Submission Guidelines

Call for submissions: Fall 2021 (3.2) Childhood memories (print issue)
Submission window opens September 1, closing November 1.

We often have a penchant to wax nostalgic about our childhood memories or a desire to idealize them. However, the reality is more measured. We know that we may carry these formative recollections, visceral and vivid, with us throughout our lives, even as we perceive them to be warm and nourishing or perhaps frightening. We want poems that leave the front porch and go beyond the trees.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or in print) for its Fall 2021 (3.2) print issue. Poets can paste up to 4 poems, followed by a 50-word writer’s biography and mailing address, in the body of an e-mail to Please note: attachments will go unread. Poems with overt political messages are not for Speckled Trout Review. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please share the good news when a poem finds a home elsewhere. For any questions about submissions or Speckled Trout Review, reach out to us at the above e-mail address. Poets whose work is selected for Fall 2021 (3.2) will receive a complimentary copy of the issue.

For contributors whose work appears in either a fall or spring issue, we ask poets acknowledge Speckled Trout Review as the original publisher of the poem(s) in any subsequent publication thereafter. We reserve the right to archive accepted poems on the Speckled Trout Review website indefinitely and to publish work in a future anthology.


Kevin J. McDaniel, Founder of Speckled Trout Review
Nancy Dillingham, Associate Poetry Editor

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