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Our Annual For Love of Lit Reading

Once again, Sin Fronteras is hosting a reading in conjunction with Las Cruces’ For Love of Art Month.  Members and friends of Sin Fronteras will be reading on Saturday afternoon, February 24.  Thirteen local poets will read. Michael Mandel will be the M.C.

Join us at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main Street, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


Issue #22 out soon

This year’s issue of Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal has just gone to the printer.  We, the editors and production team, are excited about this year’s mix of pieces.  We’ll say more about it when we get the new image up.

Copies for contributors should be on their way by early March.

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Work on Issue #22 Continues

The poetry editors and the prose editors have done their work, and the process now moves toward production.  This will be slow, in our all-volunteer operation; we hope to have the Journal out in March.

We accepted work from a total of 40 writers, a varied set of pieces from a richly varied batch of submissions.  Thanks to all.

If you submitted and have not heard back from us, please send an email to sinfronterasnm@gmail.com, and we’ll look into the matter.  We are – sometimes excessively so – fallible humans.


Last Chance to Submit

The submissions period for our 2018 issue of Sin Fronteras Journal (#22) ends in one week, on Friday, June 30 (by 12:00 midnight, mountain time, to our email, or postmarked on June 30 for snail mail.

If you’ve been thinking about sending us something now is the time to act.

See the Submissions page and the previous post for all the information you need on what and how.  We’ve seen some good material coming in, but we are eager for more.


Submissions Update

Sin Fronteras Journal is accepting submissions now, until June 30.  There’s no need to wait until the last minute!

What are we looking for?  Previously unpublished work of good quality, on a variety of topics and in a variety of styles.  We like poems about borders, including but not limited to our own border with Mexico.  And not only geographical borders.

We like a bit of Spanish, even a pair of poems, one in Spanish, one in English, as long as both are your own work.  (Two people could submit together).

We like free verse and we like forms, as long as they are done well.

A poem longer than two journal pages (about 70 lines) would have to be very good indeed and shorter prose has a better chance than a piece pushing the 3,000 word limit.

Consider the 4 1/8” print width of our pages before sending poems with long lines.  Show us. where you would want the lines broken

For email submissions, here are some things to remember:

  • Send submissions as a single email attachment. Word (.doc or .docx) works best for us.
  • Include contact information in the document, as well as in the body of the email.
  • Include your name in the document title.
  • Put “Submission – poetry” or “Submission – prose” in the subject line of your email.
  • Include a brief third-person bio in the email itself.
  • Send your submission to sinfronterasnm@gmail.com

For mail submissions and for other details, check the Submissions page.


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Issue #21 is Out

The 41 contributors to Sin Fronteras Journal #21 should have received their copies this week.  Others can now order a copy; see the Orders page for information.

The cover art is by Tom Holland (www.tomhollandsouthwestart.com)

This issue includes poetry by:  Michael Berton, Zoë Bird, Terry Blanchard, Janet Cannon, Blair Cooper, Beth Copeland, Erin Cummiskey, Ruth Deming, Claudette Franzoy , Grace Marie Grafton, Richard Green, Kenneth Gurney, Lois Marie Harrod, Lisa Hase-Jackson, Terry Hertzler, Diane Kendig, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Jane Lipman, Nadine Lockhart, Eileen Malone, John Mannone, Jayne Marek, Carolyn Martin, Angela McCabe, LeeAnn Meadows, Mary Oertel-Kirschner, Marilyn O’Leary, Simon Perchik, Claire Scott, Michael G. Smith, Joseph Somoza, Joanne Townsend, Frank Varela, Phyllis Wax, Sarah Brown Weitzman, Michelle Wing, and Matt Zambito

And prose by Reuben Sanchez, Robert Joe Stout and Bill Vernon.

Feast on some good writing in these pages.

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Issue # 21 is at the printer

The 2017 issue of Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal is now being printed.  Thanks to Helen Stork, who has done the cover for the past few years, for taking over the preparation of the text from Dick Thomas.

Copies should be in the mail by the end of the month to the 41 people whose work is included.  Others will be able to buy copies: see the order page.

Sin Fronteras does plan to continue; we have new editors.  Submissions will open April 1.  Do not send anything before then, and do review the guidelines on the Submissions page.


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Thank you, Michelle

Michelle Holland has been one of the poetry editors of Sin Fronteras Journal since it began.  That is twenty-one years, counting the issue which is now in production.  She continued to be active after moving to northern New Mexico quite a few years ago.  Only one other person, Michael Mandel, Organization Manager, has been involved that long.

Michelle has had a definite influence on the journal and its selection of poems each year.  Now she has decided it is time to move on.  Among other things, she is a full-time teacher.

So Sin Fronteras Journal is looking for another editor – let’s not call it a replacement, because each person is different and brings different skills and tastes.  Here are the criteria:

  • A practicing poet who has experience with critique and the confidence to select among poems submitted to the Journal,
  • who has connections to New Mexico or the southwest border region, and
  • who lives within about four hours travel distance of Las Cruces, so that the editors can meet face to face when needed.

There is no remuneration except personal satisfaction in seeing the Journal come together.  The editorial work is done between June and September.

A few local people are considering the position, but nothing is decided.  If you think you or someone you know would fit in with us, please send a comment.


Deadline Approaching

The Journal is open for submissions for Issue #21 until June 30.  Please check the revised guidelines on the Submissions page before submitting.

Send us some good stuff!


Issue #20 is Out!

Our twentieth issue of Sin Fronteras Journal has arrived from the printer.  Complimentary copies for contributors have just gone out.  Others may order copies using the info on the Orders page.

The cover (in the sidebar at the right) features the work of Russell and Kate Mott. Russell is the potter and Kate is the painter.  Kate also supports poetry through readings at her gallery, Mesilla Valley Studios.

The work of 43 contributors from the U.S. and abroad is featured in this issue of the Journal.  Many different kinds of borders and border crossings are represented, as well as a variety of New Mexico and southwest contexts.

The submission period for Issue #21 begins now. Please check the submissions page for updated guidelines.