Maine writers can now look forward to rejection letters from a new editor.

Katherine Mayfield, an editor and writer with 20 years of experience, has begun “The Maine Review,” a literary quarterly that publishes short fiction, poetry, essays and memoirs.

“We’re looking to produce a review with some class and elegance to it, and we’re looking for variety,” said Mayfield, who lives in Cape Neddick. “We want to include the intensity of the human experience, the heart and soul.”

She encourages Maine writers to submit to the journal.

The first issue came out in August, and includes poetry from Roger Finch, Maine Senior Poet Laureate; an essay by Roxanna Robinson, president of The Authors Guild; and a memoir by Ellie O’Leary, host of “Writer’s Forum” on the Blue Hill community radio station WERU-FM.

The inaugural issue is 55 pages, and Mayfield hopes the size increases as the journal gains readers, advertisers and sponsors.

“The Maine Review” joins a crowded field of quarterly literary publications, in Maine and elsewhere. Mayfield wants to distinguish her review with a focus on writing that “has intensity and depth” equal to the ruggedness of the Maine coast. “There are a lot of writers in Maine and a lot of people across the country and across the world who think a lot about Maine. I enjoy the process of putting something together like a puzzle, a piece here and a piece there, and creating a flow.”

Mayfield is author of the memoir “The Box of Daughter: Healing the Authentic Self” and “Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What to Do About It.”

With each issue, Mayfield also plans to feature a work by a Maine artist on the cover. The painting on the inaugural cover is by Portland artist Marguerite Lawler.

The review is accepting entries from published and unpublished writers for the Rocky Coast writing contest, which offers prizes of $150 and $50. But there’s no time to waste. The deadline is Monday.

“Most writers have something on their hard drive,” Mayfield said. To learn more, go to themainereview.com.


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