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


Opportunity Knocks

THE BeZINE submissions for the May 2017 issues (theme: Honesty and Transparency, the Post-truth Era) shoul be in by May 10th latest.  Publication date is May 15th. Poetry, essays,fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever can be shared online are welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. Email submissions to

DOOR IS AJAR MAGAZINE invites submissions on a “broad range of topics under the umbrella of health and spirituality, which can include faith, eastern philosophy, meditation and mainstream religion; nutrition, wellness, yoga and holistic medicine; creativity, the inner life, social justice and issues of conscience; and public health, the human body and the environment. Our readers are generally spiritual “seekers” who may or may not be traditionally religious.” Details HERE.

BURNSIDE REVIEW accepts submission of three-to-five poems. They’re not accepting fiction. Payment if accepted is $25 plus a copy of the magazine.  Details HERE.

CALLALOO: A JOURNAL OF AFRICAN DIASPORA ARTS & LETTERS is a publication of Princeton University and “is a journal of and on the literature, art, culture, and criticism of Africa and the African diaspora. For scholars, the journal offers a host of ways to publish, from journal articles to book reviews and annotated bibliographies.” Details HERE.

ATLAS POETIC, A Journal of World Tanka welcomes international submissions but translations into English are required. They accept submissions of articles and essays on tanka as well as poetry. There is a detailed submissions guideline HERE.

WATERWAYS: POETRY IN THE MAINSTREAM is publication  of Ten Penny Players (New York) and was founded in 1979. It is a disability, children’s and animal right advocate, which dictates subject and content. Submission are welcome from both established and emerging writers. Wateways is published every month but August and each issue has a theme. The theme for June is “Such a humourous dance …” and the deadline is June 15th.  Details HERE.

VOICES OF ISRAEL is an organization of 150 poets in Israel and other countries and was founded (1971) “to provide an outlet or writers of English poetry in Israel, to encourage new poets in their art, and to promote international friendships through poetry. An anthology is published annually. Details HERE.

VAN GOGH’S EAR: BEST WORLD POETRY AND PROSE is an annual anthology published by French Connection. I believe the deadline is March 15 each year, so make a note to submit to next year’s anthology.  Details HERE and HERE.

LUMINA is a publication of Sarah Lawrence College MFA program. It publishes prose, poetry, multimedia and art from “emerging visual artists and writers alongside their established counterparts. We want art that pushes boundaries with eloquence.” Details HERE.

LITERARY.JUICE, An Online Literary Magazine is an “outlet for authors to share their most honest works without having to conform to conventional narrative guidelines, unlike many other literary journals.” Publishes poetry, fiction (including flash fiction) and art. Submission guidelines HERE.

LITTERAL LATTÉ publishes both online and in print and uses poetry, prose and art. Details HERE.

RENDITIONS, A Chinese-English Translation Magazine, a “Gateway to Chinese Literature and Culture” is published in the UK. It is an “international journal of Chinese literature in English translation, covering over 2000 years of Chinese literature from classical works of poetry, prose, and fiction to recently published works by writers representing the rich variety of contemporary Chinese literary expression. Articles on art, Chinese studies and translation studies are often included. Each issue is illustrated with complementary art, calligraphy and photographs. Renditions has been published by the Research Centre for Translation of The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1973.” Details HERE.

MAGMA POETRY publishes prose features, articles and reviews as well as poetry. The deadline for issue #69 (“The Deaf Issue”) is 30 April 2017. Details HERE.

BRICK ROAD POETRY PRESS selects one or two poetry collections to publish each year.  Submission period is from December 1 – January 15. Details HERE.

GEIST fact * fiction * North of America – but accepts submissions from outside of Canada for its contests. All other submissions must have a Canadian connection. Publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, art, reviews, little-known facts of interest, and cartography.  Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

LITTERAL LATTÉ poetry awards for poems up to 2,000 words offers a first prize of $1,000, second of $300, and third of $200.  There is a reading fee of $10 for a set of six poems and $15 for a set of ten poems. All poems are considered for publication.  Deadline July 15th.  Details HERE.

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST – DEADLINE APRIL 30 The award is “$1,500 each for the top story and the top essay. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. Fee: $18 per entry.. Entries may be published or unpublished. There are no demographic restrictions. Length limit: 6,000 words. Submit online at winning writers.

BRICK ROAD POETRY BOOK CONTEST submissions start on August 1 and the deadline is November 1 for this year’s competition.  There’s a $25 entry fee. The awards are: first place winner receives a publication contract with Brick Road Poetry Press and $1000 prize, publication in both print and ebook formats, and 25 copies of the printed book.”  There’s a possibility of book contracts for finalists. Details HERE.


  • Poetry Reading with Grace Bauer and Hope Wabuke / April 18 / 7:00pm Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street 68508 Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Haiku Writing for Ages 7 – 107 / April 19 / 7:00pm Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St. , Newton, Massachusetts
  • Rooms Are Never Finished: The Legacy of Agha Shahid Ali  / April 21 – “the life and work of Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). Celebrated for bringing the ghazal into English, Ali’s work explores cultural ties and divisions, the enduring qualities of love and friendship, and the difficulty of maintaining both.”/  Admission $10 / 7:00pm, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, NYC, New York
  • Friday Night Poetry Slam / April 21 / Admission $15-$28 / New York / Details HERE.
  • Poetry Vicenza (Italy) – Contemporary Poetry and Music Festival runs through 04 June 2017. Details on the variety of events is HERE.
  • Poets Resist: The First 100 Days / April 30 – 1-3 p.m. CDT/ Malvern Books, 813 West 29th Street, Austin, TX / “After 100 days the poets of Austin stand up and resist unjust practices and policies. The format will be fast, as we’d love to hear from many perspectives in this safe place reading. Outlaw Poet Justin Booth will host some of Austin’s best including W. Joe Hoppe, Joe Brundidge, Richard Acevado, Favian Harper, David Julian, Nikki Bruns, Rebecca Raphael, Stephany Morrissey, Brett Reeves, and Lyman Grant.”



Congratulations to poet and photographer Aprilia Zank for the delightful cover photography and design for Fifty Ways to Fly by Alison Hill. 


If you are reading this from an email subscription, you’ll likely have to link through to view the video above. This is Shane L. Koyczan (born May 22 1976), a Canadian spoken word poet, writer, and member of the group Tons of Fun University. He is known for writing about issues like bullying, cancer, death, and eating disorders. He is most famous for the anti-bullying poem To This Day which has over 20 million views.

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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