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Calls & Contests
Biannual online literary magazine The American Journal of Poetry is open to submissions! They seek bold, uncensored work for publication in their ninth volume due out in July. They do charge a $5 fee. Learn more…
New online literary magazine Red Tree Review is open to poetry for its first issue. There is no fee to submit. They accept submissions on a rolling basis. Learn more…
Fledgling online literary magazine Hole In The Head Review is open to submissions for its May 2020 issue. $4 fee. Poetry and visual art accepted. Learn more…
Liminal Press seeks poetry submissions from writers who are sexual-trauma survivors. There is no fee to submit. Works will be published in the anthology I Don’t Cry Anymore in Fall 2020. Artist, poet, and educator Flo Oy Wong will co-edit. Deadline to submit is March 31. Learn more…
Deadline: April 15, 2020
Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry: A poetry manuscript contest sponsored by The University of Utah Press and the University of Utah Department of English. $1000 cash prize plus publication for your poetry manuscript. Prize includes an additional $500 payment for travel and a reading in the University of Utah’s Guest Writers Series. See www.UofUpress.com/ali-poetry-prize for more details.
The Awakenings Review is a literary magazine devoted to publishing works from writers who have some connection with mental illness. The connection can be their own, friends, or family members. Work does not need to be related to mental illness. Submissions accepted year-round. There is no fee. Learn more…
2020 PEN/Audible Literary Service Award: Patti Smith. Pen America.
Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has release 12 albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time by Rolling Stone.
Smith had her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and was represented by the Robert Miller Gallery for three decades. Her retrospective exhibitions include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Fondation Cartier, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries of Innocence, M Train, and Devotion.
Confusion aside, I felt it was about time “poet laureate” became a household term. The United States now has more poet laureates than ever before. There are poet laureates for states, counties, cities, communities, small towns, and Native American reservations (Luci Tapahonso became the first poet laureate of the Diné Nation). Claudia Castro Luna, a Salvadoran American, served as Seattle’s poet laureate and later held the same post for Washington state. Two Xicanx poets, Laurie Ann Guerrero and Octavio Quintanilla, did the same for San Antonio. Sponsored by New York City–based Urban Word, there is also a Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate (I helped pick two of them) and the first ever National Youth Poet Laureate, eighteen-year-old Amanda Gorman.
…It’s hard to figure out poetry’s worth when there is a hierarchy of “values” hanging over our heads determined not by nature or skill but by powerful men in the publishing, media, and political industries — entities that are about making money. I’m not talking about family values or cool traits. I’m talking net worth, the bottom line: “If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.”
If that’s the case, poetry should perish.
While the weather may not be able to make up its mind on weather it should be snowing or raining or being spring-like or winter-like, hopefully you have made up your mind to keep your submission goals going strong for 2020. Check out the opportunities available to you.
Calls for Submissions
February Submission Deadlines
Closes February 15! There’s still time to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, art, and hybrid forms focusing on the theme of “Practices of Hope” to literary magazine About Place Journal. There is no fee!
Just a reminder that Wordrunner eChapbooks is open to submissions for its 10th anniversary issue until the end of the month. They charge a $3 fee. They want your best works of fiction, personal narratives, novels, memoirs, and poetry. They are a paying market. Deadline: February 29. [Read more…] about Weekly Roundup for Calls & Contests :: February 14, 2020
Literary magazine Jenny, run by students from Youngstown State University, seeks pieces on the theme of “revitalizing the small town” for Issue 18. Deadline to submit is March 1. Learn more…