Sep 16, 2008

Call for submissions: Versal

Versal wants your poetry, prose, and art for its seventh issue due out in May, 2009. Internationally acclaimed literary annual published in Amsterdam; perfect bound, 100 pages of the urgent, involved, and unexpected. See website for guidelines and to submit: We only accept submissions through our(easy-to-use) online submission manager. Inquiries (only) can be directed to: Deadline: January 15, 2009.

Submission guidelines:

Sep 11, 2008

Centrum Workshop: Ilya Kaminsky

On Oct 9 - 12 at Centrum(details at:,or call 360.385.3102, x114 for more info.) Ilya Kaminsky will be teaching a poetry workshop and Rebecca Brown will be teaching Fiction workshop at the same time and we expect lots of great overlap of energy, creativity, conversation and other good stuff. Tuition, room and board $595.

Sep 10, 2008

Call for sound poetry: aslongasittakes

“How long is a poem? As long as it takes to perform it.” --Bob Cobbing

a s l o n g a s i t t a k e s, a sound poetry magazine published by the Atlanta Poets Group, is seeking submissions. We are looking for sound poetry, scores for sound poetry and essays on sound poetry. “What is ‘sound poetry’?” you ask. Good question. It’s one of those know it when you see (hear) it kind of things. It’s probably not music (thanks Dick Higgins). It might be noise. If you think about a spectrum of possible noise made by the human body (or simulations thereof or substitutions therefor), and at one end of the spectrum is a person reading her poem and at the other end is abstract noise, we’re looking for works that fall towards he latter end. We are looking for works in/of/against the tradition(s) of Ball, Schwitters, Dûfrène, Henri Chopin, Jandl, Cobbing, The Four Horsemen, Fylkingen Group, Öyvind Fahlström. . . hopefully by now you get the idea. We’re looking for stuff that will push/redefine the limits. The magazine is Web-based.

Please send submissions to in one of the following formats: .mp3, .wav, .wma, or flac. Please query before sending in other formats. If you can’t get us the work via email, just send an email and let us know, and we can find another way. We don’t know how long it will take to get back to you on your submissions, just be cool. We can’t pay you anything for your work. All work that appears in the magazine will be available for download from the magazine’s site under the Creative Commons’ /Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike/ license (; if you are not comfortable with making your work available in that way, let us know and we can probably work something out.

Call for submissions: miscproj

miscproj is a blogmag; it is a continuation of the hard-copy poetry magazine Misc. Proj., which was published in Atlanta in the late 1990s. Work accepted will be published within a few weeks of acceptance. We're very interested in seeing submissions of poems. But we are also quite open to essays on poetics, and book reviews. Like the initial paper mag, the current version of miscproj will feature miscellaneous projects relating to poetry: interviews, essays, comments on the poetry scene, debates.

A blogmag follows the logic of the blog software: we do not publish issues, but rather post work in a continuing stream. Items in a blogmag relate to each other without the mediation of larger "issue" groupings.

Please visit the blogmag for your reading pleasure. Before submitting you should become familiar with the material there, especially the overall range of poetics mapped out by the first five issues, which have been mounted in online facsimile form and my be viewed at the blogmag.

send all submissions to:

Mark Prejsnar
Katra DeMill
Sally Traub

editorial committee

James Sanders
John Lowther

technical editors

Call for submissions: Monday Night

Monday Night, a journal of literature and art, is now accepting submissions for Issue 8 (Summer 2009). We publish quality prose and poetry from new and emerging writers from across the country and around the world. Monday Night is distributed at independent bookstores and sold on our website. For more information and to view past issues, visit our website:

Read from our contents page to see if your work would be a good fit, or better yet, order a copy for yourself and for each of your friends. Reading an issue will give you the best picture of our highly inconsistent and unpredictable tastes.

Please follow our guidelines carefully. You can also find them on our website. If you still have questions, write to the editors at

POETRY: Send up to five poems. All styles are welcome.

PROSE: Fiction, nonfiction, and essays up to 5,000 words. Send up to 3 pieces of prose.

Translations are welcome in all genres.

We accept unpublished work only. This includes online publications. If you have published the piece in any online or print journal, do not submit it to Monday Night. We do an internet search for all pieces that we accept for publication, to make sure they do not appear anywhere else. Please respect our parameters.

YES. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere, so we can remove it from consideration.

Email submissions to Send one doc, rtf, or pdf file attached to your email. Please title or label all your work clearly within the document. Your name and contact info should also appear on your submission. Your email message should include your name, contact info, the titles of your submissions and whether they are fiction, poetry or non-fiction.

We do not confirm receipt of submissions.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2008

RESPONSE TIME: We will respond to all submissions by February 2009.

PAYMENT: Each published writer will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Call for submissions: Poetry Sz

Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness is calling for submissions to its 27th issue.

We are calling for original, previously unpublished poetry written by people who have experienced mental illness. Poems of all topics and styles are welcome.

Send 4-6 poems and a short bio in the body of your email to

Thank you.


J Chan

Sep 9, 2008

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes for 2008

These prizes have been established by Marvin Rosenberg in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg. The intent is to encourage the work of new, young poets. Several prizes varying from $1,000 up to as much as $25,000 will be awarded for the finest lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life.

The competition is open to any writer under the age of 40 on November 6, 2008. All poets, published or unpublished, are welcome to enter, but only previously unpublished poems are eligible for the competition.

Each entrant may submit one to three separate poems. Submissions must be in English, the original work of the entrant, and previously unpublished. Poems should express the personal experience of the entrant, so please no translations! Brevity will be appreciated: if more than one poem is submitted, only one of the submitted poems may be more than thirty lines in length.

Entries must be received no later than October 18, the third Saturday in October, 2008. Entries should be submitted by mail to:

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes
PO Box 2306
Orinda, California 94563

Each poem must be printed on a separate sheet. Please submit two copies of each poem, with your name and address clearly marked on each page of one copy only. Please include an index card with your name and address, phone number, e-mail address and the title(s) of your poem(s). Poems submitted will not be returned. An entry fee of 10 dollars is required for submissions mailed in the United States: Checks should please be made out to Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund. Foreign entries are exempted from the entry fee because of the hassles of international payments.

This website ( has been prepared to share information about the Competition. Dorothy’s poems inspired the competition's emphasis on lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life. Further information concerning the Prizes may be posted here as the deadline approaches. Results will be announced on the website February 5th, 2009, and winners will be contacted shortly before that time.

Sep 6, 2008

The Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition 2008

To be judged by readers of the TLS

First prize: £2,000
Runners-up prizes: £750, £500 and £250

(Closing date: September 12th 2008.) NOTE: They have extended the deadline to September 30.

Mick Imlah, Poetry Editor of the TLS, and Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America and formerly Poetry Editor of the New Yorker, will prepare a shortlist of best poems entered, which will be printed in the TLS on October 24th. Readers may then vote for the poem of their choice. The winners of the poll will be announced in the TLS on November 28th 2008.

Poems may be in any style, on any subject, and printed on one side of A4 paper. The competition is open to all.

Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £3 for each additional poem, to a maximum of five per entrant.

Click here to download an entry form if you are based in the UK, Europe or the rest of the world, excluding the US and Canada.

Click here to download an entry form if you are based in US or Canada.

Sep 4, 2008

Virginia Woolf’s Middle Novels: Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse

With her fourth and fifth novels, Virginia Woolf came into her own, fully embracing the time-condensing, introverted, stream of consciousness style that brought her narratives comparisons with James Joyce’s Ulysses. The novels also featured Woolf’s trademark realism from a woman’s point of view, which made her a canonical figure of the second wave feminist movement of the 1960s. Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Hours (1998) borrows Woolf’s style to tell the story of three generations of women whose lives were affected by Mrs. Dalloway. In 1997, the Oscar-winning Dutch filmmaker Marleen Gorris shot a film version of Mrs. Dalloway starring Vanessa Redgrave. The author’s accomplishments and historical influence were immense; these two novels are among the most recognized and loved of her works.

Instructor: Jeff Encke
Meets: Saturday, October 11, 2008 - Saturday, November 15, 2008
Saturdays , 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Min: 5 Max: 15
General: $215.00
Members: $193.50

REGISTER through Hugo House.

About the Instructor

Jeff Encke taught writing and literature at Columbia University for several years, serving as writer-in-residence for the Program in Narrative Medicine while completing his Ph.D. in English in 2002. His criticism has appeared in Post-War Literatures in English, The Journal of American Studies, and A Companion to 20th Century American Poetry, as well as on the Academy of American Poets Web site. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Bat City Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Octopus, Salt Hill, Tarpaulin Sky, and others. In 2004, he published Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse, a book of playing cards featuring excerpts of love poems to Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi war criminals.

Sep 3, 2008

Bi-weekly gathering of Seattle poets (#13)

The next gathering takes place at 2pm on Sunday, September 14 at Brouwer's (, located across the street from the Theo Chocolate factory in Fremont.

The later September gathering will be at Feierabend again, and we’ll continue to alternate between the two venues for a while.

As usual, feel free to invite whomever you like. I hope to see you there!

Jeff Encke

Date/time: September 14, 2008, 2:00pm
Place: Brouwer's (400 North 35th Street, Seattle, WA)

Sep 2, 2008

Slope (call for submissions)

Submission Info

We are invested in you as poets and as people, but we do not care about your credentials, and neither do your poems. Please do not include a bio. Your poems should be the events through which we come to know you.

Submissions are read anonymously by the editors. All identifying marks are stripped from the poems prior to their being read.

Send us as few or as many poems as you find necessary. We would rather read one significant poem than five poems illustrating a passing or partial commitment to the form, or to life. Send us the poem you feel most strongly about—i.e. your NEXT poem.

Poems should either enhance the conversation that already exists, or start a new one. They should become conversation. Make us reassess our understanding of the contemporary.

We believe in pure encounter. Reading past issues of Slope will not give you any particular sense of what we are going to publish next.

If your poem is accepted elsewhere, please let us know, so we may find it and read it. Just because a poem is accepted by another journal, does not mean that we do not still want to be a part of its life.

Submit only during the month of September to: Include the word "SUBMISSION" in the subject line. The only contact information that we require is your email address—additional information will be requested upon acceptance of your work.

Future issues of Slope may include critical, audio, video and visual work. If you want to propose a particular project, please query the editors at: Please include the word "INQUIRY" in the subject line.

Reading and Publication Party (from Beth Myhr)

Join us to celebrate Raven Chronicles' Vol 14, #, The Legacies Issue.

The issue pays homage to the likes of Alexander "Sandy" Taylor, the late publisher/editor of ground-breaking Curbstone Press, Abe Osheroff, Bob Reed and Dutch Schultz, Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Roslyn Zinn, late wife of historian Howard Zinn, and Charles Potts, 2008 WPA lifetime award winner, among others.

Contributors/readers for the evening:

Thomas Hubbard, Priscilla Long, Donna Miscolta,

Larry Laurence, Kathleen Alcala, Paul Nelson,

Michael Hureaux, Anna Balint, Jesse Minkert,

Gary Greaves, Carolyne Wright, Trudy Mercer,

Paul Hunter, John Olson, Larry Matsuda

NEW DATE: September 26, Friday, 7 p.m.

Jack Straw Foundation Building

4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. (Corner of 43rd & Roosevelt, in the U. District)

Info: 206-364-2045

Snacks will be shared.

Frank Stanford Festival Sponsorship (from Greg Bachar)

August 30, 2008

To Whom It May Concern,

From Friday, October 17, to Sunday, October 19, 2008, poets and scholars from across the country will be in Fayetteville, Arkansas, celebrating the Frank Stanford Literary Festival. The festival will be the first dedicated both to Stanford’s creative works and to the proliferating scholarship on his astounding body of poems, fiction, essays, and letters.

Lost Roads Publishers, Typo, Fascicle, and The Burning Chair Readings, small press literary publishers with strong ties to Fayetteville, have joined together to organize the festival. Along with a celebratory reading spanning Stanford’s prolific publishing career, the weekend will feature panel discussions on Stanford’s life and growing influence on American poetry, a screening of Irving Broughton’s Stanford biopic It Wasn’t a Dream it Was a Flood (winner of a Judge’s Award at the 1975 Northwest Film & Video Festival), a marathon reading of Stanford’s epic The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You, and a Small Press Reading featuring the works of poets whom Stanford has inspired. The festival will occur at various locations in Fayetteville, with main events held in the Walker Community Room at the Fayetteville Public Library.

As we would like to keep the events free or at minimal cost to the public, we seek sponsors to help cover our promotional and venue costs. Additionally, we hope to compensate some of our poets and panelists, many of whom are distinguished professors, poets, and friends of Stanford traveling from afar. Charitable sponsorships start at $100, tax deductible through Lost Roads Publishers, a non-profit organization, founded by Frank Stanford in Fayetteville in 1976. Sponsors of $300 or more will be recognized for helping to bring figures of historical literary significance to the event. Sponsors will be recognized in printed and electronic promotional material and websites, as well as verbally at each event during the festival. We will also recognize sponsors in a commemorative festival program designed by Cannibal Books, a book arts literary publisher, and will give as thanks a commemorative letterpressed broadside of Frank Stanford’s poem “Indeed,” a collaborative effort between Lost Roads Publishers, Cannibal Books, and Effing Press (of Austn, Texas).

If you would like to sponsor, seek further information, or offer alternative services, contact Matthew Henriksen at 917-478-5682 or Checks are payable to “Lost Roads Publishers” and should be mailed to event coordinator Matthew Henriksen at the address provided at the top of this letter. Include a mailing and/or email address for tax exemption identification number.

The festival will surely be a momentous occasion that unites an energized creative writing and publishing community with the unique local businesses and natural beauty of Fayetteville. We thank you for your time and consideration of our efforts.


Matthew Henriksen
The Burning Chair Readings