Stirring: A Literary Collection Seeks Editorial Applicants

Stirring: A Literary Collection is seeking editors! Founded in 1999, Stirring is one of the oldest continuously publishing literary journals on the internet. Stirring operates under the umbrella of Sundress Publications, an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit publishing collective.

Our volunteer editors’ responsibilities include reading submissions in their respective genre, responding to submissions, and submitting final selections to the Managing Editor in a timely manner.

We are currently taking applications for the following positions: Book Review Editor, Nonfiction Editor, and Associate Poetry Editors.

Required qualifications: a knowledge in contemporary works, strong written communication skills, and the ability to work under a deadline.

Stirring strives to commit to diversity through encountering as many unique and important voices as possible through the work we publish and the members of our editorial board. We are actively seeking editors of color, trans and nonbinary editors, editors with disabilities, and others whose voices are underrepresented in literary editing.

To apply, please send a CV and a 150-250 word letter of editorial intent to Luci Brown at The letter of intent should include, but not be limited to: what authors and type of work interests you; your vision as a staff member at Stirring; your past work in literary editing (if any); and what books or journals you are currently reading.

Applications due by July 31.

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Call for Submissions: Stirring through the Years


Stirring is excited to announce our fifth annual themed issue: Stirring Through the Years. We are calling on all past contributors of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, and art to send us their new work. Stirring was proud to publish your work then, and we want to show the world what you are up to now. This issue is meant to shine the spotlight on the diverse voices we’ve witnessed the past two decades. We celebrated with you in the past, celebrate with us for the future.

There is no better person to guest edit this issue than our founder, Erin Elizabeth Smith. We would not be able to call ourselves the oldest, continuously published, online literary journal run by women if not for her. Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in journals including Guernica, Crab Orchard Review, Ecotone, and Mid-American, and her third full-length collection, Down: The Alice Poems, will be released by Agape Editions in 2019.  Smith teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee.

Please send up to five poems in the body of an email to Luci Brown at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS. Send fiction submissions to Shaun Turner at and nonfiction submissions to Gabe Montesanti at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS. Send art to Stephanie Phillips at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS. If you have a book review written for the work of a former Stirring contributor, please send the written review to Katie Culligan at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS.

When submitting to this issue, we also kindly ask that you let us know when you were published in Stirring (month and year would be ideal) so we can do our best to celebrate your past and present work. You may refer to our general submission guidelines for more specific, technical details here. The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2019.

Stirring Pushcart Nominees

Sundress Publications is thrilled to announce our 2015 Pushcart Prize nominations! We are thrilled to present and congratulate all of Stirring‘s nominations!



“Into the Neon” by Heather Frese


“Detached” by Sierra Williams



National Poetry Month Playlist: Chris Petruccelli’s Picks


To celebrate National Poetry Month, our Sundress editors are sharing some of their favorite poems, most influential poems, and poems that they are really digging right now. Put them all together, and you have the Sundress Poetry Playlist!

Today’s picks come from Stirring editor, Chris Petruccelli!

Carroll-Hackett’s poem is a reminder of what I want out of place–a familiarity that runs deep enough to be knowledgeable with something called spikenard. The poem also reminds me of issues I’ve been dealing with lately (i.e. desire of place, creating a sense of place in people and the danger therein).

Among the Things He Does Not Deserve by Dan Albergotti

I discovered the Albergotti piece around when my partner and I broke up. I saw myself as the he who doesn’t deserve anything and that was particularly harrowing. At the time, it was what I needed to read and I like to think the poem spurred me into some much needed critical self-assessment.
Chris Petruccelli is a graduate student at the University of Missouri. He earned his BA in geography at UT and claims eastern Tennessee as home. He likes to drink whiskey, smoke cigarettes and study forest dynamics. His poetry has appeared in Josephine Quarterly, Connotation Press, and Gingerbread House Literary Magazine.