To mark International Poetry Month April 2020, we at The BeZineblog invite submissions of poems on the current pandemic. To paraphrase R. Buckminster, think globally but write locally. Write from your context about your experience during this Time of Coronavirus, but at the same time, reflecting to larger global contexts. Write about glimmers from within the crisis that illuminate ourselves, our world, and the world(s) possibly coming to us afterwards.
We especially look for poetry that projects changes (positive or negative) that may evolve from this crisis:
• worldwide coordination/collaboration
• resources of one sort or another—old, new, emerging; shared or fought-over
• the impact the pandemic might have on:
° women and the role they play in assuring good health and hygiene
° the poor and low-wage or middle class workers
° water and the environment
° war and conflict, and
° addressing the climate issues that contribute significantly to this and looming pandemics.
What about the communities—perhaps yours—that have no running water and are also therefor ravaged by typhoid, cholera, and dysentry?
In the spirit of love (respect) and community,
Michael Dickel, Co-Manging Editor, The BeZine
Mbizo Chirasha, Curator of Womawords Literary Press, Co-Host of The BeZine International Poetry Month
Jamie Dedes, Founding Editor and Co-Mnaging Editor, The BeZine
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PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will open for submissions of poetry from May 11-31 to its June 2020 issue. The themes are: “a lament for the earth” and/or “a song of residence.” Payment. $50 for accepted poem. Details HERE.
LITERARY TAXIDERMY (REGULUS PRESS) is open for submissions to its 2020 Short Story Competition. Cash awards and publication in the next Literary Taxidermy Anthology. Opening and closing lines provided. Stories to 2,500 words. $10 entry fee. Details HERE.
MASTERS REVIEW is open for entries to its Anthology Prize showcasing the best emerging writers. $5,000 will be awarded between ten finalist. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: March 28. Details HERE.
NARRATIVE WINTER 2020 STORY CONTEST is open for entries of previously unpublished short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entry fee: $27 (covers entry and subscription). Deadline: March 31. Details HERE.
WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS is open for entries through April 1, 2020. Cash award, publication, and trip to New York for the annual conference. Categories include poetry. entry feels run from $85 – $125. Details HERE.
On another note (sort of): United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. They will help with bills, rent, and food. You can call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code. You will be given a list of local agencies that might offer assistance.
“He would give every penny he has (such is the malignity of the germ) to write one little book and become famous; yet all the gold in Peru will not buy him the treasure of a well-turned line.” Virginia Woolf,Orlando
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
“THE BeZINE” CALL FOR SUBMISSIONSthebezine.com is open for submissions to the upcoming March issue, deadline March 10, themed Waging Peace. Please forward your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org No odd formatting.Submit poems and narratives in the body of your email along with a BRIEF bio. Art and photography may be submissed as attachements. Work submitted via Facebook or message will not be considered for publication. We are also devoting the BLOG POSTS THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY to work addressing illness and disability. Submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, feature articles, art, photography, and music videos and anything that lends itself to online posting. There are no demographic restrictions. Please forward your submissions to email@example.com. No odd formatting.Submit poems and narrative in the body of your email along with a BRIEF bio. Art and photography may be submitted as attachements. Work submitted via Facebook or message will not be considered for publication. We encourage you to submit work in your first language, but it must be accompanied by translation into English. Further details HERE.
BROKEN PENCIL is open for submissions to its quarterly magazine that publishes news pieces, how-to and resource guides for creators, investigations, thematic spreads, political screeds and other features and pieces that appeal to its community of talented and politically engaged zine/comic/DIY creators, supporters and aficionados. Details HERE.
ENTROPY MAGAZINE announces that it is “currently and indefinitely open for submissions of Reviews (collaborative reviews, video reviews, & nontraditional reviews are welcome), Interviews/Conversations, Discussions/Roundtables, & Articles/Essays/Notes/Rants/Lists/Writings related to or falling into any of the following categories: Creative Nonfiction, Lyrical Essay, Personal Essay, Literature, Experimental Writing, Small Presses, Translation, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Games (Video games, board games, computer games), Science, Digital & Interactive Literature, Travel, the Paranormal, Television, Film, Music, Food, Culture & Art.” Details HERE.
POETS READING THE NEWS publishes original poetry about current events from around the world. The editors are open to submissions 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Details HERE.
ZINGARA POETRY REVIEW, A Space for Practicing Poets publishes themed poetry each month. For Poetry Month (April) there is no them. Details HERE.
KALISTO GAIA PRESS has an open call for its 2020 Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize with the deadline extended through 01/20/2020 Cash award $800 + $300 travel stipend to Austin Texas, twenty copies to the winner, publication by Kallisto Gaia Press, and twenty copies sent to reviewers. Send 28-48 pages of contemporary poetry and a $20 entry fee. All who enter receive a copy of the winning chapbook. 2018 Texas Poet Laureate, Carol Coffee Reposa will judge. Further details HERE.
PURAZM PAKISTAN AWARDS is a communication campaign and PurAzm Awards is a national competition by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan, which seeks to acknowledge young storytellers chronicling Pakistan’s resilience against violent extremism. Competition themes: Interfaith Harmony, Peace Over Violence, Resilience Against Extremism, Stop Supporting Terrorism. This competition invites a range of media platforms: film making, photography, news stories, profile stores and offers cash awards, fellowship, showcase on television. Details HERE.
THE MARTH’S VINEYARD INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE WRITING offer educators, writers of color, parent-writers, and authors/poets with financial need the opportunity to attend the Summer Writers’ Conference every year. Through generous donations, we are able to offer a wide range of full and partial tuition/lodging fellowships. Information and application instructions HERE.
NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS 2019-20 award cycle is open now through January 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST). The following categories will be reviewed: Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. Residency requirement. Details HERE.
A POETS’ AGORA RESIDENCY is a two week residency scheduled for May 2020 and located in Plaka, Athens, Greece. Deadline for applications: January 31st. Details HERE.
“Poetry empowers the simplest of lives to confront the most extreme sorrows with courage, and motivates the mightiest of offices to humbly heed lessons in compassion.” Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays
ARTEMISpoetry, a publication of Second Light Network of Women Poets, invites submissions to Issue 24 through 28 February 2020. Deadline for artwork is 15 March. Details HERE.
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL is open for submissions of themed poems and stories. Upcoming themes are: Listen to Your Dreams; Stories about Christmas; Stories about Self-care and Me Time; The Magic of Cats; The Magic of Dogs. Details HERE.
DELMARVA REVIEW submission period for Volume 13 is open for poetry, fiction and flash fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and art through March 31. No submission fees. Details HERE.
GEEK OUT III, Where queer meets geek, is open for submissions of genre fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics, scripts, and visual art through March 31. Payment in royalties. Details HERE.
SUBTERRANEAN BLUE POETRY is open for submissions of poetry and of articles about poetry or poets. Paying market. Optional submission fee. Details HERE.
SubTERRAIN, Strong Words for a Polite Nation is open for submissions of original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary for three publication in 2020. Paying market. Submission fee: $3. Details HERE.
THE MASTERS REVIEW, A Platform for Emerging Writers is open for entrees to its Winter Short Story Award through January 31. Cash award, publication, agency review. Entry fee: $20. Details HERE.
WRITER’S DIGEST Short Short Story Competition deadline has been extended to from January 13 to January 31. Cash awards, publication, trip to the annual conference in New York. Entry fee: $25. Details HERE.
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