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About

A journal, devoted to the arts, Kestrel takes its name from the family of small falcons found throughout the world; the word 'kestrel' derives from the sound of the falcon's distinctive cry. Kestrel publishes fiction, poetry, translations, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers. We have published work from the U.S., Canada, Ireland, France, Haiti, etc. and are especially happy to publish work by West Virginian and Appalachian writers.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions and does not offer monetary payment for accepted submissions.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1993

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Kestrel is open to any genre of short fiction that questions assumptions and moves us to reconsider everyday life. We enjoy stories with believable plots, developed characters, consistent points-of-view, vivid and symbolic settings, true dialogue, and thought-provoking themes, though we also enjoy experimental writing that makes new the expected conventions.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Creative non-fiction, memoir, literary essay are preferred. Subject matter may vary but attention to writing as craft and art is paramount; the attention to diction, syntax, detail should delight and surprise. We appreciate writing that makes a subject's complexity understandable and its familiarity new. We expect non-fiction to be non-fiction.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Experimental, Literary, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Memoir, Place/Regions (Specific region).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Review ReviewNo specific word count limits known.
Essay EssayUp to 5,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open Fee-based

Attention to craft is crucial but we are open to all forms/genres of poetry and prose that is believable and thought-provoking, that makes new the expected conventions.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Experimental poetry, Formal verse, Free verse, Hybrid form.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; 3 - 5 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Open Fee-based

Submissions to Kestrel may be made in any medium. Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi and in .jpg format. We publish full-color and black and white images.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2021
Last Checked: 01 Jun 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 28 Apr 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 27 Mar 2009

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