Big Pond Rumours

The ‘zine

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?


                                    Sharon Berg




























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