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


Opportunity Knocks

BAOBAB PRESS, Where good books are grown has an open call for submissions for an anthology of short fiction, This Side of the Divide, in which they plan to feature emerging and established authors exploring the Western United States. Length: 3,000 – 5,000 words. Payment if your story is selected for the anthology: $100 and a copy of the anthology. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Details HERE. This anthology is through a partnership of Baobab Press and University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Baobab Press also seeks submissions of creative non-fiction manuscripts (125 – 400 pages); novel manuscripts (125 – 400 pages); poetry manuscripts (40 – 100 pages); comics (50 – 100 pages); and short story collections (125-250 pages).  Details HERE

THE ILLANOT REVIEW is still open for submissions to be consider for its next issue. Graphics, poetry, fiction to 4,000 words, flash fiction and creative nonfiction.  Deadline September 30. Details HERE.

BAD PONY, a lit mag,an online publication, is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art. They read on a rolling basis. A fledgling publication, they are reading now for their first and second edition.  Submission guidelines HERE.

WORLD ENOUGH WRITERS is open for submissions for its Coffee Poems Anthology to be edited by Lorraine Healy. $5 submission fee for two or more poems. Deadline: February 28, 2018. Details HERE.

THE BIG MUDDY, A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley publishes two-times a year and invites submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, photography and art.  Details and submissions HERE.

SMOKELONG QUARTERLY, an online literary magazine devoted to flash fiction accepts work up to 1,000 words. Guidelines HERE

SMOKELONG FRIDGE-FLASH FOR CHILDREN under twelve years. Stories, art or a combination thereof. Must be submitted by parent with permission to publish.  Details HERE.

NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN OF COLOR COUNCIL, INC. (NGWCC) calls for submissions for an anthology. Deadline: December 31, 2017. Personal stories, poems, essays and other short stories. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the October 2017 issue – themed Music – are open and the deadline is October 10thSend submissions to me [Jamie] at Publication is October 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 and submissions of work relative to your country and its history and culture are welcome. The more diverse the representation, the better. English only or accompanied by translation into English. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. We do not publish anything that promotes hate or violence.  The lead for the October issue is Sheffield poet and musician, John Anstie (My Poetry Library and 42).

Note: I will consider previously published work as long as you hold the copyright. / Jamie Dedes

PALAMEDES PUBLISHING has an open call for creative essay for its Finding Light in Unexpected Place (2018), An Anthology of Surprises. Deadline December 1st.  Details HERE.

CRANNÓG MAGAZINE has an open call for submissions for its upcoming issue. There’s a November deadline for the February 2018 issue. This magazine publishes poetry under 50 lines, stories up to 2,000 words. “Writers selected to appear in Crannóg will receive: a contributor’s copy and €50 per story, €30 per poem; an invitation to attend/read at the launch of Crannóg at The Crane Bar, Galway, Ireland; three contributors will be nominated for the Forward Prize for best single poem; and six contributors will be nominated for a Pushcart Prize, (poetry and fiction).” Details HERE.


WILDA HEARNE FLASH FICTION CONTEST 2017 is accepting submissions through October 1st. $15 reading fee. Cash award: $500. Publication in Big Muddy. Details HERE.

MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY CONTEST 2017 is accepting submissions through October 1st.  Reading fee: $20. Cash award: $1,000. Publication in Big Muddy. Details HERE.


SMOKELONG QUARTERLY “is accepting submissions for its 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.

“The winner of the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2018). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner.” $5 suggested donation. Details HERE.


  • The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online and all are invited to take part no matter the stage of career (emerging or established) or status (amateur or professional) Poems related to the challenge of the week will be published here on the following Tuesday.
  • Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2018 ~ The theme is power. ‘ A poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy’ – the Guardian. Details HERE.
  • Poets on Craft, Remica Bingham-Risher, Tuesday, September 16 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT at The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, New York, 10011 Admission free. Kid Friendly.
  • New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair April 19, 7 pm CDT “will feature three days and nights of poetry readings and performances, panel discussions, fiction events, a small press fair with books for sale and display, musical acts, slam events, walking tours, open mic at the famous Maple Leaf Bar, and much more…” Details HERE.
  • Reading Philip Whalen, a belated celebration of his birthday, Monday, October 23 rom 7 pm to 8 pm PST at Moe’s Books, 2475 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94704
  • Paul Madonna: Close Enough for Angels, Wednesday, October from 7 pm – 8 pm PST, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA 84704
  • Workshop with Diana Goetsch, Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to 4 pm PST, Marin Poetry Center, San Rafael, CA  94901. $100/125/150 sliding scale. Details on this and other Marin Poetry Center events HERE.
  • CALLING ALL POETS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS: We need your most passionate work. The Bezine 100,000 Poets (and other artists and friends) for Change virtual “live”event will run from 12:01 am September 30 to midnight and perhaps longer on The BeZine blog. Details HERE.
  • Sheffield in Harmony hosted by Hallmark of Harmony (Poet John Anstie’s group), October 7, 2017, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Firth Court. Firth Hall. Sheffield University. “Hallmark of Harmony’s annual production will showcase the considerable barbershop singing talent of our great city. We are proud to share the stage with Sheffield Harmony, who are among the leading female barbershop choruses in the UK. Moreover, this stellar lineup will be complemented by no less than UK champions and World Silver Medallist Mixed quartet, Hannah and the Hurricanes! This is going to be a phenomenal show.” Tickets HERE.


100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC) founders, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, have “built” a Resistance Poetry Wall in response to calls from all over the world for a place to post poetry and art in reaction to January’s election here in the U.S.

You do not have to limit your poetry to the situation in the States. You can share work that is relative to your country or your specific concerns. As Michael and Terri state:

The poetry and art posted on the WALL are not limited to the USA elections. There are many issues that concern us all and we welcome your contribution to this page.”

These efforts do have their place and power. So far 190 people have shared work on The Poetry Resistance Wall. I hope to see you there too. / Jamie


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If you would like me to consider reviewing your book, chapbook, magazine or film, here are some general guidelines:

  • nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding
  • nothing violent or encouraging of violence
  • English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation
  • though your book or other product doesn’t have to be available through Amazon for review here, it should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.


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 organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I am homebound due to disability and no longer attend events. Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.

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Opportunity Knocks

COLLATERAL, a journal “that explores the perspectives of those whose lives are touched indirectly by the realities of military service …. captures the ‘collateral’ impact of military service, whether it is from the perspective of the partner or chid; the parent or sibling; the friend or co-worker, the vegan, the refugee, or the protester”  This journal is affiliated with Washington State University, Tacoma and accepts submissions of prose, poetry and art year-round with occasional delays in response time due to academic schedule. Details HERE.

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POETRY publishes twice a year and 50-100 poets are feature in each issue. There’s a $5 fee per submission and submissions may include up to six poems. Guidelines are HERE.

GFT PRESS, A Philantropic Literary And Art Press, publishes poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, and visual art. (GFT= Ground Fresh Thursday) Submission guidelines are HERE.

KILLER NASHVILLE’S BROKEN RIBBON “is an annual print literary journal for new and emerging literary and genre-themed voices and visual artists. Poems, short stories, and artwork can be any form, genre, or literary or art style. We seek short stories and poems that are raw, honest, gritty, from any world, any planet, any time period, any reality, or any dimension. We look for artwork that makes us pause. If it produces an emotion in us after we read it or see it, or you change our opinion on a hardline issue, you’re probably on the right track.”  Deadline is November 15. Submission guidelines are HERE.

THE HITCHLIT REVIEW, A Secular Literary Arts Journal will release its inaugural issue in August. The plan for this journal is to be a biannual publication. It “seeks to showcase and celebrate openly secular artists, their works, and their communities” through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cover art. Submissions for that issue are closed. Watch the site for updates.

CREATIVE TALENTS UNLEASHED publishes anthologies and offers a chance for authors to have a voice in the literary world yearly. Submissions of poetry, prose, and short stories are of interest. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the June 2017 issues (theme: Environmental Justice/Climate Change: Farming and Access to Water) should be in by June 10th latest.  Publication date is June 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions.

TOKEN MAGAZINE, which recently launched its first issue, “is a new bi-annual literature and arts print magazine. The name comes from the experience of tokenism that underrepresented groups often face. This includes people of colour, women, LGBT+, those with disabilities, and other minority groups. TOKEN Magazine is an outlet to work against that – we want to hear and see everyone’s stories, fictional or not.” Token is now accepting submissions for its second issue. The theme is “bodies.”  The magazine publishes fiction and nonfiction, artwork an photograph, and illustrations. Apparently no poetry or academic essays at this time. Details HERE.

AFRICAN WRITING ONLINE, many literatures, one voice welcomes submissions of poetry, essays, memoir, fiction with a  preference for new, unpublished work. “Our natural constituency of writers and material are African or Diasporan (please interpret boldly) but we will publish any writer who writes into the African Condition (please interpret boldly). We are adventurous in our definition of Africana, but we will also publish good literature generally.”  Submission guidelines HERE.

BITTER OLEANDER PRESS, A literary journal publishes poetry and short imaginative fiction. Details HERE.  

THE MATADOR REVIEW: An alternative art and literature magazine is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 publication. “We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end August 31.

“Our purpose is to promote ‘alternative work’ from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.”

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MAGNUM OPUS: A Poetry Anthology of Universal Oneness to be published by Authorpress, New Dehli, India has an open call for submissions, which will close December 31, 2018. Publication scheduled for 2019. Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha. Details HERE.

ARTEMISpoetry, a publication of Second Light Network of Women Poets,  Issue 19, November 2017  Editors for Issue 19 are: General & Artwork – Dilys Wood and Katherine Gallagher; Poetry – Anne Stewart. All submissions: submit paper copy initially to Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ. Please write “ARTEMISpoetry” on your envelope. (Enquiries only: e-mail Administrator Issue 19 deadline – August 31, 2017.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.  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. Artwork: Black and white photographs or line art. Submit up to four pieces to Dilys as above.


Opportunity Knocks

GFT PRESS, A Philanthropic Literary and Art Press has an open call for its 2017 GFT Press Chapbook Contest.  English language poetry manuscripts only. Deadline: July 31st. Details HERE.

THE BITTER OLEANDER PRESS CONTEST offers an award of $1000 and  publication of the winning manuscript. This contest is English and translations are not eligible. Entries “may be sent through the US Postal Service, but do not send it certified with a return-request receipt. Include a stamped self-addressed postcard for receipt notification purposes.” Online submissions will be allowed through Submittable format when the competition closes on June 15th, 2017. Details HERE.

RIGHT OUT LOUD MILESTONE POETRY COMPETITION 2017 welcomes submission from all over the world. Entry fees and cash prizes. Deadline June 31, 2017. Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT POETRY COMPETITION for Long and Short Poems by Women 2017 – Deadline Tuesday, August 15th JUDGE MYRA SCHNEIDER will read all entries. Myra Schneider’s latest and recent books are Persephone in Finsbury Park (SLP), The Door to Colour(Enitharmon); What Women Want(SLP); and the writing resource, Writing Your Self (with John Killick). Myra is a Poetry School and Second Light regular tutor. More at Myra Schneider websiteEntry fees are: £6 each per long poem and short poems are £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online. Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.** (see About Second Light/JoiningRules & Entry direct link to payment at poetry p f online shop. The competition results will be posted on the website by September 30th. Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry, they will be available to read there.


KILLER NASHVILLE  is hosting its twelfth annual writing conference, Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference on August 24-27 in Nashville. $375 admission fee. This is a “forum for all genres incorporating mystery, thriller, and suspense.” Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS Festivals: Bookings open for AUTUMN FESTIVAL in mid-to-late August. This Festival is scheduled for November 17 & 18 this year. Bookings open for SPRING FESTIVAL in mid-to-late February 2018. This Festival is scheduled for May. Exact dates to be announced. Details HERE.


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“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” Joseph Brodsky

Well life happened – as it usually does until it doesn’t – and I missed Banned Book Week, September 25- October 1 – but it’s never too late to ponder banning and the unreason that often leads to it. One of the more humorous examples is:

How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes

If you have to dry the dishes
(Such an awful boring chore)
If you have to dry the dishes
(‘Stead of going to the store)
If you have to dry the dishes
And you drop one on the floor
Maybe they won’t let you
Dry the dishes anymore

– Shel Silverstein from A Light in the Attic (Harper Collins, 1981)

I wouldn’t blame you if you are surprised to think that a work by the recipient of a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and two Grammy Awards would be banned. Consider also that Shel Silverstein’s books have been translated into thirty languages and have sold over twenty-million copies. He may have written for children but adults are enamoured of his writing too. So why was A Light in the Attic banned? According to Cunningham Elementary School in Wisconsin, Shel’s book would encourage children to break dishes in order to avoid having to dry them. Apparently some people are missing a funny bone.

Ginsberg’s Howl was famously condemned as obscenity. Publisher Lawrence Ferlighetti and City Light’s Bookstore Manager Shig Murao were arrested, Ferlighetti for publishing obscene literature and Murao for selling it.  There was a protracted and very public trial. Ultimately, it was determined that the book was protected under Freedom of Speech. The judge also pronounced the book “not obscene.” Here is a clip Howl, a movie about the trial. James Franco plays Allen Ginsberg.

If you are reading this post from an email subscription, you’ll likely have to click through to the site to view the video.

Not too long ago we celebrated the life and work of Gwendolyn Brooks.  In this video she reads her poem We Real Cool and explains why some chose to ban it …


Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was withdrawn from libraries for “explicit language. Six poems from Les Fleurs du mal by French poet Charles Baudelaire were considered an insult to public decency.  Baudelaire and his publisher were fined and the poems suppressed. The Roman poet Ovid’s Ars Amatoria – essentially a relationship guide in a series of three books compossed in elegiac couplets – was considered “licentious.”  Some speculate that Ovid was banished from Rome for it.

Some poets suffer worse than banishment, banning and fines.  PEN America reports HERE (scroll down) on writers and poets around the world who are on trial, imprisoned or murdered for the perspectives revealed in their work. Such poets often remind us of social injustices that remain simmering but unaddressed in a back corner of our minds. They create awareness of current injustices and inspire us to act. They call on us to hold ourselves and the powerful to account, often pointing out the ways in which we are complicit. That these poets and their work are found so threatening is a testimony to the power of words. There’s some solace in that.

© 2016, Jamie Dedes; illustration in the public domain


CELEBRATING AMERICAN SHE-POETS (21): Alice Walker, on the way to being daffodils

Writer, Poet and Activist, Alice Walker (b. 1944)
Writer, Poet and Activist, Alice Walker (b. 1944)

Speaking of death
and decay
It hardly matters
Since both are on the
way, maybe –
to being daffodils.

excerpt from Exercises on Themes from Life in Once: Poems (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1968)

This celebration is a rain-drop next to the ocean of ongoing world-wide applause for Alice Walker (Alice Walker’s Garden). Her roots are in Putnam Country, Georgia where her family subsisted financially on earnings from sharecropping, dairy-farming and her mother’s part-time employment as a maid.  Ms. Walker seems to come by her spunk and savvy honestly. When a white plantation owner told her mother that black people had “no need for education,” she replied …

“‘You might have some black children somewhere, but they don’t live in this house. Don’t you ever come around here again talking about how my children don’t need to learn how to read and write.’ Her mother enrolled Alice in first grade when the girl was four years old.”  Evelyn C White in Alice Walker: A Life (W.W. Norton, 2004)


Alice Walker is perhaps most well-known to some for her fiction especially The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy (Open Road Media, 2012 – Kindle edition).  The Color Purple won her the National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize. It was adapted for theater, both screen and as a musical stage play. The latter won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and the 2016 Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Alice Walker was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer for fiction. (Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American woman to win it for poetry.)


Once:Poems was Alice Walker’s debut poetry collection, written during a 1965 trip to East Africa and her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College. The book established her as an A-list poet and Muriel Rukeyser (among many others) gave it a thumbs-up saying, “Brief slashing poems – Young, and in the sun.”

In Kampala
the young king
goes often to Church
the young girls here
so pious.

excerpt from African Images, Glimpses from a Tiger’s Back in Once:Poems

Her other collections include: Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems (2013); The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (2013); Her Blue Body Everything We Know: earthling Poems 1965-1990 (2004); and Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems (2004).

With Gloria Steinem on the Fall 2009 Cover of Ms. magazine
With Gloria Steinem on the Fall 2009 Cover of Ms. magazine

No celebration of Alice Walker’s work would be complete without acknowledging her ceaseless efforts on behalf of the poor and marginalized. She is an advocate for peace and understanding. She was initially inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and worked in the civil rights movement and by Howard Zin. She dedicated Once:Poems to Mr. Zin. Wherever people are oppressed in this world, you will find Alice Walker fighting the compassionate fight.

If you are viewing this from an email subscription, you’ll have to link through to the site to view this video of Alice Walker in Palestine in August 2010.

Ms. Walker regularly posts new poetry at her site Alice Walker’s Garden along with opinion pieces and updates on her own work and that of others.  Her Amazon page is HERE.

portrait © Virginia Bolt under CC BY-SA 2.0; Ms. cover © Ms. Magazine under CC BY-SA 2.0.