Testing Something Out — The Emuna Endeavor

Sharing this post from the trip blog on my poetry blog just to give it some signal boost. Click the link to read the full details. :-)

We have a free upgrade for one year that allows us to add a “Payment Button” to our blog posts. This is the first attempt. Seems legit. ^_^

via Testing Something Out — The Emuna Endeavor

Dear Readers,

I am going through things in life that are not motivating me to post on any of my blogs. I am feeling like a massive rebirth will be necessary soon.

I truly appreciate all of you who have been with me since the beginning as I have gone on this journey of learning more about poetry and sharing what I have learned.

This blog will be silent for a week or two and then I will have PLENTY to re-evaluate and revisit. I hope you will be here to share it with me.

~ Niccolea

Book Recommendation: Historians of Redundant Moments by Nandini Dhar

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I was excited to read something that called itself “A Novel in Poems” because narrative arcs are what keep me reading. I am a visceral reader. My preferences lean towards work that tears my heart out. My reader’s eyes are influenced by being a long-time slam poetry event audience member. I am used to seeing visual cadence in print. I am not an academic reader.

I felt that it was important to start with the description of myself as a reader to be able to give anyone looking at this review the opportunity to say to themselves “I don’t read that way” because if you don’t, you may come to a completely different conclusion of this than I did.

First, let me acknowledge the extremely high level of technical skill with which these poems were crafted. If I were an academic reader, this would be my bread and butter. I know enough that I can be impressed with the form and the arrangements of words, syllables, stanzas, etc. The metaphor and similes were on point. No doubt there. This is a VERY well crafted collection.

There is a LOT of imagery in this collection of pieces. Almost too much for me. I found it hard to follow the story that this poetic novel was trying to tell. It was the reading equivalent of when a movie or TV show does the quick flash montage of images too fast to totally focus. I got a sense of what is being conveyed, but not a clear picture. Again, this might just be me.

Even with this, any poetry lover will find many gems to appreciate along the way. One of my favorites was this stanza:

Home, Mother says, is the shadow of an over-active quill.
Home, we sisters suspect, is our mother’s bone sculpted into walls.

The end conclusion for me is that as a set of poems, Historians of Redundant Moments very well put together and technically excellent. If you prefer a clear narrative arc from one piece to the next, this collection might be hard to read. If you love poetry, you will enjoy this book and its offerings. It’s definitely worth a read either way.


Thanks for reading!

Book Recommendation: New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood


2017-04-28 (1)I want to say it was 2010 the first time I experienced Olivia Gatwood. In 2010 I was 39 and I think she was still in high school or newly graduated. I only mention that because ageism is real and make perceptions and expectations skewed. I believe in the ageless nature of art, but life experience does affect what one writes/speaks.

But, on with my story.

I was in Albuquerque because at the time I was doing feature performances regularly. I happened to be in town the weekend of the ABQ Grand Slam to decide which poets would represent the enchanting city at the National Poetry Slam that year.

All of the poets brought their A game that night. The stage was filled with prowess and clever wordplay the whole evening.

Then there was this high school girl that touched the mic (as we all seem to do) before cracking the air in the room open like a sudden lightning strike. She spoke with as much authority and conviction and skill as anyone twice her age or more. She had a gift.

It’s been years but I think she won that night. As I was reading this collection of poems from a woman seven years away from the incredible force of nature that I met briefly in 2010, I couldn’t help but think of back then and how much she deserves every bit of success and accolades she has gotten since then.

She has a natural level of skill that her academic experience has only made even more apparent. She is truly one of the masters of the prose poem in the way she portrays narratives in what I am guessing are autobiographical vignettes.

Reading the series of stories her poems portray (autobiographical or not) took me to the other side of the world to places I have not seen nor experienced. I was intertwined into some of her portrayals of girlhood and connected by similarity and relatability to the themes and descriptions.

BOTTOM LINE… This book is well worth the read. If you like poetry at all, you will love this book. Even if you don’t normally like poetry, I suggest this book because of its predominant narrative quality of so many of the pieces. Seriously, get this book.

Want to aim high? 15 respected lit mags to submit to from Authors Publish

Reblogging this as much as a note to self as to share the information with my fellow poets on my reader list. :-)

Trish Hopkinson

This list from Authors Publish is the cream of the crop–the envy of all creative writers when it comes to dream lit mags or journals where they’d like to see their work published. Have I submitted to some of these? Yes. Have I been rejected? Of course. You’ve probably heard the stories of writers who kept all their rejection letters from coveted magazines and wallpapered their bathrooms with them. Most rejections come electronically these days, but why not plan to receive one from each of these 15? Take the risk, send them your best work. Set a goal to receive a certain number of rejections each year–the benefit is, it will push you to keep submitting–and somewhere along the line, one of your poems may just be the right fit.

And now for the list! Big thanks to Emily Harstone for doing the research and creating such a great resource…

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Nat’l Poem in Your Pocket Day is tomorrow! –April 27, 2017 #NaPoMo

Trish Hopkinson is a treasure trove of relevant poetry information. If you write poetry and you are not subscribed to her blog, you should fix that! :-)

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Participating in National Poem in Your Pocket Day is easy and fun!

Put a poem (your own or one of your favorites) in your pocket today and share it with:

  • friends,
  • family
  • co-workers
  • go to an open mic in your area

Looking for a local poetry slam, open mic, workshop group, or event?

There are plenty of listings online to find a local poetry group or event, such as open mics, readings, poetry slams, poetry societies, and more. Here are some popular listings to get you started.

Official announcement for Poem in Your Pocket Day on Poets.org.


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A Worthy Project to Support – We’re On: A June Jordan Reader


As a poet and a Black woman, I fully support this project. I would love to see it come to pass.  Please click the link above to donate. Every $1 and share helps.


Book Recommendation – The Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance




Another non-poetry related post, but since The Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance is giving the proceeds to Planned Parenthood, I figured it would be worth posting here.

Most of the negative reviews I’ve read about this are critiquing the political stance of this book. I am going to first review this as a writer. I am going to comment on the technical merit and surprising clarity and skill that each woman presented her story in the aftermath of the crushing Hilary defeat. It is hard in this instant gratification age to find things to hold my attention and this collection of stories did just that. For this, I am glad.

The women who presented their stories resonated with me. I may not have the same situation as they do or even have the same ideology in some things, but our shared femininity bonded me to these stories. As a member of several marginalized groups, I could relate to their stories of frustration and fear in the wake of Tiny Hands Twittler’s entrance into the presidential office. I could also relate to their insistence on maintaining hope in the face of this fear.

This book is definitely for anyone who is feeling these things during this time of extreme global upheaval at the hands of a man that the narrow majority of our country felt to be the best choice. If you are hanging on by a thin thread right now and want to do SOME kind of small act to show the power you feel is slipping away nearly daily, then purchase this book to show your support and help keep Planned Parenthood around for the people who need it for birth control and reproductive healthcare.

This book is available on Amazon.com in eBook, paperback, and hard cover.

Please consider buying a copy of this book to be a part of the resistance. Thank you.

PAYING/NO FEE Submission call & interview–Frontier Poetry, DEADLINE: Always Open

For those of you on the submissions trail…

Trish Hopkinson

Frontier Poetry is a new online poetry magazine launching in May 2017. They are open for submissions for their New Voices category year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry.

I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Poetry Editor Josh Roark a few questions to find out. See my interview with Roark and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Frontier Poetry originally started?

ROARK: Frontier began as an arm of The Masters Review (www.mastersreview.com), a publication that focuses on new and emerging fiction and narrative nonfiction writers. The Masters Review started six years ago when it produced a single anthology of ten writers selected by an established author (Lauren Groff), and has grown into an organization that offers workshops, resources for writers, and has since…

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“What does it mean to be a Poet?”

“What does it mean to be a Poet?”

Of course, this question can be answered differently by any poet to whom it is asked. It is a very personal and subjective topic. So… what does it mean to ME? Poetry for me is something that I have done almost my whole life mostly in a diary/journal way. Just my thoughts in words arranged in decorative ways.

When I started doing poetry on stage, being a poet took on more facets of meaning. Being a poet had some responsibility to it whether I liked it or not. Even in the tiny fishbowl that I inhabited, the four or five people that witnessed me do my thing are affected in some way by my words.

Now in 2017, I am branching out to submitting my poems to literary journals in an attempt to build my poetic credibility for scholarships and grants. The nature of submission (think about the meanings of that word for a second) is that I have to find the parts of me that fit into a particular line of thought expressed by a particular publication. Being a poet has become a constant state of learning to revise but not losing my voice in my writing, editing parts without losing my narrative and my story.

Being a poet is, was, and probably always will be a multi-faceted and varied thing even within one poet’s mind and life.

So, I’m curious… what does being a poet mean to YOU?

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

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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

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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

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/11814

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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: https://lewislitjournal.wordpress.com/

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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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 WordPress.com, 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 “niccoleamnance.com” 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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Beating Writer’s Block

Wrote this for freelancers, but it works for poets too. :-)

Niccolea Writes

The thrill of the blank page calls to the writer’s soul. Doesn’t it?

It doesn’t matter if you are a poet or writing about current events, there is a certain giddy anticipation when sitting down at the writing desk or computer.

And that’s why you’re here, right?

You have stared at that blank page or screen so long that you are starting to go cross-eyed. You have the horrible condition known as WRITER’S BLOCK. (Dun dun DUN!)

Never fear, dear reader! There is a solution (many in fact). It’s just a matter of finding what works for YOU. Here are a few of my favorites. Maybe one will work for you too.


This may seem counter-intuitive, but if you can’t write then you should step away from it for a bit.

Go have a nice cup of your favorite tea or coffee. Do some stretches. Go outside for…

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Writers’ Resources – Where to Find the Best Info

Posted this on my Freelancer site. May be helpful to the poety types getting into the blogging or freelancing game too. :-)

Niccolea Writes

Are you a writer?

Well OBVIOUSLY you are or else you wouldn’t even be reading this, right? OK, then…

If you are a PAID writer (or even if you WANT to be one), then this is the blog post for you!

Whether you are just starting out or trying to up your game by learning new things, there is one thing that you will notice right away:  THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE!

The internet is a HUGE place filled with STUFF and sometimes the very idea of sifting through all of it is just TIRING… No? Is it just me? Nah, I didn’t think so!

So here we are on the interwebs trying to better ourselves without having to take out a second mortgage on our house (or beg and borrow from friends if we are that low on the financial totem pole).



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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Stadler Center for Poetry Philip Roth Residencies

NO FEE online submission

Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Website: http://www.bucknell.edu/centers-institutes-and-resources/stadler-center-for-poetry/programs-and-residencies/philip-roth-residences-in-creative-writing.html
E-mail address: ciotola@bucknell.edu
Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers working on a first or second book. The 2017 – 2018 residencies are open to U.S. fiction and nonfiction writers over the age of 21 who are not enrolled in a college or university. Using the online submission system, submit up to 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by February 1. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies
Bucknell University, Bucknell Hall
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Andrew Ciotola, Program Manager


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Passaic County Community College Paterson Poetry Prize

(Publisher submissions only? Contact for clarification.)

Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Website: http://www.pccc.edu/poetry
E-mail address: mgillan@pccc.edu

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Books of at least 48 pages with a minimum press run of 500 copies are eligible. Publishers may submit two copies of books published in 2016 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize
Poetry Center
1 College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director
(973) 684-6555


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Binghamton University Book Awards

NO FEE to submit!

Binghamton University

Book Awards
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Website: http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creativewriting/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/index.html
E-mail address: mgillan@mail.binghamton.edu

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award is given for a novel or a short story collection. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of books published in 2016 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Binghamton University
Book Awards
Creative Writing Program, Department of English
General Literature, and Rhetoric
Library North Room 1149
Vestal Parkway East
P.O. Box 6000,
Binghamton, NY 13902

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Virginia Commonwealth University Levis Reading Prize


Virginia Commonwealth University

Levis Reading Prize
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Website: http://www.english.vcu.edu/mfa/levis
E-mail address: lorrg4@mymail.vcu.edu

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Students and faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University will judge. Publishers and writers may submit three copies of a book of at least 48 pages published in 2016 by February 1. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
English Department
900 Park Avenue
Hibbs Hall, Room 306
P.O. Box 842005
Richmond, VA 23284
Contact: Rachael Taylor Hgglund


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – University of Mississippi Summer Poet-in-Residence Award



University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Website: http://www.mfaenglish.olemiss.edu/spir-summer-poet-in-residence

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript. The award also includes publication of a limited edition broadside, 10 author copies, and reimbursement of travel expenses. Poets who have had at least one book accepted for publication but no more than two books published are eligible. The poet in residence participates in a reading and visits one to two classes per week at the university. Submit 10 pages of poetry, a résumé, a personal statement, and contact information for three references by January 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award
English Department
Bondurant Hall C135
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677.

Beth Ann Fennelly, Program Director


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award



Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award
Deadline: January 9, 2017
Website: http://www.pw.org/about-us/maureen_egen_writers_exchange_award
E-mail address: bmarcus@pw.org

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with writers, editors, publishers, and agents, as well as a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. The 2017 contest is open to residents of Maine. Poets and fiction writers who have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying are eligible. Cynthia Cruz will judge in poetry, and Tania James will judge in fiction. Submit five copies of 7 to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of fiction by January 9, 2017. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award
90 Broad Street, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004

Contact: Bonnie Rose Marcus


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Society of Classical Poets Poetry Competition



Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Website: http://classicalpoets.org
E-mail address: submissions@classicalpoets.org

A prize of $500 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. One poem must address human rights in China, terrorism, or the environment; the remaining poems must address one or more of the following themes: the beautiful and sublime, humor and riddles, and great culture. Poems that incorporate meter and rhyme are preferred. Society president Evan Mantyk will judge. Submit three to five poems of up to 50 lines each via e-mail by December 31. There is no entry fee. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition
11 Heather Lane
Mount Hope, NY 10940


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Griffin Poetry Prize (for publishers)




Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Website: http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com
E-mail address: info@griffinpoetryprize.com
Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Sue Goyette, Joan Naviyuk Kane, and George Szirtes will judge. Publishers may submit four copies of a book of at least 48 pages published between July 1 and December 31 by December 31. There is no entry fee. The deadline for books published during the first half of the year is June 30. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize
363 Parkridge Crescent
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 1A8, Canada
Ruth Smith, Executive Director
(905) 618-0420


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards


NO FEE to submit! (Cost for postage and SASE)

Cleveland Foundation

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Website: http://www.anisfield-wolf.org
E-mail address: submit@anisfield-wolf.org

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that “contribute to our understanding of racism and appreciation of cultural diversity.” Submit five copies of a book published in 2016 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115
Karen R. Long, Contact
(216) 685-2018


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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards – American Book Awards


NO FEE to submit! (Cost for postage and SASE)

Before Columbus Foundation

American Book Awards
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Website: http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com
E-mail address: beforecolumbusfoundation@gmail.com

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.” Submit two copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2016 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards, Raymond House
655 13th Street, Suite 302
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Where to submit long poems + more poetry resources from The Line Break, a poetry and wine blog

If you are not following Trish Hopkinson, you should. She posts GREAT information.

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Excellent list of lit mags/journals that accept long poems of three pages or more from fellow poet and friend Tom Holmes over at The Line Break blog. He’s got some great poetry resources. Definitely check out his site!

Note, some of these may require submission fees, as always, read guidelines carefully before submitting.

Click here for the list of Journals that accept long poems


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Where to Find My Poetry

Some of you started following this blog when I used to post poetry at least once a week. I know that I enjoy the blogs of poets more if I can actually READ THEIR POETRY… So… I figured I should post poetry SOMEWHERE.

Here’s the thing: anything I post in a public forum is counted as “published” by many journals who want worldwide first publication rights (which is nearly all of them). With that in mind, I have decided to post my already book-published poems on my poetry Facebook page.

I am currently posting daily at about 3pm Pacific time poems from my charity book For Those Who Outlast Thier Pain which is currently available on Amazon as paperback or ebook.

Once I get through all of the poems from the charity book, I will post poems from my first perfect bound book The Words I Hold (also available on Amazon).

Thanks to ALL of you for your continued support!
~ Niccolea

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NO FEE Submission call & editor interview–Awakened Voices, DEADLINE: Dec. 31, 2016

Sexual assault awareness is a personal cause so I had to share this. Especially since I dedicated my charity book to this cause. Check out this interview and the guidelines.

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awakenedAwakened Voices is an online literary magazine published by the Awakenings Foundation and “is a safe space for any individual who wants to share thoughts or experiences regarding sexual violence.”

I wondered how and why this magazine came to be, so I asked Awakened Voices founder and editor Jean Cozier a few questions to find out. See my interview with Cozier and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Awakened Voices.

COZIER: Awakened Voices is an online literary magazine published by The Awakenings Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. The mission of the Awakenings Foundation is to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Awakened Voices originally started?

COZIER: It was always my intention to publish a literary magazine. I just didn’t know it was going to be online! I’m in my 60’s and a lot of my time during Awakenings’ first years of operation…

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Submissions Challenge Hiatus

Ever since my changes at the job, this challenge has been pushed to the way back burner. In the meantime, I am going back to the original document of PAYING journals and adding the payment amounts to my public Google document of the journals and zines that are free to submit to.

I do need to confirm the payment amounts and reading periods, though. This is the current project. Check it out and make a copy for yourself.

Let me know in the comments if you are submitting anywhere or if you have in the past what your experience is. :-)

Thanks for reading,
~ Niccolea


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #40 Blackbird


From the side bar of their website:

Blackbird was founded in 2002 as a joint venture of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English and New Virginia Review, Inc.

From their editorial policy page

Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts offers visitors from around the world outstanding fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews, as well as plays, visual art, new media, and video essays, which we present in inventive arrangements with an eye toward revealing the process of their creation.

From their submissions page

Blackbird is published twice a year. Our reading period is from November 15, 2016 to April 15, 2017. Unsolicited submissions received outside of the reading period will be disregarded.

Poetry: Send up to six poems at a time. Single-space, please; set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page. (If submitting online, put all poems into one document, as the submissions software will not allow you to submit individual poems separately.)

General Guidelines
– Send one prose piece or two to six poems at a time, and please submit genres separately.
– Blackbird does not accept previously published work.
– Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere.
– Translations are welcome so long as permissions have been obtained from the author.
– Online submissions are strongly preferred, though Blackbird will accept submissions by regular mail; mailed submissions may take longer to process.
– We are able to publish long works in all genres, but query Blackbird before you send a prose piece over 8,000 words or a poem exceeding 10 pages.


When Life “Gets in the Way”

I have been slacking on this 100 submissions challenge due to my job function and schedule changed. Because I have to take the time to read the journals that I am submitting to and then go through all of my unpublished poems (a fifteen-year collection), it takes HOURS to do each submission. So…

Now I only have 2 days per week to work on this instead of being able to spend every afternoon on it. Today’s project is to go through the HUNDREDS of journals I have listed from various sources and get all the deadlines so that I can be sure to do as many as I can before they expire. I’ll post a link to my Google doc once that is finished.

Thanks for reading!
~ Niccolea

100 Submissions in 100 Days – #22 The Hollins Critic

I don’t know if I can come up with any new insights to the process of submitting now that I am up to #22. It’s all becoming kind of the same as I go along now. Go to the website and check their about and guidelines. Read any online samples of work that they have available. Decide which of my poems will work for the publication. Today’s submission doing this process is The Hollins Critic.

They don’t have an “About” page, but this is on the front page of the site:

The Hollins Critic, published five times a year, presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work, with complete checklists. In past issues, you’ll find essays on such writers as John Engels (by David Huddle), James McCourt (by David Rollow), Jane Hirshfield (by Jeanne Larsen), Edwidge Danticat (by Denise Shaw), Vern Rutsala (by Lewis Turco), Sarah Arvio (by Lisa Williams), and Milton Kessler (by Liz Rosenberg).

The Hollins Critic also offers brief reviews of books you want to know about and poetry by poets both new and established. And every issue has a cover portrait by Susan Avishai M.A. ’02.

Also on the front page are these Writer’s Guidelines:

Note: The Hollins Critic reads poetry from September 15 to December 1 each year.
The Critic does not accept unsolicited essays. We rarely accept unsolicited book reviews.
The Critic does not publish fiction.

They have their own submission form system as opposed to using Submittable (I wish all journals used Submittable, but I don’t know if it costs them to do so.) This is from their online submission form instructions:

The Hollins Critic reads poetry from September 15 through December 1. Poems should be no more than a page in length and may not be from current Hollins students. Only poetry submissions will be read. The Hollins Critic does not publish fiction. Fill in all of your contact information. If you are submitting work for someone else, fill in your contact info and fill in the name of the person you are submitting for in the “writer name” field.
Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting multiple works, separate titles with commas. Please combine all poems into a single document and do not submit more than five poems at a time. Please do not submit more than once during a reading period. Please submit all files only as .doc or .docx documents.
If you wish you can fill in the comments field with any additional information you’d like to send, then click submit.
You will then have the option to review your information and confirm that it is correct. Hit continue and you’re done.

Notice that none of the information listed here mentions anything about a payment. The original Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS says they pay $25/poem. I am not going to hold my breath since THEY don’t say that they pay poets.

This journal is another shot in the dark for me since they don’t seem to have any online samples of work that they have previously accepted. I really hate that part. I am on a mission with a time limit plus I have a very small budget so I am not able to order a bunch of journals. SO… that means I will be going through my poems and sending WHATEVER comes up in my archives… I really don’t like doing it this way, but I am determined to make my goal of 100 submissions in 100 days. I chose some of my shorter and more surreal poetry for this entry. Hopefully, that will work. Wish me luck!

Have you ever submitted to a journal without having read it first? How did that go for you? I would love to hear your story in the comments. :-)


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #21 Goblin Fruit

OK for those who are new to the series, I started working with the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS and then made my Google doc titled “SUBMIT POETRY FOR FREE”. Today’s submission to Goblin Fruit comes from the original Google doc but is also a FREE submission.

They don’t have an “About” page, so here is their submission guidelines:

Before you submit to Goblin Fruit, there are a few things you might find useful to know; for instance, the submission guidelines. If any question you have has not been addressed below, feel free to query at goblin.fruit[at]gmail[dot]com, and please do read our Frequently Implied Questions for additional information.

What is it we want?
We want poetry that we can call “of the fantastical”, poetry that treats mythic, surreal, fantasy and folkloric themes, or approaches other themes in a fantastical way. Re-write a fairytale, ponder an old story, consider history from an unusual perspective — really, it’s up to you, so long as the fantastical element is there. Since what qualifies as “the fantastical” is easily debatable, however, here’s what we’re not interested in: science fiction poetry (it’s not you, it’s us), horror for horror’s sake, and poetry that’s self-consciously gothic.

We have no prejudice against traditional poetic forms, rhyme, or meter. We’d like to stay that way, so please let the form serve the poem, not the other way around. Prose poems will be harder to sell, mainly because so many of them straddle the flash fiction line.

How much do we pay?
Beginning in January 2016 we will be paying $15.00 USD on publication for original, unpublished poems, and $5.00 for solicited reprints. If you’d like to submit a poem that has been published elsewhere, please query first with the poem’s title, where it was originally published and when. We purchase first North American serial rights and first Worldwide Electronic rights for three months; after that rights revert to the author, although we do request permission to keep the poem in our archives indefinitely.

There is more information. Feel free to click the link above to read the rest.

Since this is an online journal, there is a lot of work that can be perused to see examples. I always find that helpful so I put aside my preference for printed journals (especially since this online journal PAYS). I selected 5 poems to send to them and, as usual, I am hoping they are to the editor’s liking. Crossing my fingers!

Have you been published by a journal? What was your submission experience? Have you submitted but not been accepted? How did you deal with that? I would love to hear from you in the comments.


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #20 3 Elements

I am only 20 submissions in and this is getting REALLY difficult. I’m wondering if it would actually be easier to just write all new poetry instead of slogging through my archives to find poetry that matches these journals. I’m still not ready to do that but it’s still in the back of my mind. But on to today’s submission to 3 Elements.

From their “About” page:

3Elements Literary Review is a literary journal, of course! We have a presence in Chicago, IL, as well as Des Moines, IA. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography.

Each issue begins with the posting of three elements (which are currently Glaze, Thread, Murmur), and ends with a journal filled with the imaginative ways in which each writer and artist transformed those elements. Our journal is uniquely designed and filled with literature that is thoughtfully crafted. We pride ourselves on publishing contributors from all around the globe. We just might be the best online literary magazine you’ve never heard of.

From their “Submit” page:

We are currently accepting submissions for our winter issue.

Please take the time to read our submission guidelines before submitting your material.
Our FAQ section is also very helpful.

Sending us your work is both easy and painless. When you submit to 3Elements Review , we do not charge any submission or reading fee of any kind. So send us your best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and artwork using the appropriate link below. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us here.

3Elements Literary Review is Published quarterly as a PDF & Flash book.
Accepted material: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography.
Three elements are given each quarter, and your job is to take those elements and create a story using all three.
The three elements for the current submission period are: Glaze, Thread, Murmur.
Due October 31, 2016, for our winter issue, no. 13.

This particular journal has a free download so that is helpful as far as getting a feel for the tastes of the editors. Of course, that means it is an unpaid publication if my poem(s) get(s) accepted, but that’s OK. I figure in order to reach the 100 submissions in 100 days goal, I will have to include the unpaid options.

I selected 5 of my poems that I had not submitted elsewhere. Hopefully one or more will fit with what they are doing. Wish me luck!

Have you ever given yourself a challenge for submitting or writing? How did that go for you? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. 

If you would like to know where to submit your work, you can check out either of the following Google documents:
the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS
my Google doc titled “SUBMIT POETRY FOR FREE”


I was one of the opening poets at an intimate show featuring Saul WIlliams back in November 2012.

100 Submissions in 100 Days – #19 3:AM

Here we are doing another of my 100 submissions. I am slogging along and REFUSE to quit… at least not today! Speaking of the day, today’s submission is to 3:AM.

I’m working from my new Google doc titled “SUBMIT POETRY FOR FREE” that merges the free submissions from the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS (whether they had a fee to submit or not) and the list Trish Hopkinson made from the Entropy article (she filtered it to ONLY list the ones that had free submissions).

On to the 3:AM submission… They don’t have and “About” page which makes it hard to gauge the personality of the zine. They do have links on the menu bar for the different kinds of work they publish so that is helpful.

From their Submissions page:

All writers should contact a relevant editor according to the subject fields listed on our contacts page — one query per piece per editor, please!

Complete articles, reviews, pitches, and queries can be sent to a relevant editor (recommended) or to submissions@3ammagazine.com.

Note: Fiction submissions are open until 4th November 2016.

Note: Poetry submissions are open until 1 January 2017.

Note: Please contact the editor before sending any books, magazines, CDs or DVDs for review consideration. Owing to an already high volume, unsolicited books sent for review will not be acknowledged and correspondence will not be entered into.

Please note, we do not pay for contributions.

It’s pretty succinct and doesn’t give any extra subjective information so it’s definitely good that this zine has the online links. I think the poetry here is varied in style and voice, but it appears they do prefer educated writers and/or poets who have been published in some other relatively prestigious journal (but that may just be my impression based on reading the poet bios).

Since I am trying not to do any simultaneous submissions, finding things to fit into this journal wasn’t easy. I hope the poems I sent meet with their approval. Fingers crossed!

So are YOU doing any submitting? If you have submitted in the past, what has your experience been? I would love to hear from you in the comments! ^_^


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #18 Liminality

Here I am on yet another adventure in theme finding. I have about 70 or so poems that I feel really good about and a couple of hundred that I am “meh” about and maybe a hundred or so that I cringe at yet refuse to take them out of my archive. All of these are the thickly foliaged jungle through which I have to traverse to get to an actual entry.

Today’s submission brings us to Liminality

They don’t have an “About” page, but their header says “Liminality – A Magazine of Speculative Poetry” and on their submissions page, it has the following:

In anthropological terms, liminality is the midpoint of a ritual: the threshold where a person is no longer quite who they were, not yet who they might become. In between masks, what face might you have? What might you be in transit? Where will you go? Everything is possible in that moment; change is its own goal. Liminality is the space between.

Liminality is an online quarterly magazine of speculative poetry edited by Shira Lipkin and Mattie Joiner. We are very pleased to meet you. We’re looking for speculative literary poems that touch the heart as much as the head; poems of the liminal, the fluid, and the fantastic. We’d love to see work that shifts shape, refuses to be to be easily pinned down or categorised. We actively welcome diversity; we want to hear new as well as established voices. Tell us tales we thought we knew, the way only you can tell them. Give us new myths.

Here are the actual guidelines from their submissions page:

Liminality pays $10 per poem, for first worldwide publication rights and non-exclusive anthology rights.

We are currently open to submissions.

We will be open:
January 1 – February 29
April 1 – May 31
July 1 – August 31
October 1 – November 30

To submit, send up to three poems to liminalitypoetry AT gmail.com with the subject line “SUBMISSION – [your name]”. Please include your poems in the body of the e-mail; if you have formatting that makes that untenable, you may attach the poem as an .rtf. You may send up to five poems per reading period. We do not accept reprints or simultaneous submissions. (If the poem has been publicly viewable online, yes, it would be a reprint.) “Dear Editors”, “Dear Mattie and Shira”, and “Dear Shira and Mattie” are all fine as forms of address.


It looks like this is a strictly online ‘zine which is OK. I like the idea of being in actual print, but if an online pub is willing to pay, I am down with that too. So… I took a look at the most recent issue to see what they work with.

The first poem in the issue I checked out was titled “Ritual” so it is basically a poem specifically about the theme of the mag. Going to look at more because the one poem I have that would fit with this theme I already submitted someplace else and they are clear in the guidelines that they do NOT do simultaneous submissions. SIGH.

I picked a few that are good poems, but I don’t think they fit exactly. This is getting harder and harder as I keep along this submission challenge. I really don’t want to write all new poems EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS… not like I haven’t done a poem-a-day challenge before, but usually I can write whatever I want instead of having the extra pressure of submission… we shall see what happens as I go along. I feel new poems will be required. Wish me luck!

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #17 Bracken

The process of finding work to fit into the theme of a publication is the hardest part of all of this right now. On the home page of Bracken, it says it is “A new market for lyrical fiction and poetry, inspired by the wood and what lies in its shadows.” O-kay. Sounds lovely. It also sounds deeply intimidating because I don’t have poems that I would describe this way.

From their About page:

Bracken is an open-minded, quarterly magazine with a preference for magic realism.

Inspired by old world storytelling with roots in the wood’s shadows, we embrace both the literary and the fantastic—an open scope exploring the Other’s consciousness in the present day.

From their Submit page:

Bracken supports diversity in speculative fiction and welcomes stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on brackenmagazine.com in an electronic quarterly issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

Simultaneous submissions are considered. We just ask that you let us know if your piece was accepted elsewhere.

Send all submissions in the body of an email to subs AT brackenmagazine.com.


We accept most styles of poetry, although we are somewhat biased toward the lyrical over the narrative. Rhymed verse is not discouraged, but we know how difficult it is to do well.

Send us poems that will have us feel the wood’s presences, material and immaterial, known but to be seen anew, or unknown and to be revealed. We want poems that will slip in under the skin, grasp us by the throat, and change the light in the room.


up to 4 poems per submission
no longer than 100 lines (we prefer shorter pieces)
original and unpublished
no multiple submissions

subject line: Poetry Sub “<A poem title>”
your name and contact information
titles of your poems
a bit about yourself, including brief publication history
your poems in the body of the email; no attachments
Payment: we pay $15/poem

Sadly, my best and most favorite poem that TOTALLY fits into the theme of this magazine is one that is published in my most recent charity poetry book that was done via Swimming with Elephants Publications so I could not include it in this submission. I don’t really have much “forest” or “woods” based poetry or even anything nearly related like the poems in the online samples.

I did the best I could with what I had and submitted the four poems that I was going to send in for a contest but I decided not to submit to anything that has a fee. Even though I like the poems I sent, I am not confident about this submission. I’ll be crossing my fingers anyway.

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #16 Another Chicago Magazine (ACM)

The process of this submitting thing is slow sometimes. Between reading the criteria, then any sample work that’s available online, then going through my work to find appropriate pieces… it takes a bit of time!

Another thing that has taken time is organizing the information I have about WHERE to submit. I’ve merged the original doc with the information Trish Hopkinson got from Entropy to make a new Google doc titled “SUBMIT POETRY FOR FREE” to work from. Today’s submission is from the new list: Another Chicago Magazine.

They don’t have an “about” page so here is the information from the submissions page:

Another Chicago Magazine is a literary magazine that publishes work by both new and established writers. ACM does not accept hard copy submissions.

What Are We Looking For?
We look for nonfiction, fiction, and poetry that goes beyond the artistic and academic to include and address the larger world.

What Do We Publish?
Poetry (No more than 5 poems per submission; please include in the same file.)
Fiction (7,500 words or less)
Nonfiction (25-page limit)
What Do We Not Want?
At this time we are not publishing et al., art, audio/video, interviews, or book reviews. Please contact ACM if you have any inquiries about this.

They use Submittable to accept entries. Here is some additional information from their Submittable page:

(Yes, we have re-opened to submissions for the fall of 2016. And yes, that does begin with a month of fee-free submitting, beginning today, September 13th and going until Wednesday, October 12th.)


Submit only one piece at time. We will respond to it as quickly as we can, and as soon as we do, you’re free to submit again. Unless submissions are closed. Closed off to you like so many of the better things in life — is what I’d say if I were some blue-blooded aristocrat getting my jollies by ragging on the hoi polloi.

Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know your work has then been accepted for publication as soon as possible. We’d do the same for you, possibly — one is free to speculate, though.

No previously published work, thank you.

The stipulation of “no previously submitted work” limits me since most of the poems I *really* like, I put in my two perfect-bound chapbooks that are available on Amazon. Pressing on! (Pun fully intended.)

They do have a “magazine” link which gives a peek into the zine, but not the full issue online. I didn’t see any actual examples of the work they accept… so… that meant that I was shooting in the dark on this submission. Not the best practice, but I wanted to get in while the getting was free (The deadline for free submissions is October 12,2016).

I did find five poems to submit to them. I hope they fit into the theme of the zine. Wish me luck!

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #15 Notre Dame Review

Using my edited copy of the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS and I am down to today’s submission to Notre Dame Review

From their about page:

The Notre Dame Review is an independent, non-commercial magazine of contemporary American and international fiction, poetry, criticism, and art. Our goal is to present a panoramic view of contemporary art and literature—no one style is advocated over another. We are especially interested in work that takes on big issues by making the invisible seen, that gives voice to the voiceless—work that gives message form through aesthetic experience.

There’s more,  but I will let you read it for yourselves. :-)

From their submissions guidelines:

Excellence is our sole criteria for selection, although we are especially interested in fiction and poetry that take on big issues.

The best way for writers to get a feel for the types of literature that we publish is to read back issues.

We only read submissions from September through November and from January through March. Submissions sent during summer months will be returned unread. We only accept electronic submissions through our Submittable page.

A small gratuity is paid after publication.

Thankfully, they have an issue online so I could look at examples of what they usually accept. I only looked at the current one since the archived issues page is to buy the print version and I don’t have time for that right now.

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


Where to Submit in Oct & Nov 2016 by Entropy (filtered for no fee only!)–the list of all lists!

I had been using the public Google doc that I found on Trish’s blog, but then I found THIS (also on her blog)! I am making a new resource combining the free submissions sites Trish found with the free submission sites on the list I was already working from. Stay tuned! ^_^

Trish Hopkinson

octnovEntropy is a “website featuring literary & non-literary content. A website that seeks to engage with the literary community, that becomes its own community, and creates a space for literary & non-literary ideas.”

They just posted an article on where to submit in October and November. Click here to read the complete article.  I’ve filtered the list below to those with no fees that accept poetry submissions and there are some paying markets. Read all the guidelines carefully before submitting your work.

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The following listings from the article are still open, have no fees, and accept poetry submissions:


BlazeVOX / Now / Poetry, Fiction

Counterpath Press / Year-Round

El Balazo Press / Now / All Genres

Fathom Books / Now / Poetry

Inside the Castle / Now / Prose…

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100 Submissions in 100 Days – #14 Ellipsis

I’m back to using my edited copy of the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS and today I am looking at Ellipsis. The original document had a bad link so I did a Google search to see if they were even still in print. Found that they had a Facebook page that hadn’t been updated since January of this year and the FB page had the same bad link. So, I messaged them on Facebook to see if they were even still in existence. Got a message back with a new link and went to work.

They don’t have an “about” page per se, but they did have this blurb on the main page:

ellipsis is a literature and art journal published each April by the students of  Westminster College in Salt Lake City (since 1965).

On the same page is does mention this about their submissions:

ellipsis accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama August 1 through November 1.  We accept submissions in visual art until January 1.

When I clicked the Submit link on the top menu bar, this is what I found:

We accept English language submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and art. Our submission period is August 1 through November 1 for poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. We accept art submissions from August 1 through January 1. Please read the guidelines for each genre below.

Please include a cover letter with a brief contributor’s note with the following: your address, telephone number, and email address.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome but withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We pay our contributors $10 for each poetry or art piece and $50 for each prose piece, plus two free copies of the issue.

Submissions cannot be accepted via email.

There was not a link to any online samples of the work they have previously accepted so I basically was taking a shot in the dark with the five poems I sent. Keeping my fingers crossed nonetheless.

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #13 RAIN Magazine

Today I am actually NOT using the public Google doc  Journals That Pay FOR POEMS! I decided to submit to RAIN Magazine which is the literary zine that the local community college produces. There is no separate “about” or “submissions” page, but from the info page linked here, they are looking for local Oregon/Washington writers. They did not list a current submission period so I emailed them some poems and we will see if they reply to tell me if they are even doing submissions at all. Still, it counts as a submission for my current challenge. Wish me luck! ^_^

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

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100 Submissions in 100 Days – #12 Contrary

I’m still working from my edited copy of the public Google doc  Journals That Pay FOR POEMS. I’m still spending a HUGE amount of time scrolling through my archives of HUNDREDS of poems I have written over the past FIFTEEN years. It’s an arduous process at times filled with a lot of NOPE in respect to the poems I go through and whether or not they are worthy to submit. In spite of all that, I am very satisfied with my progress and consistency in maintaining this challenge I have set for myself. Today’s submission is to Contrary.

From their about page:

Contrary® was founded in 2003 at the University of Chicago by students and alumni of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. It was quickly embraced and has been abundantly nourished by graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. It now operates independently and without a thought of profit on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world.

From their submissions page

Payment – For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission. Reviews and Contrary Blog posts are usually unpaid. The author must email us an invoice within six months of acceptance for the payment to be processed. If no invoice is received within six months of acceptance, author forfeits payment, but all rights remain in force. Upon receipt of invoice, payments will be made through Paypal.

Simultaneous submissions – We accept simultaneous submissions, but you must inform us when submissions are simultaneous, and you must withdraw your submission immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere (you may resubmit any parts of your submission that remain unpublished). A submission constitutes an agreement to publish in Contrary under the guidelines on this page. Accepted works go into production immediately and may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.

Our deadline, response, and publication cycle – Contrary receives submissions throughout the year and publishes four issues per year, with the change of seasons. In Spring our deadline is March 1, and the issue appears on or about April 1. Following that cycle, our deadline for Summer is June 1, Autumn is Sept. 1, Winter is Dec. 1. We begin each issue from scratch, with completely new submissions. If your submission is accepted, you will hear from us. If not, you can always verify that it was not accepted by viewing the issue for which you submitted. We do not send rejection letters.

Here is another one that I had a time finding work to fit the theme. I hope my poems are “contrary” enough. Crossing my fingers!

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


100 Submissions in 100 Days – #11 Through the Gate

Still working off of the public Google doc  Journals That Pay FOR POEMS. Now that I have my copy of the spreadsheet organized, the hard part has been scrolling through my work to find something that fits the tone of where I want to submit. Today’s submission is to Through the Gate.


They don’t seem to have an “about” page but this is from their submissions page:

We are looking for fantastical poetry of literary and emotional depth from a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our definition of fantastical is quite fluid, encompassing fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. We desire poetry that is atypically beautiful, unconventionally imaginative and boundary-crossing. We are not interested in poetry that is quite obviously science fiction or mainstream, but work that blurs the lines between such genres and the fantastical is welcome.

We place no limitations on what we will consider in regards to form or style. Try us with anything from prose and hypertext poetry to sonnets and villanelles. We wish to see everything: divergent, traditional, curious and otherwise.

As we are a publication that seeks to diversify what the fantastical offers, we delight in receiving work from underrepresented perspectives, including feminist, queer, asexual, non-binary, trans*, neurodiverse, disabled and multicultural voices.

I honestly am not sure if my submissions are “fantastical” enough for this journal but I did my best with the three I sent in. Wish me luck!

Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!