Publishing is a cyclical process, especially at a micropress like the Portland Review. We read in submission cycles, use round robin voting to make our selections, take each piece we decide to print through one or more copyediting rounds, and rely on our social circles—both physical and digital—to get the word out.
If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you’ll notice another new set of cycles we’re instituting. We’ve decided to print a new poem each Monday, and have reserved Fridays for alternating works of flash and longer-form fiction (there’s a cycle within a cycle for you) in this online portion of the Portland Review. These new cycles will help us publish more of the worthy submissions we receive, and—we hope—create new networks for our authors, who are scattered across the country and around the globe.
We’ve also begun posting blogs, essays, interviews and press updates—much like this one—each Wednesday. With these pieces, want to bring you into our publishing process and introduce you to the movements, events, and people who influence us as we make decisions and work to bring you the best poetry and prose we can find.
If you have suggestions for blog topics you’d like to see us cover, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reply to this post. We appreciate your participation as authors, artists, and readers in the literary whirlwind that is the Portland Review. Thank you!