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


Opportunity Knocks

ARTEMISpoetry, the bi-annual journal (May and November) of the Second Light Network, published under their Second Light Publications imprint, has an open call for submissions for the November 2018 issue for poems by women of any age. Poems should be typed or, if written, then very neatly. Each poem should commence on a new page, headed “Submission for ARTEMISpoetry”. Please send two copies. Do include your name with each poem and include your name and full contact details in your submission. Long poems are considered. Submit up to four poems to a maximum of 200 lines in all. DEADLINES: Poetry by 31st August 2018, know by 31st October 2018; Artwork by 14th September 2018, know by 31st October 2018; Members’ News & Readers’ Letters by 14th September 2018. Further details HERE.

CAGIBI, /kä’jēbē/ ▸n. a literary space, accepts submissions year round for fiction, nonfiction, translation, poetry, visual arts and graphic narrative. Submission fee: $3. The deadline for the Special Section Issue 3: Recovery is Tuesday. Details HERE.

COPPER NICKEL, a national literary journal housed at the University of Colorado and founded by the poet Jake Adam York, publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation with a special but not exclusive focus in work with a sociohistorical context. Submissions for the next issue are open between September 1 and December 15. Modest payment.  Details HERE.

CRAZYHORSE, a premier American literary magazine, publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Reading period is through May 31. Submission fees: $3. Details HERE.

THE ENCHANTED CONVERSATION FAIRYTALE MAGAZINE is open for submissions of stories (700-2,000 words, 1,500 preferred) and art for its June issue entitled A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Paying market. There’s also a opportunity for flash fiction publication. Details HERE

EYE TO THE TELESCOPE of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, an online journal of speculative poetry is published quarterly. The  October issue, which will be edited by Ashley Dioses, is themed Witches. Deadline: July 1st. Details HERE

FRONTIER POETRY, “a quality home for new poets” is an online publication open year-round for submissions by new and emerging poets who have not published more than one full-length collection. Payment: $50 – $150.  Details HERE.

SETTING FORTH! ON A LITERARY ITINERARY has an open call for submissions of fiction, memoir and other creative nonfiction and poetry on climate change. This is an Deadline: July 1, 2018. Details HERE.

 SPECULATIVE MASCULINITES, an anthology to be published by Galli Books “Socially Conscious Speculative Fiction” is open through April 15 for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The editors seek “submissions from authors from marginalised identities and backgrounds, especially where those identities complicate the author’s relationship with masculinity, including but by no means limited to disabled writers, trans writers, and writers of colour.” Paying market. Details HEREWatch the site for announcements late in 2018 on another planned anthology, Rosalind’s Siblings.

THEMA LITERARY MAGAZINE seeks “to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary and visual artists. The second is to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing. The third is to provide readers with a unique and entertaining collection of stories, poems, art and photography.”  Themes and deadlines: Where’s the Food Truck?, July 1, 2018; The Critter in the Attic, November 1, 2018; and, Six before Eighty, March 1, 2019. Details HERE.

TRAMPSET, a literary journal for tramps, Let’s be friends seeks short fiction (short stories, flash fiction, one-act plays, excerpts from longer works), nonfiction (personal essays, micro-memoirs, culture and criticism, reviews), and poetry.” Submission fee. Details HERE.

WIGLEAF [very] short fiction is open for submissions of stories up to 1,000 words in the final weeks of March, April, August, September, October and November. Details HERE

The BeZine

Call for submission for the June issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the June issue – themed Sustainability – close on May 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT .

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

Publication is June 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. 

  • 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

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 for consideration. 


THE FRONTIER NEW VOICES IN FELLOWSHIP offers opportunities twice yearly and  is open for summer applications from January 1st – May 1st and  winter applications from July 1st – November 1st. Details HERE.


AMBIT 2018 POETRY COMPETITION is themed Home and the deadline is July 18, 2018. Submission fee: £6. Details HERE.

CRAZYSHORTS, an annual contest sponsored by CrazyHorse Literary Journal will open for submission of 1-3 shorts up to 500 words on July 1st. Submissions fee. Cash award and publication. Details HERE.

THE FRONTIER INDUSTRY PRIZE to be judged by Don Share (Poetry magazine), Nicole Sealey (Director of Cav Anem, and Matthew Zapruder (Editor of Wave Books) awards $3,000 to the top winner of the competitions and $100 each to two honorable mentions. Submission fee, $20. Deadline: May 15, 2018. Details HERE.

THE JAKE ADAM YORK PRIZE, a collaboration between Copper Nickel Journal and Milkweed Editions, will open for submission by U.S. poets only in July 2018. To be eligible for the prize, poets cannot have published more than one full-length book of poetry. (Chapbooks and individual poems in magazines are okay.)  Cash award ($2,000) and publication. Reading free: $25, which comes with a subscription. Details HERE.

REFLEX FLASH FICTION SUMMER 2018 CONTEST is open for entries through May 31, 2018. Cash award and publication. Entry fees. Details HEREWatch the site for info on the August 2018 contest.


  • Book Festivals U.S., 2018, Book Reporter
  • 2018 Independent Bookstore Day (U.S.), April 30, check HERE to find celebrations in your area
  • Poetix: Poetry Events for Southern California 
  • UK Poetry Festivals,The Poetry Business
  • National Poetry Month, Academey of American Poets, 30 Ways to Celebrate
  • Check out poet Anne Stewart’s poetrypf for events in London and surrounding area.
  • The arc 26 public reading April 10, 7pm – 10 pm UTC+3, 17 Rashi Street, Tel Aviv; a public reading of poetry and prose featuring contributors to arc 25 (A Calm Inside a Storm), the latest issue of the Journal of the Israel Association of Writers in English (IAWE). Details HERE.


How much of how we suffer makes us who we are and results in the art we create? How much of these feelings are the natural experience of the artist, and when is it time to seek help? What do those forms of help look like?

After a sold-out debut at Queens Council on the Arts in February 2017, Audrey Dimola’s “HOW WE CREATE & HOW WE COPE: intersections of art & mental health/mental illness” arrives in its next generation at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s ROUGH DRAFT FESTIVAL 2018. #awarenessisempathy
Join us for another angle of ROUGH DRAFT- vibrantly pieced together from a group of artists and performers viscerally experiencing their personal realities of mental health. Hosted and curated by

Queens native and poet/curator Audrey Dimola, “HOW WE CREATE & HOW WE COPE” is an open and honest evening of multidisciplinary performance and presentations about the too-often stigmatized topic of mental illness, particularly in connection to creativity as an outlet, outcome, or survival mechanism.

Throughout our cultural history, many of the legendary artists we know today, from painter Vincent Van Gogh to writer Virginia Woolf, grappled in this way- yet it becomes a passing line in their bio, a tragic footnote- and their brilliant work remains. In the present day, a rapidly increasing number of individuals of all ages are struggling in similar fashion, frequently in silence and shame, due to overwhelming fears regarding judgment, job security and social status, and access to help.

A variety of local featured artists will present their stories, poetry, dance, and more, in addition to a sharing of resources and experiences on these topics. All are welcome- this is a safe space. ///

Olena Marukhnyak
Deborah Emin
Bryan Bruner
Nick Neon
Steven T. Licardi
Richie Alexandro
Keys Will
Dina Gregory
Danny Matos
Bri Ana Onishea
Jonathan Cherlin
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson
Lauren Hale Biniaris
Buttered Roll / Jason Swartwood
Sam Combs
Rachel Brown / Oikofugic Rchl
Audrey Wildfire Dimola

Roll up early, as of 4:30pm Steve Vazquez of Queenscapes will be on hand taking portraits of ALL attendees and participants for a special version of his #CapturedInQueens series designed to help build awareness and attention to art & mental illness ♥ !!!

5-8pm in the LITTLE THEATRE
FREE event, please bring a friend who feels or needs this ///

RSVP @–mental-health-mental-illness

Rough Draft Festival is a one of a kind series curated by LPAC’s Associate Director Handan Ozbilgin. As a window into the creative process, The Rough Draft Festival is a celebration of artists/organizations and their work under development. RD features a wide array of artists whose work is at various levels of development all striving towards a finished product. Each year we push the boundaries of theater presenting pieces that give a voice to meaningful works. #IAMARoughDraft

CHECK THE REST OF ROUGH DRAFT FESTIVAL’s performances & offerings through APRIL 21


“I had to get old to understand that almost nothing in the world is personal.
You get rejected; you get hurt; you feel betrayed. It’s not personal. It’s the world having its way with you the way it has its way with everyone. You learn to handle it well.
You can’t eat or yell or fuck your way out of it.
You ride through it. Find the means to ride through it.
It’s not personal, and it is temporary.” Marlon Brando (via the poet Amy Barry)

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:

  • send PDF to (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.



PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two.

Often information is just thatinformation – 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. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.