In March 2016, the online European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture was established as part of the Versopolis poetry platform. Its unusual online presence—the site’s background is a stark black!—and its diverse topics have attracted a wide English-reading readership in only a year and a half. When we write “diverse”, we really mean it: readers from over thirty European and non-European countries have been and will continue to be served daily articles from genres such as interviews, reports, columns, essays and reviews by authors from almost forty European and non-European countries. Our three-member editorial board has succeeded in attracting giants to write for the magazine, such as Svetlana Aleksijevič, Margaret Atwood and Claude Milner, as well as future viral authors, Austrian writer Clemens Berger, French poet Maxime Coton and Serbian author Srđan Srdić. Since its conception, over 430 articles have been published in the review and the site has been visited by over 200,000 readers. In addition to regular publications, the review has also delved into e-book publication and has published four so far: Versopolis Confession eBook, Europe is out of joint, Monsters and most recently, Ex-Pats.
However, this is not all; the review will continue to grow stronger in the coming four years. The new, international editorial board led by Ana Schnabl faces fresh, big challenges: collaborations with guest editors who will create in-depth presentations on the national culture of the members joining the Versopolis project, collaborations with bloggers and vloggers, setting up the Versopolis podcast, working with mentors from the academia etc. The European review is taking on all these tasks with the aim to connect readers and authors from different European countries, to amplify the voices of those who have something to say and to shed light on topics and issues that are not adequately represented in conventional media. Every now and then, a short story is published in the review; day to day, the growing database of young European poetry can be explored under the common Versopolis brand.
The publication scheme
Tuesdays: art and culture
Wednesdays: book and poetry reviews
Fridays: “long read” essays
We accept proposals for book reviews and features from established writers, with a track record of writing for top publications. Our requirement is that our authors must be European, or if not, then authors must write about European subjects. Proposals should be 1-2 paragraphs long and sent to Ana Schnabl (email@example.com). We will get back to you as soon as we can, but there may be some delay. Publicists may propose books for review by sending an email to the same e-mail address. We only consider books published in Europe, by European authors, or by non-Europeans but with a European subject, plot or central character.
Steven Fowler (firstname.lastname@example.org)