Thanks for the Donations

A shout out of gratitude to our generous benefactors. At Panoply, we pledge not to charge reading fees for regular issues. (We’re contemplating a paid and paying contest sometime.) Nor do we charge a subscription.

But bandwidth ain’t cheap. So we ask that if you enjoy what you’ve been reading, consider a donation via PayPal. Just check the link right here, thanks.

Blessings to our contributors to date:

  • Tobi Alfier
  • William Blome
  • Alan Harris
  • Sabrina Hicks
  • Carolyn Martin (twice!)
  • Tracy Mishkin
  • James Penha
  • Rachel Reese

In so many ways, we cannot do this without! We deeply appreciate your generosity.

Don’t forget that our Call for Submissions for Issue 6, themed “daylight,” closes at 11:59 pm US Central time on April 2. We expect to publish the issue on or about May 5.

Best wishes,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn

We’ll Be Reviewing Chapbooks

Following requests from our readers, we’ve agreed to begin reviewing up to 3 chapbooks per year, beginning around early July. We’d be honored and pleased to review your work in some depth. Our specifications:

  • 1 review at a time
  • Likely timing for reviews to appear: March, July, November (These dates are at about the midpoint of our 3 issues each year.)
  • Your chapbook must be recently or imminently published, preferably within 30 days of the publication of our review.
  • We ask that qualifying chapbooks be sent to us with at least 30 days’ notice. For instance, we’d like to see chapbook MS for the early July publication around the end of May – beginning of June.
  • We will prepare a “full” review of about 500-750 words to appear on Panoply and to be promoted on our Facebook page. We will also write a “blurb,” which we ask to be included somewhere in your publication.
  • We will choose which chapbook MS to review and notify all submitters as promptly as possible. For the time being, we foresee a submission via Submittable, with some specific notation in the title of the submission that you’re submitting a chapbook MS. (Please do not submit until we firm this up. Feel free to inquire with a comment here. We will respond promptly.)
  • We’ll ask for a head shot, bio, and if available, cover art, to be included in our review.

With so much wonderful work out there, we look forward to making the tough choice of which chapbook to review each time and pledge to treat your work with the greatest care and respect.

By the way, don’t forget that Issue 6’s Call for Submissions is open now, closing April 2 at 11:59 pm US Central time. Our theme is “daylight.” Please consider submitting poetry and/or short prose related to this theme. For details, please visit: Panoply’s Submittable Page.

Thanks for thinking of Panoply,

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn

Issue 6 Open for Submissions! “Daylight” Theme


We’re pleased to call for submissions for Issue 6 of Panoply. Please limit your submissions to subjects related to our theme, “daylight.” The Call is open until Sunday night April 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm Central (US) time. The usual guidelines apply:

  • Up to 3 pieces
  • Flash fiction or prose of no more than 500 words, and/or poetry
  • We read blind. Do not put your name or other identifiers on any of the pieces
  • Please include a bio of <= 60 words in the box provided by Submittable
  • We publish only one piece per contributor per issue

Approximate publication date, to be confirmed, is May 5.

We use Submittable. For more guidelines and to submit, please visit: Panoply’s Submittable Page

(If you submitted prior to this announcement, and your pieces do not align with our theme of “daylight,” we will decline them. We apologize for the timing issues and wish you the best submitting your work elsewhere.)

Editors’ Choices, Feb 18-24, “Waking,” by Leigh Allen and “Van Gogh in Love,” by Ann Howells

Pressing on in attitude and behavior can be a supreme affirmation. Leigh Allen shows how with this weeks’ Editors’ Choice, Waking – Leigh Allen. To watch Leigh read her piece, please visit: Panoply’s Facebook Page.


Also enjoy our second Editors’ Choice for the week, Van Gogh in Love – Ann Howells, an amusing “look back” with Vincent in soliloquy or via a recently-discovered diary entry.

Ann Howells

For earlier Issue 5 Editors’ Choice, click here: Midnight Garden Walk, Key West – Katherine GekkerThe Merchant Marine’s Lover – Matthew SchmeerPunishment for Moral Deviation – Jude Marr  and Second Daughter Song – Jody Burke-Kaiser.

Issue 5, Winter, 2016/7


Photo by Andrea Walker

What a way to start 2017! We’re thrilled and honored to publish Issue 5 of Panoply, featuring works from 25 US States and 6 foreign countries. We hope you enjoy the variety once again, as Issue 5 includes poems about kissing, pregnancy, protests, politics, homages to artists and musicians, humor in many forms, recovery and redemption, some fascinating steps back in time, colorful character sketches, and more. There’s even a ditty about “breakfast cereal!” As usual, we thank our talented, visionary, and courageous contributors.

Remember that Issue 6 will be themed: Daylight. More on that as we move forward. In the meantime, enjoy Issue 5 with our compliments!

Please like our Facebook page: Panoply Facebook Page.

May this year bring you joy, peace, wisdom, and good health!

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents, Issue 5

After Her Father DiedMaria Pascualy
After Visiting the Lourdes of LebanonCW Emerson
The Alternative EndingCatharine Bramkamp
CatPaul Vaughan
Cheering the Ponies w/GodMike Jurkovic
The CondoPetrula Laudato
County FairJames Penha
Cry Havoc and Let SlipJennifer Highland
Discovery — 30th street, 2:56 PMBen Rader
Dog Day CigaretteAlec Solomita
Exploring the Mountain RangeMartin Willitts, Jr.
From the Back PorchSharon Scholl
The GuestRowena Cooper
Harbor MnemosyneCaroline Simpson
HereKendalyn McKisick
How to Keep Your Hungry Ghost FedC Derick Varn
I Just Got BackGeorgia Park
If I Had a Way…Ndaba Sibanda
If Maps Were HummingbirdsShankar Narayan
In Search of MeaningJan Wiezorek
Jackass Flats – Larisa Harriger
JaggedRobert Beveridge
JubileeDaniel Fitzpatrick
KissCarolyn Martin
Letter from the Great GrandchildrenKen Poyner
Life in the Past LaneAlan Harris
LurkLinda Bonafield
May 6, 988William Allegrezza, Garin Cycholl, Kirk Robinson
The Merchant Marine’s LoverMatthew Schmeer
Midnight Garden Walk, Key WestKatherine Gekker
Near the MineDustin Pickering
New York Love PoemDaryl Sznyter
Night Sitting Seth Jani
November NightsDeonte Osayande
Old PhotographsSteve Klepetar
Old Woman in a Dry SeasonClaire Scott
On the Inclines of a DuneThomas Erickson
Pregnancy PantoumKari Flickinger
Prometheus Charlotte Pocock
Punishment for Moral DeviationJude Marr
Raison d’Etre BranNick Romeo
RefusalSandra Kohler
Retire to the NetherlandsWilliam Auten
Rhetorical/WaitingNate Maxson
Second Daughter SongJody Burke-Kaiser
Sliver of SunlightLois Marie Harrod
Take TwoJim Ross
Teach Me to FloatAshanti Anderson
TechniqueDennis Caswell
Third Stool from the EndJB Mulligan
The Third TrimesterMinna Dubin
A Thousand Voices LongScott Wiggerman
Va cantandoSusanna Lang
Van Gogh in LoveAnn Howells
Waking Leigh Allen
What the Rain ForgotJames Walton
What We NeedLea Galanter
Your Inevitable GhostWilliam Doreski

This Year’s Pushcart Prize Nominees!

We’re honored, proud, and thrilled to announce our first-ever nominees for the Pushcart Prize. Quite a diversity in voice, subject matter, and form. Among all the wonderful, uplifting work we received, we encourage you to read the fine work by our nominees and wish them well:

Caravan with Summer Skies – Tobi Alfier

Tobi Alfier

Tobi Alfier, Issue 3

Good Girl – Emma Bolden


Emma Bolden, Issue 2

Rooms by the Sea -Elina Petrova


Elina Petrova, Issue 2

Screaming Jay Hawkins and Me in Our Prime – Mike Jurkovic

Mike Jurkovic

Mike Jurkovic, Issue 2

Two Cranes on a Snowy Pine – Robert Okaji

Robert Okaji

Robert Okaji, Issue 3

Wings Clipped – Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus, Issue 4