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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Calls for Submissions and Contests

Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

Suppose all the lions get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will Time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

– W. H. Auden



Notes:

Opportunity Knocks replaces Sunday Announcements.  

Links to articles, events and news of interest to poets and writers are regularly published on The Poet by Day FaceBook Page.  

You are welcome (encouraged) to share your work and announcements on The BeZine Arts and Humanities FaceBook Group Discussion Page.

Submissions to The BeZine, June 2019 issue are open. Submissions should be emailed to bardogroup@gmail.com.  A detailed announcement will post soon. For now: June 2019 issue, Deadline June 10th. Theme: Sustainability; September 2019 issue, Opens for submission July 1st, Deadline September 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice

SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 is 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE, GLOBAL, 2019 and THE BeZINE 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE VIRTUAL EVENT

Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT’


CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

2RIVER reading period for poetry for the fall issue is open now through July 31. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

BREAKWATER REVIEW is a managed by students at the University of Massachusetts, Boston MFA Program, which is digital and is published three times a year. The journal publishes poetry, fiction, visual arts, and creative nonfiction and accepts submission for consideration all year and from September through April the reading period is free.

HELEN, A LITERARY MAGAZINE is open for submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction for its web issues through June 1st. No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

HER STRY seeks stories this month about moms or your experience about motherhood. Deadline: May 23. Details HERE.


CONTESTS

THE BREAKWATER FICTION CONTEST seeks entries from 1,000 – 5,000. Cash award and consideration for publication. Entry fee. Submit October 15 through January 15. Mark your calendar. Details HERE.

CARVE MAGAZINE‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest HERE, judged this year by Claire Fuller, seeks short fiction from all over the world. Deadline: May 15. Entry fee: $17.

HELEN STEWART POETRY AWARD, 2019, an annual contest for the State of Nevada poets only. Cash award: $100. Entry fee: $5.  Deadline: June 1. Details HERE.

THE 15TH ANNUAL VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST is open for worldwide submission through Saturday, July 20, 2019. No entry fee. Publication, not cash award. Details were posted HERE yesterday. Today’s update from Alan Lowe, which I’ve added to yesterday’s post:

“All winning poems are read at the special event in October. If a poet is unable to attend because of distance or a conflicting obligation, her/his poem will be read by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. I ask all winning poets to give me an interesting or funny fact, in 3-5 sentences, about them, as poets, or the winning poem or poems they wrote that I can use to personalize their introduction when they come up to read. So, even if they are unable to attend, the audience will learn something about the poet who wrote the poem(s) being read by somebody else.

“Yes, poets are allowed to submit previously published poems. They have to understand that should their poem win, it will be included in the chapbook of winning poetry they will receive, in person or by mail, and, therefore, they need to have the right to allow a previously published poem to be included. In the previous ten contests I have coordinated, we have not had a problem with this.” Alan Lowe
MASTER’S REVIEW FLASH FICTION CONTEST is open for submissions through May 31, 2019. Entree fee. Cash awards and workshop participation. Details HERE.

THE PESEROFF PRIZE POETRY CONTEST of Breakwater Review offers a cash award and publication. Entry fee. Deadline: July 15. Details HERE.


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WORLD WIDE CALLS FOR ENTRIES; 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest; Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Romantic poet Novalis (1772–1801), portrait by Friedrich Eduard Eichens from 1845 / public domain

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” Novalis



The 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. This year there are five new contest categories:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?”
  2. “What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?”
  3. “What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?”
  4. “What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?”
  5. “Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?”

Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Last year the contest attracted 152 poets from 64 cities in twelve (12) states and six (6) countries—the US, Canada, England, India, Nigeria, and Singapore. Poets submitted 271 poems. Eighty-five (85) young poets submitted 131 poems.

  • Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

This year The Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library (Placer County, Northern California) are aiming to reach an even greater audience of poets.  All poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the address on the Entry Form.

You should be able to print out the Contest Flyer and the Rules and Entry Form using the printer icon below. You are invited to enter the contest. There is no submission fee. Questions or problems printing out the form — contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com  Please let Alan know you saw the announcement here or make a note of that on the entry form.

CLARIFICATION/May 2, 2019:

All winning poems are read at the special event in October. If a poet is unable to attend because of distance or a conflicting obligation, her/his poem will be read by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. I ask all winning poets to give me an interesting or funny fact, in 3-5 sentences, about them, as poets, or the winning poem or poems they wrote that I can use to personalize their introduction when they come up to read. So, even if they are unable to attend, the audience will learn something about the poet who wrote the poem(s) being read by somebody else.

“Yes, poets are allowed to submit previously published poems. They have to understand that should their poem win, it will be included in the chapbook of winning poetry they will receive, in person or by mail, and, therefore, they need to have the right to allow a previously published poem to be included. In the previous ten contests I have coordinated, we have not had a problem with this.” Alan Lowe


 POETS WANTED

ENTER NOW

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected in each contest category

➢ Five (5) categories include:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?
  2. What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?
  3. What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?
  4. What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?
  5. Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?

➢ Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each.

➢ Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.  

Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln, CA and can be downloaded from the following website: http://www.libraryatlincoln.org

Contest Deadline: Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019. Early submissions are appreciated.

Questions—contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com

Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln; Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library.



RULES AND ENTRY FORM

POETS WANTED! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category. 2. The five (5) contest categories include the following:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life? What Treasure
  2. Would I Like To Discover?
  3. What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?
  4. What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?
  5. Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?
  • Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each. 4.
  • Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
  • Poems should be written in English.
  • They should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font 12-point. The title should be listed at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the poem page. The name of the poet should not be indicated on the poem.
  • Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade, and school on the Entry Form.
  • All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019.
  • Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted.

Duplication of the form is permitted. Below you’ll find both the Contest Flyer and the Rules and Entry Form, which you should be able to print out by using the printer icon below. You are invited to enter the contest. There is no submission fee. Questions or problems printing out the form — contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com  

The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems  electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

2019 VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST ENTRY FORM (One Per Poem – PLEASE PRINT)

Name: _____________________________________ Phone: __________________ Email: ______________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________ City: ___________________ State: _____ Zip: ______

Young Poets Only–Age: ______ Grade: ______ School: __________________________________________________________

Contest Categories (Check appropriate category of poem submitted): ___ Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life? ___ What Treasure Would I Like To Discover? ___ What Don’t I Know About You That I Should? ___ What Would I Do If I Ruled The World? ___ Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?

Title of Poem Submitted: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Please insure that poems comply with all contest rules. No names should appear on the poems submitted. Include the title at the top of the poem. Place the category at the top right corner of the poem page. Use a paper clip to attach a copy of this Entry Form (cut along dotted line) to each poem submitted. Mail the poem to Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, c/o Alan Lowe, 1235 Picket Fence Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648. Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019. Early submissions are appreciated.

Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln

Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library



Carve Magazine‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest HERE, judged this year by Claire Fuller, seeks short fiction from all over the world.

Deadline: May 15. Entry fee: $17.


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LOST: One Grandpa Bodhisattva, a poem … and your next Wednesday Writing Prompt

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
‘Pooh!’ he whispered.
‘Yes, Piglet?’
‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’”
A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner



Dear Ernie,

I sensed Friday that Time had released you into Eternity,
like a flower releases its perfume to the wind.
Confirmation came this morning.
You’d left, the kindly message said,
at 6:15 a.m,
like a responsible worker off to a new job.
You couldn’t come to the phone, so I sent
a card last Monday …
… to say goodbye.
To say, Ernie ~
You are our Bodhisattva. We’ll never forget.
We’ll never forget:
You walked into our embrace ruffled and teary
and you grew into a saintly calm.
You reminded me of the Summer of Love
with your long hair, your gray beard and mustache.
I had to blur my focus to see you clearly,
to see the ancient sage, the grandpa Bodhisattva,
the motorcycle Buddha,
the wise, funny, accepting not resigned, friend.

In metta,

Jamie

© 2019, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved; Photo courtesy of Fran Hogan, Public Domain Photographs.net

WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT

Write a poem about a friend or about friendship.

Share your poem/s on theme in the comments section below or leave a link to it/them. All poems on theme are published on the first Tuesday following the current Wednesday Writing Prompt. (Please no oddly laid-out poems.)

 No poems submitted through email or Facebook will be published. 

IF this is your first time joining us for The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, please send a brief bio and photo to me at thepoetbyday@gmail.com to introduce yourself to the community … and to me :-). These are partnered with your poem/s on first publication.

PLEASE send the bio ONLY if you are with us on this for the first time AND only if you have posted a poem (or a link to one of yours) on theme in the comments section below.  

Deadline:  Monday, May 6 by 8 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Anyone may take part Wednesday Writing Prompt, no matter the status of your career: novice, emerging or pro.  It’s about exercising the poetic muscle, showcasing your work, and getting to know other poets who might be new to you. This is a discerning non-judgemental place to connect.

You are welcome – encouraged – to share your poems in a language other than English but please accompany it with a translation into English.


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