Perigee: Publication for the Arts
Perigee: Publication for the Arts is a quarterly literary journal, founded in 2003, that publishes poetry, prose, and artwork. It is based in San Diego, California, and St. Louis, Missouri. The founding editor is Robert Judge Woerheide.
In 2009 Web Del Sol named Perigee as one of the top 50 literary publications in the world.
Submissions are allowed directly through Perigee's web site. Approximately 95% of Perigee's submissions come from authors without a literary agent. About 40% of the work published is from first-time authors, making it a popular venue for new voices in literature. Perigee receives about 1,500 submissions each year. Approximately 70% of these submissions are poetry.
The poetry contest is held each year beginning September 1 and ending December 31. Past judges have included Judy Jordan, Steve Kowit, Marvin Bell and Joseph Millar. The fiction contest runs from January 1 to May 31. Past judges have included Thomas E. Kennedy and James Brown.
2009 Fiction Contest Winners
- First Place - Jacob M. Appel
- Second Place - Rachel Allyson Stone
- Third Place - Sarah Lynn Knowles
The all volunteer staff consists of writers and educators from the Southern California area. At various times the staff has included California State University San Marcos Professors Susan Fellows; poet Jensea Storie; Kathryn Woerheide; photographer Fred T. Buckley; writer and educator Benjamin Arnold; poet Leighann Timbs; John McGuinness; and novelist Duff Brenna. As of 2006, Board of Directors consisted of Robert Judge Woerheide (President, Treasurer), Susan Fellows (Vice President), and Kathryn Margery Woerheide (Secretary).
In 2008, Poetry Editor Jensea Storie retired from the editorial board, as did founding editor Susan Fellows.
In 2009, noted writers Walter Cummins and Thomas E. Kennedy joined Perigee as contributing editors, and R.A. Rycraft began serving as Non-Fiction Editor. Award winning poet Steve Kowit joined Perigee as Poetry Editor in April 2009.