Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Second Light Network of Women Poets

“I run a network for women poets and naturally I want our members to be treated equitably, with recognition of any woman’s potential to be in the top flight of creative artists.

“Some poets feel that ‘male and female he made them’ should not be an issue. I disagree because I want to celebrate and gain personal inspiration from the last fifty years. There has been a vastly increased involvement of women as students of poetry, published poets, book purchasers and consumers of ‘products’ such as poetry festivals. I also want it debated why this has not meant equality of treatment by journals.” Dilys Wood interview with Jamie Dedes

I wasn’t there at day one but it’s a joyous thing to be an American member of  Second Light Network of Women Poets (Second Light Live) on its 25th Anniversary and to happily extend appreciation to Myra Schneider who introduced me to this extraordinary effort, to Dilys Wood for her vision and her founding of the SLN, to Anne Stewart for her many and varied contributions, and to the other members, talented, hard-working, prolific, and often courageous.

SLN hosts events, sponsores classes, including remote classes (i.e.,  distance learning), and publishes books and ARTEMISpoetry journal. The network is for women only.  The poetry is for everyone.


Dates for your diary, …


Monday to Friday 15th to 19th July, Holland House Residential, Location, location, location…

Tuesday 6th August, deadline for Second Light Poetry Competition for Long & Short Poems by Women

Friday/Saturday 22nd/23rd November, Autumn Festival, Poetry Makes Nothing Happen (booking opens August)

Saturday 31st August, deadline for poetry submissions to ARTEMISpoetry Iss 23
Saturday 14th September, deadline for artwork submissions & Members’ News to ARTEMISpoetry Iss 23

SLN 25th Anniversary Poetry Competition.


Competitions / Calls for Submissions

Second Light Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2019 – now open to women internationally

JUDGE KATE FOLEY‘s background includes work as a nurse, midwife, teacher and archaeological conservator. She has published ten poetry collections, most recently Electric Psalms, New and Collected Poems (Shoestring 2016) and A Gift of Rivers(Arachne, 2018). She is the in-coming President of Suffolk Poetry Society.

£300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems

£150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)

£75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)

Winning & Commended Poems published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry

Winners offered a London reading.

Deadline 6th August.

Entry: £6 each per long poem. Short poems: £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/Joining)
more: Rules & Entry

direct link to payment at poetry p f online shop

The results will be posted on the website by 30th September.

The information shared here is courtesy of SLN; the photo credit goes to George Hoden, Public Domain Pictures.net; the balloons are courtesy of PDclipart.org.


Recent in digital publications: 
* Four poemsI Am Not a Silent Poet
* From the Small Beginning, Entropy Magazine (Enclave, #Final Poems)(July 2019)
* Over His Morning Coffee, Front Porch Review (July 2019)
Upcoming in digital publications:
* The Damask Garden, In a Woman’s Voice (August 2019)

A busy though bed-bound poet, writer, former columnist and the former associate editor of a regional employment newspaper, my work has been featured widely in print and digital publications including: Levure littéraireRamingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature, HerStry, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander CoveI Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta/ Phor(e) /Play, Woven Tale PressThe Compass Rose and California Woman. I run The Poet by Day, a curated info hub for poets and writers. I founded The Bardo Group/Beguines, a virtual literary community and publisher of The BeZine of which I am the founding and managing editor. Among others, I’ve been featured on The MethoBlog, on the Plumb Tree’s Wednesday Poet’s Corner, and several times as Second Light Live featured poet.

Email me at thepoetbyday@gmail.com for permissions or comissions.

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

SUBMISSION FEES: Poets and Editors Weigh-in

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966) Spokane-Coeur d’Alene-American novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker doing a book-signing at Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA – 2017 (Awkward photo. I was trying not to capture the fans.)

Publishing is evolving in ways that are both disconcerting and exciting, but this exploration into what people think about submission fees (a relatively new aspect of the business) came up when I happened upon a publication that charged $23 for poetry submissions (not a contest) and didn’t seem to compensate writers. Hmmmm!

Within reason and budget – we’re all going to define those two areas differently – I don’t mind lending support to the lit mags I like, feel make an important contribution, use some of the funds to compensate writers, and to which I may aspire. But $23! Yikes! I started to ponder ethics, exploitation, vanity and desperation, and also what in human services we would refer to as “barriers to entry.” I wondered what others thought and I put out a call for opinions. It’s taken awhile to collect them and my own thoughts. I’m grateful to the folks who responded. I think this is a topic that calls for more than one person’s perspective.

I started out on my mom’s old Smith Corona portable. It was a big victory and boost to productivity to eventually get an electric IBM

If you started writing a hundred years ago like me, you remember the days of typed manuscripts, manila envelopes, postage stamps, self-addressed and stamped return envelopes (for the rejection letter or letter of acceptance) and trips to the post office. You remember spending days at the library – not comfortably at home with your computer – studying magazines and journals to figure out what they needed and to make sure  the submissions or query letters you sent were appropriate.  After all, it’s not like there’s never been a submission “fee.” There’s always been a cost to doing business. It was just differently configured and seemed cleaner.

For those who may not know, I should point out at this juncture that commercial publications (v. literary) are a different game. The big boys are supported by mega-dollar corporate advertising as well as subscriptions and newstand purchases. In my experience most offer writers compensation, either on acceptance or on publication. The later can leave you in limbo for some time. Sigh! No matter how you cut your writerly cloth, it’s not easy. This is why most writer’s have day jobs, or teach writing classes, or hold poetry workshops. Many do work for hire. I’ve done a lot of writing for hire, especially back in the days when I had three others to support. A good friend of mine says of himself, “I am a writer. I do accounting.” That sums it up nicely.

From the publisher perspective, journals come and go. They struggle to survive, especially now with fewer grant monies available and with competition from blogs and websites that are filled with content, often good, and often well-targeted to their readers’ interests. The easy and nominal cost of starting a zine online also creates competition for even well established literary print journals. Literary journals tend to be understaffed. Staff tends to be under-paid or unpaid. These publications are not exactly cash cows. They’re about literary love. So, short story: it’s not easy for publishers either.

The responses I got to my call ranged from resentment to the use of discretion. Clearly some people simply don’t submit work at all, preferring instead to post their poetry in the poetry groups (of which there are many) on Facebook or on their blogs.  Some writers and poets feel it prudent to limit payments to competitions. To keep this post a reasonable length, I’ve included the responses that cover the most territory and the widest range of sentiments. It was enlightening to learn that there are almost no submission fees in some countries and others are worse than the U.S. Thank you to everyone who responded.

From U.K. Poet, Anne Stewart:

I think you have to assess each one by how much you want to support it and, if uncertain, trust your instincts. If your gut feeling is that they don’t care about what they’re publishing and just want your money, then it’s likely that they are, after all, money-grubbing vanity publishers preying on the dreams of vulnerable people. If your gut is feeling more generous today, then ask yourself a few simple questions.

Do you admire the work they’re publishing? If not – perhaps because it’s not good enough or because it’s publishing good work but is clearly biased towards a style or demographic, or has an agenda, that you’re not keen on – then don’t waste your money.

Do they pay the writers anything?  Are they creating opportunities for their contributors? e.g. with launch readings, additional publicity via websites, events listings and so on. If ‘yes’ to any or more of these, then they have to be in funds to do it and, except perhaps for ‘the big ones’, that’s hard to do by subscription-base alone. There are too many for us to subscribe to them all (and not enough room in the house – I’ve just sorted out three crates of poetry magazines from the last 20 years to try to find good homes for because, otherwise, there’ll be no room in my house for any more coming in).

In the UK, Arts funding is hard to come by and, even if it’s gained for a period of time, there’s no guarantee that it will continue, and most of the small press magazines are run and administered, and funded for any shortfall, by volunteers, unpaid, and who are using their time outside ‘the day job’ to do it. Most of them wouldn’t dream of charging a fee to submit to their regular issues. Many run a competition annually to help with their funding and this is a concept I support. Would I pay to submit to a regular issue of a magazine?  Very unlikely, though I have, on occasion. Would I pay $23 for the privilege? Not on your nelly.

Paying to have your work published is generally frowned on in the UK. Would I pay to have my work published in something other than a magazine?  Not generally. But, yes, if I’m keen to be part of a project and know it won’t happen without support from contributors, then I would.

Last thought: support what you admire. Don’t encourage what you don’t.

Anne Stewart

the-janus-hour-fullANNE STEWART is a poet, reviewer, and provider of services to poets and poetry organisations. In 2000, she began working towards a life with poetry at the centre of it, joining the Post-graduate Creative Writing programme at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2003, she was awarded an MA with Distinction and in 2005, was selected as one of the “Ten Hallam Poets” represented in the anthology published by Mews Press (eds. Sean O’Brien, Steven Earnshaw and EA Markham). The anthology attracted high praise from top-calibre poets (Don Paterson, Julia Darling, Helen Dunmore).

In 2008, she won the Bridport Prize for her sonnet, Still Water, Orange, Apple, Tea.Judge, David Harsent, said of it “…what marks it out is the way this emotional commonplace is adapted to language … no line lacked a surprise … I liked its briskness – celebratory, but never cloying – and liked too, the fine-tuning: … a tone of voice that promotes brevity … where the notes in question sing and tease and intrigue … ”

Her first collection, The Janus Hour (Oversteps Books, 2010), “is characterised by a view of the world that is quizzical, appraising, unflinching yet non-judgemental: this is how things look from here, it says; take it or leave it. Her poems address, with the same deft lightness of touch, both uncomfortable truths about our time and the surreal in the everyday, achieving a rare consistency of expression without ever being predictable.” – Jeremy Page, editor, The Frogmore Papers.

From N.Y. Poet and Editor, Russ Green


Thank you so much for doing this …

So, here are some of my thoughts on publications charging submission fees. I was co-editor for an NYC based independent press for 4 years. Our press did not charge for submissions. In fact we sent a check for $10. to those who’s work we accepted. We regularly received thank you notes and some were very surprised in a positive sense that not only didn’t we charge to submit, but we actually paid them. It really created some good PR. Later we changed it to a free book instead of the $10 check.

Of course, we need to put this into context. As I said, the press is based in New York City. When I was with them we sold a few hundred books a year and in addition, we also had a weekly reading where we passed around the hat. Also, there were a couple of special events a year where there was a small admission fee to see a high-profile name we would have featuring for us. While certainly no one was getting rich. Anyone who knows anything about small independent presses knows that to simply break even at the end of the year is a triumph and to actually turn a profit of any amount is cause for celebration. We were always able to achieve this at least one of these goals and sometimes both. All of the editors, including myself, were unpaid as is the case for most independent presses I believe. It was a labor of love.

Now, I can understand a press operating out of some small Midwest town where they are not going to sell the same volume of books as we did in New York or take in the same amounts at regular readings and special events, (Not that it was a lot). In this context I can see a small admission fee being perfectly justified. Now this is a double-edged sword though. While it takes care of the problem of funding a publication it will also cut down on the number of submissions. Lets face it, most poets and writers don’t exactly have a lot of disposable income if any. I think we all know of some exceptions, but by and large, not really. So, most are going to look for presses with free submissions and if there is a fee there would have to be some prestige in order to sway us to part with that money and we would be talking 5 or 10 dollars max. I think a better way to generate extra revenue in regards to small presses is to hold a contest, either a chapbook contest or a poetry contest where there is a prize, usually monetary with an award and sometimes a ceremonial reading event where there are often raffles to generate a few bucks.

To be perfectly honest I haven’t submitted to a lot of journals. I have here and there over the years in addition to having my book out, but I haven’t submitted enough to consider myself an expert in the workings of presses across the country and I only worked with the one publication. So, any inside perspective is limited to that. On the other hand I’ve been active on the scene for a good fifteen years now so I’ve seen and heard a lot in addition to my first hand experience. So, those are the thoughts of a former NYC based co-editor, host and curator living on Long Island now just enjoying the writing process and looking forward to receiving the rejection letters and hopefully a few acceptances instead of being the one sending them out.

Russ Green

RUSS GREEN is a Graduate of Hofstra University. Over the years he has been co-editor at Great Weather for Media and has put on poetry and arts events around Long Island and New York city in addition to hosting and curating poetry stages at various festivals.

Russ has read his work from New York to New Orleans to Santa Fe and cities in between. He is currently focusing on humanitarian based events. His first book, Gimme Back My Radio, is out with Night Ballet Press. In addition, Russ has been published in a number of anthologies. He can usually be found communing with the mountains in Vermont with interesting artist friends or roaming the docks of Port Jefferson Harbor at night looking for signs of life in the starry night sky.

From poet and blogger, Kim Whysall-Hammond


Personally, I will not submit to any journal that charges a fee on principle.

They have 2 advantages to the journal — a source of income, and a reduction in the size of their reading pile.

However, reading fees exclude those who cannot pay, are excluding and non-compliant with any sort of diversity policy.  They will act to twist and distort the sort of poetry published.

What is even  more invidious is the partial reading fee — “we don’t charge a reading fee, but if you pay us, we will read yours first”

Kim Whysall-Hammond  (The Cheeseseller’s Wife, Anything and Everyting, but mostly Poetry)

Mendes Biondo speaks here of vanity book publishers.  I am not opposed to self-publishing – in fact, encourage it under certain circumstances – but I am not a fan of vanity presses. A subject for another day.

From Poet, Journalist, Editor and Publisher, Mendes Biondo

I’m very near to the post you wrote about the literary journal that asked a large fee for a simple submission. I can understand that they need moneys to continue their efforts but I’m afraid that their behaviour could be the beginning of what is happening now in Italy. It’s a sort of “literary mafia” here. So I felt the need to speak about our situation. I love your work as The BeZine and The Poet By Day and I love American and English magazines because this kind of dirty thing is not as prevalent, especially in EnglandI give you the permission to quote my name. I’m too angry with those Italian publishing houses to hide myself.

Being an author in Italy is not an easy thing.

I’ve been an editor in a publishing house and the mantra in there (was and) is: “Ask moneys to the authors to publish their works”. I was obliged to ask more than 4000 Euros for a novel and 3000 Euros for a poetry collection. I decided to fire myself from that work because of my moral choices, but that Publishing House is just part of the majority that works in that way.

Asking moneys of the authors happens because – listening to authoritative voices – Italian readers are not interested in the literary panorama. So publishers need to ask that dirty fee to continue their work.

What about the magazines in Italy? If you want to be published you need to pay. And I’m not talking about a fee for the submission. That is a “normal” kind of payment that many printed journals require. In Italy it’s a sort of standard to pay an extra bribe, a silent extra payola, to find your literary voice in a magazine.

This is why I decided to move to English magazines. I tried to avoid those one that ask a fee to submit because I think that a magazine should be able to live on it own success. It can be difficult, many times it can be very hard, but it is necessary to give the same chance to every one.

And the most important point is quality. If you believe that publishing people able to pay means to publish high quality works, oh well, you’re completely wrong. Literature and Poetry in Italy is living its worst period thanks to this way of thinking.

Officially they present themselves to authors and to readers as traditional publishing houses but once you were selected, they ask you moneys. “Ask them moneys for the distribution in the bookshops – said to me one of those publishers – Authors do not know how it works here so they fall in our trap. You must tell them that distribution is not one of the elements we pay for. So they must do it on their own.”

This means that 3000/5000 Euros (3500/5800 $) were asked per title published at every author.

We have vanity publishers too and they are hated by authors, but if you think about it, when you ask them to publish your book, you already know that there is a fee to pay. In that case it’s a sort of extortion. This is why I decided to fire myself from those places.

A presto,

Mendes Biondo
Co-Editor and Co-Founder of Ramingo’s Porch

MENDES BIONDO was born in Mantua (Italy) in 1992. He published two books: the novel Trappola di cotone (Nomadepsichico, 2008) and the collection of short stories and poems Amanti bendati (ExCogita, 2010). He has become a recognized journalist by the Italian Order from 2013. In 2015 he obtained the degree in Aesthetic Philosophy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. He is as blogger, editor and journalist. You can find more about him at RAMINGO! La Cultura Come Non Te L’Aspettavi. His English works were published by Visual Verse and The Plum Tree Tavern.

Photo credit/Smith Corona (1953-1959) courtesy of P. Musgrave under CC BY-SA 3.0 license.



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


Opportunity Knocks

PERSIMMON TREE, An Online Magazine fo the Arts by Women Over Sixty publishes fiction, nonfiction, art and poetry. Details HERE.

WINTER TANGERINE REVIEW, Dedicated to the Electric. To the Salt. To Sugar is open for submissions of poetry, fiction and art. No reading or processing fees. Paying market. Assorted deadlines. Details HERE

JACAR PRESS, A Community-Active Literary Press is open for submissions of poetry to its online publication, One. Details HERE.

JUXTAPROSE LITERARY MAGAZINE, an online literary journal calls for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography from the world over. Details HEREIt has an open call for submission to its blog HERE.

WORDS ON THE STREET, Literary Publishers has an interest is novels and novellas, short story collections and poetry collections. Details HERE.

ACUMEN POETRY PROSE REVIEWS publishes poetry and articles and features on poetry. Details HERE.

ANIMAL: A BEAST OF A LITERARY MAGAZINE  has an open call for essays, stories and poems. Subject: animal “loosely defined.”  The publication includes nonfiction, fiction, poetry and art. Details HERE.

COMPOSE: A JOURNAL OF SIMPLY GOOD WRITING publishes twice a year (digitally) and welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, articles on the writing craft, excerpts rom books, interviews with literary light. Details HERE

SAVANT BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS, LLC‘s call for submissions to its 2018 anthology is still open – through 31 December 2017. Five poems. No submission fee. Details HERE. 

SOUTH POETRY MAGAZINE earned a special place on the poetry scene. It pioneered a unique system of selection aimed at giving all poets the best possible chance of getting published. The closing date for the next issue is 30 November 2017. Details HERE. (Thanks to Anne Stewart for this one.)

PSKI’S PORCH PUBLISHING, Books For People Who Like People That Like Books and Ramingo! Blog have an open call for poems, short stories, book reviews, short essays …. Details and links HERE.


WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, The London Open 2018 “is a triennial exhibition open to all artists aged 26 or over living or working in London. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, moving image, photography, drawing, performances and installations.” Call for entries HERE.


THE BeZINE call for submissions for the November 2017 issue – themed Hunger, Poverty and Working-class Slavery –  is now open and the deadline is November 10thSend submissions to me at bardogroup@gmail.com. Publication is November 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.

Submissions of work on your country and its history and culture are welcome no matter your citizenship, national origin, first language, religion or lack thereof. The more diverse the representation, the better. English only or accompanied by translation into English. Please read at least one issue and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples.

I do consider previously published work if you hold the copyright. / J.D.

The BeZine fosters understanding through a shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited; seeks to make a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of a world in which illness, violence, despair, loneliness and death are as prevalent as hope, friendship, reason and birth. Actively supports peace, environmental sustainability, social justice and a life of the spirit.


  • The October music issue of The BeZine is out today
  • HEADS-UP ON THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF The BeZine: the theme is Spirituality (Spiritual Paradigms, Awakenings, Miracles). Deadline: December 10.
  • Beginning January 2018, we’ll move to a quarterly format with themes and – possibly – sub-themes. Your suggestions for sub-themes are welcome. Email me at bardogroup@gmail.com


Coffee, Tea and Poetry is a home for simple pleasures and features poets and their poems, specialty teas and coffees along with slow-carb grain-free recipes. If you have a food poem you’d like featured send it and a brief bio to Jamie Dedes thepoetbyday@gmail.com with Coffee, Tea and Poetry in the subject line. Encourages responsible sourcing and wholesome – not prefabricated – foods.

Recent Posts:


Opportunity Knocks

PERSIMMON TREE, An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty is open for submissions to it’s short-takes contest, “short pieces, fiction or non-fiction (250-500 words), but can also be topical poetry, sometimes even drawings or photography. Topic: Hallelujah! Submissions Accepted: October 1 – November 15, 2017 Details HERE. Scroll to the bottom of the screen.

JACAR PRESS, A Community-Active Literary Press is open through January 15, 2017  for submissions to its 2017 ulie Suk Award, Best Book published in 2017 by an independent press. Details HERE

JACAR PRESS, A Community-Active Literary Press will open on January 1, 2018 for submissions to its full-length poetry book contest and its poetry chapbook competitions. Entry fees. Publication and royalties. Details HERE.

SCRIBES VALLEY PUBLISHERS, 15TH ANNUAL SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST. $7 entry fee. Winners are published in an anthology and receive a complimentary copy.  Details HERE.


Anne Stewart’s poetry p f  is an excellent resource for poets. There’s an event page, largely London and surrounding areas, with a schedule of readings, workshops and courses. Included is a useful “Favorite” sites page offering resources that will help you connect with other poets. A convenient listing of competitions and calls for submissions makes it easier to target potential markets for your work. MORE


  • Steve Walter book launch at the Poetry Society Cafe, November 16, 8 pm – 10 pm, Poetry Cafe Covenent Garden
    Betterton Street, London WC2H
  • Second Light Network of Women Poets’ Autumn Festival, 17th and 18th November, booking now. Details HERE.
  • Exodus Film Screening and Q & A, Doctors Without Borders, presents a special screening of the award-winning documentary, Exodus (KEO Films – 2015). This ground-breaking film features footage shot by refugees using smartphones to document their harrowing journey fleeing war and persecution to seek safety in Europe.Clay Theatre in San Francisco, Thursday 11/2, 6 pm – 8pm PDT. No charge but you must make a reservation HERE.

From Sonja Benskin Mesher:

From John Anstie

Accessible from anywhere in the world:

The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week 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 (always theme based not form based) will be published here on the following Tuesday.

The Poet by Day, Sunday Announcements. Every week opportunity knocks for poets and writers.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be – always online HERE.

Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice  – always online HERE.

YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to thepoetbyday@gmail.com. Please do so at least a week in advance.

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 thatinformation – and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications or other organizations featured in my regular Sunday Announcements or other announcements shared on this site. Awards and contests are often a means to generate income, publicity and marketing lists 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.



In the Medieval Period, Sappho had a reputation as an educated woman and talented poet. In this woodcut, illustrating an early incunable of Giovanni Boccaccio’s De mulieribus claris (Concerning Famous Women), Sappho is portrayed surrounded by books and musical instruments. Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian writer, poet and Renaissance humanist.
Dilys Wood, SLN founder and poet, editor and publisher

SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS (SLN), founded by poet, editor and publisher, Dilys Wood, was created to encourage and promote women poets – forty-plus.  SLN lives in London but membership is open to women poets over forty-years old living anywhere in the world.


SLN’s ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 18, themed “Risks in Poetry” is just out and can be purchased from Second Light via Anne Stewart’s poetry pf. 

Anne Stewart, poet, poetry tutor, founder of poetry pf and administrator to SLN

Each issue of ARTEMISpoetry is chock full of information, inspiration, poetry and introductions to good poets who might be new to you. There’s always a sprinkling of black-and-white art and often a clever cartoon by Kate Foley. A “note board” provides news and updates on publications by member poets and on events, conferences, classes and poetry readings. These latter are in and around London and so mostly benefit local poets.  

ARTEMISpoetry, Call for Submissions – Opportunity Knocks

Issue 19, November 2017  

Editors for Issue 19 are: General & Artwork – Dilys Wood and Katherine Gallagher; Poetry – Anne Stewart.

New: Readers’ Letters are invited. Comments on the journal’s content or anything you would like to see discussed in relation to women’s writing. (max 100 words).

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 editor@poetrypf.co.ukPoems: 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.


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.


Poet, poetry tutor and consultant to SNL

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 website where you can also order Myra’s books


  • £300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems
  • £150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)
  • £75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)

Winning & Commended Poets published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry. Winners offered a London reading.

Entry fees are:

  • £6 each per long poem.
  • Short poems: £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/Joining)

Rules & 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.


REMOTE WORKSHOPS, a service you can access from anywhere in the world, are offered. There are two courses from which to choose with eight sections each. The workbooks are two of the many poetry anthologies published by SLN, Her Wings of Glass and Fanfare, both can be purchased from poetry pfWorkshop details HERE

PERCEPTIONS OF TIME, a full-day remote/distance workshop (5 hours plus) designed by Myra Sneider. Price: £8.

“Time plays a central role in every aspect of our lives. The workshop explores ways in which we perceive time and how we represent these perceptions in writing.

“Past experience crucially influences how we view the present and future. Earth’s distant past, cosmological time are difficult to imagine … Clock time is fixed but our impressions of time are subjective – an hour’s enjoyable exercise session will seem to be over quickly, but the minutes drag during a boring lecture…”

Further details on Myra Schneider (workshop designer and tutor) are HERE.

To order, contact Administrator, Anne Stewart, +44 (0)1689 811394 / +44 (0)7850 537489 or e-mail

Poems written in these workshops are invited for consideration for ARTEMISpoetry.


Poet Mary MacRae

THE MARY MacRAE ACCESS TO POETRY MEMORIAL FUND: “many will remember the outstanding poet and Second Light member, Mary MacRae (her books As Birds Do and Inside the Brightness of Red are available from Second Light).

“The Fund has been created in her memory, begun with a substantial donation from Mary’s family, with the intention of providing modest grants to enable local members on low income, along with a travel companion if they are unable to travel alone, to come to Second Light events.

“If anyone would like to make a contribution to the fund in Mary’s memory, all donations, however small, will be most welcome. Donate to the Fund

Making an Application

“Members on low income, who may not otherwise be able to attend Second Light events, may apply for assistance with local travel, for themselves only or for themselves and a travelling companion, if they are unable to travel alone. Recipients will be asked to make receipts for expenditure available whenever possible. Applicants should be aware that Donors of substantial amounts to the Fund may be given access to Fund records on a confidential basis.”

Download Application Form


Photo credits: header is courtesy of cladcat under CC-BY 2.0 license; © photo portraits of poets Dilys, Myra and Anne belong to them and Mary’s to her estate; Sappho Eresia (below) is in the public domain

Hermaic pillar with a female portrait, so-called “Sappho”; inscription “Sappho Eresia” ie. Sappho from Eresos. Roman copy of a Greek Classical original.


My SLN member page is HERE.

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