THE SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and Other Information and News

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Opportunity Knocks

DELAWARE POETRY REVIEW is currently sponsoring a national (U.S.) open call-out for “Previously Unpublished Poetry Dedicated to Prince.”  Deadline: July 15, 2016 Details HERE

BUTCHER’S DOG is a biannual poetry magazine that is currently reading submissions. The deadline is 31 July 2016.  Editors “welcome submissions from writers living in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, particularly those with a connection to Northern England. There is no set theme, we just want you to send us your best work.” Details HERE

LIMINAL STORIES is currently reading poetry and fiction submissions and will close again on June 30 at 11:59 p.m. The search is for poems of “a particular tone.” Editors “like poems with strong imagery and precise language. Fantastical elements are encouraged, but not required. Some of the editor’s favorite poets include, but are not limited to, Claudia Emerson, Jamaal May, Judy Jordan, Jack Gilbert, Ai, and David Kirby.”  Poems may be any length and payment on publication is $50. Editors will consider fiction up to 10,000 words and pay six cents a word on publication. No reprints, non-fiction, simultaneous or multiple submissions. Details HERE

THE RUMPUS accepts submissions year round for essays, reviews, interviews, advice, music, film and poetry and – heads-up – comics. More than a few readers here do comics – yes!, I do pay attention. Writer’s Guidelines for The Rumpus are HERE.

YES! MAGAZINE – Each issue of YES! includes a series of articles focused on a theme—about solutions to a significant challenge facing our world—and a number of timely, non-theme articles. “Our non-theme section provides ongoing coverage of issues like health, climate change, globalization, media reform, faith, democracy, economy and labor, social and racial justice, and peace building.” Submission Guidelines HERE

THE BeZINE is open for submissions of essays, feature articles, book and movie reviews, short stories, poetry, art, photography and video. (We might take a good cartoon as well!) The theme for the June issue is “Friendship” and the deadline for June is the 13th. Send to Submissions guidelines and themes for upcoming months are HERE

ARTEMISpoetry deadline for Issue 17, November 27 has not yet been announced. Submission is open to women only, including non-members. “We aim to publish new work, so submissions should be unpublished (by ‘published’ we mean: in print, on the internet or by way of media broadcast or on CD), and not ‘out in submission’ elsewhere, whether to magazines or competitions.”  Details HERE.

NIGHTJAR REVIEW is a new publication that is currently reading submissions of poetry and also welcome art. The reading period will close at the end of July. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION, SUPPORTING ARTISTS AND WRITERS WITH FAMILIES: Online Application available July 15, 2016; Deadline to apply September 2, 2016; Awards announced November 18, 2016 Applicants must have at least one child under the age of 18 years.

Sustainable Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000
There will be multiple winners for each award.

“Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential.”

Full details HERE

RESCUE PRESS presents the BLACK BOX POETRY PRIZE, “a contest for full-length collections of poetry, open to poets at any stage in their writing careers. This year’s submissions will be accepted between June 1st and June 30th.”  Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT NETWORK POETRY COMPETITION for long and short poems by women to be judged by Alison Brackenbury. The deadline is 31 August 2016 with winners to be announced on 30 October 2016.

£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.  Details HERE.


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS (IFOA):  presents the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, and provides Canadian writers with an internationally recognized forum in which to present their work. Toronto, Canada. October 20-30, 2016  Details HERE.

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL – is an annual book fair held in Brooklyn, New York. It was begun in 2006 by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who wanted to showcase the “Brooklyn voice” in literature, as numerous authors reside in the borough. However, in subsequent years the fair has expanded its scope and hosted many non-Brooklyn writers, including Joan Didion, Dennis Lehane, John Reed, Rosanne Cash and Dave Eggers.

Unlike most book fairs, the Brooklyn Book Festival caters to the adult readership, although they also feature numerous activities and readings for children.[4] In 2009, attendance reached 30,000. Also in 2009, St. Francis College established a biannual Literary Prize worth US$50,000 to support a mid-career writer. The winner of the prize is announced by a panel of authors during the Brooklyn Book Festival every other year in September.

The festival includes themed readings, panel discussions, vendors, and author signings.

Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday, September 18, 2016
Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day Saturday, September 17, 2016
Bookend Events September 12 – 18, 2016

Details HERE


Opportunity Knocks

YES! MAGAZINE has three internships open at this time: 1.) Reporting and Editing; 2.) Media and Outreach; 3.) Education Outreach Intern


So TIRED of “Amazing” … I wonder why people – writers! – can’t find another word …. astonishing, astounding, surprising, stunning, staggering, shocking, startling, stupefying, breathtaking; awesome, awe-inspiring, sensational, remarkable, spectacular, stupendous, phenomenal, extraordinary, incredible, unbelievable, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping; wondrous …. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! ….okay, just kidding on that last …. And if you are surprised that with my dyslexia I could spell that one, I can’t. Did a copy and paste. I love technology. J.D.


Steve Garside responds to Dr. Aprilia Zank’s photography.  Look for poetry by the multi-talented Dr. Aprilia Zank is the June issue of The BeZine.


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a story of faith, hope and love

IMG_1955I feel almost inclined to start this story with “once upon a time” since it feels that we began our adventure so long ago.  I started The Bardo Group (though it wasn’t titled that way to begin with) in 2011 as a way to encourage a sort of world without borders by having people from different cultures and religions come together to show what’s in their hearts and in doing so to demonstrate that with all our differences we have much in common: our dreams and hopes, our plans for children and grandchildren, our love of family, friends and the spiritual traditions we’ve chosen or into which we were born  . . . not to mention our love of sacred space as it is expressed in the arts and our concerns for peace, social justice and sustainability.

At one point I decided that it would be nice to have a sort of virtual Sunday service and invited Terri Stewart, a Methodist Minister, to be our “Sunday Chaplain.”  In 2008 she founded Beguine Again, an interfaith platform for clerics and spiritual teachers to offer daily solace and inspiration. I felt comfortable inviting Terri in because she didn’t want to convert anyone and seemed to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of traditions other than her own. She even incorporated the wisdom of other traditions in her rituals and writings. Terri supported our mission. She didn’t appear threatened by different opinions or beliefs.

A little over a year ago, I suggested we might throw our two efforts together, Beguine Again and The Bardo Group. I hoped that would ensure the continuation of the The Bardo Group and the wise, beautiful and valued work and ideals of our core team and guests, a group of earnest and talented poets, writers, story-tellers, essayists, artists, photographers and musicians.  Each is a strong advocate for a better – fair, peaceful and sustainable – world. Together they are a powerhouse.

Okay, yes!  I’m a bit biased.  I’ve only met one of our group in person and only talked by phone with Terri,  but I’ve read everyone’s work – their emails, messages, books, blogs and FB posts for years now.  We’ve been through deaths in families, births and birthdays, graduations, illness and recovery, major relocations, wars and gunfire, triumphs and failures. Two of our original contributors have died. I feel that our core team and our guests might be my next-door neighbors instead of residing in  Romania, England, Algeria, the Philippines, Israel, India, Greece, Bulgaria, the United States and other countries I’ve probably forgotten. We’ve featured work by people ranging in age – as near as I can guess – from 19 to nearly 90. They’ve been Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and agnostics. The growth of our readership is slow but steady, loyal and just as diverse as our core team and guests.

So what did we do to facilitate this merger: At Beguine Again daily posts continued. That team joined The Bardo Group. We stopped posting daily on The Bardo Group site and started The BeZine, a monthly online publication with a fresh theme for each issue. Terri got a grant to establish a community website from the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church. The website has been over a year in the works. Today, we unveil it.


The site is designed to be a spiritual networking community.  Though it is an extended ministry of the Lake Washington United Methodist Church, this effort remains both interfaith and a labor of love.

The site is supported by donations, membership (paid membership is optional) and a generous grant from Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church, which funded the design and development of the site. The grant from the church ends on December 31, 2015. Donations and membership fees will support the cost of technical assistance, web hosting and so forth. Should there be any excess funds they will go to the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, a Seattle nonprofit (also interfaith) founded by Terri under the aegis of the church. Coalition members provide assistance to incarcerated youth. No income is earned by anyone associated with Beguine Again, The Bardo Group, The BeZine or the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition.  All are labors of love.

The BeZine can still be conveniently and easily accessed either directly HERE or through BeguineAgain if you choose to become a member of the community.

Please check out the site. Any questions? Let us know … and do let us know what you think. Please be patient too.  The tech gremlins are still working behind the scenes.

A note on the name: Beguine Again.  The original Beguine community was a Christian lay order in Europe that was active between the 13th and 16th century.  Terri chose the name “Because they worked outside the religious structure and were a safe place for vulnerable people.”

© 2015, article and photograph, Jamie Dedes; Beguine Again logo, copyright Beguine Again