March Update

I hope that Spring has sprung wherever you are reading this, and I want to take a moment to offer some updates about the journal and the festival.
The Windhover
  • ​Issue 21.1 was released during the AWP Bookfair in Washington, D.C. This issue marks a full redesign of the journal, and the first in our new printing schedule of 2 issues a year (1 in February & 1 in August).
  • If you haven’t yet read the issue, be sure to purchase a copy through our website, or better yet, order a subscription.
  • We are currently reading submissions for issue 21.2, which will be released in August. We’re looking for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as more general nonfiction. Please note that our reading period continues through April 15. Time is running out to send us your work!
  • Because of our new schedule, we will have a second reading period, running from August 1 through October 15.
  • We are excited to be bringing The Windhover to the second annual Catholic Imagination Conference at Fordham University. As the editor, I’ll be speaking with some other wonderful editors on a panel discussing faith-based journals. We’ll also have copies of 21.1 available. Here’s a link to the conference website:
The Windhover Writers’ Festival
  • ​​The 2017 festival was an enjoyable time, with writers and readers local, regional, and national.
  • Mark your calendars for February 14-16, 2018, which will be next year’s dates for the festival.
  • We’re currently working on finalizing our roster, and once we confirm our featured presenters, we’ll announce the list via our Facebook page and Twitter account.
Grace & Peace,
Nathaniel L. Hansen, Editor
The Windhover

January Update

Fans of The Windhover & The Windhover Writers’ Festival:

The Windhover:

* We’re excited that issue 21.1 (featuring the new title and layout) has been sent off to print. We’ll be releasing the issue at the 50th Annual AWP Conference in Washington, D.C., February 7-10. We’ll be at #342-T, so stop by and visit us!

* This upcoming issue begins our new twice-a-year publishing schedule, with one issue released in February and one released in August. To coincide with our new publishing schedule, we now have two distinct reading periods: 1) February 1-April 15 for the August issue & 2) August 1-October 15 for the February issue.

* We now have online ordering available for subscriptions, and single issues. You can find the ordering link on The Windhover website.

* Subscriptions are $22 (for two issues), the most recent issue is $12, and all back issues are $6.

* As noted above, we’ll be open for general submissions on Feb. 1 (via the Submittable link on our website), so begin gathering your best work to send our way!

The Windhover Writers’ Festival:

* We’re busy finalizing all the details for the upcoming festival, Feb. 15-17, and registration is still open through 11:59 p.m. on January 20.

* We have a more set schedule now (via the festival website), and shortly after registration closes we’ll post the slot of panelists for each panel, as well as bios for all panelists.

Grace & Peace.

Nathaniel L. Hansen

Editor, The Windhover

December Update

Dear fans of The Windhover and The Windhover Writers’ Festival:

Here are some quick updates as we enter this third week of Advent.

The Windhover

* We’ve nearly completed our redesign of the journal, including a shortened name: The Windhover. Our editorial focus remains the same as before. We’ll speak more to this change in the coming weeks and months.

* We’re currently working on enabling online ordering (and payment) for individual copies and subscriptions. We’ll let you know via Facebook and Twitter when that is live.

* The next issue, 21.1, will mark the beginning of our 2 issues/year publishing schedule, with one issue released in February (as has been the custom) and a second issue released in August.

* As a result of our new publication schedule, our reading period is being modified. We will have two reading periods: February 1-April 15 (for the August issue) & August 1-October 15 (for the February issue).

* We will again be at AWP in Washington, D.C., February 7-10.

* We will also be exhibiting at the Catholic Imagination Conference, April 27-29, at Fordham University in New York City.

The Windhover Writers’ Festival, Feb. 15-17, 2017:

* In mid-November we unfortunately had to announce that Brian Doyle, our scheduled keynote, had to cancel due to health issues. Doyle has shared his story publicly in several Pacific Northwest papers, and a fundraising campaign has been set up to help with medical expenses:

* You can read a story about Brian Doyle discussing his health here:

* A working schedule is now live for the festival, available on the website.

* Festival registration opened on November 18, and will remain open through Friday, January 20.

* We have reserved a block of rooms at the Temple Hampton Inn & Suites. Rooms with 2 queen beds are $86/night, which also includes a full hot breakfast.

We hope you have a great remainder of 2016! See you in 2017!


Nathaniel L. Hansen

Editor, The Windhover


November Update

Fall has finally arrived here in Central Texas, and we are busy working on preparations for the upcoming issue and festival.


In the middle of last month, we finalized our selections for Volume 21, which will be released in February. The issue features work by 46 writers and 2 artists. You can find the full list of names here on our blog as well as on our Facebook page.

Here are the “numbers”:

1. 1,127 total pieces (poems, stories, essays) submitted
2. 65 Essays: 4 accepted
3. 81 Short Stories: 5 accepted
4. 981 Poems: 40 accepted

We are also working on a redesign of the journal, and we’ll release more information about that in the coming weeks and months.

We are shifting to two issues a year, one of which will be released in February and one in August. You can save the date for the next submission period: 2/1/17-4/15/17.

Finally, we will be exhibiting Volume 21 at the AWP conference in Washington, D.C., in early February. Please be sure to drop by our table in the bookfair! (We’ll have more info. on our Facebook page and Twitter feed in the near future.)

Windhover Writers’ Festival

We are excited to welcome our featured presenters Feb. 15-17: Brian Doyle, David Wright, Marci Rae Johnson, and Still on the Hill.

The deadline for proposals is one week from today: November 16. You can find the call for papers on the festival homepage here.

In addition to readings/presentations, we will have several workshops that attendees can participate in. More information about workshops will be provided in the registration information next week.

Registration for the festival (which is free) will open on November 17. We will have a registration link on the festival homepage.

We will have a discounted rate for a select area hotel, and we’ll have more information about that when registration opens next week.

We hope you’ll make plans to attend!

Grace & Peace,

Nathaniel L. Hansen, Editor