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

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

ARIEL CHART, A Monthly Journal of Poetry and Short Fiction has an open call for submissions of poetry up to fifty lines and microfiction to 1,500 words. “No themes. No fee. No pay.” ¬†Looks to me like no-nonsense. ūüôā Kudos to Founder and Editor Mark Anthony Rossi. More detail and submission guideline HERE.

DIAPHANOUS PRESS e-journal of literary and visual art has opened its 2018 call for submissions of poetry, fiction, and visual art. Must be previously unpublished. Details HERE.

FLASH FICTION MAGAZINE, Daily Flash Fiction Stories has an open call for submission, which are free or $30 for priority submissions “for those that desire in-depth feedback on their story.” ¬†Stories length: 300-1,000 words. Submission details HERE.

GREEN LINDEN PRESS welcomes chapbook submission through March 20, 2018. ¬†Reading fees, a portion of which along with book sales “support reforestation efforts.” Details HERE.

POETRY SALZBURG at the University of Salzburg¬†publishes poems, translations, interviews, essays and reviews of recent collections of poetry. “Our intention is to publish the best available writing from a variety of writers.” ¬†Submission guidelines HERE. ¬†No unsolicited reviews.

RAG QUEEN PERIODICAL¬†a femme-centric publication is “looking for tender, gritty, and biting writing. We want to feel unsettled in the name of change and awareness.” Submissions are open for “poetry, non-fiction prose, fiction prose from all genders and sexes as long as they advocate for women and femmes.” Simultaneous submissions permitted. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be.¬†Submissions for the March issue ‚Äď themed¬†Peace ‚Ästcloses on February 10 at 11:59 p.m. PST¬†.

New rules: Please send text in the body of the email not as an attachment. Send photographs or illustrations as attachments. No google docs or Dropbox or other such. No rich text. Send submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com.

Publication is March 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 We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate,¬†divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of ‚Äúother‚ÄĚ peoples.

The BeZine will be published on quarterly schedule in 2018 and for the foreseeable future:

  • March 2018 issue, Deadline February 10th. Theme: Peace.
  • June 2018 issue, Deadline May 10th. Theme: Sustainability
  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

Suggestions for sub-themes are still being reviewed. Send yours to thebardogroup@gmail.com. (Current suggestions  include: domestic abuse, eckphrastic poetry, the meaning/importance of poetry, and restorative justice.)

The BeZine is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge submission or subscription fees.

Previously published work may be submitted if you hold the copyright. Submissions from beginning and emerging artists as well as pro are encouraged and we have a special interest in getting more submissions of short stores, feature articles, music videos and art.

THE TISHMAN REVIEW, Beyond the End of the World, a quarterly journal of poetry, fiction, essays, visual art, and craft talk articles is a small nonprofit with a volunteer staff: reading fee (except during open submission period). Cash payment. Details HERE.

UNDER A WARM GREEN LINDEN welcomes 2-5 submissions of poetry to be considered for it’s Summer Solstice 2018 issue, its fifth issue. Modest reading fee. Details HERE.


CONTESTS

Opportunity Knocks

FLOATING BRIDGE PRESS of Washington State University publishes Washington State poets. It’s poetry chapbook completion deadline is March 15. Manuscripts from 20-30 pages. Simultaineous submission permitted. Reading fee. Cash award. Publication.¬†Details HERE.

FLORIDA LOQUAT FESTIVAL¬†is seeking “one-page poetry or prose submissions for a reading held at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey, Florida on March 24, 2018. We welcome all styles and forms as long as loquats are the subject or central image. Submissions are open to all writers and not restricted to professional poets … [Submissions are encourage] from anyone who wishes to participate. There will be a prize packages awarded to first ($100), second ($50), and third place ($25) in both the professional and non-professional category, which will also include a t-shirt and other small complimentary favors such as loquat jam.¬†Accepted submissions will be invited to read at the event in beautiful Frances Avenue Park and will be published in the annual chapbook, Leaves of Loquat, which will be presented in the fall during a public event. Lastly, any time remaining after the reading will be open to the public for an open mic where all ages and levels of experience are welcomed and encouraged to participate.¬†Writers can submit up to three poems. If making more than one submission, please send all materials in a single document.¬†Include a brief cover letter/bio sharing your writing experience/publications, if any, to¬†chengr@mail.usf.edu. Accepted submissions will be notified upon acceptance.”

THE TILLIE OLSEN SHORT STORY AWARD (annual) of the Tishman Review is open for submissions up to 5,000 words from February 1 through March 15, 2018. Free: $15. Cash award. Publication. Details HERE. Watch the site for announcements on the 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize.


EVENTS


Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

  • The Poet by Day always available online with poems, poets and writers, news and information.
  • 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 ‚Äď always online HERE.¬†¬†
  • Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice¬†¬†‚Äď always online HERE. ¬†Beguine Again is the sister site to The BeZine.

OTHER NEWS and INFORMATION


YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to thepoetbyday@gmail.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 jamiededes@gmail.com¬†(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
  • your book or other product ¬†should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.

TO CONTACT ME WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION FOR THE POET BY DAY: thepoetbyday@gmail.com

TO CONTACT ME REGARDING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE BeZINE: bardogroup@gmail.com

PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two.


Often information is just that‚Äďinformation ‚Äď and not necessarily recommendation. I haven‚Äôt 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. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a poem written by the child, Pavel Freidman (short bio included), before he was murdered at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp


Regular Sunday Announcements are in process and will post later today, but yesterday was International Holocaust Rememberence Day. I share the poem of a child imprisoned and murdered at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. We remember it with the hope that there will never be another genocide and that children of every race, country and creed will be allowed to fulfill their promise, to grow up, to grow old and to die in God’s time. Even as we do, there are genocides currently happening around the world, ten of which are full-blown. Ironically, “prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel‚Äôs policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide.” Details HERE.¬†May all sentient beings find peace.


I Never Saw Another Butterfly

by Pavel Freidman

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.

Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing

against a white stone. . . .

Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly ‚Äėway up high.

It went away I’m sure because it wished to

kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,

Penned up inside this ghetto.

But I have found what I love here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don’t live in here,

in the ghetto.


Butterfly-cover-largePavel Friedman was born in Prague on January 7, 1921. He was deported to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942 and later to Auschwitz, where he died on September 29, 1944.  The poem was found when Theresienstadt was liberated in February 1945.

Pevel’s poem is included in and lends its name to the title of a collection of poems and artwork by the children and youth of Theresiesnstadt* and¬†published by Hana Volavkov√° and JiŇô√≠ Weil in 1959.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944

* Theresienstadt was the German name for¬†Terez√≠n, a¬†Czech fortress. “After the Munich Agreement in September 1938 and following the occupation of the Czech lands in March 1939, with the existing prisons gradually filled up as a result of the Nazi terror, the Prague Gestapo Police prison was set up in the Small Fortress ¬†in 1940. The first inmates arrived on June 14, 1940. By the end of the war 32,000 prisoners of whom 5,000 were women passed through the Small Fortress. These were primarily Czechs, later other nationals, for instance citizens of the former Soviet Union, Poles, Germans and Yugoslavs. Most of the prisoners were arrested for various acts of resistance to the Nazi regime, they were later sent to the extermination camps like Mauthausen in many cases; it was also destiny of family members and supporters of the Reinhard Heydrich assassins. The Jewish Ghetto was created in 1941.” Wikipedia


A response worth sharing from bogpan (a.k.a. Bozhidar Pangelov ‚Äst(bogpan ‚Äď –Ī–Ľ–ĺ–≥ –∑–į –į–≤—ā–ĺ—Ä—Ā–ļ–į –Ņ–ĺ–Ķ–∑–ł—Ź) “Great pain for my heart. The Bulgarian people have saved 50,000 of their Jewish citizens. But not all. Never more genocide!”

Amen to that.

Jordan

Written by: Bozhidar Pangelov © 2018, All rights reserved

It flows, the river flows
and spills…
I won’t, I won’t
enter,
girl,
with hair of sea.
I won’t
enter,
girl,
with a face of moons.
Today the green people
enter there
and raise
their hands
heavy.
My heart is
carved into
sand.
Sand.

Bury it.


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