embrace of the body of poems. Bring clarity, yet complexity. Entice us all to read what you did.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite poetry collections?
DRIBBEN: Most recently I have been completely took to my knees by Tamara J. Madison’s Threed: This Road Not Damascus, francine j. harris’ Here is the Sweet Hand, and Sarah Jane Sloat’s Hotel Almighty.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Cider Press Review?
DRIBBEN: Writing is a solitary act. Reading, our connective tissue. Review writing feels like consummation of the relationship that happens between poet and reader. So, of course I love reading about the relationships between other readers and poetry collections. It’s like a well-written juicy romance novel. This chance to engage with writers about writing—to become connected to my greater poetic family—is a tremendous opportunity to become familiar with one another at this deeply satisfying level.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
DRIBBEN: All submissions go through the Submittable process. It helps us stay organized as a team. https://ciderpressreview.submittable.com/submit/
Just keep in mind that we appreciate reviews of approximately 500 words.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DRIBBEN: Questions and conversation are always welcome. Facebook messenger is an easy way to get my attention. If you are not on Facebook, you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please know that all submissions must navigate their way through Submittable.
BOOK REVIEWS DEADLINE: Always Open
POETRY DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
READING PERIODS: The reading period for Book Reviews is year-round. CPR accepts entries of individual poems and translations of poems from January 1 to May 31 each year, and full manuscripts (in conjunction with the CPR Annual Book Award and Editors Prize) between September 1 and November 30 and again between April 1 and June 30 each calendar year.
FORMS: Book Reviews, Poems and Translations of Poems, Full-length poetry manuscripts
ISSUE FREQUENCY: 4-6 times per year
AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME: With a brand-new dedicated Reviews Editor, our response time to Book Reviews is very quick. A writer can anticipate hearing back within a month, but likely much faster.
PAYMENT: None. “There is no payment for individual poems, translation of poems, or reviews at this time. The contest for full-length manuscripts do both offer awards for the winner.”
SUBMISSION FEE: None. “We do not charge for submissions of individual poems, translations of poems, or book reviews. There is a fee for the full-length manuscript submissions to CPR Annual Book Award and Editors Prize.”
SUBMISSION METHOD: Submittable