Perverse #5

Submit a maximum of 3 poems in a single document by midnight GMT on 31 December 2020 to this digital newsletter that: ‘publishes poems which are “deliberate, obstinate, unreasonable or unacceptable, contrary to the expected practice”. Translations and visual poems are welcome.’ You can read previously published work here. Full submission info here.

Visual Verse

There’s a striking image as the prompt for Visual Verse December 2020. It’s by Nigerian artist Oscar Ukonu, who creates all his amazingly photographic work in ballpoint pen. Submit asap, giving yourself just an hour to write a response. The editors will post their favourite responses on the site.

Poems of resistance

You have until 31 December 2020 to submit a single poem (up to 300 lines!) to this anthology to be published by Lonely Cryptid Media. The theme is: “Resist with every inch and every breath”. Fiction and creative nonfiction are also invited. Full details here.

And Other Poems

A brief reappearance during lockdown for this poetry blog by Josephine Corcoran. From website: “And Other Poems will be open for submissions of poems from 6 – 15 November, 2020. Please note that this submission window is for new, previously unpublished work only. Please read and follow the guidelines and thank you for your interest in this site.”

Better Than Starbucks

This fabulously-named quarterly publication accepts a wide range of genres, including: African Poetry, Poetry in Translation, Experimental and Form Poetry, Prose Poetry, Poetry for Children, Free Verse, Haiku, and International (which they define as: “being written by non-Westerners whose cradle tongue is not American or British English, and who have lived somewhere other than the US, Canada, the UK or Australia for most of their lives”). The editors are currently accepting submissions for the next issue, due out 1 February 2021. They stress that all submissions (except manuscripts) should be pasted into the body of an email – if submitting in more than one genre, send in separate emails. Submission details here. It’s worth purchasing a copy and/or checking out some of the work on the website.

Crab Creek Review

Submissions for the Spring 2021 issue of this US-based print publication opened on 15 September. Copied from the journal’s website: “General Submissions and Fast Lane Submissions open for Crab Creek ​September 15! Send us your best and brightest: that prose you’ve been storing in desk drawers and the poems you’ve been fine-tuning for months on end. Work submitted in the fall will be published in our 2021 Spring Issue. 
“To continue our work and promote equity in the Crab Creek community, we committed this June to making our Fast Lane Poetry Classic submissions free for Black writers. Learn more about our commitment to increasing diversity at Crab Creek Review in our Statement of Solidarity.”
Read full submission guidelines before submitting.

Celebrating Fathers

Poet Aurélien Thomas is inviting submissions of poems and stories about fatherhood for an anthology. Aurélien is collaborating on the project with artist-illustrator Michelle Morrow. All profits will be donated to Families need Fathers: “the leading UK charity supporting dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and meaningful relationships with their children following parental separation.” Previously unpublished poems are preferred. Submit to Aurélien Thomas by email before 30 September 2020: celebratingfathersanthology@gmail.com

Chapbook Competition | Hybriddreich

A chance to have a mini collection published as a *chapbook by Scottish indie Hybrid Press. Submit 20 poems by 31 July 2020. Poems submitted will also be considered for a special edition of Dreich Magazine. Full competition details here.*In case you don’t know, chapbooks are small collections, usually limited edition and often handmade or made on an old-style letterpress.