CNCC Waving Hands Review literary magazine accepting submissions |

CNCC Waving Hands Review literary magazine accepting submissions

Darian Warden
"Yampa Solstice Sunset," by Peter Bergmann, was featured in last year's Waving Hand Review, an annual literary magazine produced by Colorado Northwestern Community College that showcases works by local residents or about Northwestern Colorado. CNCC currently is accepting submission's for this year's edition.
Courtesy of Waving Hands Review

To Submit

To submit a piece of work, view past issues or review submission guidelines visit and click on the Waving Hands logo. Although the welcome page says the submission deadline is February 15, submissions will be accepted until March 1.

Walking his dog in a snowstorm, David Morris saw five bucks jump a fence right in front of him.

Morris said the sight of the incredibly black bucks against the white inspired a potential poem.

“Whenever I go anywhere, especially out in nature, I’m always hunting poems,” Morris said. “You never know what you’re going to come across that you can do something with. If a real powerful image hits me I’ll write about it.”

Morris is a regular contributor to Waving Hands Review, Colorado Northwestern Community College’s literary magazine, and has also self-published three books of poetry.

Waving Hands Review is now accepting submissions of original works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal and political essays, humorous essays, serious journalism, photography, photos of 2-D and 3-D artwork, digital artwork, drawings, and fragments through March 1.

The magazine features works from residents of the Northwest Colorado area or works from those outside the area who write about Northwest Colorado.

After looking for a direction for his poetry 30 years ago, Morris said he moved to Wyoming and was introduced to the high western desert.

“I fell in love with it. I realized that was what I wanted to write about,” said Morris, who then moved to Craig.

Joe Wiley, an English and philosophy instructor at CNCC, started the Waving Hands Review about five years ago. Wiley came to CNCC from Ft. Collins, where he taught at Front Range Community College and produced a literary magazine for the college as well.

“I wanted to do a literary magazine for a number of reasons,” Wiley said. “There’s some people in this area that do some very interesting and good artwork and just didn’t’ have a venue. It seemed like a good fit and a good time to do it.”

Wiley said the magazine features exemplary works by both established and emerging artists and writers.

“We get a real eclectic mix,” he said. “There are professionals next to hobbyists.”

Wiley said when he first began the magazine he received about 70-80 submissions. He now gets about 200.

All submissions are reviewed anonymously until a quality-based selection has been made.

“I think the magazine is evolving,” Wiley said. “We’re getting more professional submissions but the real intent of the magazine is to give a voice and venue to emerging artists. It’s always neat to be able to publish that artist or writer for the first time.”

Morris said aspiring artists and writers need to find an audience and the magazine is a perfect place to do it.

“For me personally, it’s no fun to do art in a vacuum,” Morris said.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or

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