Scarlet Leaf Review

Scarlet Leaf Review is a new Canadian e-zine, published monthly. Submit between 3 and 5 poems by email. You will receive a small payment if your work is accepted. There is no reading fee (unless you enter the paying competition/s). Full details here.

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Scarborough Fair anthology seeks submissions

The University of Toronto’s annual print anthology, Scarborough Fair, is accepting Writing and Visual Art through December 31, 2015.

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The STRONGEST SUBMISSIONS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN SCARBOROUGH FAIR 48

Please email your submissions to: scarfair@gmail.com with ‘2015 Submission’ and your name in the subject line.

Curiosity theme for Popshot Magazine

Put your natural artistic curiosity to good use with the latest theme for the lovely, illustrated ‘Popshot Magazine’. Submit up to three poems of no more than 25 lines each by 20 July 2015 at the latest – earlier submission is preferred. More information here: http://popshotpopshot.com/submit

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.

UK Competition to raise awareness of homelessness

Open to poets over 16 and living in the UK, the SASH Writing Competition is free to enter. However, those who can afford to are asked to donate £10 to SASH, a Yorkshire-based organisation working to prevent homelessness and to help young homeless people. The winner will get a free place on an Arvon five-day residential writing course. Writers who are homeless or who have exprienced homelessness are particularly encouraged to enter. Deadline is World Homeless Day, 10th October 2014. More information: http://www.sash-uk.org.uk/homeless-writing-competition/

UK West Midlands Poetry wanted

Open to poets working or living in the West Midlands, the Poetry on Loan competition is free to enter. There’s a junior category (aged 11-18 on 12th September 2014) and an adult category (aged 19 and over on 12th Sept 2014). Up to three poems of a maximum of 20 lines each, on the theme of ‘home grown, home made’. They must not have been previously published, even on a website. Closing date is 12th September 2014. Adult winner gets a paid performance in the Library of Birmingham; junior winner gets book tokens. See full rules: http://poetryonloan.org.uk/poetry-competition

Ideas Tap

For those of you who haven’t already stumbled upon this excellent community and resource site for artists of all disciplines, check it out: http://www.ideastap.com/

It does have age limits for some of the pitches – if, like me, you’re rather older than 25, do keep an eye on the age specifications in the rules for each pitch/comp/opportunity/etc.

Visiting Cambridge for this fab-looking art-fest? Write about it!

Lighthouse literary journal in collaboration with art:language:location are seeking creative responses to the city-wide art exhibition A:L:L that opens in Cambridge on October 17th. Creative-critical prose, and poetry which pushes the boundaries of ekphrasis is encouraged, conceptual/visual pieces are also welcomed. The deadline for submissions is 31st October, for more details on Lighthouse and the submissions guidelines, please see the website www.gatehousepress.com/lighthouse/ and for more information on art:language:location exhibition venues and events, please visit their website www.artlanguagelocation