Whistling Shade is a literary journal and small press located in St. Paul, MN. We take a populist approach to literature and our audience is the general reading public. Whistling Shade is distributed to cafes, book stores, libraries and other locations in the Twin Cities; our print circulation is 2500 semi-annually and we have been publishing since 2001. Whistling Shade Press also publishes books. To receive announcements about issue and book releases, join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook.
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Whistling Shade's Spring/Summer 2015 issue is now here!

Call for submissions. Fall/Winter 2015 will be a horror-themed issue featuring dark & sinister fiction, poetry & essays. That's right, Horror. There is nowhere to hide! (muahahaha!) Send submissions to editor[at symbol]whistlingshade.com with subject line “Horror” by September 1, 2015.

Tony Rauch's newest story collection, what if i got down on my knees, is now available. click here to purchase the book, or buy it on Amazon. We will announce the book release soon!

We are planning to launch a new imprint of narrative poetry books, the Geste series. Click here for details.


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