SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and Other News and Opportunities



Opportunity Knocks

ARTSPACE “invites poets working in all genres of poetry to apply to be considered for our Opening Poems project.Through this project, Artspace seeks to commission original poems written in response to one or more images and/or works in our exhibitions opening between fall 2016 and spring 2018. Poets both emerging and established, based in New Haven or out-of-state are invited to submit. Selected poets will collaborate with artists and curators, study the works and themes of planned future exhibitions, and reflect on the ideas embodied in each show. Poets will then read, perform, or otherwise present a new poem at one of Artspace’s highly attended opening receptions, using the gallery as a lab for physical and visual exploration of language.

“This opportunity offers the chance to build an open, interdisciplinary, and expanded dialogue around your work and gain exposure to Artspace’s expansive network of local and international connections, as well as those of our featured artists. Your piece will also be published in the Opening Poems chapbook, to be produced at the conclusion of the project, containing each poem presented at the opening receptions alongside the artwork that inspired it.” Submission deadline: Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM Details HERE.

NEW MADRID, Journal of Contemporary Literature Winter 2017 Theme: “Imagining Peace”  We seek work that speaks to this arduousness and that defines peace not just as the absence of war, but as something dynamic in its own right. All literary genres are welcome, and submissions should be of interest to the general reader. Please do not submit scholarly articles. . . . New Madrid is published twice per year, during the July and January residencies of Murray State University’s low-residency MFA Program. The editors invite previously unpublished submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Acceptance is determined by the quality of the work.” Current reading period ends October 15. Details HERE.

WALLOON WRITERS REVIEW “is an independent literary journal rooted in Northern Michigan. Our mission is to provide an avenue for writers and photographers to share their passion and their art with the community. We are proud to remind everyone that our 2nd Edition Deadline is September 5th. Our theme is Northern Michigan – but that doesn’t mean you have to live in Northern Michigan…just keep that common thread in your work. Maybe you are here for the summer, maybe you just drove through for the first time. It’s inspiring and the creativity the natural surroundings bring forth needs a place to go… ” Details HERE.

JSTOR.ORG is “looking for pitches for 1500-2000-word features on timely topics that are in conversation with and reference (with direct links to) the content housed on We’re also particularly interested in acquiring interviews with scholars whose work is housed on JSTOR. Prospective writers should send links to clips of their previously published writing, as well as a well-developed pitches for one story idea that includes potential tie-ins to specific JSTOR content. Writers who need it will be given access to the JSTOR library for research purposes. Features should: draw connections between the news, the Zeitgeist(s), and JSTOR research identify patterns between current events and scholarly work provide the backstory for new studies and point out historial studies that should be revisited
not feel academic or like work interview researchers and scholars who are doing interesting work that is housed in JSTOR, or researchers who are using JSTOR in interesting ways.” Details HERE.

HEART OF STEEL — LGBTQIA — “Knights are a well-established presence in the fiction landscape, from historical fiction to fantasy to romance. Be they chivalrous or ruthless, high or low born, noble warriors or dishonored soldiers, tales of knights are endlessly appealing—for their loyalty, their love, and all that they will do to serve and protect those to whom they are sworn. Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories about knights and all they are willing to do and endure for the sake of those they love and protect. Editor’s note: We would like for this anthology to cover the full range of the spectrum. While all stories will be considered, preference will be given to stories featuring characters that are not cis-gay.” Deadline is September 30, 2016 Details HERE.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL  Best Mom Ever!  “Is your mother the best mom ever? How about your stepmother, grandmother, or mother-in-law? How about the wonderful woman who is raising your children? Share your stories about the amazing, loving, miraculous, intuitive, and just plain fabulous moms in your life. Here is your chance to let all the moms know they are appreciated, loved and respected, and that you can’t imagine anyone better. We’re looking for stories about moms of all ages, from young mothers to great-grandmothers, and everything in between. Let your mom or grandmother or stepmother or the mother of your children know that her hard work has been recognized and that without her, the kids wouldn’t be where they are today”. Deadline September 30, 2016. Details HERE.

CANTHIUS “accepts submissions of poetry and prose from a diversity of established and emerging women and genderqueer writers. For those who wish to submit to Canthius, we ask that your submission reflect the best of your creativity, your voice, your humour, your intelligence, your strength. Be political, honest, witty. We thank you for considering us as a forum for your work and for engaging, reading, and writing about feminist issues and experiences.” Deadline September 15, 2016. Details HERE.


BRISTOL POETRY FESTIVAL 2016 has these poets booked so far: Gillian Clarke with Penelope Shuttle, John Greening and Alison Brackenbury; Matthew Caley with David Briggs, Rachael Boast and Rosie Jackson; Helen Mort with Deborah Harvey and friends; The Magnetic Diaries with Vey Streker; The Bristol Poetry Festival Slam; a Can Openers Festival Special and festival aperatifs include Keys, Chords and Uncommonplaces with Ash Dickinson, David C Johnson and Beth Porter.” September 27 – October 15. Details HERE.



THE WARP AND WEFT OF THINGS – Poet Sharon Frye (featured HERE) announced this anthology today. It is “put together from the minds of the Enid Writers Club” and includes poetry, memoirs, short stories, flash fiction and more. Available from Amazon HERE.


LIFE IN SUSPENSION (Salmon Poetry, 2016) La Vie Suspendue (English and French Edition) – Poet, actress and educator Hélène Cardona announced the publication of her bilingual poetry collection. Available from Amazon HERE.


OLYMPIAN ALEXI PAPPAS draws attention to the art of the poem, The Poet by Day

MEET THE DEAF POETS SOCIETY, a digital journal for people with disabilities, PBS Newshour Art Beat

Hélène Cardona reads from her book, The Astonished Universe:

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THE SUNDAY POESY: opportunities, events, classes and other news for poets


Opportunity Knocks:

  • The Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award is an annual collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It is open to any poet who has previously published at least one full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00, publication of his/her collection by Persea, and a stipend of $1,000 for expenses related to the promotion of the collection (e.g. travel to and from readings). DEADLINE: 9 March 2016
  • The 2016 Pinch Literary Awards
    Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation
    December 15, 2015 – DEADLINE: 15 MARCH 2016
    1st Place in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry each receive $1000.
  • The Robinson Jeffers Tor House 2016 Prize for Poetry (Scroll down in newsletter for details) DEADLINE: 15 MARCH 2016The annual Tor House Prize for Poetry is a living memorial to American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)
    $2,000 for an original, unpublished poem not to exceed three pages in length. $200 for Honorable Mentions.
  • Main Street Rag Publishing Company: Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, The inaugural Cathy Smith Bower Chapbook Contest will open in 2016. DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED
  • DEADLINE: May 6, 2016, Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition 85th Annual Writing Competition for a chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents. The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Categories include rhyming and nonrhyming poems.


Opportunity Knocks:

  • HEADS-UP: Residents of Swindon UK

Amaryllis is Poetry Swindon’s poetry blog and publishes a poem each week. HERE.


logoJoin poet Natasha Head (The Tashtoo Parlour) and poet and “poetry champion,” Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day and The BeZine) for a radio chat about online poetry connections and community … Also on the program are: poet and photographer, Roger Allan Baut (Chasing Tao), artist Matthew Hatt (Matthew Hatt and Calculated Kaos), poet Susie Clevenger (Butterly PoetBlog 4 Peace, and Confessions of a Laundry Goddess) and others.

On 28 February 2016, Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. ET

3 p.m. AT – 1 p.m. CT – 12 p.m. MT – 11 p.m. PT


HEADS-UP: Berkeley, CA and the San Francisco Bay Area
March 6, as below and poet bios are HERE.


HEADS-UP: Carmel CA, Monterey County 
Friday, March 11, 7:30
Seeing the Truth Arrive
A reading of the poetry of Muriel Rukeyser and Robinson Jeffers and their own work by Kathryn Petruccelli and Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
Guadalupe and Fourth Carmel, Carmel
Admission: $15 Co-sponsored by the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts For reservations: 624-7491, MORE

  • Every Second Friday, James Street North Art Crawl, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: visit, connect, be inspired.  If you don’t live in Hamilton, search out art crawls in your area. They’re good for the soul.
  • March is Black History Month in the United States. To honor the month, the people and our shared history, The Poet by Day, will shine its light on a number of Black American poets.


  • interNational Poetry Month, A Celebration of The BeZine is in April, publication date April 15.
  • The next issue of ARTEMISpoetry, a publication of Second Light Network of Women Poets, will come out in May.
  • Matt Pasca’s Raven’s Wire launched yesterday. The book is now available on Amazon. Link HERE to The Poet by Day book review and interview with Matt
  • Grabbing the Apple (JBStillwater, 2016), an anthology of poems by New York Women Writers, editors Terri Muuss and Mary Jane Tenerelli, will launch in March.


  • American-Isreali poet, Michael Dickel (Fragments of Michael Dickel and War Surrounds Us, Is a Rose Press, 2015) made .Kred’s “Most Influenctial Bloggers” list. Michael is also a member of The BeZine core team and the lead for The BeZine, 100,000 Poets for Change project.
  • Cannoness to The Bardo Group Bequines (publishers of The BeZine), Terri Stewart (Beguine Again) completed the final interviews and gained a recommendation to become an ordained elder in full connection within the United Methodist Church. Look for news in May when the final vote of the full Board of Ordained Ministry affirms the recommendation.


shopfanfarePoet and founder of Second Light Network of Women Poets (SLN), Dilys Wood, announced the launch of the second in the Series of Second Light ‘Remote’ Workshops. Dilys says these are suitable for individuals at home or for working in groups. As with their first series (based on our 2014 anthology Her Wings of Glass), this Series has eight workshops, based on SLN’s 2015 anthology Fanfare.