Submission Deadlines! June-August

This is a work in process, please keep checking back as I am constantly updating the list!  YAY I just had a poem accepted in Enchanted Conversation, Vol. 1 Issue 3: The Little Mermaid

June 15

Abyss and Apex— Sci-fi Poetry submissions open in June

 Lyrical Passion Poetry Haiku Pen Contest – seeking high quality haiku poetry

Creative Writers Circle Short Story Contest – write fiction story to their prompt

The Fredericksburg Poems – poems up to 30 lines about Fredericksburg, TX
The Kids Ark – Christian children’s magazine for ages 6-12 on the theme of Worry

Confrontation Magazine -Transformation theme

Off the Coast– water theme. Pays contributor copy, half-off additional copies.  


Rosebud Magazine  A prize of $1,000  and publication in is given biennially for a single poem. R. Virgil Ellis will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Submit 3-5 poems  with a $10 entry fee.

June 30

Lyrical Passion Poetry 2010 Think Tanka Contest – seeking high quality tanka poetry
Patchwork Path: Mother’s Life – 250-2,000 word stories or essays about your mom
Cancer Anthology – stories, essays, or poems about your cancer experience
Word & Sound International 2010 – contest for stories, essays, and poems
Mass. State Poetry Society – Naomi Cherkofsky Memorial Contest – up to 40 lines
SouthWest Writers Quarterly Contest – fiction story written to their theme, 500 words
What’s in Your Ziploc? – 100 words or less about creative uses of Ziploc bags or containers
Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition – open to U.S. citizens over the age of 50 $3 per poem
Dream of Things: Saying Goodbye – creative nonfiction stories about saying goodbye
Kentucky State Poetry Society Annual Contest – 7 contests for nonmembers to enter
Life Press Christian Writers Contest – Christian fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
We Walk By Faith Anthology – nonfiction stories of living out of your passion
Missouri Writers Guild – fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories 
SPS Studios 16th Biannual Poetry Card Contest – greeting card competition
Heart Poetry Award – for insighful, immersing prose poems

Last Man Anthology  Poetry and fiction deaing with catastrophies and “last.” The anthology will be released August 30, 2010, in celebration of Mary Shelley’s birthday.

 Qarrtsiluni  Theme: The crowd, the flock, the herd, the mob, the swarm, the tribe.

July 1 

Thema -Themes and deadlines for submission: About two miles down the road (July 1, 2010); One thing done superbly (November 1, 2010)

When A Mind Breaks – poetry and prose anthology about the effects of mental illness
Extraordinary Answers to Prayer: Closer to God – nonfiction anthology

July 15

Umbrella— Bumbershoot: humor/parody/children

Florida State Poetry Association Annual Contest – 25 categories to enter

July 26

White County Creative Writers Contest – 16 categories to enter

July 30

WRITERS Journal Romance Writing Contest – up to 2,000 words

 Windmill Women Writers June/July Contest – 1,000 word story with a hint of mystery

Aug. 31

Chicken Soup for the Grandmother’s Soul – celebrating grandmothers and grandchildren ongoing anthologies

The National Poetry Review  Laureate Prize for Poetry -$900 for 1 new poem that will become an ever evolving canon delight wisdom beauty image sticksin your mind value of sound. Send 3 poems with $15 fee.


Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

I love Bob Dylan’s poetry and song. He has written 44 albums in 46 years. He is amazing and inspires me to write.  One of my favorite Dylan songs is “Jokerman.” Did you know that in April 2008, Dylan received a Special Citation Pulitzer Prize ‘for his profound impact on popular music and American culturemarked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power,’ or that he was not only a singer/song writer, but he is also a writer, film director, actor, radio broadcaster and artist? He appeared in ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ (1973) and in ‘Masked and Anonymous’ (2003). He has a collection of drawings and sketches he did while on tour called ‘Drawn Blank’  (1994). 

For Bob Dylan with love on his birthday… from Shillong –

What a Weekend!

Friday handed out programs for awards program and helped check out students all day long.

Friday night: Off to Forest! The song went great! Dinah Rebecca (Lachney) sang my song, Many More Birthdays at Forest, MS’s Relay for Life Opening Ceremony. It was very touching for me, as I wrote it for my sister, Barbra! I was afraid it would rain, but it didn’t, and the sunset was glorious. I got some of it on camera, but missed the best.

Saturday: Decorated for the Reception for Richelle Putnam, founder and president of the Miss. Writers Guild for the last 5 years. Then I had to go shop and get my nails done. Got home at 8:30 pm, exhausted!

Sunday: Got up early to go to parents for magnolias. Dad got a ladder and got the 4 prettiest within reach. My daughter-in-law came over and downloaded the video of Dinah singing at Relay for Life, but my computer’s memory is nearly full. I have to find a way to clear some space. The weird thing is, I dreamed about a huge, long black and gray snake… and she started telling me that she would have gotten here earlier but there was this snake in the driveway. Yes. I saw the picture and it was exactly as I’d dreamed.

It may have been a rat snake or a chicken snake, but I’m too chicken to take chances! Next, I had to figure a way to get the magnolias in the car without touching the petals (they would turn brown). I turned a water bottle cardboard case container upside down, poked holes through it, stuck the stems through it, put pieces of Styrofoam under each stem. Then I went to Meridian to put them on the table. Everything looked great, Richelle was happy, Sheila Hutcherson sang a blues song she wrote for her and Robert Ray read a poem he wrote for her. Both were touching and funny! Now I can breathe… after Tuesday’s piano recital. But I only have one student in it. Friday is our last day of school. YAY

See the MWG initial wreaths? I got this idea from a friend who just had a wedding. I found some 12 in. squares of moss at the dollar store. This is how I made them. Decide how big you want the letters. Draw or trace the letters onto thick cardboard (I used a ruler, since I had no pattern) then cut them out… it ruins your scissors, so don’t use your best ones on this project. Spray paint the back and edges a mossy green. After they are dry, cut and hot glue pieces of the moss onto the front and edges of the cardboard. Use the pieces that fall off to fill in and glue to edges, trying to wrap around them just a little. You can also buy loose moss if you need extra. Take a length of wide ribbon and hot glue to the back for the hanger. Make a bow to hide the nail, staple or hot glue it to the back.

Board members, past and present with Richelle.

Relay for Life 2010

My sister Barbra and husband Danny

My sister Barbra, a cancer survivor, asked me to write a song on this year’s Relay for Life theme,”Happy Birthday.” I was driving to Jackson for state chorus (I had four 5th and 6th grade students in it this year). It was a Thursday. Not having attempted songwriting in years, I had my doubts that I could do this in less than a month. I told her I’d try, but wasn’t promising anything. As soon as I got off the phone with her I said something like, “God, if you have a melody for me, let me hear it.” I gave it over to God to decide.

I turned on the radio for inspiration, but there was a country song on, not my favorite genre, so I turned it off and started thinking about words. I thought about how cruel cancer is, and how the victims would like to make it to just one more birthday. I thought about the suffering and the wish for a cure; and how Relay for Life is a gathering for family and friends to raise money for that cure. I thought about the remembrances for the victims as well as support for the survivors. I started humming these words and suddenly I had the first 2 verses of “Many More Birthdays.” I took out my iPhone and recorded myself singing it.

When I got to the convention it was very hectic. That afternoon I went back to my room to rest, typed the words into the notes of my iPhone and came up with a chorus. Basically done. When I got home that Sat., I wrote out the melody notes and chords, played around to get an accp., wrote that out. A couple of weeks later I played it on keyboard, taped it onto cassette. But I needed it on a CD. This took a LOT of time and research. I almost gave up, but wound up downloading Audacity to convert it into an mp3, using my webcam built in microphone and made a CD!!! The quality isn’t great, but it works! woo hoo!

Now I get to hear Dinah Howell Lachney–a great singer who stood in line next to Kelly Pickler while trying out for American Idol–sing it Friday night (May 21st) at Scott County’s Relay for Life in Forest, MS. (Pray it doesn’t rain us out!) Dedicated to all the cancer survivors and victims! I’m sad to report that a the sister of one of my best childhood friends passed away a few days ago after a 24 year battle with cancer. She was 57. Pray for a cure!

Poetry Submissions-Part 3: Getting Organized

You have been writing poems for years–on scrap pieces of papers, in old half-used notebooks, on the back of cash register receipts, or even on bank deposit slips. Gather them and get ready to organize! Type them into a word document titled “My Poems” and follow the advice below.

1. List your titles alphabetically

It takes a lot of time to get organized! Be sure to make an alphabetical list of your works. I use a spreadsheet, Microsoft Excel. Make a separate list for each category if you write in more than one genre, such as essays or fiction. You can use the sheet tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet to do this, or just make a separate spreadsheet. In the column after each title, type where it is currently submitted and where it was rejected or accepted (if anywhere). This will prevent you from sending it to the same publication twice! When you resubmit you can move the “where” to the third column and put the current submission place in the second column. I like to use a green font for the title of the poem if it is currently under consideration somewhere, and change it to blue if it is rejected and has not been resubmitted, and fuchsia for accepted. This lets me scan through the titles quickly when I am looking for a poem to submit. Another option is to have a column for the category of the poem, such as “experimental form” or “religious.”

2. Word docs by subject for your poems

I make word docs by subject in which I have the entire poem, for example, “Love poems” or “Fantasy/Sci-fi/Horror Poems.”  These are for finished and ready to submit poems. I have another document for poems I am working on titled “Poems in Progress.” Be sure you have typed it in Times New Roman 12 point, no bold print, title centered, as this is the most commonly accepted format. When you submit you can pull up your category and copy paste into your submission letter or email. Change the format/type font to whatever the guidelines detail for that particular publication. Easy.

3. Make a spreadsheet for submissions

I also have a spreadsheet for submissions. I write the name of the publication where I made a submission in the  first column, then the title of poem in the next, the date sent, date due, when they will notify, when it would be published, pay, or free copies, if any, and the cost of submitting (stamps, envelopes, fees). That is a good way to see if you are making a profit (yes, I’m laughing). I also use colored fonts–black for those I know I want to submit, red for due very soon, green for currently under consideration, change to fuchsia if they are accepted. For sim-subs I highlight the titles  in a pale aqua. I move the rejected entries to sheet #2 (bottom tab) and use a blue font. I don’t want to see those, it’s depressing. But I keep the accepted ones on the first sheet for encouragement!

4. Word docs in folders for submissions

When you make a submission, even if it is sent by email, you should have the cover letter and the poems in a word document. Upon submitting, put the doc in a folder titled “submitted.” If it is rejected, move it to a “rejected” folder, likewise, if it is accepted, move it to an “accepted” folder. Yay! I also have a folder for contracts. You need to keep up with those! Contracts will state when you are allowed to resubmit your work to another publication that accepts previously published work. They usually request that you wait one year after publication, and to credit them for being the first to publish your work. So, when you resubmit you would add “previously published in _________.” There are other ways you can organize and keep up with your submissions. This has worked well for me, however, and doesn’t cost anything!

5. Safeguard your documents!

Since computers are known to crash, you should periodically put these documents on a flash drive. Another good way to be sure you never lose your work is to email the documents to yourself. Gmail is great for doing this.

Please feel free to add your own way of organizing your poetry/stories and how you keep up with submissions! Thanks!

Poetry Submissions-Part 2: Where (Markets)

Bird (robin) hidden in the branches

Poetry Submissions Part 2 helps to answer the question of where, what market, to submit your poetry/prose/essay/story/chapbook/art work.  With so many journals, magazines and anthologies, the market that is the perfect place for your particular work seems to hide like a bird in the branches. There are some resources that can save you a lot of time  in your search for markets. A good printed resource is the Writer’s Market—a huge annual book that gives thousands of current listings for magazines, journals, book publishers and agents.  You may choose to make a regular submission or to enter a contest.  Most journals do not require a fee for regular submissions, although a few newer ones may ask for a reading fee. Most contests require a fee; this helps the nonprofit publications stay in business. They usually will give you a free subscription to their journal, however, or a copy of the winning chapbook in exchange for the entry fee. Be wary of scams, however—stay away from contests that have many winners and require you to buy a copy of the book. I personally do not submit to anthologies or print journals that don’t pay with at least one copy, but I have submitted to a few online journals for no pay. This is a good way to get your name and poetry “out there.”  The choice is yours.

Here is a site that ranks publications in terms of how tough to get into (1-9), press run, number of submissions received, number published, honors received and who they publish. The numbers are quite depressing! I’m not sure when this site was last updated. Also check out John Fox’s ranking site.

My favorite online market listing is Duotrope’s Digest at  There is a small fee, but it is a GREAT site. They have a very handy deadline list; there are so many markets available that it is hard to decide which ones to choose.  The deadline listing can help you choose and force you to get it in on time.  You can also choose your appropriate market in fiction or poetry by using  their search engine. Select your choice of pay scale, themes, genre, print or electronic journals, simultaneous submissions allowed or not, and if they take electronic or postal submissions for your search. You can also sign up to have them keep track of your submissions. You can report whether your submission was accepted or rejected, how long it took them to acknowledge your submission and how long it took to get an acceptance or rejection. This helps keep the stats current and more reliable. There are lists for the top 25 “Slothful, Swift, Challenging, [and] Approachable” markets in terms of those stats. Remember, though, their stats are based only on those of the writers who report; many people do not take the time.

Another good site is the call for submissions at New Pages and their contest listing by month

Poets & Writers also have some very useful tools for writers–lists of literary magazines, grants and awards,  a deadline calendar and more.

For journals/magazines that have appeared in the yearly Best American Poetry book, see

For Christian markets you can buy the Christian Market Writers Guide There are some free listings on the site, also and on the one below.

Sci-fi, fantasy, speculative:

Poetry Submissions-Part 1: How

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How do you make a poetry submission? What are the rules?  How do you format your document? How do you write a bio? Do you need a copyright? These are some questions I asked when I decided to submit my poems to journals and magazines.  After many long hours of online research I found several helpful sites and made a list that became my “Bible” for making poetry submissions. I also got some helpful advice from the speakeasy at , joined the Writers Guild and attended workshops.  The Mississippi Arts Commission provides grants to artists in our state and offer great advice in their guide,  How to Become a Published Writer.

The first part of my series on Poetry Submissions will be restricted to “how.”  The next three parts will pertain to “where,” “getting organized,” and “craft.”  This is rather backwards, I suppose, but let us assume that you have some poems that you feel are worthy of publication and simply need to know how to go about it.  Hopefully this list will save you some time and answer your questions, too.

Chris Hamilton “Making  Poetry Submissions”

The Comstock Review has a Poet’s Handbook that covers everything you need to know about making poetry submissions from an editor’s standpoint.

Michael Pollick “How To Submit Poetry Manuscripts To Magazines”

Copyright info & sample cover letter:

Author Bio:

“The Poet’s Guide to Submitting, Publishing and Living Poetry”

Format for Poetry from Author! Author!::Anne Mini’s Blog

How to format a manuscript, terms explained:

Do keep in mind that most journals will detail how they want your submission to be formatted, so carefully READ THE GUIDELINES!

Top 10 Peeves of Editors:

Editors’  Advice: