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.
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.
Thanks to Abena Bediako for this heads up: UK-based indie press Flipped Eye Publishing is open to submissions of up to 6 poems or up to 3 chapters of prose until 30 November 2020. Full submission guidelines here.
I recommend writing and submitting this weekend (6-8 November 2020), if you want to have a stab at a response to this month’s image.
Better Than Starbucks journal (see separate post) is running its 3rd annual sonnet competition. Free to enter, with a $350 first prize. Deadline is 30 November 2020. Full details here.
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.