About Us

Speckled Trout Review is an independent literary magazine. We like good storytelling in poems metaphorically rich and ripe with imagery, poems in which every word counts, poems that look like poems. Good rhythm is nice, too. However, abstract is not our thing; neither is overt political stuff. Appalachian poets are welcome here, in addition to many other subjects, styles, and work from poets spanning the globe.

Kevin J. McDaniel, founder and poetry editor

In addition to two chapbooks, Family Talks (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and At the Foot of a Mountain (Old Seventy Creek Press, 2018), Kevin is the author of a book of poetry, Rubbernecking (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2019). His poems have appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Artemis Journal, AvantAppal(achia), Broad River Review, Cloudbank, Coal City Review, Common Ground Review, Evening Street Review, Floyd County Moonshine, Free State Review, Gravel, Green Briar Review, JuxtaProse, North Dakota Quarterly, Ocean State Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, The Offbeat, Third Wednesday, Valley Voices: A Literary Review, and others.

Nancy Dillingham, poetry editor

Nancy Dillingham’s poetry, short stories, and commentaries have appeared in a variety of literary journals, newspapers, and magazines such as the Asheville Poetry Review, Raleigh News & Observer, and Mountain Xpress.  Her poetry collection Home was nominated for a Southern Independent Booksellers’ Alliance Award.  She is a sixth generation Dillingham from Big Ivy and lives in Asheville.   

Featured Poems & Fall 2019 Issue

Dear Readers,

We are pleased by the number of strong submissions that we have received from many accomplished poets for Speckled Trout Review’s first issue, which is set to go live in early December. Meanwhile, we invite contributors, readers, and potential contributors to take in a few of the poems posted under “Featured Poems.” The deadline for the Fall 2019 issue is November 6.


The editors

Submission Guidelines

*We are accepting submissions for the first issue of Speckled Trout Review (Fall 2019 issue), which will be published in early December. The deadline for submissions is November 6.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or print) for its fall and spring issues. Poets can paste up to 4 poems, followed by a 50-75 word writer’s biography at the end, in the body of an e-mail to speckledtroutreview@hotmail.com. 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.

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. Poets whose work is selected for an anthology will receive a complimentary copy and a discount for additional copies.