Sunday, June 25, 2017

Call for Poetry Readings: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Call for Poetry: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Theme: Wild Cuts: Collage and Beyond
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017/ 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Place: 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

Collage has appeared in wildly distinct forms across all the major art and culture movements of the 20th and 21st century. This reading is open to femme writers of all genders. The poems we're looking for range from centos to hybrids, cut-ups and re-mixes, chance operations and cross disciplinary work. And beyond. Send us your best.

Selections will be made with an eye to assembling a program that represents a diversity of poets, styles, and approaches to the theme.

Selected poets MUST be available to read in person. Please send 4 – 6 poems on the theme ALONG WITH a 50 to 75 word bio, IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to:

poetryATwomanmadeDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Submissions must be received by July 11, 12:01 a.m. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision by July 17. Although we can't afford to pay readers, this is a great opportunity to sell books and read with other talented people in a very special environment.

If you know of someone whose work might fit here, please spread the word!

Read more about poetry events at Woman Made Gallery here:

Call for Submissions: Storyboard 17: A Journal of Pacific Imagery

Storyboard: A Journal of Pacific Imagery is accepting submissions of previously unpublished work from the original writer or artist for Issue 17.

Storyboard publishes quality poetry, fiction, and non-fiction written in English or any other Pacific language (with translations into English), as well as visual art.

Storyboard is published by the Division of English and Applied Linguistics in the College of Liberal A rts and Social Sciences of the University of Guam. The purpose of Storyboard is to foster and promote literary activity in the Pacific Islands.

Submissions from published and unpublished writers in or from the region, or writings about the region are welcome, with special encouragement to writers and artists from Micronesia. All submissions are due December 1, 2017.

For more information, contact:

storyboardATtritonDOTuogDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

or visit our website.

Submission Guidelines
Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems, a maximum of 10 pages
Prose: Submit up to 3 prose entries with a maximum of 2,500 words each, double-spaced. For longer works, please query first.
Artwork: Submit up to 5 pieces of visual art. For complete details, please visit: the DEAL/CLASS links here.

Submissions via email: 

storyboardATtritonDOTuogDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Shame

Shame: An Anthology
Edited by Charlie Bondhus

Shaming is both a cultural practice and a form of abuse. It’s used by parents, teachers, government, police, social media, healthcare professionals, and countless other entities to punish and to ensure compliance with dominant values. Women, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQIA folks, and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to shaming and its long-term effects, not least of which are anxiety and depression.

What We Want:

In this anthology, we hope to challenge the multifaceted culture of shame and the layers of silence surrounding it. We are soliciting poems, stories, and essays that critically confront shame, its causes, and its far-reaching effects. We’re interested in work that addresses shame on the individual level, the systemic level, or both. We want the personal and the theoretical, the visceral and the thought-provoking. We want to know how shame affects the individual but we also want to know how the culture of shame informs and enables imperialism, environmental devastation, mass incarceration, poverty, Trump.

What We Don’t Want:

Although personal narratives—in verse or prose—are certainly welcome, please do not send work whose sole or primary purpose is self-healing. Writing is a powerful therapeutic tool, but we want work that considers audiences beyond the writer.

At the other extreme, while we are interested in analytical essays, we do not want academic writing.

How to Submit:

Poetry: up to 5 poems totaling not more than 10 pages. Poems should be single-spaced.

Fiction and Essays: 1-2 pieces totaling not more than 20 pages. Prose should be double-spaced.

Query for work that exceeds these limits.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published are fine.

Email as an attachment to: 

shameanthology[at]gmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Call for Chapbook Submissions: Bull City Press

Got an unpublished chapbook? We'd love to see it!

Bull City Press is open to chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction during our Summer 2017 Chapbook Open Reading Period. Instead of charging a set reading fee, the reading fee is "pay what you want."

The open reading period ends July 5, 2017.

If you're saddled with student debt or have limited access to submissions periods and contests, we want to hear from you. If you've got a quirky manuscript that's still looking for a home, we want to hear from you. Whether you're a new, unpublished writer or an established writer with a short project close to your heart, we want to hear from you.

To see manuscript guidelines and FAQs, please visit our submissions page.

Writing Competition: Augsburg's Howling Bird Press Poetry Book Prize

Augsburg’s Howling Bird Press Poetry Book Prize

Poets—we want to read your work! Send your manuscript to Howling Bird Press to be considered for our annual prize. The winner receives $1,000, book publication in fall 2018, distribution by Small Press Distribution, and an invitation to read in Minneapolis (all expenses paid) at Augsburg’s MFA summer residency. All books are handsomely designed and printed on offset presses (no print-on-demand). This nationwide contest is open to all writers in English regardless of publication history—both emerging and established authors are encouraged to apply.

Howling Bird Press is the publishing imprint of Augsburg’s MFA in Creative Writing, proudly situated in the rich literary community of the Twin Cities. Our growing list of publications includes books by Marci Vogel, Jacob M. Appel, and Jean Harper. MFA faculty and graduate students enrolled in our publishing sequence read manuscripts and choose the winner. In making our decision, we give careful, thorough attention and consideration to every entry in full. The prize category alternates yearly—from poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—so don’t miss this chance, as it won’t come around again for another three years! The deadline is June 30. The winner is notified in January. Manuscripts should be 60 to 80 pages long.

The entry fee is $25.

Online submissions only. To submit, go here.

Call for Submissions: Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets

Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets

Poetry manuals, at their most essential, are aimed at demystifying aspects of poetry (especially for beginner poets) in order to make poets’ journeys easier and less daunting. Such manuals are also reminders that poetry itself is a discipline with a landscape and a history.

With this anthology, we aim to build on the long body of work in this tradition by bringing a number of established and emerging poets together in a single volume to welcome new and beginner poets to the art. Multiple voices, we believe, are essential to the poet’s journey.

Call for Submissions:
Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of essays.

Poets in the United States and abroad are encouraged to submit essays aimed at welcoming new and beginner poets to the discipline of poetry.

Contributors are encouraged to provide anecdotes and advice, instructions and suggestions, fun exercises and crazy ideas, or individual failures and encouraging words, in order to better prepare new poets for the long journey through poetry.

Essays should be between 700-5000 words on any of the following broad themes (other themes will be considered):
1. First Words
2. Poetry Workshop
3. The Poet’s Journey
4. Family & Work
5. The Poet in the World

Essays can be creative or academic. However, they have to be accessible since they are also for a general audience.

Abayomi Animashaun, will serve as editor. Please contact him at

abayo.animashaunATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with questions.

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable. Deadline for Submission is November 30, 2017.

About the Editor:
Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

Writing Competition: Louisville Literary Arts Fourth Annual Writer's Block Award in Creative Non-Fiction

Louisville Literary Arts is pleased to announce submissions are now being accepted for the the Fourth Annual Writer's Block Award in Creative Non-Fiction. The contest will be judged by novelist and writer Roy Hoffman, author of the two nonfiction books: Back Home, with a focus on the diverse cultures of the Gulf Coast, and Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations, will judge.

Submissions will be accepted here through August 15, 2017.

One first place winner will receive $500, an opportunity to read at the 2017 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on October 21, and publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program. 

Please submit an original piece of creative nonfiction, such as personal or lyric essay, personal narrative, memoir, or any other form that involves a creative treatment of a nonfiction subject.

Entries must be 4,000 words or less.

Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Filling out Submittable's “cover letter” field is unnecessary.

Friends, family, and students (within the past three years) of the judge, Roy Hoffman, should not submit to this contest.

Submitting multiple works is fine with a separate entry and fee for each.

Entries must be previously unpublished to be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; please withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Entry Fee: $12.00