CATEGORY: 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

July Update

We are currently in the final stages of the reading period for our 2017 issue, which will be released in February. If you’ve thought about submitting but haven’t yet, you have until August 1.

This reading period we’ve received a high number of submission, the most in many years, and as such, it’s taking the staff a bit longer to work through the many poems, stories, and essays. So if you have submitted and you haven’t yet heard from us, please be patient. 🙂 As a reminder, we also accept unsolicited book reviews (of any length) year round.

We’re simultaneously planning the 2017 Windhover Writers’ Festival, which will take place February 15-17. Our keynote speaker is Brian Doyle, and he will be joined by poets David Wright and Marci Rae Johnson. Still on the Hill will be returning to provide their wonderful musical stories. There is now a featured presenters’ page over on the festival website, providing background about these lovely, talented folks.

In mid-August we will post the general Call for Papers for the festival, and registration will open later in the fall. We hope you’ll make plans to attend!

We are in the last weeks of our final 6-month reading period for Windhover. Beginning in 2017, we will transition to two issues with two separate reading periods. There is a lot of work involved in this transition, but we are excited about the future of the journal as we head into our third decade. We’ll have more information about this change in the coming months.

Grace & Peace,

Nathaniel L. Hansen, Editor

March Update

Fans of Windhover & the Windhover Writers’ Festival:

Spring greetings from Central Texas!


* We are currently accepting submissions for Volume 21 of Windhover, which will be released next February. We’ll be reading submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and nonfiction through August 1. You can find the call for submissions, as well as a link to our submissions manager, on our homepage:

* We are now reading book reviews year round. To get a better sense of our interests, check out the “Book Review” section of the Windhover blog: Book reviews can be submitted via our submissions manager.

* Next week will be at the AWP Conference Bookfair in Los Angeles on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Our table number is 830, so stop by say, “hi!”

* If you’re at AWP next week, we are hosting an offsite reading in conjunction with Rock & Sling, Ruminate, WordFarm, and Relief. The reading is Friday, April 1, at 8:30 p.m., and takes place at Salvage in downtown LA. The address is 717 W. 7th. There’s a facebook event page here:

* We’ll also be at the Festival of Faith & Writing (4/14-4/16) in Grand Rapids, MI.

Windhover Writers’ Festival

* The 2016 Windhover Writers’ Festival was a wonderful 3 days of readings, panels, and workshops. This year we had several returning attendees, as well as many new folks.

* The dates for the 2017 Windhover Writers’ Festival are February 15-17. Although we have not completely filled the roster, we are very excited to announce that our keynote presenter next year will be Brian Doyle. He will also be joined by poets David Wright and Marci Rae Johnson. In the next month or so we will be finalizing the roster.

And don’t forget that we’re on Twitter @WindhoverMag

Grace & Peace,

Nathaniel L. Hansen, Editor