VALLUM CONTEMPORARY POETRY was founded in 2000 and is based in Montreal. The publisher says, “As one of Canada’s top poetry journals with an international focus, Vallum encourages dialogue between Quebec and the rest of Canada and allows Canadian artists to exchange ideas with acclaimed and emerging artists from the United States, Britain, Ireland, Australia, India and other countries around the world.” The magazine is in hardcopy and digital. Poetry is accepted by snail mail only, no electronic submissions. Details HERE. Submissions are accepted year-round, but I’m waiting to here back from the editors regarding theme and specific deadline for the next issue. I’ll post that for you when received and you can also watch the site for updates as well.
THE TISHMAN REVIEW publishes poetry, fiction, micro-fiction, flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, interviews, book reviews and craft essays. Details HERE.
subTERRAIN, Strong Words for a Polite Nation “is published three times a year from modest offices just off of Main Street in Vancouver, BC. We strive to produce a stimulating fusion of fiction, poetry, photography and graphic illustration from uprising Canadian, U.S. & International writers and artists.” subTerrain publishs art and commentary, creative nonfiction, fiction, photography, poetry and reviews. The deadline for Issue #77 is May 1, 2017 and the theme is “Interview Issue.” The deadline for issue #78 is September 1, 2017 and the theme is “General Issue.” Details HERE.
THE BeZINE, a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, a virtual arts collective, is a digital publication that is published on the fifteenth of each month. The deadline is always on the tenth. Submit via email to email@example.com. Each issue is themed and the themes for each month are included in Submission Guidelines. Please read the guidelines, one or two issues AND the Mission Statement before submitting. Special issues are April for interNational Poetry Month and September when we host a virtual 100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC) event for reader participation. This year 100TPC will be on September 30 and the September issue will post on the fifteenth as usual. The site was established in 2011 and the Zine is in publication now for three years.
BRILLIANT FLASH FICTION is a digital publication that accepts submissions of fiction – 1,000 words or less – on a rolling basis. Submission is by email. NO poetry. Details HERE. This magazine is published quarterly.
HAIK/UNIVERSE is a Zine that publishes daily haiku or micro-poem. Details HERE.
VALLUM CONTEMPORARY POETRY is accepting submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2017 and the deadline is July 15. First Prise is $750 and Second Prize is $250. The award includes publication. Details HERE. There is a reading fee.
VALLUM CHAPBOOK AWARD 2017 considers original and unpublished work for this competion. The prize is publication and $125. Details HERE.
THE TISHMAN REVIEW holds annual contests. Their contest page hasn’t been updated. Monitor it for updates HERE.
BRILLIANT FLASH FICTION holds quarterly contests. The deadline for the next contest is March 16, 2017. The prompt for which is Overseas Travel. There is no entry fee. Details HERE.
2017 SCIENCE FICTION POETRY CONTEST – hosted by the Science Fiction Poetry Association – opens on June 1 and the DEADLINE is August 31. “The 2017 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries will be read blind.” Details HERE.
SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION $750 working Class Writers Grant ~ “Working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world. Such lack of access might include an inability to attend conventions, to purchase a computer, to buy books, to attend college or high school, to have the time to write (if, for example, you must work two jobs simply to pay rent and feed a family, or if you must spend all your waking hours job-hunting for months on end). The SLF would like to assist in finding more of these marginalized voices and bringing them into speculative fiction. Details HERE.
SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION $500 Diverse Writers and $500 Diverse Worlds Grants ~ “The SLF offers two new diversity-centered grants: Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds, both intended to foster the creation of speculative fiction work rich in diversity.
“The $500 Diverse Writers grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. — those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process.
The $500 Diverse Worlds grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.” Details HERE.
THE SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION Older Writer Grants ~ “The SLF currently offers four grants: The Older Writers’ Grant, the Travel Grant, the Working Class Writers Grant, and the Diversity Grant. All of our grants are free to apply, and are designed as ‘gateway’ grants, with easy and straightforward applications that should be quick to complete. We hope that they will both serve the community directly, and also encourage genre writers to explore the wide variety of grants, awards, and residencies available in the larger writing community.
“This grant is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of the grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. The SLF offers two $500 grants annually, to be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work. We will be accepting applications for the grant starting in January.” Details HERE.
PLUME POETRY reading with seven poets including Lyn Emanuel, Linda Paston, Thomas Lux, Nancy Mitchell, John FitzGrrsld, Hélène Cordona, Elizabeth Metzger,Philip Fried, Marc Encnez, Chard deNiord, and Ira Sadoff at The Atrium, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, Wednesday, February 8 from 7 – 9:30 pm.
POETS PUSH BACK Paris. Co-hosted by Moe Seager and Malik Crumpler in association with 100TPC NYC-San Francisco. Saturday, February 11. 7 p.m. Berkeley Books of Paris.
- Hélène Cardona for the 2016 Julie Suk Award for Life in Suspension, reviewed HERE.
- Silva Merjanian for her work published in Peacock Journal.
- Emer Davis for her work published in Proletarian Poetry.
- Michael Rothenberg for suggesting a mental health break and encouraging folks to post artworks on Facebook.
- Alice Walker whose book Meridian got listed by Early Bird Books as a must-read for modern activists.
- Aprilia Zank for making it to finalist MyM Mention for her photography. Aprilia has been a roll lately winning prizes and having her photographs chosen for magazine covers.
- Rueben Woolley for oldtales, which he plans to take to the International Poetry Festival in Marakish
- M. Zane McCllellan for poems accepted by fēlan magazine.
- Billy Collins for marching in the Womens March in Key West, where he was for the Key West Literary Seminar. He wore a pink cap.
- Amanda Palmer for reading “Protest” by Emma Wheeler Wilcox on SoundCloud
- Tupelo Press for hosting a “Million Line Poem,” a collective work of poetry in process. Check it out.
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The recommended read for this week is Borges’ The Craft of Verse. (One of my faves.) These are the famed lost lectures given in English at Harvard University (1967/68) by Jorge Luis Borges that were transcribed (c. 2000) and published in 2002.
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