Allegro Poetry Magazine has recently moved to a biannual publication schedule. Find Issue 24, the first of 2020’s issues at the NewPages Magazine Stand. This issue’s contributors include Judith Russell, Michael G. Casey, John Grey, Leslie Tate, Ruth Taaffe, Dan Overgaard, Ken Cumberlidge, William Snyder, Beth McDonough, Holly Day, Goran Gatalica, Kate Noakes, Aaliyah Cassim, Awósùsì Olúwábùkúmí A, Phil Wood, Gordon Gibson, Sean Howard, Michael Burton, Julia White, Julie Mullen, and Michele Waering.
The Missouri Review invites audio submissions of 15 minutes or less in the categories of poetry, prose, humor, and audio documentary. Winners in each category receive $1000, publication on our website, and promotion on our social media platforms. This year’s guest judge is Alex Sujong Laughlin. All entrants receive a free digital subscription, and the first 100 entrants will also get a free e-book of their choice from Missouri Review Books. New deadline: May 1. www.missourireview.com/contests/audio-contest/
Cloudbank has extended the deadline for its Issue 14 writing contest to March 15. The extension is for poetry submissions only. $15 fee includes a two issue subscription. Learn more…
We’re the site your teacher warned you about! The no frills brown bag in your face thumb your nose online psychotropolis for the literarily insane. Get committed today! The infamous dude sextet is bustlin’, hustlin’, itchin’, and twitchin’ for QUALITY short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and screenplays that smell ripe and kick ass for our hopefully offensive upcoming Issue 6. If we like what you submit we’ll be all over you; if we don’t we promise to be gentle, especially if it’s your first time. See our Guidelines for details: fleasonthedog.com. Submissions open March 1-April 30.
Deadline: April 30, 2020
This anthology seeks to offer a channel for people under 22 to talk to older people about their experiences and concerns. We are looking for short stories, poetry, essay, memoir, from people under 22 discussing what worries you? What angers you, or delights you? In other words: what’s on your mind? Submit up to three poems, or one short story, essay, or memoir up to 5000-words. Art and graphic stories are more than welcome, but the book will in black and white. Everyone under 22 is welcome. We are especially interested in voices from undeserved communities too often left out of the discussion. www.flexiblepub.com/22_under_22
The Autumn 2019 issue of The Gettysburg Review offers readers a great selection of poetry and prose as usual, from Alice Friman’s “Hygiene,” which utilizes breasts as a way to measure time and maturity in a sort of tongue-in-cheek way, to the 55-part essay “A Brief Account of Certain Left-Leaning Tendencies” by Valerie Sayers which highlights her father by using the word “left,” to digestible words of wisdom in three poems by Joyce Sutphen.
But what really left me enamored was the art feature. Nine paintings by Anne Siems grace the pages and cover of this issue. The portraits are whimsical and magical, using creative patterns and images of nature to create portraits that draw viewers in. More little details pop out the longer one looks. People become one with nature—mushrooms cloud around a body in “We Are All Connected,” animal heads sprout from hands like puppets in “Beasts,” antlers grow from the head of an animal-surrounded girl in “Eve Dreams of a Wolf.” These works are gorgeous and give readers a good reason to stick around within the pages of this issue long after they’ve gotten their share of words.
I’m ready for spring to hurry up and get here already, so I couldn’t help gravitating toward poems featuring plants in the Fall 2019 issue of The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review.
Tara Bray focuses on plants in all three of her poems: “Inside the Sycamore,” “Milkweed: Doxology,” and “Lemon Verbena.” She writes with a hushed appreciation and admiration for each of these. There’s a familiarity and softness in her words. She calls the lemon verbena “sister,” she and her family fit themselves inside the sycamore, she feeds off the milkweed, a deep connection tying her to each plant.
This makes me appreciate Brian McDonald’s “Basil,” found on the following page, that much more. He heads in the completely opposite direction, beginning his poem with much less adoration: “Fuck. Another summer of trying to grow / these oily leaves I’ve always let fry / in the heat.” The basil plants lead McDonald to consider his shortcomings: other plants that have died in windowsills and his uncertainty about whether he’s treating his wife how she should be treated. He’s open and honest, deeply human, all with the help of these fragile basil plants.
It will still be cold here in Michigan for at least another month or two, so I definitely appreciate the writers that are able to deliver me from the chilliness and drop me in the middle of a sycamore or a warm backyard, a tray of basil plants in hand.
The end of February is officially here…but there is still today and tomorrow to make your February submission goals happen! Check out these calls for submissions and writing and book contests with upcoming deadlines.
Calls for Submissions
February Submission Deadlines
Closes February 28: Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks true stories and poems on the theme of dreams for its Listen to Your Dreams anthology. There is no fee to submit. They are a paying market.
Closes February 29: Wordrunner eChapbooks is open to submissions for its 10th anniversary issue through tomorrow. They want your best works of fiction, personal narratives, novel excerpts, memoirs, and poetry. They are a paying market. $3 fee.
March Submission Deadlines
Anomaly. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Comics, Translations, Audio, Video, Art. $3 Fee. Deadline: March 1.
Jenny Magazine. Issue 18: Revitalizing the Small Town. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No fee. Deadline: March 1. [Read more…] about Weekly Roundup for Calls & Contests :: February 28, 2020
Jacar Press, A Community Active Press, publishes poetry chapbooks, full-length collections, anthologies, and an award-winning online magazine, One which features Pulitzer Prize winners and new poets from 6 continents. Book sales support progressive organizations, including groups that address racism, gender discrimination, immigration issues, women’s initiatives, violence and abuse, prisoner reintegration programs, and others. Jacar Press offers low-cost workshops featuring writers like Lynn Emanuel, Patricia Spears Jones, Dorianne Laux, Li-Young Lee, Marilyn Nelson, Ilya Kaminsky, etc. Chapbook and full-length contests open through April 30. Past judges have included Chana Bloch, Toi Derricotte, Hélène Cardona, Lola Haskins, Rickey Laurentiis, Dorianne Laux, Jamaal May, and others. jacarpress.com/submissions/#contests
The Raleigh Review has been publishing as an independent nonprofit for 10 years. They are currently open to submissions of fiction and poetry for their Fall 2020 issue. Submission deadline is March 31. They do charge a small fee. Learn more…
Literary magazine Bellingham Review is open to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its annual awards. Deadline to enter work is March 15. $20-$30 fee; $1,000 first prize per genre. Learn more…