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 both online and a print zine that featured Canadian writers of prose and poetry. However, from the moment that submissions began pouring in, it was clear those reading my call for submissions wanted an international zine. So the scope of the zine changed before the first issue was launched and I expanded the scope of eligible authors in my Zine’s call for submissions. The contests in each issue offered web pages on my site.
Family is both a person’s foundation and their launching pad. My father was ill for some time when I promised that he wouldn’t be forgotten as he was moved into a home. He passed during a time when that home was closed to visitors due to a Norwalk epidemic. For various reasons, I needed a long recovery afterwards, and I put the zine into hiatus in 2009. In 2012, I removed the site from the web.
In 2015, I realized I missed working on the zine. I decided to relaunch with a few differences. I kept the contest in each issue, but instead of
creating webpages I offered cash prizes (out of my own pocket).
The thing is, there have been many changes to the literary
environment in the past decade, including the launch of a lot
of free E-zines. Therefore, I invited ‘outside’ judges for poetry
And prose. Thankfully, they did that work without pay.
Now, I’ve retired and live on a pension. While I want to pay
for submissions, offer big prizes, and pay for independent judges,
I also want to remain free to submit and free to access. I’ve been
forced to stop enticing authors, but I continue to support people
doing quality work. I believe that submissions of poetry and prose
to the E-Zine remain vibrant because authors truly value being
published with other brilliant artists.
In addition, I no longer offer contests in the E-Zine, but my
Micro Press does offer a Chapbook Contest (during January and
February) and it prints four chapbooks each year.
Are you with me?
Detail of photo by Doug McLean at Pt. Edward, Ontario, Canada