Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rise Forms: A New Literary Fly Fishing Magazine

Rise Forms: A New Literary Fly Fishing Magazine

Want to be the next Norman Maclean? Well, if you like writing angling fiction and poetry, your options for publishing have always been ludicrously slim.

With the decline (and death) of so many traditional fishing journals and magazines, it has become even more difficult to publish such works. But good news is on the way. It is always nice to find someone willing to start a new angling magazine to take the place of those that have passed on, but there is even more to celebrate with the birth of Rise Forms, a new on-line magazine dedicated to publishing fly fishing poetry, fiction, essays, and art.

Many of you who follow Fishing for History know that I have a special place in my heart for angling poetry. I've published numerous classic angling poems (some recent favorites include Arthur L. Reynold's 1920 Where the Sunfish Used to Bite, Leta Burdick's 1942 Heritage of American Boyhood, and Guy Herne's 1892 Music of the Multiplying Reel), and sometimes even get submissions at the Whitefish Press along such lines.

The truth is that in the last 50 years there has been a dearth of places to publish angling fiction, poetry, and art. Thus Rise Forms, founded by Scott Carles (of the excellent blog Cutthroat Stalker) along with a handful of like-minded folks from Ron Swegman's Fly Fishing Literati, is an exciting new endeavour and one that I am going to help out however I can. I currently serve on the Editorial Board.

Speaking of which, Scott's put together a truly excellent surrounding cast to help out with Rise Forms, and I am truly excited about the inaugural issue (deadline for submissions being June 15). The journal does pay authors, by the way, and although it isn't much there is great hope that as readership increases, so will payment for authors.

I hope some of you will stop by, check out the information, perhaps submit a poem or essay, and come back for the first issue!

I'll post an update to this when the first issue goes live.

You can access Rise Forms by Clicking Here.

-- Dr. Todd

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