Online reading 31st August by poets Rebecca Goss and Dan O’Brien

Online reading,in the ‘Transatlantic Poetry’ series. Listen from the comfort of your own home. It’s on Sunday 31st August 2014, 8pm BST/3pm EDT, noon PDT. Rebecca Goss is based in the UK, Dan O’Brien in the US. More information here:’brien/

Firebird Poetry Awards

OK: if anyone else has more information on this, please come forward! It certainly all looks more than above-board, if you check out the names of the judges/patrons. (I once posted info on this blog of a publishing company that I quickly realised was far-from-legit. I took the post down asap.)

This appears to be a website, which it’s free to subscribe to, and to which you can upload your poetry for free, in order to get feedback and show your work to the world. Poems on the website will also – if I have understood this correctly – be entered automatically into the annual awards (see below):

Firebird Poetry will make annual awards consisting of:

  • 1st Prize – £2,500
  • 2nd Prize – £1,000
  • 3rd Prize – £500
  • 20 Commendations – £50

 All poems featured on the Firebird Poetry’s website will be judged by a panel and are eligible for the awards.

Submissions should be received by 30th September and winners will be notified by 15th December 2013

Just found this!

Also from Rattle magazine, you can submit a poem to a topical section called ‘Poets Respond’: ‘A poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday. Selected poets will receive $25. To have your own poem considered for next week’s posting, submit it before midnight Friday PST:

Apple Poems wanted for Ledbury Poetry Festival

Love this idea, to fill a ‘barrel’ with apple poems:
Copied and pasted, as usual: Welcome to The Poetry Orchard! Its trees are rooted in common ground and its apple-poems  are everyone’s. I’ve filled a barrel with the names of some Herefordshire apples. If you’d like to add your poem to the orchard then simply pick one of the apple names and make it the title of your poem. Then post it via the link below and it will appear on this page. Maybe you know an apple that’s not on the list. Don’t worry if the apple-title you choose has already appeared. That’s what we want. And look out for more on ‘The Poetry Orchard’ at the 2014 Ledbury Poetry Festival.

To start the apples rolling, here’s a poem, ‘Windfalls’, which gave me the idea for this orchard. It was commissioned by ‘Poetry on Loan’ and ‘Herefordshire Libraries’. I wanted the apple names to evoke local characters. Perhaps your apple poem’s name will make you think of someone and bring them to life, so that we build up a community of apples.

Look forward to tasting your poem!

Paul Henry
Herefordshire’s ‘Poet in Residence’

Poem Pigeon latest competition

Copied and pasted from the Poem Pigeon email:

A new competition has been launched on Poem Pigeon.


      A poem about tide(s)… it could be the tides of the sea, the tides of time… however you wish to interpret it and work with it. It can be tide singular or tide plural.


    Deadline: March 31st, 2014

Stating the obvious…?

If you are new to submitting, here’s another thing I learnt the hard way: keep track of everything you submit – either in a large notebook (my method) or in a spreadsheet. Make sure you enter the name of the publication/competition. Each individual piece should also have a separate listing.

For example, if I was sending three poems, ‘Faint’, ‘Hello’ and ‘Not today’, to a magazine called ‘Submissions’, I would enter ‘Submissions’ under ‘S’ in my spreadsheet or notebook, and list the 3 poems. I would then turn to ‘F’ and enter ‘Faint’ and that I had sent it to ‘Submissions’. I would do the same for ‘Hello’ and ‘Not today’ (hmm think I might use that title!).

Don’t forget to note the date next to each entry.

If you get a rejection, it helps to note not just the rejection, but also the date of the rejection – this will be a useful guideline if you want to submit to the same publication again, and can’t remember how long they took to get back to you the previous time.