Lovely print and digital mag, ‘Rattle’ is worth checking out: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/ There’s a weekly challenge of writing a piece in response to a news story; a monthly ‘ekphrastic’ challenge (writing a poem in response to a piece of art – in this case, a specific image, posted on the magazine’s website); and there are also the usual submissions call-outs. Feminist poets are invited to send by October 15th 2015 for the Spring 2016 issue: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/guidelines/ There’s also a pay-to-enter poetry competition, with a large cash prize.
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.
‘Room’ is a quarterly literary journal based in Vancouver in Canada, which publishes work written by and about women. Send up to five poems. There is payment ($50 plus 2 free copies for up to two pages). Upcoming is an open submissions call, with a deadline of 31st October 2014, for the summer 2015 issue, and work on the theme of ‘trespass’ for the autumn 2015 issue, which has a deadline of 31st January 2015. Use their submittable link to submit. Full information on their website: http://www.roommagazine.com/submit
Copied and pasted below from their email reminder. Please let me know how you get on – I’d love to hear!
Butcher’s Dog is based in the north so we’d love to receive work from
writers who feel a connection with the north (either by birth, domicile or
inclination) as well as writers from beyond the region. There is no set theme
and the subject of the poetry submitted does not have to be about the north of
Please send up to 3 unpublished poems to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10
February 2014. For more information about the magazine, please visit www.butchersdogmagazine.com.