SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Calls for Submissions, Contests, Events and Other News and Information


Opportunity Knocks

THE LASCAUX REVIEW publishes work by both emerging and established writers and artists and includes stories, poems, essays and works of art. This magazine nominates its contributors for awards, prizes and honors such as the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. Details HERE.

EASY STREET, a magazine of words and culture accepts submissions of flash fiction, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, reviews, interviews, editorials and opinion pieces. Will consider previously published material and simultaneous submission. Reading and publication is year round and on a rolling basis. 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  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. Submissions of poetry, essay, fiction and creative nonfiction, music videos, photography and art are welcome.

THE BOND STREET REVIEW is a publishes in PDF only to subscribers on Ink Publications Mailing List. Issues are twice a year in January and July and included are poems and flash fiction. Details HERE.

CRICKET family of children’s publications has open calls for submissions for several of its magazines: Journeys (Babybug and Ladybug); Folktales, Myths, & Legends (Spider and Cricket); Contemporary Fiction (Cricket), Hauntings (Cicada)
Aliens (Cicada). Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

LASCAUX REVIEW PRIZE IN FLASH FICTION is open for submissions for its 2018 Anthology. Deadline: March 31, 2017. 1,000 word max story length. Entry fee. Cash award plus publication. Details HERE.

THE LASCAUX BOOK PRIZE accepts submissions from 1 October 2017 through 31 December 2017. Categories include novels and poetry collections that were published during 2016 or 2017 calendar years. Entry fee. Cash Prize.  Details HERE.

THE LASCAUX PRIZE IN POETRY is open for submissions from 1 July 2017 through 30 September 2017. Published or unpublished submissions are accepted. Entry Fee. Cash prize. Details HERE.

THE LUXEMBOURG ART PRIZE, an annual international competition aiming to discover talents, amateur or professional, regardless of age and nationality, seeks to accelerate the careers of unknown artists by providing them with professional art gallery space, first as part of a group exhibition showcasing the finalists for the Prize and then as a solo exhibition for the winner. To help the winner prepare and create a solo exhibition at the gallery, a grant of 25,000 euros (about 26,523 USD or 21,126 GBP or 26’623 CHF or 34,768 CAD or 2,976,000 JPY) is awarded by the gallery for the 2017 edition of the prize. Deadline is 31 May 2017. Details HERE.

Award Winning British Poet, Myra Schneider (b. 1936), Writer, Writing Coach, Consultant to Second Light Nework of Women Poets
Award Winning British Poet, Myra Schneider (b. 1936), Writer, Writing Coach, Consultant to Second Light Network of Women Poets

JUDGE MYRA SCHNEIDER will read all entries. Myra Schneider’s latest and recent books are Persephone in Finsbury Park (SLP), The Door to Colour (Enitharmon); What Women Want (SLP); and the writing resource, Writing Your Self (with John Killick). Myra is a Poetry School and Second Light regular tutor. More at Myra Schneider website. £300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems. £150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category). £75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category) Winning & Commended Poets published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry. Winners offered a London reading.
Entry: £6 each per long poem. Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online.
**Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.** (See About Second Light/Joining. Recommended ladies. I’m a member.) more: Rules & Entry direct link to payment at [Anne Stewart’s] poetry p f online shop, The results of the competitions will be posted on the website by 30th September. Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry. Second Light Network was founded and is managed by Dilys Wood.



THE THIRD DUBLIN WRITERS CONFERENCE sponsored by The Society of Authors is scheduled to be held at The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 from the 23rd-25th of June 2017. Seventeen speakers are scheduled.  Details on conference, programme and to purchase tickets are HERE.  The Society is offering a lower early-bird registration rate.




51u0fnastll-_sx309_bo1204203200_The recommended read for this week is Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets.  There’s so much I like about this manual.  For one thing, Ted assumes that if you are a heavy-duty reader, you already know quite a bit.  After all, one of the best ways to learn to write is to read. He operates on the moral principle that if you have a gift then you have the obligation to offer something by way of giving back. He says, “I hope I won’t exhaust your patience” and he doesn’t. He assumes that our ultimate goal is to reach others and to move them, so there is a great deal of emphasis on the relationship between the poet and her reader. He discusses our job as poet – not money, not fame – but “to serve the poems we write.”  This perspective makes reading and working with Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual an refreshing guide to the poetic terrain for both budding and even some experienced writers interested in creating work that is fulfilling and truly artistic.

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