About Us

Speckled Trout Review is an independent literary magazine published, at this time, in an electronic format in the spring and a print issue every fall. We like good storytelling in poems metaphorically rich with imagery, poems in which every word counts, poems that leave the front porch and go beyond the trees. Good rhythm is nice, too. 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 across 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, California Quarterly, Cloudbank, Coal City Review, Common Ground Review, Evening Street Review, Floyd County Moonshine, Free State Review, Glassworks, 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 many others.

Nancy Dillingham, Associate 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.   

Spring 2023 (5.1)

Dear Readers, 

We are pleased to announce the publication of Speckled Trout Review’s Spring 2023 (5.1) issue Spring 2023 (5.1) – Speckled Trout Review, which features an ensemble of accomplished poets. Please share the good news about the issue and STR

We will begin fielding poetry submissions for Fall 2023 (5.2), a print issue, on September 5, the theme of which is For the Ages


Kevin J. McDaniel, Founder and Editor
Nancy Dillingham, Associate Poetry Editor

Submission Guidelines

Call for submissions: Spring 2023 (5.1) (online issue)
Submission window: Opens March 10, closing May 10, or until filled.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or in print) for its Spring 2023 (5.1) online issue. Poets can paste 2 to 4 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 to 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