About Us

Speckled Trout Review is an independent literary magazine published, at this time, in an electronic format. 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 three chapbooks, Family Talks (Finishing Line Press, 2017), At the Foot of a Mountain (Old Seventy Creek Press, 2018), and They Called Us Blue Jays (Pen & Anvil Press, 2020), 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, California Quarterly, 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, Red Rock Review,The Aurorean, 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.   

Nancy Dillingham Interview

Dear Readers and Past Contributors,

Speckled Trout Review’s very own Nancy Dillingham is Mountain Made’s (Asheville, NC) featured poet in the ongoing series Inside the Artist’s Studio. In the interview, Nancy gives a glimpse into her writing-process and the inspiration behind her poetry collections. https://mtnmade.com/blog/behind-the-scenes-with-nancy-dillingham-asheville-poet/


Kevin J. McDaniel
Founder and an editor of Speckled Trout Review

Spring 2020

Dear readers,

Speckled Trout Review is happy to announce the publication of Spring 2020, which features work by thirty-three poets. We thank all contributors who shared their words with this fledgling publication. The submission window for Fall 2020, print issue on CRISIS, will open August 1. Specific guidelines will be announced then.


The editors

Spring 2020

Dear Readers and Contributors,

The submission window for Spring 2020 closed on April 16. Spring 2020 will go live in early May. Our next submission window will open August 1 for the Fall 2020 issue, which will be a print issue pertaining to the theme of Crisis, details of which, including submission guidelines, will be announced at that time.


The editors

Submission Guidelines

*We will begin reading submissions on February 1 for the second issue of Speckled Trout Review (Spring 2020), which will be published in early May. The deadline for submissions is April 15.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or print) for its Spring 2020 issue. Poets can paste up to 3 poems, followed by a 50-75 word writer’s biography at the end, in the body of an e-mail to speckledtroutreview@hotmail.com. Please note: attachments will go unread. 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.