Poetry Pamphlet Reviews & Features

Run by HappenStance Press

About Sphinx

Sphinx was originally a pamphlet-sized magazine published by HappenStance Press. Its focus was poetry pamphlet publishing and it ran to twelve issues containing features, interviews and pamphlet reviews.

Sphinx is now web-based. Features and interviews are regularly posted here online. 

Until December 2013, there was also a comprehensive reviews service for poetry pamphlets (not books). Each publication was appraised by three reviewers (who didn't talk to each other and usually didn't know each other). All three provided a review, later amalgamated into one document. They also gave a rating, based on specific criteria.A black and white drawing of a smiling Sphinx with a tiger-striped body and fairy-like wings.

The three ratings were published in the form of a Sphinx logo (at the top of the three reviews) with the appropriate number of stripes. The Sphinx logo on this page, for example, has only five. Some pamphlets, however, were awarded three. Or eight. Or even  (top scorers) nine. Issue 24 was the last of these review sets.

For a while there were no reviews. But since 2015 we have OPOI reviews, which respond to one point of interest (OPOI) in a pamphlet of poetry, or perhaps short stories. Pamphlets, but not books. These are reviews with a difference: their primary aim is to respond, rather than to 'rate'.

If you'd like to send in a pamphlet for review, or write one of these reviews for a publication you already have, please get in touch. They don't have to be long, and you can do one for any pamphlet, including one that's already been OPOI-ed on the website. There might even be an OPOI by the author!

Just email nell[at]happenstancepress.com with your suggestion.

  • Helena Nelson co-ordinates and edits Sphinx
  • Charlotte Gann co-edits and writes reviews and features
  • Sarah Willans of Zipfish designed the website and is Chief Trouble-Shooter

Alternatively take a look at the 'What are OPOI reviews' page and then post in your pamphlet.