The common wisdom that I have been hearing is, "The first time is always a learning experience." Our first issue has been a learning experience in what reasonable timelines are.
For those of you wondering where issue 1 of Ishka Bibble is, the wait will be over soon. The original thinking was that a journal was pretty much like any other book project, which is true, if your other book projects have about 50 authors and come from around 200 submissions. Which is to say, it is nothing like a regular book project.
The debut issue will come out this spring, estimated between mid-March and mid-April. Future issues will continue to be spring releases, as the original time line of two months from close of submissions to publication has proven to be fantasy, at least for a very small press. Final notifications will be going out in the coming weeks (all that currently remains in the review queue are submissions for The Book of Desire supplement). All submissions that are dated after August 31st will be considered for issue #2.
If you made a submission for the journal prior to August 31st for any category other than The Book of Desire supplement, and still have not heard from us, then please contact me directly as soon as possible via the contact form, as it may have gone missing in the submissions system. All general journal submissions should have been reviewed and responded to by now.
We are still taking submissions in all of our categories, including chapbook and full-length manuscripts, as well as submissions for issue #2 of the magazine. Once the magazine has seen the light of day, the review process will turn solely to the manuscript submissions until all manuscripts outstanding as of December 31st have been reviewed. After that, all submissions for the journal and for manuscripts will be reviewed in the order they were received.
Thank you for your patience in this process. The deadline for consideration for issue #2 of Ishka Bibble is still August 31st, 2016, with publication now set for spring of 2017. In the meantime, please also watch out for new releases from Emily Isaacson and Christie Grimes, which will be coming out this spring. More information on those titles is forthcoming, as well as some long-needed updates to the website.
Jane's Boy Press is honored to announce the Fall 2015 release schedule:
September 30th: Gunmetal Blue by Jason Allen (chapbook)
October 30th: Why Is It So Hard to Kill You? by Barrett Warner
How the Boy Might See It (2nd Edition) by Charlie Bondhus
November 30th: Ishka Bibble Issue 1
Gunmetal Blue is Jason's debut chapbook. Barrett has published a number of chapbooks prior to Why is It So Hard to Kill You?, which is his first full-length poetry collection. Charlie's most recent collection, All the Heat We Could Carry, received the 2014 Thom Gunn Award. How the Boy Might See It was his first full-length collection, released in 2009 by Pecan Grove Press. It has been out of print, but this new edition will feature new and revised poems as well as a preface by the author.
The debut issue of Ishka Bibble will feature a large collection of poems, several features on contemporary poets, and a special supplemental section : The Ishka Bibble Book of Desire.
Watch for more news and information, as well as the opening of our online store, which will allow you to purchase titles from us directly, often with pre-release delivery.
We have opened up a submission link on our Submittable page for visual artwork for consideration for the debut issue of Ishka Bibble. Artwork needs to be in a high quality, print-ready digital file (.jpeg or .tiff) and reproducible in black and white / greyscale. Currently, we are unable to reproduce color artwork, though we hope to make this a part of our journal in the future. Full details are available at this link.
October marks the debut of our journal, Ishka Bibble. As part of this special occasion, we will feature a supplement entitled "The Ishka Bibble Book of Desire." We are currently accepting submissions for this section. Poems should reflect the theme of "Desire," but that theme can be interpreted however the poet sees fit.
For this special section, there is NO READING FEE. Poems may be of any length.
We will consider the first 300 poems that are submitted, and we will publish all the poems we like. Poets who are featured in the supplemental section will receive a contributor's copy of the issue.
Read the full submission details at this link. The submission window will remain open until August 15th or until the cap of 300 submissions is reached, whichever comes first. The window will close early if the cap is reached, so don't wait until the last minute to submit your poem for consideration.
For those of you who prefer to get a taste of the poetry you're buying before laying your money down, Amazon is now offering previews of the poems in both of the titles we have released to date. You can read generous selections for free online at the following links. If you like it, please buy and spread the word!
Jane's Boy Press is still reading for the debut issue of Ishka Bibble, our journal of poetry. We're looking for a wide range of voices and styles, though our preference is for poetry that is accessible (this does not mean dumbed-down, simply that it does not alienate the reader). Readings go year round, but the reading period for the debut issue will close in August. After that, all submissions will be considered for the second issue.