Big Pond Rumours
Big Pond Rumours has gone through a number of
transformations. When it was first launched, in
January 2006, it was intended to be a zine that
featured Canadian writers of prose and poetry.
However, from the moment submissions began
pouring in, it was clear that those reading my
call for submissions wanted an international zine.
So the scope of the zine was hanged before the
first issue was launched and I expanded my call for
My father had been ill for some time with Palsy and Alzheimer’s and I personally promised him that he would not be forgotten when he was moved to a home. He passed during a time the home was closed to visitors due to a Norwalk epidemic. I needed a long recovery and I put the zine in hiatus in 2009. In 2012, I removed the site.
In 2015, I realized how much I missed working on the zine and decided to relaunch with a few differences. I kept the contest in each issue, but instead of creating webpages for winners I offered cash prizes (out of my own pocket). It has been hard to re-establish the zine. There are many changes to the literary environment, including a lot more zines and very little free advertising. It is hard to pay for advertising when you pay for the site itself, for hosting fees, and for those prizes. I have invited ‘outside’ judges frequently, and they are doing their work without pay.
Now, I am retiring and I will have 1/4 of the income I used to have. So while I want to pay for submissions and offer big prizes and pay for the independent judges, I cannot. In addition, I am forced to reduce the amount of the prizes in the next issue, but I hope the submissions of poetry and prose will remain just as vibrant and strong as they have been.
I continue to operate Big Pond Rumours to show my support for writers doing quality work. Are you with me?