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


Opportunity Knocks

THE LASCAUX REVIEW features literary stories, poems and essays. Submissions are read year round and published on a rolling basis. This is a paying publication : $100 for published stories, poetry and essay.  The Lascaux Review hosts contests yearly (not currently open for submissions) with awards of $1,000.  Submission details HERE.

ALABAMA WRITERS’ FORUM, Cultivating the Literary Arts in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, is currently accepting submission for the fall 2017 issue of Matador Review. Submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction are welcome in English language as are translations into English that include the original text. Submissions of visual art are also welcome for consideration. Deadline August 31. Details HERE along with the guidelines for the UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize, deadline August 15.

3ELEMENTS REVIEW is now accepting submissions for Issue 16. “The elements are SCALE, PEPPERMINT, and BREACH. All three words must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one of those elements. We have published new and well-known writers and artists from all over the world.”  July 31 deadline. Details HERE. Scroll down.

“ABSTRACT”INTERNATIONAL Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent Deadline: June 30, 2017Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence. Some conversations can be abstract, vague and theoretical and not based on particular examples or facts. And of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Abstract art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. Reveal your most ABSTRACT thoughts.” Details HERE. Scroll down.

J JOURNAL, Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice “seeks new writing – fiction, creative nonfiction (1st person narrative, personal essay, memoir) and poetry – that examines questions of justice … We encourage writers to approach the justice issue from any angle.” Submit up to three poems or up to 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

KILLER NASHVILLE’S BROKEN RIBBON CONTESTS are open through November 15. Submit up to four poems of any form at one time “that present images of noir, mystery, suspense, and the feeling of wanting …”  Details on both fiction and poetry contests HERE.

WRITERS’ DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED eBOOK AWARDS is open for submissions. Deadline is August 1, 2017.  Details HERE.

WRITERS’ DIGEST POPULAR FICTION AWARDS is open for submissions. Deadline is October 16. Details HERE.

WRITERS’ DIGEST POETRY AWARDS is open for submissions. Deadline is October 2. Details HERE.



FIRST FRIDAY IN THE GREEN ROOM AT METRONYMY MEDIA Metonymy Media, 1052 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 7, 6-9 p.m. EDT “featuring art by Indy Near West artists in collaboration with Indy Convergence, an acoustic performance by Robin Goodfellow, and a First Friday confessional booth, a la reality TV.  Free admission.

INDY WORD LAB, THE GREEN ROOM, 1052 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, Monday, July 10, 7- 8:30 PM EDT ” … one of the most unique reading and writing events in the city. Unlike other creative writing workshops, the premise behind Word Lab is creating something new. This Word Lab event will feature Ball State professor, Patrick Collier, who’ll be sharing some of his fabulous Martini Haikus and giving a brief lesson on crafting haikus, concluding with a prompt to guide the writing portion of the evening. The night will also include martinis to drink! Shaken or stirred.”Attendees can listen, write to the prompt, kick back, and share their work if they so desire.”

SPLIT THIS ROCK POETRY FESTIVAL: POEMS OF PROVOCATION & WITNESS 2018. Sponsorships and internships are now being accepted. Calls or proposals due by June 30, 2017 latest. Event scheduled for April 19-21, 2018 in Washington D.C. Details HERE.


UPDATE: Well, here we are with half this whirlwind year almost gone. Thanks to all who have shared info and/or opinion on our FB discussion page and those who read, offer feedback and help to promote each issue of the Zine and who submitted work to the Zine for consideration. It takes a village to wage the peace. Special thanks to the core team for their many insights and varied contributions and ongoing support of one another and this effort.
This month we welcome poet Phillip Stephens as a core team member.
Thinking ahead about themes @ The BeZine:
  • July – Prison Culture/Restorative Justice, Terri Stewart host
  • August – Theatre, a theatre person will be a guest host. I’ll announce the name shortly.
  • September – 100,000 Poets (and other artists) for Change, Michael Dickel host
  • October – Music, John Anstie host
Note: In September we’ll publish our usual issue and on the 30th. We’ll do our traditional virtual 100,000 Poets for Change event. Everyone is invited to participate with Michael Dickel as our skilled and gracious master of ceremonies. Message Michael (on Facebook) or leave questions for me here in the comments section.
If you wish to submit work for consideration, deadline is always the 10th of the month. email
If you are interested in organizing a 100TPC event in September, don’t forget to register at, hosted by founders Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion. You may also announce your 100TPC event on our Facebook discussion page. If you send a write-up to, I’ll include it in Sunday Announcements …
In need of daily inspiration? Visit our sister site hosted by Terri Stewart at Beguine Again. Direct message Terri on Facebook if you have a spiritual practice you’d like to share there.
After the first of the year, we’ll move to publishing the Zine either quarterly or every two months. More on that to come. We will also have a donate button to enable (encourage) donations to Terri’s Youth Chaplaincy Coalition for incarcerated youth.


Sylva Merjanian (Celebrating American She-Poets #19), Aprilia Zank, Hélène Cardona (Celebrating American She-Poets #27) and many others we know featured recently in Levure littéraire. More kudos: to Hélène for translation work, coaching, and the promotion of poetry worldwide and to Aprilia for a phenomenal number of awards and cover publications of her photographs and the publication of The Word in the Word.   

.days. – artwork by Sonja Benskin Mesher, RCA, has been selected for the Visa feed. It will be displayed from Thursday 22 June 2017 at 11:09 am (Paris, France time). You can view the piece HERE.

Nigerian-American Uche Nduka (b.1963), poet, writer, lecturer and songwriter who was awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry in 1997, for his first book to be published in Nigeria in twenty-years. Featured in Poetry magazine, he was once quoted as saying ““So far I just like doing my own thing and not buying into the hype of either formal or informal English; traditional or avant-garde usages. I enact a language style that suits my mood and the subjects I am interested in. Linguistically it seems there are a lot of trenches that have not been explored in poems/poetry. I keep attempting to investigate them. I don’t want to feel like people expect me to write in English timidly.” His Amazon page is HERE.


This is the organization from from which I adopted my Baxter. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and are planning to adopt, I recommend elder dogs and Muttville. 


Often information is just that information – and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications featured in Sunday Announcements or elsewhere on this site. Awards and contests are often a means to generate income and publicity for the host organize, some of which are more reputable than others. I am homebound due to disabiliity and no longer attend events. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, paying fees or attending events et al.

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Pity the Nation, voices of Poet Prophets

Lebanese-American poet, Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) public domain illustrration

Pity The Nation
Khalil Gibran, 1933, “The Garden of the Prophet”

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits in its awakening.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice
save when it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

American poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919), photo credit voxtheory under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

– Lawrence Ferlinghetti (After Khalil Gibran) 2007

Pity the nation whose people are sheep
And whose shepherds mislead them
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
Whose sages are silenced
And whose bigots haunt the airwaves
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
Except  to praise conquerors
And acclaim the bully as hero
And aims to rule the world
By force and by torture
Pity the nation that knows
No other language but its own
And no other culture but its own
Pity the nation whose breath is money
And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed
Pity the nation oh pity the people
who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away
My country, tears of thee
Sweet land of liberty!

Link HERE for more of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poetry


Love and a cough …


My faith
is a great weight
hung on a small wire,
as doth the spider
hang her baby on a thin web,
as doth the vine,
twiggy and wooden,
hold up grapes
like eyeballs,
as many angels
dance on the head of a pin.
God does not need
too much wire to keep Him there,
just a thin vein,
with blood pushing back and forth in it,
and some love.
As it has been said:
Love and a cough
cannot be concealed.
Even a small cough.
Even a small love.
So if you have only a thin wire,
God does not mind.
He will enter your hands
as easily as ten cents used to
bring forth a Coke.

– Anne Sexton from The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton (Mariner Books, 1999)

Too often you’ll see the five lines beginning “As has been said …” left standing alone. Rather sad because the entire poem is just too beautiful.

In a review of The Death Notebooks, Erica Jong wrote of Sexton.” She is an important poet not only because of her courage in dealing with previously forbidden subjects, but because she can make the language sing.”


on a whim and a whisper, a poem

over the woman’s left shoulder
your breath hummed
a background dirge…
for the echo of her lonely feet
plodding the snow-covered streets
to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital,
dripping shame with her broken water
while you wed another in the Byzantine manner
No used-goods for you though you were the user
The child born saw the mote in your eye
growing like Pinocchio’s nose
when, as kin to a secret vice,
you kept her in your dresser drawer
to be pulled out on a whim and a whisper
Is anyone looking?
You missed the wedding
and the short tortured marriage …
You were never there
to teach her how to be with men…
and you weren’t there
when the sweet boy was born
Then, one year,
in honor of Father’s Day,
they dug up your casket
popped the lid open
and set themselves free at last

© 2017, poem, Jamie Dedes; Phoenix Rising photograph courtesy of morgueFile

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