SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS, 2019 EVENTS; 2019 CHRISTOPHER TOWER POETRY COMPETITION

“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.” Maya Angelou



SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS

It’s been way too long since I’ve reminded everyone of this organization, a fave of mine, and encouraged you to check it out. That’s only because I’ve been so busy and not because of any lack of enthusiasm for the organization or its poet members.

I favor Second Light because of its committment to poetry education and for encouraging, promoting, and publishing poetry by women, especially women who come to poetry late in life.  It’s “never too late” the saying goes and Second Light seems to prove that indeed it is not too late to learn, to create and to appreciate beautiful poetry.

Second Light has the fair-sized, faithful and active participation of women to whom it offers support by way of connection, classes (including remote classes), competitions and publication opportunities, anthologies of women’s poetry and the biannual ARTEMISpoetry magazine. You can order copies of ARTEMISpoetry HERE. The November issue was just published.

Membership information and sign-up for email alerts are HERE.

While membership in Second Light is restricted to women, the poetry shared is for everyone.  This poetry includes works by accomplished – if lesser known poets – and works of well-established poets you may have long admired including R. V. Bailey, Jackie Kay, Mimi Khalvati, Anne StewartMyra Schneider and Dilys Wood, the founder of Second Light.

SECOND LIGHT Dates For Your Diary, 2019:
Fri 24th & Sat 25th May: Spring Festival: Writing Our Selves *
Mon 15th to Fri 19th July: Holland House: Location, location, location… *
[Jul/Aug date t/f] Second Light Poetry Competition for Long & Short Poems by Women *
Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd November Autumn Festival: ‘Poetry Makes Nothing Happen’ **

MORE INFORMATION on events and other activities HERE.


2019 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

Demographic restrictions: youth aged 16 – 18 and in school in the U.K.

Every year, six young people are awarded a total of £5000 in prize-money for writing a poem. The first prize is £3000, second £1500, and third £500, with three runner-up prizes of £250 each. These awards are for a poem on a set theme, judged each year by a panel of contemporary poets.

The theme for 2019 is ‘Underwater’.

There is no entry fee. The competition is open to people between 16-and-18 years old, who are in full-or-part-time education in the UK. Entries are judged anonymously.

For more information and to enter the competition, go to www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize.

The closing date for entries is the 1st of March 2019 and winners will be announced on the 29th of March 2019.


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The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER INFORMATION AND NEWS

 

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.” Gustave Flaubert



CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

ABOUT PLACE JOURNAL, a literary journal of the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, will open a call for submissions of poetry, essays, creative nonfiction and artwork on January 1, 2019. Theme: Dignity as an Endangered Species: Maintain Respect, Honesty and Integrity in the 21st Century. Deadline: March 1, 2019. Details HERE.

NEOLOGISM POETRY JOURNAL publishes monthly. Editor Christopher Fields says: “Wild and imaginative use of language is what I look for – coin a new way to show me what you mean and what you want me to feel. Poems with consistent rhythm and tone are my highest priority. Send self-evident truths, even if you have to invent them.  I would like to publish shorter poems of length no greater than one page, but exceptional work will always find a place here.” Details HERE.

MAGNUM OPUS, A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness: The New Delhi based authors press proposes to bring out in 2019, Magnum Opus: A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness, announces Dr Vivekanand Jha, Editor of the Anthology. Each poet can contribute just only one poem, not exceeding 50 lines, along with bio not exceeding 100 words. The last date for submission is 31 Dec 2018. Mail your submissions as an attachment to: magnumopuspoem@gmail.com For further details: http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php

THE NEW VERSE.NEWS presents politically progress poetry on current events and topical issue. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

NOCTUA REVIEW will consider submissions of poetry, fiction, and visual art through December 31, 2018. Details HERE.

PARTHELION LITERARY MAGAZINE publishes quarterly. Submissions are closed for the January issue but editors are considering submissions for its April 2019 issue including fiction, fash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art. Details HERE.

RATTLE publishes poetry and translation and is open for submissions year-round. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

SEGULLAH, a literary journal and blog, features literary and artistic work from women of the Church of Latter-day Saints including blog posts, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction and visual arts. Details HERE.

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WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT

Response deadline is Monday, December 3, at 8 p.m. Pacific. Poems on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the December 4. Details HERE.


COMPETITIONS

Opportunity Knocks

THE ALBION REVIEW’S 2019 CHARLES CRUPI MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL POETRY COMPETITION is open to current Michigan high school students through Saturday, February 2, 2019. Details HERE.

ERBACCE-PRIZE FOR POETRY 2019 opens for entries on January 1. The award is a publishing contract and 20% of royalties. Details HERE.

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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”


The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

 

THE EMMA PRESS ANNOUNCED A CALL FOR PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPTS

One of the many faces of Gypsy by and copyright Gretchen Del Rio

‘Picture books are a vital part of childhood. They are where we start to learn about ourselves and the world around us, and about the possibilities of literature, art and the imagination. There is still so much work to be done to make the world of picture books an inclusive, welcoming place where children can see themselves and also learn about others. I am looking forward to building an exciting, outward-looking list for children of all backgrounds.’ Emma Wright, Publisher, The Emma Press



The Emma Press has announced plans to launch a call for picture book proposals from writers – including those who illustrate their own work – in 2019. The independent publisher, which is based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham (UK), will be looking for manuscripts for picture books for children with potential for crossover appeal.

The call will open on 14th January 2019 and closes on 20th April 2019. 

Writers will be invited to send in full manuscripts for the first round of submissions. All finished picture books will be 32 pages long, including front-matter and end-matter. The editorial team reading the submissions will consist of Yen-Yen Lu, Charlotte Geater, Emma Wright, Richard O’Brien and Philippa Barker. Successful proposals will be matched with illustrators.

The editors are particularly keen to see picture book manuscripts from authors who are underrepresented in publishing. They are keen to see submissions from BAME writers, from writers with immigrant backgrounds, from LGBTQ+ writers, and from disabled writers. They are seeking new stories, and fresh perspectives on the world for a curious, contemporary readership.


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”



 The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton