“I have long railed against the e-book and instant Internet publication as damaging to writers. Instant anything is dangerous—great writing takes time. You should long to be as good as John Milton and Reynolds Price, not just barf into the electronic void.”
-Bill Henderson – The Pushcart Prize 2012 Introduction..
Since the inception of The Fox Chase Review we have attempted to nominate poets and writers for the annual Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart honored those published in the small press and we are a small press magazine on the net. It seemed to make sense; so after the editors chose some nominees we mailed in our nominations. It appears according to Mr. Henderson we have been barfing in the void. We have been honored to publish the work of many fine writers and poets who work hard on crafting their art. Quite frankly we also believe in giving folks a shot at getting published and attempt to include new poets/writers in each edition. Our review is a little different in that we search out writers and poets whose work we enjoy and accept submissions through an invitation process as opposed to open submissions. The reason is simply our staff is very small and this process works for us and those we publish. Additionally our rejection rate is very high.
Our decision to publish electronically as opposed to print is grounded in the belief that those we publish will benefit from greater readership on the net as opposed to a small print review that would be hindered by associated costs and distribution issues. It would be a crime to have boxes of print magazines sitting in the basement without hope for distribution with the exception of course those who would order a few copies over the net.
The internet has opened a door to poets/writers in this new time. There are many fine publications who publish only on the net and are not easily entered. Rejection rates far outnumber acceptance rates. Henderson’s void is an opportunity for various styles of writing to emerge that may not have found a home in more elitist presses which I am sorry to say The Pushcart has now become through the voice of Bill Henderson. The Fox Chase Review will no longer submit entries to The Pushcart Prize and we hope Henderson doesn’t continue to barf on his computer.
We will continue to publish The Fox Chase Review and offer our readers an eclectic group of writers and poets who work hard at their craft with the hope that these artists benefit from exposure in the review.
g emil reutter
g emil reutter founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series in 2007.