SPECIAL REQUEST: More and more magazines are charging submission fees and these are in some cases going up. The highest I encountered recently was $23 for the submission of one poem. Sometimes the publication pays writers and poets. Sometimes it doesn’t. This is not new, of course. Its been going on for some years now. It makes me wonder how much of a barrier that creates for writers. I’m collecting material on how you feel about these charges as a poet/writer and/or editor. Fair? Not fair? Okay depending on rate? Okay depending on whether or not they pay poets and writers? That sort of thing. I do plan to share the results of this informal survey at The Poet by Day. I won’t quote you by name without first getting your permission. Please let me know your thoughts about submission fees in the comments section below or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! J.D.
- Literary Magazines Stuggle with Submission Fees for Writers, Forbes Magazine, John Farrell
- Literary Journals, “Reading” Fees, and You, Write’s Relief, Author Submission Services
- Should Literary Journals Charge Writers Just to Read Their Work?, Joy Lazendorfer, The Atlantic
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
AMBIT MAGAZINE is a quarterly literary and art magazine, published in London that accepts “unsolicited, previously unpublished poetry and short fiction.” Ambit is open for poetry submissions from January 1st through March 1, 2018 and fiction from February 1st – March 1, 2018. Payment in copies. No submissions fees. Details HERE.
ARTEMISpoetry Issue 20 (May 2018) deadline to be announced. “Women poets only, of any age. Unpublished poetry only and not out in submission elsewhere. Strict limit:max 4 poems; the total number of lines in all should not exceed 200 lines (i.e. you could send a poem of 200 lines and this would restrict your submission to just one poem). Two copies, A4 paper only [U.S. standard letter paper – 8 1/2 x 11 is the closest we have in the US to A4], typed or neatly handwritten. Each numbered sheet to bear the poet’s contact details (name, address, telephone, e-mail). Artwork – Black and white photographs or line-art sketches are welcome for submission. Four max. Send to ARTEMISpoetry, ATTN.: Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN162 SZ.”
COFFEE, TEA and POETRY coffeeteaandpoetry dot net is a home for simple pleasures and features poets and their poems, specialty teas and coffees along with slow-carb grain-free recipes. Send food poems and brief bio to Jamie Dedes for consideration – email@example.com with Coffee, Tea and Poetry in the subject line. Recent Posts: A poem after Basho … and Genmaicha, the people’s tea and Research on Parkinson’s Disease … and Ketogenic Diet for PD; today’s poem is “Vision Quest.”
GULF COAST, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts has a open call for writers to respond to Harvey. Poems, stories and essays may be sent through March 1, 2018. The journal’s regular print submission period runs through March 1 as well. There is a reading fee of $2.50 for regular submissions. Those fees are put toward providing “competitive honorarium” for authors published. Payment is $50 per page for poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Details HERE.
THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be December issue – themed Spirituality (Spiritual Paradigms, Awakenings, Miracles) is now open and the deadline is December 10th. Send submissions to me (Jamie) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Publication is December 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. Please read at least one issue and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples.
The BeZine is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge submission or subscription fees.
I do consider previously published work if you hold the copyright and I encourage submissions from beginning and emerging poets and writers as well as pro. I am especially interested now in short stores, feature articles, music videos and art. / J.D.
INTERZONE, Britain’s longest running science fiction and fantasy magazine, accepts manuscripts of up to 10,000 words. There is an interest in art but not in unsolicited nonfiction. No poetry. No payment is mention but neither is there a submission charge. Details HERE. The publisher of Interzone also publishes Black Static (horror fiction “that pushes the envelope) and Crimewave (crime and mystery short stories). Details HERE.
SWIMM, Supporting Women Writers in Miami publishes a poem each day and delivers it to subscribers via email. Submissions are open from “women and women-identifying/femme-presenting writers. Women of all ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, orientations, and expressions are encouraged to submit their poems on a variety of themes, or subjects. The only criterion is outstanding work that makes the editors’ heads, well, swim.” Non-paying market. $2 submission fee. Details HERE.
OXFORD POETRY has an open call through 25th December 2017 for its Winter 2017/2018 edition. “As we end one eventful year, and cross into the seasons and stations of the next, The Editors invite submissions to Oxford Poetry’s Winter 2017-2018 issue on the theme of ‘crossings’: send us poems which cross the line, poems from the crossed-out and in-between.” Non-paying market. No submission fees. Details HERE.
WEST TEXAS REVIEW is open for submissions year-round “poems, essays, flash fiction, and photographs that bring value to the page. We want work that is thoughtful, deliberate, and authentic. We want work that is concrete and direct, and can justify its own existence. Think of poets like William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton, and Nikki Giovanni. Think of essayists like George Orwell. Think of short story writers like Donald Barthelme, Octavio Paz, and Jorge Luis Borges. We want your best work and, if you send us your best work, we will treat it with respect and care.” Non-paying market. $3 submission fee. Details HERE.
THE MASTERS REVIEW, a platform for emerging writers is hosting its third annual award. Call for Submissions closes on November 15. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.” Further detail HERE.
- SWWIM, Supporting Women Writers in Miami and The Betsy-South Beach present a night of poetry with visiting, acclaimed poet Allison Joseph and celebrated local poet Julie Marie Wade. Held in The Conservatory at The Betsy-South Beach, the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are requested. (Please see the link below.) December 13, 2017, Details HERE.
Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:
- The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week (except for vacation) 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 (always theme based not form based) will be published here on the following Tuesday.
- The Poet by Day, Sunday Announcements. Every week (except for vacation) opportunity knocks for poets and writers.
- THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be – always online HERE.
- Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice – always online HERE. Beguine Again is the sister site to The BeZine.
Denise Fletcher (Poetry Curator) and Clarissa Simmens for their poems included in Bards Against Hunger 5th Year Anniversary Book. “Profits from the sale of this book will be going to help the Bards Against Hunger project which has raised thousands of pounds of food over the last 5 years to help local charities and food shelters in many different states.”
OTHER INFORMATION and NEWS
- Five Steps to Getting Published, Pushkin Press
- Statue of Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish to be Erected in Romania, Albawaba via SyndiGate
- Salvadoran poet Javier Zamora retraces trauma and memory across borders, Brandon Yu, SF Gate
- Chasing the Spirit of a Fractured Spain Through García Lorca, Doreen Carvajal, NY Times
YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to email@example.com. 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:
- send PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: I have a backlog of six or seven months, so at this writing I suggest you wait until June 2018 to forward anything. Thank you!)
- 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 or other organizations featured in my regular Sunday Announcements or other announcements shared on this site. Awards and contests are often (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.
ABOUT THE POET BY DAY
- The Poet by Day, an information hub serving poets and writers
- Coffee, Tea and Poetry, Simple Pleasures for Body, Mind and Spirit (my blog, which is admittedly getting off to a slow start)… “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
- The BeZine, founding and managing editor
- Beguine Again, regular contributor
- Second Light Network of Women Poets, professional affiliation