FREE Contest/FREE Poetry! – Origami Poems Project, DEADLINE: March 5, 2017

Trish Hopkinson

12342277_1204266442920788_8369772328432988912_nThis is such an amazing project! “The mission of the Origami Poems Project™ is the encouragement of literature & the arts by bringing Free Poetry to everyone through the printing and distribution (world-wide) of free Origami micro-chapbooks as well as through poetry events, both of which engender increasing awareness of and appreciation for the art of poetry… and for the poet in all of us.”

They are currently open for submissions for their FREE contest with the theme “Kindness” which was inspired by this quote:

“My religion is simple.  My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Llama

For more info Origami Poems and their non-profit status, check out their Who We Are page and don’t forget to take a moment to support them with a donation of any size. They are completely funded by donations. And with a tagline like “Helping the world, one free micro-chapbook at a time” how…

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NO FEE Submission call: chapbooks & full-length manuscripts – Minor Arcana Press, DEADLINE: March 5, 2017

Trish Hopkinson

minorarcanaMinor Arcana Press is a small press located in Seattle, WA that empowers overlooked and outsider authors and artists through publication, publicity, and community.

They are currently accepting submissions for single-author poetry and short fiction chapbook and full length book manuscripts, as well as multi-author anthology proposals.

For more info on how to publish a poetry collection, check out this guest blog post by Sandra Beasley “7 Tips on publishing your poetry.”

Click here read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: March 5, 2017

FORMS:  poetry chapbooks and full-length collections, short fiction chapbooks and full length collections, and anthology proposals


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300+ NO FEE Literary Mags & Journals to submit to —— guest blog post by Niccolea M. Nance

I thought I reblogged this already! Well… here is my guest post to Trish Hopkinson’s blog. :)

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Back in September, I was inspired by an article on Lit Hub by Kim Liao about setting a goal of 100 rejections per year. The idea being that making the rejections the goal would take some of the sting out of getting them and hopefully remove the mental block most people have with submitting caused by their fear of rejections. She suggests, “Collect rejections. Set rejection goals. I know someone who shoots for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances, too.”

I decided when 2016 was almost over to do set a personal goal of a 100 submissions in 100 days. I have to admit that I was not prepared for how much work this was going to be! Since I am not subscribed to any journals and have only read a few here…

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NO FEE Submission call + editor interview — Jet Fuel Review, DEADLINE: Mar. 15, 2017

Trish Hopkinson is on top of it as always. Here’s another great post from her:

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16426015_1485220514822989_1240988289660125953_nJet Fuel Review is a literary journal based in Romeoville, IL that publishes contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork biannually.

I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked Managing Editor Sam Gennett a few questions to find out. See my interview with Gennett and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Jet Fuel Review.

GENNETT: Our mission is to publish high-quality writing and artwork from all over the nation (and sometimes the globe). JFR also seeks to connect with the literary world through our blog where editors write about a variety of artistic medias (i.e. literature, art, film, music). The link to our blog is:

HOPKINSON: How/why was Jet Fuel Review originally started?

GENNETT: JFR was founded by Lewis University alum, Mary Egan, in 2011. The original intent of JFR was to showcase and promote contemporary literature…

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Shameless Self Promotion – Society6

Let’s face a fact that is not popular with a lot of poets…

Not everyone wants to buy a poetry book.

Blasphemy, I know! But… it’s true.

With my friends who like poetry but not enough to own a book in mind, I created some items on a reputable website. I made a profile on Society6.

Society6 has all American made items and I get 10% of any sales. I get $10 from sales of prints of my poems that I put over photos that I have taken.

I don’t promote my online store at all and decided for 2017 to be more proactive with letting the people who actually are interested in my poetic offerings know what I am doing and have available.

Even if you don’t purchase anything, I would love if you could share any items you like so that I can fund the sailing trip that I will be embarking on beginning June 2017. (I potentially will be the first Black American woman to sail around the world!)

Thanks for reading,
~ Niccolea

As Things Go & As I Go – Retiring the Blog Name

If you have been on my blog for a while, you may have noticed a change that I didn’t announce. I decided to talk about it today.

When I first got on, it was just so that I could follow all my friends who left LiveJournal and MySpace.

Back then, this was just a personal blog of my life and poetry. “As Things Go & As I Go” was a great name for a random meandering blog of various things. It’s not, however, the best name for a blog specifically about submitting poetry and applying for grants, etc.

SO… This is now my OFFICIAL place to post about my books and submissions and other poetry related things (plus the occasional book recommendation). With that in mind, I changed the site heading to a more neutral “” and I hope that works for me going forward. If not, I will change it.

Anyhoo… just thought I would put this out here.

Thanks for reading!
~ Niccolea



Book Recommendation – The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

This isn’t poetry related, but I wanted to support a writer whose work I like.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow

I saw Ms. Durrow read when I was visiting Los Angeles years ago, but only recently got around to buying this book. It was definitely worth the purchase.

This story resonated with me because I am also a biracial woman and I currently live in Oregon so the setting and premise for the book interested me right off to see how this author presented this story about coming of age and learning one’s place in the world.

I was not expecting the extra layers of mystery in this! I love how the story comes full circle and deals with so many aspects of growing up and the African American experience (especially in a place as predominantly caucasian as Portland, Oregon).

There are some nice twists to the story and even though the characters didn’t interact in the pairing that I had hoped (you know how you can want two characters to connect), but it was deeply satisfying, nonetheless.

If you are in the market for a new story to read, definitely get this book. It is available for sale on Amazon as either an ebook, Audible, CD, hardcover or paperback.

Thanks for reading!
~ Niccolea

PAYING Submission Call, NO FEE until 10pm ET tonight! – Black Warrior Review

If you are a poet and aren’t following Trish Hopkinson, you are truly missing out!

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TODAY ONLY UNTIL 10:00 PM EASTERN Black Warrior Review is not charging submission fees! Get those subs in!

After 10pm tonight and through March 1, 2017 Black Warrior Review (BRW) doesn’t charge subscribers fees for submitting, but they do charge non-subscribers a small admin fee of $3 to submit. Per their site, “BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published.”

BWR was “established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama.”

You an read more about the editors on BWR’s site, including their Meet the Editors series:

Click here for their submission guidelines.



All other days, submission fee is $3 (Free for Subscribers)


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