Opportunity Knocks: 8 Calls for Submissions, 2 Competitions

I thought that my voyage had come to its end
at the last limit of my power,—that the path before me was closed,
that provisions were exhausted
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.

But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.

– Rabindranath Tagore


Of Note: 

Opportunity Knocks replaces Sunday Announcements.  

Links to articles, events and news of interest to poets and writers are regularly published on The Poet by Day FaceBook Page.  

You are welcome (encouraged) to share your work and announcements on The BeZine Arts and Humanities Facebook Group Discussion Page

MARK YOU CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 is 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE, GLOBAL, 2019 and THE BeZINE 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE VIRTUAL EVENT, hosted by Michael Dickel.  Look for updates on this site, The BeZine,  and at 100tpc.org

Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT.



“THE BeZINE” CALL FOR SUBMISSIONSthebezine.com is open for the upcoming June edition to be published on June 15, deadline June 10. This is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. We are unable to pay contributors but neither do we charge for submissions or subscriptions. The theme is sustainability. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, feature articles, art and photography, and music videos and will consider anything that lends itself to online posting. There are no demographic restrictions. We do not publish work that promotes hatred or advocates for violence. All such will be immediately rejected. We’d like to see work that doesn’t just point to problems but that suggests solutions. We are also interested in initiatives happening in your community – no matter where in the world – that might be easily picked up by other communities. Please forward your submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com No odd formatting. Submit work in the body of your email along with a BRIEF bio. Work submitted via Facebook or message will not be considered for publication. We encourage you to submit work in your first language, but it must be accompanied by translation into English. / Jamie Dedes



CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

THE BARE LIFE REVIEW publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry by immigrants and refugees. No submission fees. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE LATEST, an online forum of The Bare Life Review focuses on memoir, criticism, and politics. No submission fees. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE PEDESTAL MAGAZINE is open for submissions of poetrythrough May 26. Paying market. No submission fee. Details HERE.

RED INK seeks “to reflect the expressive voice of Indigenous (Native) America as a social-cultural entity”  and is open for submissions of poetry, non-fiction, short fiction, plays, essays, reviews and artwork. No submission fee. Details HERE.

RIVER STYX, Multicultural Literary Explorers Since 1975, publishes poetry and prose and is open for submissions. Submission fee: $2.50. Payment plus subscription. Details HERE.

SANTA FE WRITERS PROJECT ABORTION BAN PROTEST has an open call through June for personal essays, memoir excerpts, flash fiction, short stories, and any other creative prose about your experiences with abortion, delayed birth, wanted pregnancies, child loss, stillbirths, ectopic pregnancies, Plan B mishaps and successes, child support matters, miscarriages, adoption, and anything else related to those topics.No reading fees. Deadline: June 1st. Details HERE.

YEMASSEE JOURNAL, The Official Journal of the University of South Carolina, is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and flash fiction. Submissions fee: $3. Expedited submission fee: $6. No payment. Details HERE.

COMPETITIONS

RIVER STYX INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is open through May 31. Entry fee. Cash award. Judge: Oliver de la Paz. Details HERE.

SANTA FE WRITERS PROJECT BOOK AWARD seeks fiction and creative nonfiction entrees in any genre. Cash award. No-obligation book contract. No geographic restrictions. Details HERE.


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Opportunity Knocks: 8 Calls for Submissions, 2 Competitions

Huddart Park, San Francisco Peninsula

The Unfettered Canticle of Trees

Still for a moment the church bells
pealing the ancient canonical hours.
Still the lyric call of the muezzin.
Silence the Shacharit, the Mincha, the Arvit.
Stay the wheels and the flying flags.
Let nature’s prayer alone reverberate
in the unfettered canticle of trees.

– Jamie Dedes



Notes:

Opportunity Knocks replaces Sunday Announcements.  

Links to articles, events and news of interest to poets and writers are regularly published on The Poet by Day FaceBook Page.  

You are welcome (encouraged) to share your work and announcements on The BeZine Arts and Humanities Facebook Group Discussion Page

MARK YOU CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 is 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE, GLOBAL, 2019 and THE BeZINE 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE VIRTUAL EVENT, look for updates on this site and at 100tpc.org

Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT.



“THE BeZINE” CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS thebezine.com is open for the upcoming June edition to be published on June 15, deadline June 10. This is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. We are unable to pay contributors but neither do we charge for submissions or subscriptions. The theme is sustainability. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, feature articles, art and photography, and music videos and will consider anything that lends itself to online posting. There are no demographic restrictions. We do not publish work that promotes hatred or advocates for violence. All such will be immediately rejected. We’d like to see work that doesn’t just point to problems but that suggests solutions. We are also interested in initiatives happening in your community – no matter where in the world – that might be easily picked up by other communities. Please forward your submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com No odd formatting. Submit work in the body of your email along with a BRIEF bio. Work submitted via Facebook or message will not be considered for publication. We encourage you to submit work in your first language, but it must be accompanied by translation into English. / Jamie Dedes



CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

CIMARRON REVIEW, English Department, Oklahoma State University,  publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. Details HERE.

FIYAH LIT, a quarterly magazine of fantasy, science fiction, and horror (fiction and poetry) by Black writers will open for submissions to Issue #12 themed “Chains” from July 1 – July 31, 2019. Mark your calendar. Paying market. Details HERE.

GESTURE LITERARY JOURNAL is open for submissions of chapbooks and full-length manuscripts through December 23. No submission fee. Details HERE.

HUDSON REVIEW “publishes fiction, poetry, essays, books reviews; criticism of literature, art, theatre, dance, film, and music; and articles on contemporary cultural developments.” This is among the foremost American literary journals. Reading period for unsolicited poetry manuscripts is open through June 30.  Details HERE.

MSLEXIA  is publishes themed writing, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction four times yearly and hosts a website that supports women writers with information, inspiration, and instruction. Paying market. Details HERE.

34TH PARALLEL INDIE LITMAG DIGITAL & PRINT publishes “fiction, and non-fiction (such as documentary,  straight-out journalism, essay, screenplay, greatest tweets etc)” … “poetry (aka your story that isn’t prose, Nobel prize-winning lyrics, hip-hop, Instagram memes, that kind of thing)” … (art, photography, photo story or essay, comic, cartoon, emojis, all that).”  Submission fees. Details HERE.

TRUE STORY “a monthly mini mag,” publishes long-from nonfiction, 5,000 – 10,000 words, and is open for submission. Submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

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COMPETITIONS

PHILIP LEVINE PRIZE FOR POETRY, sponsored by Anhinga Press and California State University, Fresno, is open from July 1- September 30. Mark your calendar. Entry fee. Cash award, publication, and author’s copies. Details HERE.

THE NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION of The Poetry Society (U.K.) “is one of the world’s biggest single poem competitions. The entry fee is £7 for your first poem, and £4 per poem thereafter. Members of The Poetry Society can enter a second poem for free. The closing date is 31 October 2019.” Mark your calendars. Details HERE.

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Opportunity Knocks: Calls for Submissions and Competitions

Gamble Garden, Palo Alto, California

“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry



Notes:

Opportunity Knocks replaces Sunday Announcements.  

Links to articles, events and news of interest to poets and writers are regularly published on The Poet by Day FaceBook Page.  

You are welcome (encouraged) to share your work and announcements on The BeZine Arts and Humanities FaceBook Group Discussion Page

SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 is 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE, GLOBAL, 2019 and THE BeZINE 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE VIRTUAL EVENT

Join us for this week’s WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT.


Submissions to The BeZine, June 2019 issue are open. Submissions should be emailed to bardogroup@gmail.com. June 2019 issue, Deadline June 10th. Theme: Sustainability; September 2019 issue, Opens for submission July 1st, Deadline September 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice


CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL publishes upbeat and inspirational stories and poems for themed anthologies. Upcoming are: I can’t stop laughing, deadline July 31, 2019; Stories about Christmas, deadline January 30, 2010; Stories about miracles, June 30, 2019; the forgiveness fix, May 30, 2019; the golden years or second wind, June 30, 2019. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

CONTRARY MAGAZINE publishes poetry, fiction, and lyrical commentary/creative non-fiction. The deadlines: summer, June 1; autumn, September 1, Winter, December 1. No submission fee.Paying market. Details HERE.

GEHENNA & HINNOM MAGAZINE 2019 has an open call for submissions of fiction and poetry that fit the themes of Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror. No submission fees. Paying market. Details HERE.

HELIOS MAGAZINE is a horror, science fiction, and fantasy quarterly that accepts unsolicited manuscripts from June 1 – 30 and publishes poetry, fiction, reprints, and translations.  No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE LIFTED BROW is accepting translations for their Digital Intimacies issue. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE OFFING MAGAZINE publishes essays, fiction (including excerpts from novels and short story collections), poetry, and cross genre. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

SLANT MAGAZINE invites submissions on new films, music, TV, DVD/Blu-ray, video game, book and theater writers for reviews, interviews, lists, retrospectives, and festival coverage. Details HERE.

THEMA, many plots / one premise, publishes short stories, essays, poems, photographs and art related to specified premises: The Clumsy Gardener [July 1, 2019]; What a Strange Question! [November 1, 2019]; Not of this World [March 1, 2020.  No submission fee. Paying Market. Details HERE.

WOODS READER publishes focuses on woodland areas and publishes articles, poems, photographs and illustrations. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

THE WRITER publishes articles (300-3,000 words) in support of aspiring and pro writers. Send query letter. Details HERE.

WRITER’S DIGEST publishes articles in support of aspiring and pro writers. The editors will consider pitches and manuscripts on spect. No submission fee. Paying market. Details HERE.

COMPETITIONS

WRITER’S DIGEST 88TH WRITING COMPETITIONS are open for entries. Entry fee. Cash and other awards. Categories: Annual Writing Competition, June 3 deadline; Self-published Book Awards, May 31; Popular Fiction, October 14; Poetry Award, November 1; Short Story, January 14, 2010.

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WORLD WIDE CALLS FOR ENTRIES; 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest; Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Romantic poet Novalis (1772–1801), portrait by Friedrich Eduard Eichens from 1845 / public domain

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” Novalis



The 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. This year there are five new contest categories:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?”
  2. “What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?”
  3. “What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?”
  4. “What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?”
  5. “Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?”

Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Last year the contest attracted 152 poets from 64 cities in twelve (12) states and six (6) countries—the US, Canada, England, India, Nigeria, and Singapore. Poets submitted 271 poems. Eighty-five (85) young poets submitted 131 poems.

  • Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

This year The Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library (Placer County, Northern California) are aiming to reach an even greater audience of poets.  All poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the address on the Entry Form.

You should be able to print out the Contest Flyer and the Rules and Entry Form using the printer icon below. You are invited to enter the contest. There is no submission fee. Questions or problems printing out the form — contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com  Please let Alan know you saw the announcement here or make a note of that on the entry form.

CLARIFICATION/May 2, 2019:

All winning poems are read at the special event in October. If a poet is unable to attend because of distance or a conflicting obligation, her/his poem will be read by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. I ask all winning poets to give me an interesting or funny fact, in 3-5 sentences, about them, as poets, or the winning poem or poems they wrote that I can use to personalize their introduction when they come up to read. So, even if they are unable to attend, the audience will learn something about the poet who wrote the poem(s) being read by somebody else.

“Yes, poets are allowed to submit previously published poems. They have to understand that should their poem win, it will be included in the chapbook of winning poetry they will receive, in person or by mail, and, therefore, they need to have the right to allow a previously published poem to be included. In the previous ten contests I have coordinated, we have not had a problem with this.” Alan Lowe


 POETS WANTED

ENTER NOW

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected in each contest category

➢ Five (5) categories include:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?
  2. What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?
  3. What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?
  4. What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?
  5. Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?

➢ Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each.

➢ Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.  

Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln, CA and can be downloaded from the following website: http://www.libraryatlincoln.org

Contest Deadline: Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019. Early submissions are appreciated.

Questions—contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com

Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln; Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library.



RULES AND ENTRY FORM

POETS WANTED! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category. 2. The five (5) contest categories include the following:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life? What Treasure
  2. Would I Like To Discover?
  3. What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?
  4. What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?
  5. Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?
  • Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each. 4.
  • Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
  • Poems should be written in English.
  • They should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font 12-point. The title should be listed at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the poem page. The name of the poet should not be indicated on the poem.
  • Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade, and school on the Entry Form.
  • All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019.
  • Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted.

Duplication of the form is permitted. Below you’ll find both the Contest Flyer and the Rules and Entry Form, which you should be able to print out by using the printer icon below. You are invited to enter the contest. There is no submission fee. Questions or problems printing out the form — contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com  

The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems  electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

2019 VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST ENTRY FORM (One Per Poem – PLEASE PRINT)

Name: _____________________________________ Phone: __________________ Email: ______________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________ City: ___________________ State: _____ Zip: ______

Young Poets Only–Age: ______ Grade: ______ School: __________________________________________________________

Contest Categories (Check appropriate category of poem submitted): ___ Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life? ___ What Treasure Would I Like To Discover? ___ What Don’t I Know About You That I Should? ___ What Would I Do If I Ruled The World? ___ Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?

Title of Poem Submitted: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Please insure that poems comply with all contest rules. No names should appear on the poems submitted. Include the title at the top of the poem. Place the category at the top right corner of the poem page. Use a paper clip to attach a copy of this Entry Form (cut along dotted line) to each poem submitted. Mail the poem to Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, c/o Alan Lowe, 1235 Picket Fence Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648. Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019. Early submissions are appreciated.

Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln

Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library



Carve Magazine‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest HERE, judged this year by Claire Fuller, seeks short fiction from all over the world.

Deadline: May 15. Entry fee: $17.


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