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


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SONDER REVIEW publishes biannually in print and online and considers submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, art, interviews and reviews.Rolling deadline. This review also offers editorial services. Details HERE.

HAUNTED WATER PRESS, from the depths, publishes fiction, flash fiction and poetry.  Detailed submission calendar and submission guidelines HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the July 2017 issues (theme: Environmental Justice/Climate Change: Farming and Access to Water) should be in by July 10th latest.  Publication date is July 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions. (Apologies: Last weeks the incorrect date was provided for this theme and issue.  Any submission in line with this theme will still be considered for publication.)

THE FLEXIBLE PERSONA, a literary magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry biannually. August 31 is the deadline for creative flash nonfiction and flash fiction.  Submission guidelines are HERE.

Jewish Fiction .net “publishes only literary fiction (short stories and excerpts from novels). We consider work that is either written in English or translated into English from another language, as long as it has not yet been published in English, either in print or online … Submissions should be neither as short as flash fiction nor longer than 6,000 words…” Rolling submission policy.  Details HERE.


FAIRY TALE REVIEW, a yearly publication of Wayne State University, features “poems, stories, and essays with a fairy-tale feel—mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist.” Submissions to its digital platform are open at this writing. Details HERE.

HARPER COLLINS accepts manuscript submissions for its romance imprints, Avon Impluse and Harper Legend. Details HERE.


THE SONDER PRESS ALL FICTION CHAPBOOK COMPETITION is open for submissions through August 31. The award is $300 and ten printed copies.  There is a $10 entry fee. Details HERE.

THE 2017 BARBARA MANDIGO KELLY PEACE POETRY AWARDS “is an annual serious of awards to encourage  poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit.” The three age categories: Adult, Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 and under. The contest is open to people worldwide. Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English. Deadline: July 1, 2017. Cash awards. Entry fees. Details HERE.

FAIRYTALE REVIEW, a yearly publication of Wayne State University, 2017 Poetry and Prose Awards close on July 15. $10 entry fee. Details HERE.

SLAMBASSADORS, The Poetry Society, 2017 UK National Championship Competition closes 30 September. Details HERE.

DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE 2018 Call for submissions is open through June 30, 2017. This award is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. “The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.” Details HERE.

LEIF AND INGER SJOBERG AWARD to encourage translation of Scandinavian literature is open through June 15, deadline. $2,000 award is given “to the best English translation of poetry, fiction, drama or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author in Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish after 1800.” Details HERE.

LEDBURY POETRY COMPETITION 2017 is open through 13 July 2017. Details HERE.


LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL (UK)  runs from 30 June- 9 July 2017. Details and booking HERE.

HILL-STEAD MUSEUM (Connecticut) its 25th Sunken Garden Poetry Festival beginning on June 20 with Billy Collins. Details and calendar are HERE.


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


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ONE, an online poetry journal published by Jacar Press, A Community-Active Literary Press: One, is open for submissions year-round, except for brief periods when an issue is in process. Poets may submit one poem for consideration per issue. There is no fee to submit. One publishes emerging as well as established poets. Further details   HERE.

DoveTale JOURNAL, An International Journal of the Arts stated mission is to “promote writing that explores the many aspects of peace.”  The theme for 2017 is Refugees and the Displaced. DoveTale publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and photography.  Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the June 2017 issues (theme: Environmental Justice/Climate Change: Farming and Access to Water) should be in by June 10th latest.  Publication date is June 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions.

THE EXAMINED LIFE JOURNAL, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, deadline for the next issue is July 15, 2017. Details HERE.

FICTION SOUTHEAST, an online journal dedicated to short fiction seeks articles about writing.  Details HERE.

INKUBATOR & ABSTRACT REVIEW publishes stories in their online publication and reads submissions on a rolling basis. There is also a print publication. For details about both online and print link HERE

CARVE MAGAZINE, a literary magazine named in honor of Raymond Carver “seeks to publish outstanding literature and to promote the writers we publish, helping both new, emerging and established authors reach a wider literary audience.”  This magazine features fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  For poetry there is a $2 submission fee and $25 payment. Submission guidelines are HERE.


MAY SARTON NEW HAMPSHIRE POETRY PRIZE of Bauhan Publishing, LLC is now open for submissions.  There’s a $25 entry fee and poets are welcome to submit from anywhere in the world.  There is a cash award along with book publication. Details HERE.

AUTUMN HOUSE PRESS CONTESTS are now open for submissions. Awards are publication of full-length manuscripts in PoetryFiction, and Nonfiction and cash prizes of $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The submission period closes on June 30, 2017. Details HERE.


September 30, 2017 is the next 100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC) global event.  It is not to soon to start organizing an event in your neighborhood. For more information and to register your event link HERE. The 100TPC Facebook global communication hub is HERE. The BeZine 2017 100TPC discussion page is HERE.

June 5, 2017 World Environment Day theme for 2017 is ‘Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’. The host country is Canada, but there are 700 events scheduled around the world. To find am event in your region, link HERE.

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and the oceans of the world
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home.

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the people and the nations of the world
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue marble flag
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home.

“Earth Anthem” by Abhay K


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


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THE BeZINE, Be inspired … Be creative … Be peace … Be Michael Dickel and I are reviewing submissions for the April’s special poetry edition. Traditionally at the Zine we celebrate April as interNational Poetry Month. Deadline is April 10 and pub date is April 15, so you still have time to submit poetry on any subject and in any form. International submissions are encouraged but poems must be in English. You may also include your poem in your first or other language to go with the English translation. Also of interest: features on poets and poetry, the art and craft of poetry, why and how poetry matters, history and development and so forth. Welcome also are reviews of books and collections as well as literary criticism. Submissions to  Please check out the Zine first so that you understand our mission. Intro and Mission Statement HERE.  Submission guidelines are HERE. Thank you!  

STORM CELLER QUARTERLY a literary journal seeks images and nonfiction or fiction up to 5000 words, flashes up to 4000 words total, poems up to 400 lines, images, graphics and hybrid works. Details HERE.

RHUBARB is an independent, secular and published three-times a year accepts submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction and black-and-white photographs. Features also include humor, book reviews, commentary, issues and articles related to theme.  Closed now for the June issue but watch the site for the next call.  Details HERE. This is a paying market.

SUBPRIMAL POETRY ART founded in 2013 and offering “quality thought proving poetry and other art.”  Also invited are submissions of essays on the creative process. This is a paying market.  In some circumstances previously published work is considered.  Details HERE.

UNDERSTORY MAGAZINE, Vital Writing and Visual Art by Women in Canada, seeks to feature underrepresented voices with stories told through essays, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual arts. Also features guest bloggers. Offers a modest honorarium.  Details HERE.

POETRY FILM LIVE seeks to showcase the best and most inspiring film and video poetry from the UK and around the world, featuring both emerging and established poets and poetry filmmakers. It is a collaboration with The Interpreter’s House Poetry Journal. Submissions are currently open through 30th June 2017. Details HERE.


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PLOUGHSHARES at Emerson College, Emerging Writer’s Contest is open through noon on May 15th. This contest is open to fiction, nonfiction and poetry from writer’s who haven’t as yet a published or self-published book.  $24 entry fee. $2,000 prize. Details HERE.

STORM CELLER QUARTERLY Force Mjeure Flash Contest seeking “the best small things, any form, any content, any fine and wonderful creation.” Entry fee. Cash prizes. Submissions by underrepresented are encouraged: women, people of color, indigenous, disabled, Lgbtq plus, poor and others. If you cannot pay the entry fee, email the editors.  Fiction and nonfiction. Deadline June 30, 2017. Details HERE.

THE INTERPRETER’S HOUSE accepts submissions of poetry in June for the autumn issue and in October for the spring issue. Details HERE.


  • Austin Writers Roulette is an uncensored, theme-inspired spoken word and storytelling event. It features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who perform their original written works such as poetry, essays, spoken word, singer-songwriting, or excerpts from novels for 5-8 minutes (1200 words or fewer). Interested artists who would like to perform for an upcoming event can email their submission to Or you can show up during the day of the event and sign up for the open mic after all the featured artists perform. And of course, performance art lovers are always welcome! This month’s theme is “Pretense Is Underrated.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information: * If parking is unavailable in the bookstore parking lot, please use residential streets for parking or you may park at Cabo Bob’s when they are closed.
  • TONIGHT ON FACEBOOK LIVE a poetry special for teachers: Laura Shovan announced that “April is National Poetry Month. I often hear from educators that they had poetry scared out of them in high school and they’re nervous about teaching it in their own classrooms.”That’s why I’m scheduling a NPM Facebook Live post for teachers, librarians, parents, and homeschoolers. I’ll walk you through a poetry lesson that’s fun, but also builds line reading skills. Yes — I said “fun” and “line reading” in the same sentence. I promise you will be able to replicate this lesson.”We’ll be using the poem “Weather” by Eve Merriam. Please have a copy on hand or have this website pulled up for our walk-through: We’re moving this event to Nerdy Book Club! See you over there on April 2 from 9pm – 10pm.
  • Michael Rothenberg announced his Spring Reading Tour! Here is the schedule. If you would like to meet the esteemed founder of 100,000 Poets for Change, this might be your opportunity.
    Sunday, April 9th
    Michael Rothenberg and Jacki Shelton Green
    2:00 pm, FlyLeaf Books in Chapel Hill
    752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Tuesday, April 11
    Michael Rothenberg and Ron Silliman
    Penn Book Center, 6:30pm
    Philadelphia, Pa. 19104

    NEW YORK (2 events)
    Saturday, April 15
    Michael Rothenberg, Ron Kolm, Bonnie Finberg and Steve Dalachinsky
    Unnameable Books, 7pm
    600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Sunday, April 16th, 3pm
    Michael Rothenberg and Nicole- Peyrafitte
    Swift Hibernian Lounge
    Between Lafayette and Bowery on 4th,
    Manhattan, New York

    Tuesday, April 18
    Michael Rothenberg and Ron Kipling Williams
    Wilde Reading Series, 7pm-9pm
    Columbia Art Center
    Columbia, Maryland

    Saturday, April 22
    Michael Rothenberg
    Reading and workshop
    Guest Poet Michael Rothenberg
    will join us for Couplet, our annual poetry
    festival this year.� At 2 PM Rothenberg
    will give a workshop and at 4 PM
    he will give a reading from his work.
    Old Books on Front Street
    Wimington, North Carolina


The recommended read for this week: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Left, right or center – American or not – it’s a must read.

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