Plainsongs’ title suggests not only its location on the Great Plains, but also its preference for the living language, whether in free or formal verse. Published three times a year by the English Department of Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, Plainsongs presents poems that seem to be aware of modernist and post-modernist influences, not necessarily by imitation or allusion, but by using the tools provided by that rich heritage. Poets from all 50 states and many foreign countries contribute regularly to Plainsongs.
Plainsongs poetry magazine has been named recipient of the 2010 Jane Geske Award by the Nebraska Center for the Book. The Jane Geske Award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to one or more of the following fields in Nebraska: literacy, reading, book selling, books, libraries, or writing.
Plainsongs started in 1980 at Peru State College and, since 1983, has been published by Hastings College. The current editor of Plainsongs is Dr. Laura Marvel Wunderlich.
To subscribe to Plainsongs, download, print and return this subscription form (.pdf). Checks can be made payable to Plainsongs.
We invite submissions by postal mail with SASE. Successful contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their poem appears and a one-year subscription to Plainsongs. Three poems are chosen from submissions to each issue and honored as award poems with short essays by the members of our Readers Board. Award poets receive small monetary sums, currently $25.
Our submission deadlines (August 15, November 15 and March 15) indicate when we read manuscripts. Manuscripts received shortly before deadlines receive fairly prompt response (7-8 weeks). Others are held longer. We request that poets submit no more than six poems for consideration for each issue.
We assume that poems are not simultaneously submitted elsewhere and have not been previously published. We ask for first-time rights only; copyright reverts to the poet.
We no longer accept email submissions.
Please send submissions to:
Laura Marvel Wunderlich, Editor
Department of English
710 N. Turner Ave.
Hastings, NE 68901