Art credit: Vol. 18 cover artist, Trent Thigpen
Windward Review is an annually published print literary journal showcasing narratives unique to the South Texas Coastal Bend and the border region.
We seek bold and memorable works. We invite risk-takers, traditionalists, community writers, academics, and undergraduates to send us their best work. We look for well-crafted poetry and prose that expands and redefines human truths found in our region. We also look for art that is memorable enough to speak for itself. We especially invite submissions from those who can speak to any of the many dynamic borderland experiences, including bilingual work and translations.
Past writers include Rossy Evelin Lima, René Rodríguez Soriano, Katherine Hoerth, Octavio Quintanilla, Juan Manuel Pérez, Edward Vidaurre, Alexandra van de Kamp, Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros, Gary Worth Moody, PW Covington, Jo Reyes-Boytel, and many more.
Submissions are closed for Vol. 18, an edition exploring CIVILITY AND YOU. Thank you to all who have generously shared their words with us.
Editors may be working from home, but the Windward Review team is still passionately working hard to make Volume 18 a success. We look forward to showing our community and amazing contributors the journal we are lovingly putting together. In an effort to remain close and in support of our valuable community of writers, readers, and friends, we have started a blog.
"We believe that great works of art are not what you expect them to be. They are instead, works that excite and mesmerize because they are not. As editors, we cultivate originality in the frame of convention rather than progenerate convention. Our favorite works pay homage to the human experience, with its surprising commonalities of emotions and histories,... as-well-as relish its necessary subjectivity. The singular experience of every person reminds us that being a brilliant artist takes nothing but a brave acceptance of a need for authenticity.
If you submit to us and get accepted, know that a devoted team of editors pored through your work on many more than one occasions, engaged with their own creative process, and felt intuitively that the work would be complimented in that years' volume. As editors, we are nothing more than humble creatives ourselves who really love what we do. We rely on heart and what speaks to us in the larger world that year in order to put our journal together. We do this because we know that our journal has a chance to make a difference with the statement made in the final product.
If you submit to us and do not get accepted, know that we only fail to accept pieces when they are more likely to be fully appreciated and emotionally witnessed in another volume, another journal, or at another time. For those not accepted, we will contact you with some notes on why, especially to the tune of why the work didn't feel right to us that term. And we are always enthusiastically willing to further engage with you if you would like more extrapolation or help. We do this because we could not call ourselves editors if we didn't become creative partners to everyone who is willing to spend time with us.
As a creative publication, our lifeblood is a philosophy of compassion being the most important part of editing. We are a team of editors and volunteers, but our real role is making everyone who submits to us, works with us, or spends time with us know that they are a welcomed Windward Review family member.
Thanks for reading, "
Zoe Ramos Jmj
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