SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMUNITY NEWS: Terri Stewart, Unite with Might; Michael Rothenberg, Organizing Around Peace, Justice and Sustainability; Grannies Caravan to the Mexican Boarder

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.” Bryan Stevenson



The world is rife with injustices that call for our attention and there are many social justice initiatives that bring people together to raise awareness, right wrongs, and offer sucor to the torn and weary.

PROMOTING SOCIAL JUSTICE

While the daily news feeds our sadness, fears and hopelessness, you and I are a reason for joy. If you are reading this, it is likely that you are one of the millions of old souls whose natural instinct is for justice and respect.

There is joy in the fact that so many of us live in a time and place were we can put out a call for solidarity, a call to move on to right and just action. Therein lies our hope and grace and our ability to keep on keeping on.

What an extraordinary thing it is that we have the means, the inner sight, the backbone, and passion for this good work. My hope and strength comes from the poets, writers, artists, clerics,  and readers of every type and from every corner of the world who come together virtually for each edition of the The BeZine, for the yearly 100,000 Poets (and friends) for Change, Global, for those who will join in Rev. Terri Stewart’s (Beguine Again and The BeZine) Unite with Might initiative, for the Abuelas (Grandmothers) caravaning to the Mexican Border to support the families crossing into the U.S., and for the many peace and social justice efforts that go on all over the world, even in the darkest places where preaching justice to power invites imprisonment, torture and death.

– Jamie Dedes

UNITE WITH MIGHT

Rev. Terri Stewart, Associate Pastor at Riverton Park United Methodist Church

“We are uniting together to stand against hate and to promote hope, love, and inclusion for all of our neighbors.

“Sometimes it seems that there is so much hatred in the world that it is impossible to know what to do next.  But changing hate to hope, loneliness to love, paranoia to peace, isolation to inclusion, starts with us.  The beloved community.  We are mighty when united for causes that uplift the values of hope, love, and inclusion.  Hence the name, Unite with Might.

“On August 11 and 12, Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, leaders of the alt-right movement (Unite the Right) that marched in Charlottesville, VA, are having a rally in Washington, D.C. and hope to also rally again in Charlottesville, VA, where a young woman, Heather Heyer, was killed by alt-right marchers.”

Washington, D.C., National Parks Service has approved the alt-right’s permit to gather.

In my faith tradition, the table is where everyone is welcome, included, and finds connection to the ineffable mystery beyond our understanding.  And so we propose gathering around food.  This is a different kind of gathering.  A gathering in each of our communities and each of our homes that opens our doors and hearts to everyone.

  • Churches, Synagogues, Masjids, and other Religious & Cultural Communities!! Hold picnics and BBQ’s!  Read prayers of inclusion!
  • Cities, towns, and counties! Make statements of inclusion for all citizens!
  • Schools!  Ensure that your students know that hate speech is unwelcome and teach them the hard parts of history!
  • Families!  Discuss the history of white supremacy with your children!
  • Bloggers!  Splash the world with a voice that proclaims that this is a new day!

Make a public stand that the alt-right will not win the day.  Love always wins.

Please sign on and let us know if you will be holding an event or making a public statement or declaration where the values of hope, love, and inclusion will be uplifted.  We must let the world know that hate will not win!  And that our numbers are much stronger than the puny amount they expect to rally.  We are strong together!  Mighty!  #UniteWithMight !

Let us know your event or statement so we can see the results of our unity in its beautiful diversity by signing up at this link.

Our website is: www.UniteWithMight.com

Sincerely,
Rev. Terri Jane Stewart

 

Note: We are hosting a virtual Unite with Might event at The BeZine on August 11 and 12. You’ll be able to post thoughts, activies, videos, art, poetry – whatever can go into a comment. This will enable your support and participation even if there is no event accessible near you. It will also allow you to share what you are doing with others in Unite with Might. / J.D.

ORGANIZING AROUND PEACE, JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY

I took this photo at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA. Michael is the gentleman in the hat and Terri is the lovely woman with the camera. Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion are cofounders of 100tpc. If you came up in the ’60s and especially if you are a Beat fan, you’ll recognize others in the photograph.

“100 Thousand Poets for Change thrives because we organize around something other than our literary careers, something more than our recent publications. 100 Thousand Poets for Change thrives because we organize around peace, justice and sustainability, and we have set our priorities. Immigration, gender inequality, global warming, police brutality, censorship, homelessness, war are among those priorities. 100 Thousand Poets for Change thrives because we know it is essential to build a global community that will work together to make a better world, a global community which will exchange information to make us smarter and more informed about the needs that exist beyond our own bubble, and to learn new strategies from our friends around the world, to make us better organizers who can build that better world. We write, we demonstrate, we rally, we create, we raise funds for homeless and assist food banks, we are engaged… [because so many] are willing to sacrifice their time and energy to make good things happen. Will you join us? If so, connect with us on our Facebook Page and register at 100tcp.org.” Michael Rothenberg

Note: Don’t forget that on September 29, Saturday, we’ll host a virtual 100tpc at The BeZine. American Israeli poet, Michael Dickel (Meta/ Phor(e) /Play and The BeZine) will officiate. / J.D.

In 2011, Michael Rothenberg and his partner Terri Carrion co-founded 100 Thousand Poets for Change [100tpc], a global poetry and arts movement with an emphasis on peace, justice, sustainability and education.

100tpc assists poets and artists around the world in organizing and planning events in their local communities, which promote social, environmental, and political change. Over 500 events take place in 100 countries each year. Events include poetry readings, music and dance concerts, art exhibits, art and activism workshops and street demonstrations.

100 Thousand Poets for Change is an annual event but 100 Thousand Poets for Change activities take place year round.

ABUELAS RESPONDEN / GRANNIES RESPOND

The abuelas are asking what you are willing to sacrifice now that the most vulnerable are threatened by violence, separation, and hate.  They are calling on women and men to come out and caravan with them to the Mexican Border to protest the abuses there. Details HERE.

If you are viewing this post from an email subscription you’ll likely have to link through to the site to see this video.


ABOUT

Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. Currently I run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writing.

My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman.

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

Baxter Dedes (2006 – 2017) c Jamie

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.  Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”  Boys Life Magazine, 1954



CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

32POEMS is open year-round for submissions of poems 32 lines or less. $3 reading fee. $25 payment. There is an interest in reviews as well. Details HERE.

ABRAMELIN accepts submissions of literary poetry year-round.  Details HERE.

ABSINTHE: A JOURNAL OF WORLD LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION, foreign literature (fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction by living authors) in English translation. The journal is hosted by University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Details HERE.

AUTUMN HOUSE PRESS has a call for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction books, which is open from August 1 – November 1, 2018. Details HERE.

BLOODAXE BOOKS considers submissions from poets who are published poetry in reputable literary magazines or in a pamphlet from a reputable small press. Details HERE.

COFFEE HOUSE PRESS publishes literary novels, short story collections, poetry, creative nonfiction, book-length essays and essay collections. Check the site in March 2019 for the next reading period for Coffee House Press.  Emily Books is an imprint of Coffee House. Emily Press is open for reading through September 1.  No poetry. Details HERE. Scroll down on the page.

THE FROGMORE PAPERS publishes poetry and will open for submissions to its March issue 2019 from 1-31 October, 2018. Details HERE.

FRONTIER POETRY is a “quality home” for new and emerging poets with no more than one full-length published work. Details HERE.

THE HUNGER JOURNAL publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, hybrid/experimental, art/photograph is open for submissions through August 15 for its Fall Issue. The Journal’s theme “is not confined only to food, but hungers and thirsts of all kinds: the craving for connection, the human need to be filled or emptied, the devastating desires that define our most alive moments. Hungers can be sexual, romantic, familial, individualistic, spiritual, creative, sorrowful, conflicted, humanistic, and/or existential.” Each issue also features The Glutton’s Digest, which is “dedicated to filling the emptiness.” Submissions by email.  No submission fee. No payment. Details HERE.

THE MATADOR REVIEW is open or submissions to its Fall 2018 issue. The editors seek 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.

Submission information for The Post and The Matador Review can be found at: http://www.matadorreview.com/submissions

NARRATIVE MAGAZINE publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submission fee for unsolicited manuscripts. Paying market. $150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week; $150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts; $350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts; Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work; $50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.); $200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week; $100 for Readers’ Narratives. Details HERE.

NARRATIVE MAGAZINE publishes six-word stories. Submission fee: $15. $50 payment if accepted. Details HERE.

SEQUESTRUM is open or submission through July 15 for Issue 17. Sequestrum publishes fiction, creative nonfiction and poetryDetails HERE.

SYCAMORE REVIEW publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art and book reviews and works of translation. Query first for reviews. Submissions open on September 1. Details HERE.

WASAFIRI INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY WRITING publishes academic articles, essays, fiction, interviews, book reviews and review essays, and poetry. Submission details and style sheet HERE.

XI DRACONIS BOOKS is currently reading through 31 July 2018 for its 2019 publication year.  The interest is in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual arts.  Xi Draconis publishes one fiction, one nonfiction and one poetry title yearly.  Details HERE.

Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al

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The BeZine

Call for submissions for the September issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the September issue – themed Social Justice – close on August 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT .

NEW NOTATION: There will be a subsection themed Be the Peace. Submissions are invited to that section as well and you can submit to both sections.

Please send text in the body of the email not as an attachment. Send photographs or illustrations as attachments. No google docs or Dropbox or other such. No rich text. Send submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com.

Publication is September 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.

Please read at least one issue. We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples. 

  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

The BeZine is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge submission or subscription fees.

Previously published work may be submitted IF you hold the copyright. Submissions from beginning and emerging artists as well as pro are encouraged and we have a special interest in getting more submissions of short stores, feature articles, music videos and art for consideration. 


The Poet by Day

WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT

Reminder:

Response deadline is Monday, July 9, at 8 p.m. PDT.  Poems are on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the July 10. Details HERE.


CONTESTS

  • FRONTIER SUMMER POETRY AWARD 2018 is open or submissions through July 15.  $20 entry fee. $2,000 award to winning poet. $100 for honorable mention. Details HERE.
  • SEQUESTRIUM – Currently Accepting:
    –  New Writer Awards details can be found here
  • The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018 is open for submission through 5 p.m. GMT on July 13, 2018. Details HERE.
  • A POEM AND A PINT poetry competition is open through 16 July 2018. Entry fee. Snail mail submissions only. Details HERE.
  • SIX-FOLD PRESS, short stories and poetry / the completely writer-voted journal. Entry fee: $5 by July 24, 11:59 pm ET. Details HERE.


EVENTS

ENQUIRE for places or reserve list places at Holland House, Worcestershire, July 30th to August 3rd 2018, Second Light Network of Women Poets… Anne Stewart 01689 811394 / 07850 537489 straight to booking form

100,000 Poets for Change, 2018, virtual event at The BeZine on September 29th with Master of Ceremonies, American-Israeli Poet, Michael Dickel (Meta/ Phor(e) /Play).  You will be able to participate in this event no matter where you are in the world and there’s no reason why you can’t do both our virtual event and an offline event should you choose to do so.  Between them Michael Dickel and Jamie Dedes will keep the virtual event going for at least 24 hours. Yes!  It’s a marathon. Watch The Poet by Day for details on how the virtual event works soon. It’s easy-peasy, as they say. You’ll enjoy.

100,000 Poets for Change, Voices on the Bridge, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, C99 1NA Cardiff. September 29, 1 pm – 4 pm UTC+01. Details HERE.

Irish Poetry Therapy Network Annual Conference Weekend Sat and Sun 13 and 14 October 2018 in Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey with IPTN and Lapidus and iaPoetry – a tripartite programme of self-discovery through poetry and writing for well-being. Details HERE.

Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

The Poet by Day always available online with poems, poets and writers, news and information.

The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week (except for vacation) and all are invited to take part no matter the stage of career or status. 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 (except for vacation) opportunity knocks for poets and writers. Due to other Sunday commitments, this post will often go up late in the day.

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

Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice  – always online HERE.  Beguine Again is the sister site to The BeZine.

OTHER INFORMATION & NEWS


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:

send PDF to jamiededes@gmail.com (Note: I have a backlog of six or seven months, so at this writing I suggest you wait until June 2018 to forward anything.Thank you!)

nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding

nothing violent or encouraging of violence

English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation

your book or other product  should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.


TO CONTACT ME WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION FOR THE POET BY DAY: thepoetbyday@gmail.com

TO CONTACT ME REGARDING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE BeZINE: bardogroup@gmail.com

PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two.


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 (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

* The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

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


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

“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” William Blake, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion

 



CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

THE CINCINNATI REVIEW, University of Cincinnati accepts submissions starting on September 1 and going through March 1. miCRo submissions for its weekly online flash features, hybrid works and poetry are open all year. No submission fee. No payment. Tip jar. Details HERE.

ENTROPY MAGAZINE publishes quite a wide range of material including poetry. Guidelines HERE.

INTO THE VOID, Gripping, Unflinching, Award-Winning Literature & Art publishes short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, poetry and images. The deadline for Issue 9 ends June 7. Details HERE.

NARRATIVE publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Calls are open for General Submissions, Story of the Week, Poem of the Week, iStory, iPoem, Six-word Stories, Cartoons and Graphic Stories. Paying market. Submission fees can be as high as $22. Details HERE.

SPLIT ROCK REVIEW has an open call for submissions to its Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology. Deadline is June 30, 2018. Calls for journal submissions of poetry, short creative nonfiction, graphic narratives and comics, artwork and cover art for its fall issue close on July 31, 2018. Details HERE.

THE STRAND MAGAZINE publishes mystery and suspense. Query by email strandmag@strandmag.com. Website HERE.

YEMASSEE, The Official Journal of the University of South Carolina Since 1993, reads year-round for poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Details HERE.

ZETETIC: A Record of Unusual Inquiry publishes prose and poetry and is a paying market.  Details HERE.


The BeZine

Call for submission for the June issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the June issue – themed Sustainability –close on May 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.  

New rules: Please send text in the body of the email not as an attachment. Send photographs or illustrations as attachments. No google docs or Dropbox or other such. No rich text. Send submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com.

Publication is June 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.

Please read at least one issue and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission GuidelinesWe DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples. 

  • June 2018 issue, Deadline May 10th. Theme: Sustainability
  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

Deadline for the June issue is extend to May 20th.

The BeZine is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge submission or subscription fees.

Previously published work may be submitted IF you hold the copyright. Submissions from beginning and emerging artists as well as pro are encouraged and we have a special interest in getting more submissions of short stores, feature articles, music videos and art for consideration. 


CONTESTS

Opportunity Knocks

New:

THE SWANEE REVIEW, First Annual Fiction & Poetry Contest will open July 1 – 31, 2018 for a set of 1-3 poems or a short story of up to 10,000 words. Cash award: $1,000 and publication. Details HEREThe poetry judge is Dan Chiasson.

SEQUESTRUM LITERATURE & ARTS 2018 New Writer Awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Cash award and publication. Submission fee. Deadline: October 15, 2018.  Details HERE.

Reminders:

MAGMA POETRY will announce the details for its pamphlet competition soon. Watch the site for information.

TARTS FICTION AWARD of Livingston Press at the University of West Alabamayearly deadline is December 31st. The entry fee is $20. Standard royality contract. Details HERE.

TERRAIN.ORG, 9th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction and Fiction is accepting submissions through September 3. $15 submission fee. Cash award: $500 to first place. Publication for first place winner and finalists. Jane Hirschfeld is the poetry judge. Details HERE.


EVENTS

  • WRITER’S DIGEST ANNUAL CONFERENCE, NYC, August 10-12, 2018.  Details HERE.
  • SEWANEE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, hosted by the University of the South, July 17-29, 2018. Details HERE.
  • THE BREADLOAF WRITERS CONFERENCE, August 15 – August 25, 2018. Details HERE.
  • OPEN MOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL, November 1-3, 2018, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Workshops. Readings. Details HERE.
  • ART and DHARMA, Cultivating Awareness through Creative Expression, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, May 19, 2018.  “Experientially explore our inherent potential for spacious awareness by weaving together music, visual art, textile and other mediums. There will be periods of sitting, walking in nature, and time for our creative expression. Through mindfulness practices and play, we hope to deepen our awareness of the moment-to-moment ebb and flow of life as it awakens our senses. We welcome artists and those who don’t consider themselves artists! Bring your interest, curiosity, love of the Dharma to this day. Participants are encouraged to bring their own artwork as part of this experiential day. Starting at $75 PAWAN BAREJA, PHD, has a body-oriented counseling practice based on Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing™ (SE) work for coping with trauma and life changes, and is also an assistant in SE Trainings. She is currently in the Spirit Rock Teacher Training program. Register here https://calendar.spiritrock.org/events/art-and-dharma/
  • CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARDS CEREMONY, June 11, 2018, 415-869-5939 bookawards@commonwealthclub.org
  • And on May 19th in Morocco :

Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

  • The Poet by Day always available online with poems, poets and writers, news and information.
  • The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week (except for vacation) and all are invited to take part no matter the stage of career or status. 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 (except for vacation) opportunity knocks for poets and writers. Due to other Sunday commitments, this post will often go up late in the day.
  • THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be – always online HERE.  
  • Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice  – always online HERE.  Beguine Again is the sister site to The BeZine.

Reminder:

WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT

  • responses to the last prompt – A Hunger for Bone – are due by Monday, 8 p.m., May 7.

KUDOS TO

  • MICHAEL ROTHENBURG, cofounder of 100,000 Poets for Change. Michael’s novel, The Drums of Grace, is being issued as  an audiobook! Johnny Lee Schell, blues hall of fame guitarist, will produce the recording at Ultratone Studios (Eric Burdon, Loudon Wainwright III, Taj Majal). Michael says, “This is a dream….” … “Music as the healing force of the universe is the poet’s regard. It certainly is Michael Rothenberg’s in his fantastic prose dystopia where natural beauty is beyond the control of encroaching fascism. A fable not too distant from our contemporary climate of fear politics. Rise Up!” Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth
  • PC VANDALL (PC VANDALL) for the publication of two poems in PRISM International.
  • THERESA LOLA (poet.), named joint winner of the prestigious 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize.
  • DEBASIS MUKHOPADHYAY (debasis Mukhopadhyay, between ink and inkblot) for recent publications in Better Than Starbucks (May 2018). Late last year his collection, Kyrie Eleison or all robins taken our of contest, was published.
  • RL SENDRA (aka Sendra the Poet) for the publication of his chapbook, Getting Up and Falling Down (poetic salve for a difficult world).

OTHER INFORMATION & NEWS


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:

  • send PDF to jamiededes@gmail.com (Note: I have a backlog of six or seven months, so at this writing I suggest you wait until June 2018 to forward anything.Thank you!)
  • nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding
  • nothing violent or encouraging of violence
  • English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation
  • your book or other product  should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.

TO CONTACT ME WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION FOR THE POET BY DAY: thepoetbyday@gmail.com

TO CONTACT ME REGARDING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE BeZINE: bardogroup@gmail.com

PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two.


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 (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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


Happy Easter – eyd fash saeid – to my family and others who are honoring the day. xo Chag sameach to my Jewish friends who are honoring Passover. xo No matter religion or lack thereof, may our hearts, minds, souls and bodies be ever free. I hope everyone enjoyed the day and now – LOL! – back to work.



CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

DIRTY PAWS POETRY REVIEW published its first issue in December and is preparing to publish its second. Submissions are now open through May 25, 2018. There is to be a special section of Women of the South. Details HERE.

OYSTER RIVER PAGES has published its inaugural issue  featuring fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual arts by sixty-plus contributors. It is an annual publication with an open call for submissions to its second issue through May 15, 2018. No submission fees. No payment. Details HEREInternship 2019: Opens for applications in December 2018.

RATTLE publishes poetry and translations of poetry. It is open for submissions year round. There are no fees for submissions. Payment for print publication is $100 and a subscription. Publication online is paid $50. Rattle’s 2018 Fall issue is dedicated to previously unpublished poets. Rattle’s editors say it will celebrate fifteen or twenty first-publications. The deadline for submissions to the Unpublished Poets issue is April 15. All free submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $1,000 prize judged by the editors.

RATTLE YOUNG POETS ANTHOLOGY requires parent, legal guardian or teachers to submit poems. Teachers may submit poems from up to five students. Submissions are open through June 15, 2018.  Youth must be under sixteen years. Details HERE.

RED HEN PRESS, A Nonprofit Literary Organization, publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry books. Submission guidelines are HERE.

THE RUSH LITERARY MAGAZINE, a publication of the MFA program in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles is accepting submission of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual art and photography through April 15, 2018. No submission fees. No payment. Details HERE.

STILL POINT ARTS QUARTERLY, a publication of Sharti Arts, is honoring the 75th anniversary of the 1943 publications of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, These were based on President F.D.R.’s 1941 State of the Union address with its fall issue, The Four Freedoms Reinterpreted. The April 1 deadline for writing submissions has been extended though May 1, 2018. Submissions may include fiction, non-fiction, essay and poetry. The art submissions deadline is July 1, 2018 and includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and more. Acceptance notification by August 1. Details HERE. Shanti Arts also offers online classes in writing and photograph that run from $160-$190. Details HERE.


CONTESTS

Opportunity Knocks

THE 2018 AGNES LYNCH STARRETT POETRY PRIZE COMPETIONS of The University of Pittsburgh Press is open for submissions through April 30, 2018. $25 submission fee. Cash award of $5,000 and publication. Details HERE.

THE CAROLYN FORCHÉ PRIZE FOR HUMANITARIAN POETRY is open through August 15, 2018. The prize winner and ten runner-ups will be published in the 2018-2019  anthology, Elusions: Refugee Poems, to be published by WaterWood Press. Cash award: $1,000. Submission fee: $10. Details HERE.

“Different people have articulated … [poetry as] the natural prayer of the human soul. I feel very blessed to have this vocation. ” Carolyn Forchè

THE CLIFF BECKER BOOK PRIZE IN POETRY TRANSLATION for a book-length manuscript is $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press. Submissions accepted through April 16, 2018. Submission fee: $25. Details HERE.

$10,000 RATTLE POETRY PRIZE submission deadline: July 15, 2018. $25 entry fee. Details HERE.

RED HEN PRESS LITERARY AWARDS offeres several opportunities each year. Two of their competitions are currently open for submissions: The Quill Prose Award (150 pages by a queer writer), which closes on August 31, has an entry fee of $10 and a cash award ($1,000) and publication; 2018 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, closes on April 30, $20 entry fee, and $,1000 cash award and publication.

THE DIAGRAM 2018 CHAPBOOK CONTEST is accepting submission through April 27. Entry fee: $20. Cash award of $1,000 and publication. Details HERE


FELLOWSHIP

RUTH LILLY and DOROTHY SARGENT ROSENBERG POETRY FELLOWSHIPS sponsored by the Poetry Foundation (U.S.) is a national competitionaccepting application through April 30, 2018 from poets age 21 – 31 years. The award is $25,800. Details HERE.


EVENTS

  • East Bay Launch for “Invisible Gifts, Poems” (Manic D Press) with Maw Shein Win and Guests, Pegasus Books Downtown, Sunday April 15, 7:30 p.m. “Themes of vulnerability and power emerge through reflections on family, art, and loss from an award-winning poet.” Details HERE.
  • Poetix: Poetry Events for Southern California 
  • UK Poetry Festivals,The Poetry Business
  • The European Poetry Festival, April 5 – April 12, 2018. Forty poets. London. Five events. Details HERE.
  • Book Festivals U.S., 2018, Book Reporter

KUDOS TO

  • Bozhidar Pangelove, Bulgarian poet, for the publication of On the Sand They Remain in Oddball Magazine.
  • Denise Fletcher, American poet, for two poems included in The Words Are in My Soul Anthology, available now at Amazon
  • Michael Rothenberg, Terri Carrion and others in 100TPC for their poetic protest against gun violence, which was featured in the Tallahassee Democrat HERE.

OTHER NEWS AND INFORMATION


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:

  • send PDF to jamiededes@gmail.com (Note: I have a backlog of six or seven months, so at this writing I suggest you wait until June 2018 to forward anything. Thank you!)
  • nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding
  • nothing violent or encouraging of violence
  • English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation
  • your book or other product  should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.

TO CONTACT ME WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION FOR THE POET BY DAY: thepoetbyday@gmail.com

TO CONTACT ME REGARDING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE BeZINE: bardogroup@gmail.com

PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two.


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 (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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