Opportunity Knocks

THE BeZINE will accept submissions until April 10 midnight PST of poetry or essays on poetry for our interNational Poetry Month issue.  Submissions to Pub date is April 15th.  Mission statement HERE.  Submission Guidelines HERE.

URBAN FARMHOUSE PRESS is now seeking book-length manuscripts.  General guidelines: Crossroads Poetry Series: minimum 50-60 pages of poetry; Fiction: minimum 150 pages of prose: Novellas: 60-145 pages of prose; Cities of the Straits Chapbook Series: 20-40 pages of poetry or fiction. Submissions open from April to August annually. Details HERE.

BIRDS PILED LOOSELY PRESS magazine is published three-times a year and the editors are interested in plays, sestinas, sonnets, short-stories, creative nonfiction, “hybrid word vomit,” etc. and “we welcome work from all genres.” This press also publishes three chapbooks a year.  Details HERE

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, an anthology on parenting and mental illness seeks nonfiction: essay, memoir, or creative hybrid. “It doesn’t have to be in first person, but it needs to be personal and true.” Submission from April 1 – August 1 2017. Details HERE.

WRAPAROUND SOUTH seeks submissions of poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed genre works, and interviews that are previously unpublished literary works between September 1st through November 20th for our Fall/Winter issue, and between February 1st to April 20th for our Spring/Summer issueDetails HEREThere is a processing fee of $2.50 on all submissions.

HIPPOCAMPUS MAGAZINE is a monthly magazine that accepts submission of memoir excerpts, personal essay and flash creative nonfiction. Articles by assignment only. $45 dollar honorarium or accepted work sixty days after publication. Processing fee of $3. Details HEREThis press also publishes books. Details HERE.

ARTEMISpoetry is published twice yearly by Second Light Network of Women Poets (based in London). Poems by women of any age may be submitted now for Issue 19. Deadlines:  Poetry by 31st August 2017; Artwork by 14th September 2017. Details HERE.

HAUNTED WATERS PRESS “is the annual literary journal of Haunted Waters Press. Featuring works of prose and poetry, the journal is released in both print and digital formats in the fall of each year. Described as “one of the most compelling and beautifully illustrated literary journals,” From the Depths was created to showcase and celebrate the writing of new, emerging, and established authors. We offer contributors several paths to publication.” Reading periods vary. Calendar and other details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

The PEN Center USA Literary Awards, Calls for Submissions:”… is accepting teleplays by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors. Winners will be announced in the late summer of 2017. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, a one-year membership to PEN Center USA, and two tickets to the Literary Awards Festival in the fall of 2017.” Further Details HERE.

HIPPOCAMPUS MAGAZINE CREATIVE NONFICTION AWARD $1,200: Memoir excerpts and personal essays up to 4,000 words; August 31, 2017 deadline; $12 entry fee.  Details HERE.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS has deadlines coming up on three contests:

  • $5,000 Miller Poetry Prize deadline is September 30, 2017.  The judge is Billy Collins and the entry fee is $28.  This is for collections. Further details HERE.
  • 2018 $1,000 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize for a second book of poetry in English by a writer of Arab heritage.  “Since its founding in 1996 the Radius of Arab American Writers has celebrated and fostered the writings and writers that make up the vibrant and diverse Arab American community; and the University of Arkansas Press has long been committed to publishing diverse kinds of poetry by a diversity of poets. The series editors are Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah, and the prize is named in honor of the world-renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and artist Etel Adnan.”  $25 entry fee. Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah are judges and the series’ editors. Further detail HERE. April 15, 2017 is the dealine to be considered for the 2018 prize.
  • 2018 $1,000 CantoMundo Poetry Prize for “a book of poetry by a Latina/o writer. Since its founding in 2009, CantoMundo has cultivated and supported a community of Latina/o poets and the poetry they create, and the University of Arkansas Press has long been committed to publishing diverse kinds of poetry by a diversity of poets.” Deborah Paredez and Celeste Gúzman Mendoza are the judges and the series’ editors. $28 entry free. Further detail HERE. April 15, 2017 is the deadline to be considered for the 2018 prize.

SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS 2017 (Demographic restrictions) Short and Long Poem competion is open 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). Deadline Tuesday, 15 August.

  • £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)
more: Rules & Entry        direct link to payment at poetry p f online shop note: payment link in competition flyer ends ‘s l(el) 5’, not ‘s 1(one) 5‚. The results will be posted on the website by 30th September.


  • TONIGHT! Austin Writers’ Roulette, Sunday April 9, 4-6 p.m. CDT, Malvern Books, 213 W@ 29th St. Austin, TX,  Austin Writers Roulette is an uncensored, theme-inspired spoken word and storytelling event. It features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who perform their original written works such as poetry, essays, spoken word, singer-songwriting, or excerpts from novels for 5-8 minutes (1200 words or fewer). Interested artists who would like to perform for an upcoming event can email their submission to Or you can show up during the day of the event and sign up for the open mic after all the featured artists perform. And of course, performance art lovers are always welcome! This month’s theme is “Pretense Is Underrated.” Our featured artists include: DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, JUSTIN BOOTH, TERESA Y. ROBERSON, & THOM THE WORLD POET. Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information:
  • TONIGHT! Bus Boys and Poets, Jazz & Verse Open Mic, Tacoma, Washington, every second Sunday, cap off brunch with two hours of incredible music and poetry! Audiences can expect a diverse array of spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and more with a Jazz soundtrack! It will feature the sounds of a professional Jazz Band to groove us into the night. All are welcomed to perform, or enjoy a night of Jazz & Verse! Time, Place and other Details HERE.
  • HIPPOCAMP 2017 A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, September 8-10, 2017, Lancaster, PA  Early Bird Registration: $379.00 Regular registration: $419.00  Details HERE.
  • Reginald Gibbons & Angela Jackson, Thursday, April 20, 7 pm Poetry Foundation,  61 West Superior Street, Chicago.
    Free admission. Details HERE.


The recommended read: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Left, right or center – American or not – it’s a must read.

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