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Today is the first day we've awakened to clear skies since May 1!  It's been so long since we've had decent weather that I forgot what it is like.  Such a long, cool, wet spring and (so far) summer makes for miserable dispositions, and your's truly is Queen of Misery right now.  Hopefully the sun will stick around long enough to lift my (and everyone else's) spirits.

The good news, however, is that the 2003 edition of mp is available and is one of the best issues ever.  The printer did an excellent job and I'm as proud as any parent can be of this baby. 

The Simile Contest on the Contests  page is underway - with 4 entries to choose from.  Be sure to vote for your favorite Simile - AND don't forget to enter the Loella Cady Lamphier Prize for Poetry Contest, as well.

miller's pond is also sponsoring another new contest this year - the Reader's Choice Award.  Readers can nominate their choice for the Featured Poet section in the 2004 issue.  Those eligible for nomination are all poets who appeared in the 2003 - except the current Featured Poet.  Vote for your favorite poet in the 2003 issue by sending a postcard with your name, address, and e-mail (if applicable), along with the name of your choice for Featured Poet to:

% H&H Press
RR 2, Box 239
Middlebury Center, PA 16935
OR - you can vote on-line HERE.  Please vote only once.  Votes will be accepted until Nov. 1.
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So here it is, the second month into 2003 already!  Have you taken steps to fulfill your New Year's Writing Resolution yet?  Get at it, and submit!
You can't get published if you don't submit. 

The nation mourns the loss of more heroes with the tragedy of the Columbia space shuttle.  As with 9/11/01, I'm sure much of our healing will be through words, be they in story, song or poetic form.

The next issue of mp is being prepared for the press as I write this.  The pond, once again, sparkles with a stunning school of poets selected by Editor David Cazden.

The winners of the 2003 Loella Cady Lamphier Prize for Poetry Contest have been announced - the list is visible in the scrolling box on the Contests page.  There were so many great poems in the contest this year, Judge Vivian Shipley actually chose 14 Honorable Mentions instead of the usual 10.  My congratulations to each poet who entered, for the competition was as stiff as a February wind.

Don't like that simile? Then vote for the Simile of your choice, as suggested by 4 creative poets on our Contests  page.
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Hello, again, Dear Poets.

The year is quickly coming to an end, and the 2003 issue is now closed to submissions.  We have a great line-up of Poets for you - some familiar, as well as some new to the Pond.  Robert Cooperman returns with an interesting ballad from the old West and our Featured Poet has made more appearances in on-line publications than in print magazines, so I'm pleased to give her work the exposure it deserves on the printed page.

The winners of the Loella Cady Lamphier Prize for Poetry has also been selected, and Judge Vivian Shipley had quite a task of choosing from all the excellent poems submitted.  I'll announce the winners in Dec.  If you sent in an SASE for a list of the winners, look for it in your mail box soon.

Keep checking the Guidelines often for the latest changes in our policies.  Our reading period has changed, and soon the mailing address will change for those who prefer to submit for our hard copy version via U.S. mail instead of electronically.  A reminder, though:  both editors now prefer to deal with electronic submissions, so if you haven't tried to use our on-line submission form, please do so.

As much as we'd like to go to press twice a year, we are still currently an annual magazine.  This remains so due to a number of factors.  Based on the volume of quality submissions we receive, coupled with the number of copies sold, we could either produce two smaller issues a year, or publish one double issue.  We opted for the latter, as it is more cost-effective for us.  In effect, our subscribers are getting the same number of great poems in a single issue once a year that they would get if the magazine were published twice a year, but at a lower price than if they had to pay for a 2-issue subscription.  If you would like to see the hard copy version of miller's pond published twice a year, help spread the word...and buy a copy today!
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Editor Dave Cazden tells me some of the submissions he's recently looked at have contained SASE's with the old postage rate.  Because we are a VERY small publishing house, with an even smaller budget, we cannot afford to pay the extra postage on these submissions when we return them, so in all likelyhood, they will either be returned to the sender as Postage Due, or the postoffice will refuse to deliver them.  If you sent us a submission several months ago, prior to the postage rates increase, and you didn't take into account that your submission would be returned after the postage rates increased, you need to be aware of this fact.  You also need to be aware that we DO post a reading period, and that submissions sent prior to or after that period may take longer to respond to than submissions sent during the reading period.  If you are not familiar with this reading period, please read our  Guidelines- the link is conveniently on the left side of this web page.

If you haven't purchased a copy of the 2003 Poets Market published by Writer's Digest Books, do so.  It not only has a terrific interview with me in it - providing you with a ton a valuable insights into the publishing world of small press magazines, but there are lots of terrific interviews by other authors, editors, and publishers, plus hundreds of markets, both on-line and in-print, for you to submit your work to.  It's definitely one of the most valuable reference books you should have on your shelf!
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The moment you have all been waiting for - very patiently, I might add, has finally arrived.  miller's pond 2002 is back from the printer and will be in your mailbox soon, if you ordered a copy, that is.

There are a few typos, as always, and I apologize for those, and will have corrections posted on the 2002 print version web page (you can get there by clicking on The Magazine link). 

It seems no matter how many proof-readers I have, including myself, and no matter how many times we each read the issue before it goes to the printer, we are inevitably disappointed to find errors we missed when we get the magazine back in our hands.  Is there a magazine or book publisher out there that has ever produced a 100% perfect publication?  If so, I'd like to know.  On the other hand, maybe I don't.  Our only consolation on the matter of typos is that other publishers share the same plight.  We are, afterall, only human (sad, but true).

Enough about our faults.  For some good news, new print editor David Cazden's info is on his page (check out Editor's Log on the left column on your screen).

I will be working on the Loella Cady Lamphier Prize for Poetry Contest, lining up the judge, etc. within the next couple of weeks, and will be making periodic progress anouncements right here as always.

And Web Editor Julie Damerell tells me there is another issue of miller's pond ready to post on the web.

So stay tuned.  Terrific things are happening.

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The changes have begun!  I'm nearly done with reading all the poetry that had been submitted for mp 2002, and am looking forward to finalizing the magazine for the printer.

To that end, miller's pond is pleased to announce David Cazden is the new poetry editor for the hard copy of miller's pond magazine.  His poetry has been published on this web site, as well as many other places.  A web page with his bio is forthcoming.

David will be accepting submissions for the magazine via our special web form.  There is also a special web form for submissions to the web version of miller's pond.  I'm pleased to say Julie Damerell remains the editor of miller's pond on the web.  If you go to Guidelines, you will be able to submit to David or Julie using the appropriate form.  You can also submit via the traditional U.S. Mail to me.

In reading the vast amount of submissions mp has received in the past year, I've found it pertinent that a "Tips" page be included here.  Far too many writers are submitting inappropriate material to mp.  This slows down the process of reading (and accepting/rejecting) poems for miller's pond and does not make me happy.  If you are submitting to miller's pond, believe me, you WANT to do all you can to make me happy with your submissions.  Otherwise, you are just wasting your time and money on stamps, paper, ink, and envelopes and you really ought to think about taking up a different hobby, like fishing.
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Yes, it's me again.  It's 6 a.m. and I'm sitting at the desk in my office that has finally been thrown back together after being disassembled since Memorial Weekend of 2001.  We moved - not more than a mile from our former residence, but the move had caused me to pack up my books, your submissions, and of course all my "tools" necessary to run miller's pond and my other writing endeavors.  (I know I promised last month not to make excuses, and you just got one....get over it.)

Progress has been made, slow but sure.  I now have electricity - adequate enough for my computer, etc. - where there was none before.  And heat.  Now that I'm only weeks away from not needing it.

My office is still a jumbled mess, with boxes strewn here and there with god-knows-what in them.  Of the boxes I've been able to unpack, I've been pleased to find some important office paraphernalia essential for miller's pond and H&H Press.  But with each passing weekend I'm getting closer to my goal of becoming organized and efficient once more.

And the real news is, I have whittled down the stack of submissions.  If you haven't received a rejection, that's because I'm still mulling and choosing.  This issue will mark the 5th anniversary of miller's pond and I want it to be the best yet. 

And in the course of all this, I've decided to make some important changes to the magazine.  I'm still going to print a hard copy, along with a separate and distinct web version - new web issue will be going up on the site this week, as a matter of fact.  The changes, however, deal with submissions policies.  I'm bringing on board another editor, and will be accepting submissions via the web for both magazines.

Plus I'm going to offer a second contest, and strive to have two issues published a year instead of one starting in 2003. The second contest will be a chapbook contest, and the winner will get her/his chapbook published, and 25 free copies, plus a web page under for promoting the chapbook.

So many changes.  Now that you know what's coming, I hope you are as excited as I am.  Stay tuned and Enjoy!
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I don't know about you, but it seems the older I get, the faster time flies by.  About now it's traveling at the speed of sound - at least in my life.  While some people are anticipating spring just around the corner, I'm scratching my head and wondering what happened to Thanksgiving and Christmas?  What, we HAD those holidays already?  I must have blinked, because I don't remember.  Well, okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration.  And what I'm trying to say in a very wordy way (to quote the White Rabbit) is, "I'm Late, I'm Late!"

A lot of you are wondering if the 2002 edition of miller's pond has been published yet.  A lot more of you are wondering if it is going to be published.  And even more of you are just plain angry that you've sent me poetry months and months ago with narry a response.

Personally, I don't blame you one bit for being angry.  I absolutely hate to send my poems to some magazine for consideration and wait for months for a response.  I have become the editor I vowed when I started this magazine I would NOT become.  I have plenty of excuses, but that doesn't help your situation any, so I'm not going to go there.

You have my sincere apologies for making you wait.

And you have my promise.

miller's pond will be coming out...I'm going to say by April.  Hopefully sooner, but I had aspirations of having it out by Jan. and you know what happened to that!

Well, I have poems to read.  Lots and lots of poems.  So I'd better get at it.

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With the year 2002 upon us, miller's pond celebrates its 5th anniversary with an interview with Judith Sornberger and a dazzling array of poets, including our top three winners in the Loella Cady Lamphier Prize for Poetry Contest.

Throughout these past five years, I have had the privilege to meet many fine poets and enjoy their works.  I have also had the opportunity to make several observations concerning the publishing world of poetry, which I would like to share with you dear readers at this time.

While miller's pond has consistently received larger numbers of submissions with each passing year, enabling us to consistently publish larger volumes of quality poetry each year, the number of our sales has proportionally diminished.  In talking with editors of other poetry magazines, I find this is becoming the norm, and that saddens me.

Small, independent presses like H&H Press can only continue to publish magazines if it has adequate support from its readers and contributors.  We do not have the financial backing of an educational institution to keep us afloat.  Nor are we non-profit organizations that can request grants for publication purposes.  Our income comes from subscribers.  And it is only that income, plus our own personal "donations" which enables us to continue publishing. 

If you are a poet, and submit your work to magazines, please be aware that those magazines are as dependent on your support financially, as you are dependent on those magazines to provide you with a place to send your work for publication.   It is a coexistence in which neither can exist for very long without the other.  Granted, there are many markets out there to submit to, and if one magazine folds, there are always others to take its place.  But what happens in the long run is that as the market base shrinks, so to does the chances of a poet finding a magazine that can/will accept his/her work because the competition consequently grows to fierce proportions.  There are many more poets than there are markets.

Whether you are simply a reader or a poet who submits to miller's pond or Two Rivers Review, or Ploughshares is not the point here.  The point is, if you find a magazine you like, help keep it around by buying a copy.  If you haven't bought any poetry magazines at all this year, yet have submitted your poetry with expectations of receiving an acceptance, ask yourself why would you want to submit to a magazine you don't even read. 

If you are one of the lucky poets who has received an acceptance from a poetry magazine, show your thanks for the magazine that supported you and your work by returning that support with a subscription, or at least the purchase of 1 or more contributor's copies.  This way you are helping to ensure the future of the magazine, as well as helping keep a poetry market available for your future submissions.

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