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, Pinyon, 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.   

Submission Guidelines

Calling all poets!

*Speckled Trout Review is planning a special print issue for the fall on the theme of CRISIS.
In a lifetime we experience crises of the heart, the mind, and the body, as well as global crises–the present COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest and social injustices, and natural catastrophes that leave indelible impressions.

We want to hear from poets whose speakers come out stronger after a crisis. We will begin fielding submissions on August 1. The deadline is Oct. 15. Each contributor will receive one copy of Fall 2020 (2.2). Please read the guidelines below before submitting.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry pertaining to the theme noted above (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or print) for its Fall 2020 (2.2) issue. Poets can paste up to 3 poems, followed by a 50-word writer’s biography and mailing address, in the body of an e-mail to speckledtroutreview@hotmail.com. 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.

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 and an editor of Speckled Trout Review
Nancy Dillingham, Poetry editor