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About

Fall 2017 Edition

The Fall 2017 Edition of Menacing Hedge has arrived with its typical dark and visceral glory. This issue is graced with luminous collage art by Susan Yount - “Female Study 2016”. Poetry contributors include: Isla Anderson, Devon Balwit, Rebecca Connors, Beth Gordon, Brenda Mann Hammack, Suzanne Langlois, Kristin LaTour, Alyssa Mazzoli, Martha McCollough, R/B Mertz, Jessica Morey-Collins, Rochelle Jewel Shapiro, Kim Suttell, Trent Walters, and Sheila Wellehan.

Fiction contributors include: Melissa Goode, Alisha Mughal, Kyle Rackley, Emma Wenninger, and Emily Zasada.

Please take time to indulge in Scary Bush where contributors share their early efforts. Please also take time to listen to the audio recordings of our contributors’ respective works.

Menacing Hedge

Menacing Hedge is a quarterly journal of poetry, fiction and artwork, which is committed to fostering access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose. Ongoing publication is scheduled for the first weeks of July, October, January, and April. Menacing Hedge will carefully archive all its editions to ensure that an author's/artist's work will remain on the web for many, many years to come. Regrettably, Menacing Hedge cannot pay its contributors at this time.

Menacing Hedge accepts only original unpublished literary work; however, it will consider literary work on a case-by-case basis if it has appeared only in print but never on the web. In the case of art and photography, it is acceptable if the piece has appeared on the artist's website or elsewhere.

Upon acceptance of a literary piece, Menacing Hedge obtains first publishing rights and then all rights revert to the author. Menacing Hedge requests that if a published piece is later published elsewhere, that Menacing Hedge will be credited with first publication. Also, Menacing Hedge reserves the right to publish the piece in print. Each edition of Menacing Hedge is also available in ebook form on Kindle and other electronic reading devices. We find the longer stories are more easily read in ebook form. Menacing Hedge also produces weekly-ish Menacing Podcasts featuring the recorded readings of selected authors.

Scary Bush

If we decide to accept your work, we will also invite you to submit one of your most cringeworthy efforts from the misty past to Menacing Hedge's evil twin, Scary Bush. Please see the Scary Bush page for examples.

Editors

Kelly Boyker

Kelly Boyker: Poetry Editor
Kelly Boyker is a founding editor of Menacing Hedge. She is most interested in visceral persona poetry with a dark underside. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and she has contributed to a number of anthologies. She is the author of Zoonosis (Hyacinth Girl Press 2014). When she is not editing MH, she enjoys gaming with other poets and their spouses.


Amanda Gowin

Amanda Gowin: Fiction Editor
I like Anais Nin and Mary Gaitskill. Henry Miller, Poe, Kipling, Melville, Atwood, Marquez, Wallace, Caitlin Kiernan and Karen Russell. I'm the realist to to Craig's magician, though he's the Salinger to my Vonnegut. Send me Siamese twins, chimera cats, poison rings. I don't need supernatural, but I want magic all the same. I will read carefully with full understanding that you've handed me a piece of yourself to examine and evaluate, and I take that seriously. My story-handling gloves are soft and forgiving.

Amanda Gowin lives in the foothills of Appalachia with her husband and son. Her fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies ranging from Warmed and Bound (Velvet Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) to NAILED magazine. She co-edited the Cipher Sisters anthology, and her first collection, Radium Girls is currently available.


Kiara McMorris

Kiara McMorris: Poetry Editor
Kiara hails from the Emerald City and spends much of her time working out, eating, and being an overall badass. She is typically unimpressed with most, but is a non stop talking machine once she starts to discuss her passions like travel and social justice. She has been writing poetry off and on since childhood and does not shy away from abstract thought. You can find her drinking a beer at a dive bar or doing weird burlesque things on stage.


Gio Guillemette

Gio Guillemette: Technical Director
Technology and reading have always been magical to me, so it is an honor to put our editors' vision to the (virtual) page. My aim is to make the site feel as much like a simple piece of paper as I can. No distractions, just you and the writing. I hope you enjoy the result.


Award Nominations

2018 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2017 Best of the Net Nominations

2017 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2016 Best of the Net Nominations

2015 Best of the Net Nominations

2015 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2014 Best of the Net Nominations

2014 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2013 Best of the Net Nominations

2013 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2012 Best of the Net Nominations

2012 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2011 Pushcart Prize Nominations