Coming in September!

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We have been absolutely spoiled this summer  working with Amy Shearn and Peggy Shearn on The Little Bastard, their late grandmother/mother’s novella which we will publish this fall (pre-orders begin September 2014). We  cannot wait to share this wonderful story with you but until then, how about some advanced praise?


“Every writer creates messages in a bottle. I’m glad Frances Schutze wrote this story and I’m glad Amy Shearn rescued it. This is the past when it had the tang and tension of the present. I love these families caught up in the innocence of a summer just before everything changed forever.”

Kevin Fenton, author of Merit Badges and Leaving Rolling stone


The Little Bastard transports you instantly to its time and place – the summer of 1940 in The Gardens, a New Deal public housing project in St. Louis – through Betty, a charming narrator whose wisecracks are worthy of Myrna Loy in one of her best roles. Evocative, hilarious, and quirky, this yarn of a tale about an imaginary pregnancy in a tight-knit community of family-oriented bohemians will have you musing about just how much life has changed in the last 70 years – and how little.”

Stephany Aulenback, author of If I Wrote a Book About You


Anchor & Plume’s open reading period begins August 1. Polish those manuscripts! Details here.

We are currently reading for Kindred’s fall/winter issue. The theme for this issue is gathering. Send in your best photographs, poetry, and prose by midnight, August 31. Details here.

July News

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  • Andrea Potos will be reading from and signing copies of New Girl Thursday, July 10th at 7 p.m. at Bright Hill Literary Center.
  • We have decided to switch Kindred from a quarterly publication and will now be publishing Kindred biannually, fall/winter and spring/summer beginning with Issue 8, the upcoming fall/winter issue. New submission deadlines are as follows: Issue 8 (fall/winter): Gather (August 31, 2014) and Issue 9 (spring/summer): No theme (March 31, 2015)
  • Anchor & Plume’s 2014 reading period will run August 1, 2014-September 30, 2014. Once August 1 rolls around, you should see the category live on our Submittable page. In the next few weeks we’ll posting details on work we’d love to see.

Newsy Bits

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  • Kindred, Issue 7: Memory is here! And even better, all pre-orders have shipped. Use coupon code JUNEFB in the shop and pick up a copy of Kindred and the chapbook New Girl for $18 + s/h. Coupon expires tonight, June 13, midnight.
  • We are currently reading for our autumn issue of Kindred, Issue 8: Gather. Submission deadline is August 1. Details on work we’d like to see and how to format submissions can be found here.
  • We are looking for photography for Kindred, Issue 8: Gather. We’d particularly like to see seasonally appropriate photographs (meaning autumn-ish not photos that scream spring or summer) and photographs of gatherings.
  • Anchor & Plume’s next open reading period will run August 1-September 30. During our last open reading period we picked up Andrea Potos’ New Girl and Frances “Peggy” Schutze’s The Little Bastard (forthcoming September 2014) and had to leave several other very tempting manuscripts behind. We hope you’ll send us some of your incredible work, work that in the words of Charles Wright is driven by, “[...] language that has a life of its own, seriousness of subject matter beyond the momentary gasp and glitter, a willingness to take on what’s difficult and beautiful, a willingness to be different and abstract…”*
  • Lastly, as we posted on our Facebook page this morning: Yes, we’d be happy to consider your book for review but please, no digital copies. Print floats our boat.




* More here.

NEW GIRL | poems

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It is difficult to choose just one poem from Andrea Potos’ New Girl to showcase and yet forced to do so, “Daughter Heart” is where we would begin. The intermingling of language, story, and imagery is what initially drew us to this collection and kept us returning to these exquisitely-crafted poems.

Available for pre-order, shipping mid-June.