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 now published annually and we have been in print since 2001. See our Subscriptions page to purchase a subscription or individual issues. 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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Happy 2024! The Whistling Shade 2023-24 issue will soon be hitting the streets, and a $1 PDF download can be purchased below. Our issue release will be Saturday, February 24, 6:30 at Eat My Words bookstore. And as a sneak-peak of the issue, the full text of Kevin Stebner's memoir, "Kiki Guangjoe", is available here.

Submissions are now open for our 2024 issue. Our theme this year is "The Future". We are particularly interested in the far future. What will life be like in 100 years? In 1000? Will people live forever? Will we colonize other worlds? Will machines take over? Will there even be humans at all? Send us your poetry, stories and essays by June 1. Non-theme works will also be considered for the issue.

Whistling Shade's 2022 issue is now available now available! Download a $1 PDF below, or buy a print issue from our Subscriptions page.

Whistling Shade Press is thrilled to publish Greg Watson's latest poetry collection, The Sound of Light! Buy the book from Whistling Shade using Paypal, from Amazon, or stop in to Subtext books for a copy.

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New books from Whistling Shade!

The Sound of Light - Greg Watson

From a record store to a marathon to a newborn intensive care unit, Greg Watson's poems catalogue the intimate moments that fall just below the surface of a busy, modern world. By turns tender and elegiac, his sparse lines are filled with a quiet reverie that attempts to describe "the sound of light itself / asking to be recorded, / and no one around to do so / but me, a novice playing / the only way I know" ("And Learn to Sing Along").

The Neighborhood Division - Jeff Vande Zande

Jeff Vande Zande's latest story collection travels down the shady lanes of the American neighborhood. From kids egging windows to lost joggers and insomniacs to basement prisoners and Orwellian gated communities, these stories grow ever more surreal, holding a darkened mirror up to that which we are - and may become.

Castle Bash - Julian Bernick

A narrative poem in the Romantic tradition, Castle Bash is Byronic in character, Gothic in atmosphere, Romantic in outlook and Lovecraftian in scope. When a bastard poet is given safe haven and patronage at the tenebrous Castle Bash, mystery, passion, and the forces of hell converge upon its benighted inhabitants. This is the second title in Whistling Shade's Geste Series.

Encounter in Prague - Jarda Cervenka

Jarda Cervenka's fifth collection of stories ranges from gold panning in the jungles of Colombia to fossil hunting on Corsica and sailing off the Florida Keys. But at the center of the collection is Prague, Cervenka's home town, which he fled in the wake of the Soviet invasion of 1968 - an event recounted in his story "Tanks and Quantum Mechanics in 1968".