Blue Heron Review Announces Our Best of the Net Nominations!

Best of the Net nominations for poems appearing online between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014

Congratulations to all of our Blue Heron Review, BEST OF THE NET, nominated authors:

1. “Kitchen Poem” by Paulette Beete (published on the Blue Heron Speaks page / December/2013)

2. “More Than Once” by Kristina Moriconi (published on the Blue Heron Speaks page / January, 2014)

3. “And These Thy Gifts” by Sharon Auberle (published in the Winter 2014 Issue #1 / February 2014)

4. “Expendables” by Ruth Bavetta (published on the Blue Heron Speaks page / June, 2014)

Blue Heron Review One Year Anniversary Photo Contest

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(photo by Jason Iffert)

In honor of Blue Heron Review’s 1 year anniversary, we are having a photography contest for the Winter/2015 online issue! The best 2 photos of a Great Blue Heron will be chosen, to be published in our 3rd issue at the end of February 2015.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15, 2014

Please send up to THREE, high-resolution photo files in either jpg or png format. File size should be as large as possible. Color, black and white, and digital art photos are all acceptable. If we have a large number of high quality, fine art photos, some images may be saved for publication in a future issue of Blue Heron Review. Please send a 100-150 word bio/artist statement, with any links to your blog/website, in the body of the e-mail. (At this point, we are unable to pay our contributors, but Blue Heron is very proactive in terms of promoting the work of our writers and artists via social media. We reserve first publication rights. All rights return to the author/artist after publication. All photographs include a photo credit line, as well as a longer bio with links at the end of the magazine issue.)

Response Time: Blue Heron endeavors to respond in a timely fashion. Due to the increase in submissions for our 3rd issue, a considered response can take between 8-10 weeks. Please do not write to ask about the status of your submission unless you have not heard from us within 10 weeks.

Please use the title “Photography Contest/Your Last Name” in the subject line of your e-mail. Send all photo contest submissions by November 15, 2014 to:

I look forward to seeing a beautiful array of blue herons winging their way to our in-box!

Cristina M. R. Norcross
Editor, Blue Heron Review

Blue Heron Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter/2015 issue!

We are now accepting submissions for the Winter/2015 issue of Blue Heron Review.  Our submission period is September 15, 2014 through December 15, 2014.  Please read our submission guidelines carefully.  It is recommended that poets wishing to submit, read samples from our first two issues.  Links to these issues can be found on the Archives page or by clicking on the tabs for our Winter/2014 and Summer/2014 issues.  Each month, Blue Heron features a single poet or artist on our Blue Heron Speaks page.  Reading works by our spotlight poets is also a wonderful way to learn more about our magazine.

Blue Heron Review is an online poetry magazine specializing in mystical and spiritual verse.  Blue Heron provides a space for poets who offer a positive message about living fully and engaging with the world through beauty, a sense of community and acceptance.

Blue Heron welcomes new, emerging, and established writers to submit.  Each submission will be read with great care and thoughtfulness.  Please note:  due to the rise in the number of submissions received, we have had to increase our response time to 8-10 weeks.  Every writer will receive a carefully considered response.  Please do not ask about the status of your submission until after 10 weeks have passed.

Pens at the ready!  So glad you found us.  If you are drawn to Blue Heron Review, there is a good reason.  I look forward to reading your offerings.

With kindest thoughts,

Cristina M. R. Norcross
Founding Editor, Blue Heron Review

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(photography by Robert Lee Haycock)

Richard Havenga is the September 2014 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Poet

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Blue Heron Review is pleased to share the talents of poet and nature photographer, Richard Havenga, this month.  Richard blends his talents for visual and literary art in the form of photo Haiku poems on his blog, “Walk With Father Nature,” which offers readers a unique fusion of photography and poetry.  Each poem is a breath.  Each photograph is a window to the world of natural beauty and philosophical reflection.  Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks page of our site, to read and view his photo Haiku selections: Gold Rings, Theater of Clouds, Celestial Vision, and Willow Leaf.  Richard will also be a special, guest contributor in the Winter/2015 issue of Blue Heron.

Richard Havenga seeks to make the ordinary extraordinary through close, personal observations of nature. Weaving words of grace and gratitude through the tapestry of his exquisite photographs, Richard shares everyday miracles with the rigorous curiosity of a naturalist, and the immeasurable perceptions of an artist. Richard writes with a supple blend of awareness, spirituality, and discovery. Always attentive outdoors, always searching for new epiphanies of beauty, always grateful for the extravagant gifts of creation, he leads the reader-viewer along an inviting trail of words and images; gifts thoughtfully selected, and graciously given. Richard Havenga is a writer, nature photographer, poet, teacher, naturalist, and author of the blog, “Walk With Father Nature”. He’s been married to his loving wife, Mary, for 43 years. They live on ten wooded acres, on a designated “Natural Beauty” road near Cannonsburg, Michigan. Find out more about this author: