Soundings East

Three different copies of Soundings East sit on top of one another, in varying colors to display several issues.

Soundings East is the literary journal of Salem State University, published annually with support from the Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Founded in 1973, the journal is edited by upper-level creative students under the aegis of an advisory editor from the writing faculty. Soundings East is dedicated to publishing high-quality poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The magazine is distributed nationally, with recent press runs of 750 copies. 

Soundings East Submissions Open September 1

Submissions for Volume 39 will be read between September 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017. We will respond within two months. Prose submissions (fiction and non-fiction) should not exceed 10,000 words. Poetry of any style is welcomed; please limit prose submission to two pieces and poetry to five poems. Include a brief bio. All publication rights revert to authors.

Electronic submissions are accepted via Submittable. Please do not use the email shown below for submissions.

Hard copy submissions should be sent to:

Soundings East
English Department - MH249
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

2016 Claire Keyes Poetry Prize Winner announced

Mark Wagenaar has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. He is the 2015 winner of the Juniper Prize, from UMass Press, for his second book The Body Distances. His first, Voodoo Inverso, was the 2012 winner of the University of Wisconsin Press' Felix Pollak Prize. He was the 2014 winner of the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Southern Indiana Review's Mary C. Mohr Prize and The Pinch Poetry Award. Wagenaar is a doctoral fellow at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Final judge Ross Gay shared this about Wagenaar's poems: "These poems are weird and exciting and full of wonderful language and music, and they are always going for something just beyond reach."