About Us and the New Submission Guidelines


In 2019, Juan Re Crivello established Gobblers/ Masticadores. In 2021, he founded Masticadores USA. Gabriela Marie Milton became the first editor of the English edition based in the United States. Other editions of Masticadores are in Spanish, Italian, Romanian, French, English and Portuguese. Masticadores now has 16 publishers and 200 writers in 10 countries. In 2022, there were already 250,000 views. In November 2022, Barbara Leonhard became editor of Masticadores USA.


I’m a retired Instructor of English as a Second Language. Although I have been writing since I was age 8, after retiring in 2017, I have had more time to devote to writing. My WordPress site is extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog. My work appears in online and print literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, and my poetry has won awards and recognition. My debut poetry collection, Three-Penny Memories: A PoeticMemoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022), which is about my relationship with my mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, achieved best-seller status on Amazon. Also, on Spillwords, I was voted Author of the Month of October 2021, nominated Author of the Year for 2021, and recognized as a Spillwords Socialite of the Year in 2021. I enjoy bringing writers together and have been sponsoring open mics on Zoom. I live in the Midwest of the United States with my husband, Dierik, and our cat, Jasper. Dierik and I enjoy long drives to the wetlands to count the deer.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES MasticadoresUSA accepts poetry, reviews, and short fiction.  We accept various poetic forms, such as rhyming, free verse, prose poems, and so on. We may alter the format based on space. Please make sure your work clearly states your full name and title. Maximum Word Limit 1000 words. We are flexible about the themes, but we will not publish work that is sexist, racist, homophobic, sexually explicit, or hateful. Your work must be original. Plagiarism isn’t tolerated. Before submitting, please check your piece for errors and inconsistencies. We are more likely to accept polished work. Email me with submissions: meelosmom@gmail.com . (I might create a new email address later.) In the Subject line: SUBMISSION to MasticadoresUSA In the body of the email: You might say … Hello, Barbara, I would like to submit (title). I have attached a short bio (50-100 words). I would also like to use this image (a personal photo with proper credit or a royalty-free/ public domain photo from Pexels or Pixabay, crediting the creator). Provide your author photo and website/ blog address. Upload your bio and submission in a docx attachment, and send the images as attachments. Please no PDFs. Please sign the email with your full name. We will reply within two weeks (hopefully). We look forward to your submissions! If you have an outstanding submission, please resubmit it to me. Let me know that it’s outstanding. (The transition interrupted posting.) Thank you for your patience!

Featured Image: Pexels

Barbara Harris Leonhard Amazon Best-Selling Author Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir, (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022) Pushcart Nominee, 2022

Facebook: Barbara Harris Leonhard /barbara.leonhard

Twitter: @BarbaraLeonhar4

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