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SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Opportunities, Events, News and Other Information


Calls for Submissions

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DRIFTWOOD PRESS, a quarterly literary magazine that is out of Florida, considers submission of fiction, poetry, photography, graphic narrative, literary criticism, and interviews. Details HERE.

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA is still accepting submissions for consideration for its next annual anthology of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction. Deadline: January 15, 2017  Details HERE.

WEST TEXAS REVIEW is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue to include “poems, essays, flash fiction, and photographs that bring value to the page. We want work that is thoughtful, deliberate, and authentic. We want work that is concrete and direct, and can justify its own existence. Think of poets like William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton, and Nikki Giovanni. Think of essayists like George Orwell. Think of short story writers like Donald Barthelme, Octavio Paz, and Jorge Luis Borges. We want your best work and, if you send us your best work, we will treat it with respect and care.” It apparently intends to accept submissions year-round but there’s no indication of the deadline for this first issue or the date of publication. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE theme for January is Resist. We are piggy-backing on Michael Rothenberg’s and Alan Kaufman’s call to American poets to resist the incoming president. Our effort is not restricted to poetry or to the United States. We’re doing a global call for submissions that counter policies – no matter what country – which undermine equity, foster poverty, encourage elitism, hate and scapegoating … all those things that pit people against people, putting many people at risk of disease, homelessness, starvation and murder. Please read the submission guidelines first. Send your work to

ARTEMISpoetry (UK) Poetry Deadlines: Issue 18, February 28, 2017 and Issue 19, August 31, 2017. “Women poets only, of any age. Unpublished poetry only and not out in submission elsewhere.  Strict limit:max 4 poems; the total number of lines in all should not exceed 200 lines (i.e. you could send a poem of 200 lines and this would restrict your submission to just one poem).  Two copies, A4 paper only [U.S. standard letter paper – 8 1/2 x 11 is the closest we have in the US to A4], typed or neatly handwritten.  Each numbered sheet to bear the poet’s contact details (name, address, telephone, e-mail). Artwork – Black and white photographs or line-art sketches are welcome for submission. Four max.Send to ARTEMISpoetry, ATTN.: Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN162 SZ.”


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THE SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS annual awards contest categories are adult fiction, adult nonfiction, biography, children’s fiction, children’s nonfiction and poetry. The announcement isn’t up yet so watch the site. It should post soon. Or, subscribe to its email updates. Details HERE.

THE RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE accepting manuscripts of 15-30 pages for review. $20 entry fee includes a subscriptions. Multiple entries by a single poet are allowed as separate entries. Deadline: January 15, 2017 Details HERE.

MOMENT MAGAZINE-KARMA FOUNDATION Short Fiction Contest “encourages writers to submit stories related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. Established in 2000. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content.” Winners will receive cash prizes and will read from their work in our annual Manhattan literary ceremony and celebration. First place: $1,000 plus possible publication Second place: $500 plus possible publication; Third place: $250 plus possible publication. Entry fee $15 Details HERE. Deadline: January 29, 2017

THE MASTERS REVIEW, a platform for emerging writers is hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.” Further detail HERE.


NIEMAN-BERKMAN KLEIN FELLOWSHIP in Journalism Innovation is for working journalist and the deadline for application is: International 12/31-2016, U.S. 1/31/2017 Details HERE.


Meet the Editors, Reading with Open Mic, A poetry reading that includes time for readers from the floor. 7:30 pm Sun, 5 Feb 2017 Torriano Meeting House [London (North West)]  Part of a series: Torriano £5/£4 according to pocketM Readings, Open Mic, & panel discussion…Host: Peter Phillips, Editors’: Alwyn Marriage (Oversteps Books), Jeremy Page (The Frogmore Press), Anne Stewart (poetry p f)

A Celebration of Cumbrian Poetry, Words by the Water Festival, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick [Keswick] North West, 5:30 pm Tue, 7 Mar 2017,Free Event. Helen Fletcher will be reading from the lightbulb has stigmata, supporting Jacci Bulman reading from her collection A whole day through from waking. There will also be readings from Alison Barr, Josephine Dickinson, Amy Heys, Nicola Jackson, Kathleen Jones, Kim Moore and Mary Robinson in a celebration of Cumbrian poetry.


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A poetry publisher on the math of rejection.


RECOMMEND READ FOR THIS WEEK (The Third Reconstruction): The man who is making a difference. The book that is changing perspectives and is fast becoming the “common read” at many organizations, the salve for our wounded hearts and souls. If you haven’t heard him talk and you’re not religious, just give him a chance. His strategy makes sense.

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Divsion and Fear by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

800px-william_barber_at_moral_mondays_rallyREV. BARBER is a conservative Christian who embraces the full religious, ethnic and racial diversity of our country. Some say he is this era’s Martin Luther King, Jr.  He believes in the dignity and worth of all people and the essential inter-relationship of all human beings. He stands for compassion, unity and social, environmental and economic justice.

In reading his views and about his work, I found myself moved to both hope and joy. This memoir is not simply an emotional or moral reaction. It’s a pragmatic plan for a more just and equitable country. I agree with Rev. Barber that our emerging leadership is encouraging scapegoating, a divide-and-conquer strategy that foments racial strife and economic inequality and the pitting of the 99% against one-another for the exclusive benefit of the 1%.

” … he laid the groundwork for a state-by-state movement that unites black, white, and brown, rich and poor, employed and unemployed, gay and straight, documented and undocumented, religious and secular. Only such a diverse fusion movement, Rev. Barber argues, can heal our nation’s wounds and produce public policy that is morally defensible, constitutionally consistent, and economically sane. The Third Reconstruction is both a blueprint for movement building and an inspiring call to action from the twenty-first century’s most effective grassroots organizer.”

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THE FLEXIBLE PERSONA,  a literary magazine, has a call out for its Spring 2017 issue. Interest is in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. The magazine is published twice a year and has specified reading periods. Submission guidelines HERE.

THE BeZINE, a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines will review submissions for the December issue, themed The Healing Power of the Arts, beginning on December 1.  Submit poetry, essay, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, photography, music videos and art or photography by December 10 to  Please review the publication first and the submission guidelines.

FICTION SILICON VALLEY accepts submission throughout the year and pays six cents a word with a max of $100. Categories are: “fantastic fiction” and “perfect poetry.” After the first submission there is a reading fee. Details HERE.

WOMEN’S DAY MAGAZINE recently updated their submission guidelines for the digital The editors want “long-form narrative pieces about inspiring women who’ve overcome adversity, emerging trends for mothers and women in general, and health issues that directly or indirectly affect women in middle age: weight loss, sleep, menopause, mental illness, fibromyalgia, asthma, headaches, allergies, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. While we realize they can be heavy topics, we always want our stories to have a positive takeaway and a hopeful angle.”  Guidelines for Digital Writers are HERE.


THE NEW SALON: READING AND CONVERSATION sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program. Patrick Rosal reading, with Laurin Macios Patrick Rosal is the author of Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea Books, 2016), Boneshepherds (Persea, 2011), My American Kundiman (Persea, 2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (Persea, 2003). His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, the Global Filipino Literary Award, and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. In 2009, he had a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines. He teaches at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Philadelphia. Admission is free. Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m. at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, New York University, 58 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

AMERICAN POETRY OLD AND NEW hosted by Ver Poets Programme at 8:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri, 18 Nov 2016. Location: St. Michael’s Parish Centre, St. Michael’s Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, St. Albans £4 non-members, £2 members, Poetry read by Robert Peake (Host of Transatlantic Poetry) and RA Villanueva to illustrate the development of American poetry. A film poem will be shown. Open Mic for poems on theme. Refreshments.

THE PSA READING at McNally Jackson: Joshua Bennett and Jennifer Kronovet. Joshua Bennett received his PhD in English from Princeton University and is a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.
Jennifer Kronovet is the author of THE WUG TEST (Ecco Press), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. She is also the author of the poetry collection AWAYWARD. She co-translated THE ACROBAT, the selected poems of Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin. Under the name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated EMPTY CHAIRS, poetry by the Chinese writer Liu Xia.  Admission is free. McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

TIMOTHY ADES’ poetry reading on Wed 24 Nov at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1, at 6.30 for 7pm, with poets Kate Miller, Isabel Bermudez, Philip Hancock, and Róisín Tierney. MC is Anne Stewart of the poetry pf website


SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS offers remote (distant) workshops suitable for individual study or for group workshops. They’re reasonably priced. Details HERE.



LEONARD COHEN (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016): Thank you! and Rest in Peace. 

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. If you are viewing this post through an email subscription, it’s likely you’ll have to click through to the site to view it.


The Poet by Day, Celebrating American She-Poets series that has been on hiatus will return on November 24 with Hélène Cardona and will continue but on the fourth Thursday each month, not weekly.  To see who has been featured, check the blogroll to your right.

In England and the U.S. you’re likely seeing a lot of people wearing Safety-pins. Here’s why:



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CARBON CULTURE, The Intersection of Technology + Literature + Art “advocates a creative, thoughtful and visually appealing dialogue about our complex relationship to technology. We strive to promote the work of those who employ technology and utilize technological designs and terms in art and literature. Our collection of voices and artistic work explore who we are as human beings in a technological world to create a lasting impression at the intersection of technology, art and literature.” It publishes poetry as well as other literature and art.  Submission guidelines HERE.

THE BAKERY  “is  an online literary journal that features a new poem every morning, publishing the work of emerging and established voices. The Bakery is interested in representing a wide range of voices and is open to all styles. Send poetry that we want to eat, that we want to put on a cake or between two slices of other poems. Make us want to make poem sandwiches, poem brownies, and donuts that we would like to see filled with your poems.” Submission guidelines are HERE.

THE EMMA PRESS (charming!) has two calls-for-submissions open: One  is for poems about British and Irish kings and queens.  Tight deadline –  November 13 – but shared here on the odd chance that some reader has something ready to go. The other is for poems about animals and the deadline December 4th. Details HERE.

WHITE PINE PRESS  is not accepting new submissions except for the possibility of Poetry in Translation.  Send a query letter and a representative sample.  Details HERE.

THE MARIE ALEXANDER POETRY SERIES , an imprint of White Pine Press (above), publishes one or two books a year – single author collections of “prose poetry, flash fiction, short lyric essays and hybrid forms.” Details HERE.

THE BeZINE, a publication of The Bardo Group Begins in the process of pulling together the October issue and will continue to consider submissions until midnight (PDT) on October 12. Submit poetry, essay, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, photography, music videos and art or photography.  The theme for October is Rituals for Peace, Healing, Unity. The Rev. Terri Stewart (Beguine Again and The BeZine) hosts the October issue. Submission guidelines HERE.  Submit to

The November issue’s theme is Caritas/Chesed/Metta (in other words, loving kindness). Deadline is the 10th. 

The December issue’s theme is The Healing Power of the Arts.


Opportunity Knocks

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE POETRY SOCIETIES sponsors fifty poetry contests a year. Details HERE.

CALIFORNIA STATE POETRY SOCIETY sponsors monthly theme poetry contests.  Details HERE. Membership information is HERE.

WHITE PINE PRESS POETRY PRIZE COMPETITION opens for submission of collections on July 1, 2017.  Cash award: $1,000 and publication. There’s a $20 free for entry, reading and processing. Details HERE.


Details on this event (the poets and the sponsoring organizations and topics) are HERE.

Reviews of two of Hélène Cardona’s books , poetry samples and an interview with Hélène are scheduled for November 24 in the Poet by Day’s popular series Celebrating American She-Poets, which will resume then.



FROM WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY: a comprehensive listing of Poetry Terms: Brief Definitions

HEALING STORY ALLIANCE (HSA) “explores and promotes the use of storytelling in healing. Our goal as a special interest group of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) is to build a resource for the use of story in the healing arts and professions.

“We share experiences and skills to increase our own knowledge of stories and how best to use them to inform, nurture, inspire and heal, both organizations and individuals. We strive to reach beyond our storytelling community to engage all those in other service professions who can see the benefit of story as a vehicle for healing.”

Find “guidance and practical applications for storytelling, revealing and reflecting the many facets of healing story in the world today and in the past” on their website.  Thanks to our fave world-class storyteller, Naomi Baltuck (Writing Between the Lines, Life from a Writer’s POV and The BeZine).


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INKITT, Story Peak Novel Contest: “Win one of three publishing offers from Inkitt! No submission fees!

“Submit your finished novel, 40,000 words or more – no fan fiction, no other limitations on genre! It’s time to bring your manuscripts into the light and show them off to the world. We are once again looking for three novels to publish!

“The three winners of the StoryPeak² Novel Contest will be determined by Inkitt based on how their novels perform amongst their readership. All authors will be given 100 copies of their novel to distribute to their readers. Authors have a dashboard where they can see how many people have ‘reserved’ their novel and the current level of their readers’ satisfaction.”  Details including terms HERE.  Deadline October 2. 

However: there have been some complaints: Inkitt spam.

THE CITY QUILL celebrates “new writers from all walks of life, no matter their age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, ability, income, weight, height, education level, favorite color, or whatever. If you’re an unpublished writer, we want to hear from you. If you have been published before, we love you, but please don’t send us your work. Your submission will not be read.” Accepts poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Details HERE.

THE BROKEN CITY “is currently accepting submissions for its winter 2016 edition: Life of the Party. We’re looking for work that revolves around parties and celebrations, from the sophisticated to the debaucherous: soirées, shindigs, galas, cotillion balls, beer busts at The Moontower—if someone’s raising a glass, we want to know about it.”  The Broken City (Toronto) publishes poetry, fiction, essays, illustrations and photography. Deadline is: November 1, 2016. Details HERE.

HEADLAND, Literary Frontiers & Emerging Voices accepts submissions year-round. Deadline for Issue 8, closes on 7 October 2016. Publishes short fiction and creative non-fiction, not poetry. Details HERE.

THE McGUFFIN, a publication of Schoolcraft College, accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction and images. Poetry may be “traditional, formal, free verse, and experimental poetry. Poems can be up to 400 lines. There are no subject biases.” Details HEREInfo on their call for art HERE.


Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship established by the American poet Amy Lowell in her will is an annual scholarship to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets. Deadline October 15. Details HERE.


THE FRENCH CONNECTION 2016, Friday, October 7th, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM, Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street, Chicago. Free admission: “To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the relationship between Chicago and Paris, the Chicago Sister Cities Paris Committee invites Chicago Slam Works to showcase the work of Collective 129H, poets/performers Rouda, Neobled, and Lyor. Together with Marc Smith, founder of the poetry slam, and Chicago Slam Works poets, they create a dynamic interpretive performance which can be easily understood, in real time, by both French and English speakers.” Details HERE.

POETRY IN DOWNTOWN BAY SHORE, Long Island, NY, September 10, 7 p.mJoin posts Matt Pasca (The Raven’s Wire) and Terri Muuss (Over Exposed) when they host every second Saturday at Cyrus’ for the kind of poetry, coffee, treats and open mic experience you’ve been looking for!!! Our features will move and inspire you with their honesty and scintillating presence. Open mic follows features, so bring your ukulele, cello, double bass, guitar, sonnets, spoken word, villanelles and more! This gathering will feature LIV MAMMONE and RICHARD JEFFREY NEWMAN. Details HERE.

PAUMANOK POETRY POW WOW, Long Island, New York Saturday, September 17, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m“The Nassau County Poet Laureate Society and the WWBA invite all the “poetry tribes” from the city’s five boroughs and Long Island for an afternoon of poetry readings from the tribes. There will be music, readings, workshops and refreshments ($10 admission fee).”  Details HERE.

NEIL STEINBERG “A Box Full of Darkness: Poetry, Addiction and Family.”  Thursday, September 8th, 7:00 PM, Steinber reads from his latest book, Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago. Free admission. Details HERE.

13TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL is scheduled for January 16-21. (Sounds fabulous!) Details HERE.








Happy Holiday to everyone celebrating Labor Day and to those in Kerala celebrating Onam.

When Maveli ruled the land,
All the people were equal-
Times when people were joyful and merry;
They were all free from harm.
There was neither anxiety nor sickness,
Deaths of children were unheard of,
No wicked person was in sight anywhere
All the people on the land were good.
There was neither theft nor deceit,
And no false words or promises.
Measures and weights were right;
There were no lies,
No one cheated or wronged his neighbor.
When Maveli ruled the land,
All the people formed one casteless race


Photograph in the pubic domain. Photo and poem courtesy of Wikipedia.


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