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


Opportunity Knocks

SUBPRIMAL POETRY ART is interested in prose and poetry, art, and essay and “looks for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, lyrical, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truth.” Submission period for the next issue is from September 1 – October 16. Submissions guidelines are HERE. How We Make Selections by Victor D. Sandiego, Editor

FIGROOT PRESS announced a call for a special issue, for my lover she is air: a Sappho tribute. Demographic restrictions. Deadline August 15. Details HERE.  Calls for general submission will reopened on September 1st for the October issue and November 1st for the December issue.

STARWHEEL MAGAZINE, Bite-sized Literature and Art is a project of The Riding Light Review. SW was created as a platform for writers and artists to showcase their work: We feature micro-fiction, short poetry, and art. This is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit magazine. Our publication schedule is fluid. We our open for submissions. Please visit our guidelines for more information.”

THE RIDING LIGHT REVIEW “publishes works [fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and photograph] from both new and established writers and artists. Our goal is to support and promote the diversity of our contributors and to add their voices to the wider cultural landscape of language and arts throughout the world.:” The Review is on hiatus until August. Submission guidelines HEREWatch the site for calls.

HEIGHTS MAGAZINES is a “New York City based literary magazine seeking poetry, flash fiction, and art/photography. We pay for all the submissions that we accept for publishing.” Submission guidelines HERE.

WORD FOUNTAIN, The Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library has an open call for prose, poetry or a combination of the two for its Fall-Winter 2017 issue. Deadline: August 15. Global readership. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the July 2017 issue – themed Prison Culture/Restorative Justicedeadline July 10th latest. Publication date is July 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions. We would encourage submissions from people who are involved one way or the other in the justice system and former youth “offenders.” Critique along with constructive suggestions or tested solutions and best practices are welcome. We do not publish anything that promotes hate or violence.

Heads-up on the August zine: The theme is Theatre. Deadline: August 10.

INK SWEAT AND TEARS, The poetry and prose webzine will open for submissions on Monday, October 2. Submission details are HERE.

FINISHING LINE PRESS “is the home of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series, the New Women’s Voices Prize in Poetry, the Finishing Line Press Prize in Poetry, the Starting Gate Award, and the FLP Kentucky Poetry Book Prize.” Coming deadlines:
  • Anthology of Poetry by Young Adults with Cancer, DEADLINE: Sept. 15, 2017
  • New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
  • Open Chapbook Competition: DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2017
  • Poetry Book manuscripts are being accepted now.
  • General Submissions for chapbook manuscripts. (We read general submissions year round.)
Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

CALGARY POETRY MAGAZINE  “invites all poets writing in the English language, living everywhere on Earth, to participate in the Calgary Poetry Contest. Prizes will be awarded for First Place and Top Calgary Poet. Winning these prizes also wins entry into the Wax Poetry and Art World’s Best Poem contest.” Submission fee $3-$5 CAD. Deadline, July 30th. Guidelines HERE.

WAX POETRY AND ART, WORLD’S BEST POEM 2017 CONTEST closes at the end of 2017 for award in Spring 2018. Cash awards: Editor’s Choice: $75 CAD and Reader’s Choice: $75 CAD. To be eligible to win, you have to win one of these contests: Africa Poetry Contest #1 (Closes August 6, 2017)
India Poetry Contest #1 (Closes August 13, 2017)
Angela Poetry Contest #1 (Closes August 27, 2017)
UK Poetry Contest #1 (Closes September 10, 2017)
Canada Poetry Contest #1 (Closes September 17, 2017)
United States Poetry Contest #1 (Closes September 24, 2017)
Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #3 (Closes October 1, 2017) Details HERE.

Reminders/These are still open:

THE STANZA POETRY COMPETITION (UK) “is open exclusively to Poetry Society members (if you’re not a member join here) and who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2017 competition is WALLS. Send up to two poems, max 40 lines per poem (not including title). Free entry. Closing date is Monday 11 September 2017 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September 2017. Judge: Andy Croft.” Details HERE.

PRESS 53 Award for Poetry 2018 competition is open for submissions through July 31. Winner receives a cash advance of $1000 and publication. There is a $30 reading fee. Details HERE.

2018 FAR HORIZONS AWARD FOR POETRY (CA) is not yet accepting submission watch The Malahat Review for updates. This is for poets who have not yet published a collection. Prize is $1,000 (CAD). The deadline is May 1, 2018. Entry fees vary. Submissions from outside of Canada are welcome. Details HERE.

THE POETRY CENTER sponsors three annual competitions: Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, The Paterson Poetry Prize, and The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People.  February 1, 2018 is the deadline for all.  Details HERE.


  • 2017 Ridgefield Writers Conference, Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 22 – 23. Details HERE.
  • Legacy Conversations: Chris Abani and Norman Ellis hosted by Cave Canem from 7-9 p.m. n July 11th at the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, Illinois.
  • A RAINBOW OF RESISTANCE, Poetry, Art & Music to benefit THE TREVOR PROJECT, Sunday, July 23, 5 p.m., Brickhouse Bewery, 67 W. Main St., Patchogue, LI, New York 11772, Hosted by Russ Green and friends
  • Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party from 2-9 p.m. on July 29. Hosted by and held at the National Museum of Mexican Art and Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, Illinois
  • Arte Folia: Preto No Branco (Artefolia Dance Company) from 7 -10 pm, August 27.  Hosted by Aninha Malandro at BrasArte, 1901 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California
  • 100,000 Thousand Poets for Change, Downey, California September 26, 5-10 p.m., The Green Salon Details HERE.
  • LIBERTY CIRCUS, A Fundraiser for ACLU/Refugees & Immigrants, Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 7:00PM, Theatre 80 St Marks, 80 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003
    between First and Second Avenues, East Village, 50% of proceeds will go to the ACLU, New York City branch (NYCLU), The Liberty Circus (Malcolm Holcombe, Alan Kaufman, RB Morris and Al Maginnes) plus special guests Chris Rael and the Church of Betty, Felice Rosser and her band FAITH, and poet Sam Sax are a rogue band of outlaw singer-songwriters and poets. They’ve thrown in to crisscross the land in a performing rolling thunder celebration of good old democratic open-heartedness and to raise funds for Immigrants and Refugees. 50% of all proceeds will go to the New York Chapter of the ACLU. Tickets HERE.

Brazil: click on the flyer to see it enlarged


debuted last week with:

The photograph is by Larisa Koshkina, Public Domain


  • Michael Rothenburg (co-founder of 100,000 Poets for Change) for his newest collection, Wake Up and Dream, just out now from MadHat Press.
  • Paul Brookes for the publication of his ebook The Headpoke and Firewedding, edited by Alien Buddha.
  • Mendes Biondo for publication of his poem Worried Leaves in InkSweat and Tears (U.K) webzine. Mendes is an Italian journalist and writer. His work is published in zines around the world. He’s has been a guest poet/writer to The BeZine. Mendes is the Editor-in-Chief of the cultural blog RAMINGO!
  • Debasis Mukhopadhyay (between ink & inkblot) for the recent publication of his new chapbook, kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context, available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.
  • Uche Nduka for receiving one of the 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts awards in poetry. Sageberry 1,Uche’s first book to be published in Nigeria in twenty years, was released recently. His Amazon page is HERE.
  • Silva Zanoyan Merjanian for raising $682.70 for Mer Doon Inc. from the proceeds of Rumor (Cold Water Press, 2015). Mer Doon is an organization that houses orphaned eighteen-year-old girls aging out of care. This support gives the girls a chance to become financially independent and safe from human traffickers. So far the sales of Rumor have also generated over $5,000 for charities. If you buy the book directly from Silva’s site (as opposed to Amazon), all proceeds go to these charities. Rumor won the 2015 Best Book Award in the poetry category from the NABE. Three poems from the book were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  It is Silva’s second published collection.



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