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


Opportunity Knocks

PRAIRIE SCHOONER, published in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Press and the Creative  University of Nebraska-Lincoln English Department, is open or submission through May 1. The magazine publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays, reviews and creative nonfiction.  Details HERE.

PROFANE JOURNAL holds submission readings through July 31 for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art. Details HERE.

BRILLIANT FLASH FICTION accepts submissions of 1,000 words or less. The publisher says, “Brilliant Flash Fiction is all about having fun. I’m looking for stories that are fun to read, and that are maybe even amazing. I think the best stories reveal
how much the author enjoyed writing them.” This publication also regularly sponsors contests, although there is nothing running now, keep an eye on the site if this interests you.  Details HERE.

BAOBAB PRESS seeks submissions of fiction from 3,000 – 5,000 words from emerging and established writers exploring the American West. Payment is copy and $100.  Deadline is March 31. Details HERE.

temenos, light up the unconscious is open for submissions poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art and photography through April 17. There is a reading fee of $4. Details HERE.

THE WRITER (Back in the late ’60s and early 70s, I cut my teeth on this venerable old magazine that was founded in 1887. I recommend it for reading as well as submissions.)) The “editors are interested in query letters on concrete topics written by emerging and experienced writers in all genres. We are looking for clear takeaway for our readers: What can they learn to improve their writing or advance their careers? What how-to tips and strategies will accomplish this?”  Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

PLOUGHSHARES EMERGING WRITERS CONTEST at Emerson University is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000. Read past winners of the contest here. Natalie Diaz is the poetry judge. You have to register to long in to the submission page. There is a $24 reading charge. The contest closes May 15, 2017 at noon EST. Details HERE.

PRAIRIES SCHOONER from May 1 through August 1, the publication hosts an annual Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest for work up to 5,000 words. There is an entry fee. Details HERE.

PROFANE JOURNAL 2017 submission for nonfiction and fiction prize competitions is open through July 31.  Details HERE.

FAN STORY – “The theme for this poetry contest is “faith”. We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn’t matter if it’s spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented.”  Deadline: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Details HEREI didn’t register for this site but suspect there is a reading fee and/or submission fee and the business model is all about contests. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission.


MAN OF PEACE: The Illustrated Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Graphic Novel Book Launch with Robert Thurman, Wednesday, March 15 at 6 AM – 7 PM EDT @ Tibet House US
22 W 15th St, New York, New York 10011 Ticketed event. Details HERE.

A POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY on April 27 is sponsored by the, the American Academy of Poets.  Details HERE.

A POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY on April 27, League of Canadian Poets. Details HERE.



  • to Peter O’Neil on the publication of More Micks Than Dicks, a Hybrid Breckttian Novella in 3 Parts, more detail to come
  • to Michael Dickel on the publication of Palm Reading After Toads Garden available through Indie Press HERE
  • to Aprilia Zank for the publication of her masters thesis, The Word in the Word (linguistics), in book form; and, for sampler of Aprilia’s poetry read Three by the Mighty Aprilia Zank
  • to Sharon Gariepy Frye on the publication of Blue Lamentation and other noisy scrawls available through Cold River Press HERE and an interview and samples poems are included in Celebrating American She-Poets (12): Last Chance for Rain


The recommended read for this week for children, Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by the children’s poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky,  named the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

Pizza, Pigs and Poetry, How to Write a Poem is ideal for children grades 3-6.  He engages by sharing funny stories, light poems and creative technique, not forms. This seems entirely perfect for encouraging – not discouraging – this age group. Fun and funny Pizza, Pigs and Poetry would make great summer reading – and writing – and is perfect for a birthday gift or a gift for some other occasion.

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