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


Opportunity Knocks

BAOBAB PRESS, Where good books are grown has an open call for submissions for an anthology of short fiction, This Side of the Divide, in which they plan to feature emerging and established authors exploring the Western United States. Length: 3,000 – 5,000 words. Payment if your story is selected for the anthology: $100 and a copy of the anthology. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Details HERE. This anthology is through a partnership of Baobab Press and University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Baobab Press also seeks submissions of creative non-fiction manuscripts (125 – 400 pages); novel manuscripts (125 – 400 pages); poetry manuscripts (40 – 100 pages); comics (50 – 100 pages); and short story collections (125-250 pages).  Details HERE

THE ILLANOT REVIEW is still open for submissions to be consider for its next issue. Graphics, poetry, fiction to 4,000 words, flash fiction and creative nonfiction.  Deadline September 30. Details HERE.

BAD PONY, a lit mag,an online publication, is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art. They read on a rolling basis. A fledgling publication, they are reading now for their first and second edition.  Submission guidelines HERE.

WORLD ENOUGH WRITERS is open for submissions for its Coffee Poems Anthology to be edited by Lorraine Healy. $5 submission fee for two or more poems. Deadline: February 28, 2018. Details HERE.

THE BIG MUDDY, A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley publishes two-times a year and invites submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, photography and art.  Details and submissions HERE.

SMOKELONG QUARTERLY, an online literary magazine devoted to flash fiction accepts work up to 1,000 words. Guidelines HERE

SMOKELONG FRIDGE-FLASH FOR CHILDREN under twelve years. Stories, art or a combination thereof. Must be submitted by parent with permission to publish.  Details HERE.

NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN OF COLOR COUNCIL, INC. (NGWCC) calls for submissions for an anthology. Deadline: December 31, 2017. Personal stories, poems, essays and other short stories. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the October 2017 issue – themed Music – are open and the deadline is October 10thSend submissions to me [Jamie] at Publication is October 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos or essays), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. No demographic restrictions and submissions of work relative to your country and its history and culture are welcome. The more diverse the representation, the better. English only or accompanied by translation into English. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. We do not publish anything that promotes hate or violence.  The lead for the October issue is Sheffield poet and musician, John Anstie (My Poetry Library and 42).

Note: I will consider previously published work as long as you hold the copyright. / Jamie Dedes

PALAMEDES PUBLISHING has an open call for creative essay for its Finding Light in Unexpected Place (2018), An Anthology of Surprises. Deadline December 1st.  Details HERE.

CRANNÓG MAGAZINE has an open call for submissions for its upcoming issue. There’s a November deadline for the February 2018 issue. This magazine publishes poetry under 50 lines, stories up to 2,000 words. “Writers selected to appear in Crannóg will receive: a contributor’s copy and €50 per story, €30 per poem; an invitation to attend/read at the launch of Crannóg at The Crane Bar, Galway, Ireland; three contributors will be nominated for the Forward Prize for best single poem; and six contributors will be nominated for a Pushcart Prize, (poetry and fiction).” Details HERE.


WILDA HEARNE FLASH FICTION CONTEST 2017 is accepting submissions through October 1st. $15 reading fee. Cash award: $500. Publication in Big Muddy. Details HERE.

MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY CONTEST 2017 is accepting submissions through October 1st.  Reading fee: $20. Cash award: $1,000. Publication in Big Muddy. Details HERE.


SMOKELONG QUARTERLY “is accepting submissions for its 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.

“The winner of the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2018). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner.” $5 suggested donation. Details HERE.


  • The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online and all are invited to take part no matter the stage of career (emerging or established) or status (amateur or professional) Poems related to the challenge of the week will be published here on the following Tuesday.
  • Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2018 ~ The theme is power. ‘ A poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy’ – the Guardian. Details HERE.
  • Poets on Craft, Remica Bingham-Risher, Tuesday, September 16 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT at The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, New York, 10011 Admission free. Kid Friendly.
  • New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair April 19, 7 pm CDT “will feature three days and nights of poetry readings and performances, panel discussions, fiction events, a small press fair with books for sale and display, musical acts, slam events, walking tours, open mic at the famous Maple Leaf Bar, and much more…” Details HERE.
  • Reading Philip Whalen, a belated celebration of his birthday, Monday, October 23 rom 7 pm to 8 pm PST at Moe’s Books, 2475 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94704
  • Paul Madonna: Close Enough for Angels, Wednesday, October from 7 pm – 8 pm PST, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA 84704
  • Workshop with Diana Goetsch, Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to 4 pm PST, Marin Poetry Center, San Rafael, CA  94901. $100/125/150 sliding scale. Details on this and other Marin Poetry Center events HERE.
  • CALLING ALL POETS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS: We need your most passionate work. The Bezine 100,000 Poets (and other artists and friends) for Change virtual “live”event will run from 12:01 am September 30 to midnight and perhaps longer on The BeZine blog. Details HERE.
  • Sheffield in Harmony hosted by Hallmark of Harmony (Poet John Anstie’s group), October 7, 2017, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Firth Court. Firth Hall. Sheffield University. “Hallmark of Harmony’s annual production will showcase the considerable barbershop singing talent of our great city. We are proud to share the stage with Sheffield Harmony, who are among the leading female barbershop choruses in the UK. Moreover, this stellar lineup will be complemented by no less than UK champions and World Silver Medallist Mixed quartet, Hannah and the Hurricanes! This is going to be a phenomenal show.” Tickets HERE.


100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC) founders, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, have “built” a Resistance Poetry Wall in response to calls from all over the world for a place to post poetry and art in reaction to January’s election here in the U.S.

You do not have to limit your poetry to the situation in the States. You can share work that is relative to your country or your specific concerns. As Michael and Terri state:

The poetry and art posted on the WALL are not limited to the USA elections. There are many issues that concern us all and we welcome your contribution to this page.”

These efforts do have their place and power. So far 190 people have shared work on The Poetry Resistance Wall. I hope to see you there too. / Jamie


YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to Please do so at least a week in advance.

If you would like me to consider reviewing your book, chapbook, magazine or film, here are some general guidelines:

  • nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding
  • nothing violent or encouraging of violence
  • English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation
  • though your book or other product doesn’t have to be available through Amazon for review here, it should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.


Often information is just that information – and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications featured in Sunday Announcements or elsewhere on this site. Awards and contests are often a means to generate income and publicity for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I am homebound due to disability and no longer attend events. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.

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