Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | January 2023

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Whispers and Echoes returned after a short break in the second week of January 2023, and began sharing the beautifully written submissions that had been sent our way during last open submissions window.

To see what we shared – or what you missed – in January, check out the links below. Enjoy!

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Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | December 2022

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Whispers and Echoes started December by sharing the final responses to the leaf photo prompt and general submissions, before we turned our attention to our last themed call of the year, Extended Editions 2022.

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the journal in 2022, and my continued gratitude to those who read it. I wish you all the best for 2023 – Happy New Year!

To see what we shared – or what you missed – in December, check out the links below. Enjoy!

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Submissions to Whispers and Echoes are now closed…

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Submissions to our Extended Editions submissions call are now closed and all responses have been sent out. We will begin sharing these extended submissions from next week, until we close for our winter break, beginning 17th December 2022 until 9th January 2023.

The window to send in any general submissions is now also closed, and all general submissions have been responded to. We will begin sharing these submissions when we return from our winter break in January 2023, and they will run until the middle February 2023.

If you submitted any poetry or flash fiction to either of the calls above but haven’t received a response, please do get in touch.

Thank you so much for reading and / or submitting to Whispers and Echoes.

Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | November 2022

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November saw Whispers and Echoes continue to share submissions for our series of poetry and short fiction inspired by the Leaf Photo call.

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the journal, and my continued gratitude to those who read it.

To see what we shared – or what you missed – in November, check out the links below. Enjoy!

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Hustle, Bustle, Crinkle, Rustle | Peter Matthews

I wish you had seen when I was light green, with edges all ruffled in pink

but now I am brown and feeling quite down, imagine what neighbours must think

there’s one saving grace that surely takes place when once I have rotted away

I’ll join with my friends and then make amends by feeding the trees every day

Meanwhile I’ll keep mum and wave to my chum who’s rustling there on the ground

She’s having some fun in the bright Autumn sun as she crunches and swirls all around

I’m waiting, you know, for the next mighty blow that will send me to join all the rest

Then I’ll chase all around with that glorious sound that fresh fallen leaves do the best

We’ll all pile together in crisp Autumn weather ensuring the kids have a ball

Then hustle and bustle and crinkle and rustle, a wonderful time had by all!


Peter Matthews, a country boy at heart, lives with his wife in the suburbs of Nottingham, England.  His greatest achievement is that he has aged fairly gracefully but has avoided growing up.  Peter has written poetry from the age of sixteen and blogs regularly at www.pollymermaid.wordpress.com.

Leaf Me Alone | Peter Matthews

I’m hanging here just enjoying the gentle breeze, despite the fact that every single one of my mates has deserted me!

“Come on”, they said, “jump off with us, it’ll be fun!”

Fun? Sure!  I saw how that great big lolloping beast of a man came out and hoovered up the last lot who’d had fun spiralling down to the grassy bank below.  He then went and dumped them all in a big black bin down behind the rose bushes. 

I saw inside there once when the lid was off.  Loads of worms, eating my mates!

Just. leaf. me. alone!


Peter Matthews, a country boy at heart, lives with his wife in the suburbs of Nottingham, England.  His greatest achievement is that he has aged fairly gracefully but has avoided growing up.  Peter has written poetry from the age of sixteen and blogs regularly at www.pollymermaid.wordpress.com.

Two Submissions Calls…Now open to Extended Editions – and General Submissions too!

Whispers and Echoes is now open to submissions for our latest submissions call: Extended Editions.

Usually we only accept short poetry and flash fiction here at Whispers and Echoes, but occasionally, we do enjoy reading longer pieces.  Hence our latest submissions call for longer works…Read on to learn more…

Guidelines

  • All our usual submissions guidelines apply – you can find them here – except for the following:
    • Only one submission per contributor will be accepted for this call
    • Poems are limited to 25 lines, and flash fiction is limited to 250 words
  • There is no set theme or genre for this call.
  • Please put “Extended Editions – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of your email.
  • All submissions must be sent in the body of an email – no attachments and no links please!
  • Please give your submission a title.
  • Include an author bio written in third person, of no more than 50 words, and accompanied by up to 2 links (blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, etc).
  • All work should be original.  Please do not send us work that infringes another’s copyright – no song lyrics, no fan fiction, etc.
  • Submissions open: Friday 11 November 2022
  • Submissions close: Friday 25 November 2022
  • All accepted submissions will be posted on the site between December 2022 – January 2023, depending on the volume of submissions
  • Responses will be emailed out during the week beginning 28 November 2022

Send submissions to: deardreamingspirit@gmail.com

To read our Submissions FAQ, please check out the SUBMIT page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Whispers and Echoes is also currently open to general submissions, that is submissions on no set theme or genre, in 100 words or less for flash fiction, or 10 lines or less for poetry.

For the full submission guidelines and information on how to submit, please check out the SUBMIT page.