SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Calls for Submissions, Contests and other News and Information


Opportunity Knocks

LITTLE RED TREE PUBLISHING is accepting unsolicited full-length manuscripts of fiction and creative nonfiction throughout the year. Translations and bi-lingual manuscripts are considered, but all work must be in the English language. There is a reading fee. Details HERE.

BERLIN REVIEW OF CULTURE, BERLIN QUARTERLY accepts submissions of previously unpublished work. Submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, photography and pitches for reportage, nonfiction and interviews should be uploaded through Submittable HERE. “BERLIN QUARTERLY is a European review of long-form journalism, literature and the Arts. It’s a new cultural journal with global perspective. It combines in-depth reportage, literature and visual culture. BERLIN QUARTERLY aims to bring you insightful and inquiring reportage and stories from around the globe. At their best, journalism, literature and the visual arts can be keys to mutual understanding, allowing us to interpret the past and to prepare ourselves for the challenges of the future. With a starting point of Berlin we look towards the rest of the world for inspiration beyond the German capital.” You can purchase issues from the site using Paypal.

HAMILTON ARTS AND LETTERS MAGAZINE (HA&L) is a biannual magazine publishing “new literary works,” graphic novel excerpts, exploratory writing, poetry, literary nonfiction and visual art. It is run by an arts collective in Ontario and funded through a number of sources. Editors accept submissions from the wider international community. Details HERE. The magazine hosts a short-works prize for local writers but hasn’t as yet published details for 2017. 

DIME STORE REVIEW publishes work periodically online and print publications three-times a year. All work must be in English and categories are : fiction, flash fiction, ten word stories, essay and poetry. Details HERE.

EMPTY SINK PUBLISHING has ceased doing a magazine format but is accepting submissions of short fiction and creative nonfiction.  Details HERE.

LITERARY MAMA publishes writing about motherhood including poetry, fiction, columns and creative nonfiction “that may be too raw, too irreverent, too ironic, or too body-conscious  for traditional or commercial motherhood publications.”  Submission guidelines HERE.

THE MASTERS REVIEW, a platform for emerging writers is accepting submissions for a sixth anthology of fiction and creative nonfiction.  Submission guidelines HERE.

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY “Is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.” Details and guidelines 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  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. The theme for March 2017 is Science in Culture, Politics and Religion. Submission of poetry, essay, fiction and creative nonfiction, music videos, photograph and art are welcome.


Opportunities Knock

LITTLE RED TREE PUBLISHING announced that is  is proud to launch the 5th Vernice Quebodeaux “Pathways” Poetry Prize for Women, which includes a $1000 cash award and offer to publish a full-length collection of poetry with a generous royalty contract. The book will be published sometime in 2017. There is a reading fee.  Details HERE.

ALL POETRY regularly hosts poetry competitions.  Details HERE.


ALSCW FELLOWSHIP AT VERMONT STUDIO CENTER – heads-up: Deadline for one of the fellowships is February 15, 2017.  Writers and translators are invited to apply for a four-week fully funded residency.  There are fellowships for visual artists as well. Details HERE.


LITTLE RED TREE PUBLISHING L.L.C. for making it to the best poetry anthologies list on Amazon for the inaugural edition of the “Peacock Journal — Anthology” — Beauty First, [Vol 1, No 1], edited by W.F. Lantry. The anthology features fifty-five poems and ten short stories. It includes biographical details of all sixty-five poets and authors. Started in August 2016, the Journal has expanded to include art and non-fiction, as well as translations. Details HERE.



2015, Kevin Young at Library of Congress National Book Festival September 5, 2015 Washington, DC, by fourandsixty, CC BY SA 2.0
2015, Kevin Young at Library of Congress National Book Festival September 5, 2015 Washington, DC, by fourandsixty, CC BY SA 2.0

The recommended read for this week is The Art of Losing by Kevin Young.  I find this to be an extraordinarily beautiful anthology about grief and recommend it for all those who work with living and dying, clergy of all faiths, hospice workers, physicians and nurses as well as those grieving a lost family member or friend. It was conceived and edited by Kevin Young, a poet in his own right and the editor of four poetry anthologies. His book Jelly Roll: A Blues was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It won the Paterson Poetry Prize.


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