SUBMISSIONS CALL: Majestic Weirdo Circus

Deadline 31st October for this anthology, which calls for work that is ‘alternative with an attitude’. Published by Burning Eye Books, who focus mainly on performance poetry and want to prove it works just as well on the page. More details here: http://burningeyebooks.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/submissions-call-majestic-weirdo-circus/

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Black Country Poetry Competition 2014 closes 26th September

Competition run by the Black Country Living Museum (the Black Country is an area in the West Midlands, UK), this free-to-enter competition this year commemorates the anniversary of the start of WWI with the theme of ‘conflict and contemplation’. First prize is £100, plus a family ticket to the Museum. Only one poem per poet. Closing date is soon – 26th September. More information: http://www.bclm.co.uk/learning/annual-prize-poetry-competition/457.htm

Rattle magazine

I’ve had the round robin email from the above, and there are several inspiring opportunities. I’m copying and pasting below:

1) We’re currently seeking poems written in traditional or adopted Japanese forms for our spring issue—deadline: October 15th. After that we’re looking for New Yorker Poets (you have to have lived at least half your life in NYC), and Scientist Poets. We’re also reading open submissions any time, and (from now on) will have an open section in every issue—but if any of these themes apply to you, please visit our Calls for Submissions page for more information.

2) We’re also continuing our new program online called Poets Respond—every Sunday we’ll publish a poet’s immediate response to a news event that occurred within the last week. You can read this week’s response, “Labor Day: Atlantic City” by Peter E. Murphy. If you’d like to submit a poem about a current event, there’s a link to use at the bottom of that page. The deadline for consideration each week is Friday at midnight, and the poems have been met with great enthusiasm—including a very positive write-up in the LA Times last week.

3) Given how much fun poets are having with the news a prompt, we’re also experimenting with an “Ekphrasis Challenge.” Issue #45’s cover artist, Judy Keown has supplied a photograph and we’re asking poets to submit poetic responses to it by October 1st. Judy and I will each pick our favorite, and they’ll be published online—those poets will also receive $25. So if that sounds interesting, visit that page.