Communion – Subs Open!

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Communion is an online literary journal seeking original solicited and unsolicited essays/memoir (500 words and above), poetry and short fiction (under 1500 words). The journal will be published biannually, around June and December.

Submissions are open year round. Please submit to communion at walleahpress dot com dot au

Check out the full guidelines here and some great poetry from issue one!

A Review & Some Opportunities

Today I wanted to share a couple of opportunities for writers and link to a fantastic review of Stepping Over Seasons, by Sean Wright.

stepping over seasons coverThrilled to read it, not just because he enjoyed the collection, but because as with all reviews, it’s shown me something about my own work that I hadn’t realised. And it’s especially gratifying to hear that the poem ‘Small Town’ rings true!

Here’s the review at Sean’s blog.

 

birsI’m also pleased to announce that I’m back as editor for the poetry section for the 11th issue of Page Seventeen and this year, and as a judge! And so on that note, jump over and have a look at the guidelines – submissions are open now (for fiction & poetry) so get going! 😀

 

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Submissions are also open for Regime’s 4th – and this year they’re trying a different structure too – details are right here. The shift includes a wonderful plan to support artists more, while maintaining the high production standards we’ve come to expect from magazine, so check it out – fiction and poetry too.

That’s all for today!

The Blue Hour & Acceptance Speech (get ready for some links)

Sharing more poetry!

Recently my work has appeared in a few great places, one being Robbie Coburn’s blog here. Acceptance Speech has a reference to one of my fav 90s sitcoms – see if you can guess which one 🙂

On The Blue Hour I was lucky enough to have three very new pieces featured, have a look around and check out their submission guidelines too. Thanks to Miguel Jacq for accepting my work – you can check out his own poetry right here.

I’ve also just received my copy of Sacred/Profane produced by Gemma White, which I plan to dig into tonight – sharing the pages with many great writers but it’s especially exciting to see two names, Stuart Barnes and Mark William Jackson!

 

 

A Hundred Gourds – Submissions Open

Hi everyone!

A new issue of AHG has just gone live, and with it a submission deadline – so if you’ve got some haiku you’re keen to submit, have a look at the guidelines here and see if you can get your sub in before September 15th.

AHG is a great, very diverse publication showcasing haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku, along with great features and an ‘expositions’ section – well worth checking out!

Spark Anthology – Writing Contest

Some seriously cool prizes up for grabs in the latest contest from Spark – check it out right here. Looking for both poetry and fiction, with a speculative theme:

“The Fantasy is Here; The Future is Now”

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Artwork by Paul Pederson, commissioned for the cover of Spark, Volume IV

Somnus and the March Hare

Very excited to announce that my short story Somnus and the March Hare has been published by Spark: A Creative Anthology!

Spark‘s second issue has just been released and subs are open for three right now. Possibly my favourite thing about the journal is that it features such a wide range of poetry, fiction and artwork. It’s got variety and quality – what else do we want as readers?

Here’s what founder Brian Lewis has to say about Spark:

My goal was to establish a high-quality, paying market where emerging authors and poets can gain professional experience being published alongside respected instructors and older creative writing alumni who are now established authors. While Spark encourages submissions from alumni of the California State Summer School for the Arts, we are looking for quality writing and artwork from any source. We set the bar high in order to encourage young writers to continue to excel and develop their talents, and to maintain a publication to which established professionals are excited to submit.

I think this is a fantastic goal and really appreciate the opportunity that Brian, Spark (and all publications like Spark) offer writers. I’m also really excited, because the challenge of short fiction is pretty new to me and the support of Spark means a lot.

To get an idea of the contents, visit George Wells, whose fantastic story Patron Saint of the Lowlands also features in Spark or another of my critique partners, C.J. Jessop, who has a fantastic post on Issue I, where she interviews a lot of the writers – have a look right here.

Third Australian Haiku Anthology

pw_banner_bgOne of Australia’s best known haiku publications, paper wasp is a quarterly out of Queensland, Australia, and one which is open to submissions worldwide.

They’ve always published great haiku (and related forms) from not only Australia’s best-known haiku poets but newer writers too, and I’ve been lucky enough to join all of those writers in the Third Australian Haiku Anthology (Eds Jacqui Murray & Katherine Samuelowicz.)

Five of my verses appeared in the collection, two of which I’ve reproduced below:

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a splash of yellow
standing
against the firestorm

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autumn moon
groan as feet
hit cold tiles

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But I mostly wanted to share some other favourites from within, and urge haiku writers to submit your work, and in addition, if you’re not already, and you can, to support the publication.

There’s a great range of voices throughout, along with a real reflection of Australian elements that aren’t always readily observable – but then, that’s what I’m looking for in my poetry as a reader, the chance to stop and see something again!

This anthology, and haiku itself, always helps me with that.

Here are just some of my many favourites:

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bush track
first rain drops roll
dust into balls

Janice M. Bostok

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strutting magpie
opening and closing
the supermarket doors

Belinda Broughton

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rising from prayer
i find myself
in tourist photographs

Ross Clark

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a squabble of rosellas
unzips
the clouds

Anne Elvey

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distant thunder
the future
in my bones

Lorin Ford

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autumn wind
chasing my old hat
old me

Peter Macrow

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Letting my tongue
deeper into
the strawberry sundae

Graham Nunn

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$5 phone card –
the things
I forgot to say

Vuong Pham

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winter solstice
the barbed wire fence
furry with frost

Cynthia Rowe

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mosquito
a stranger’s blood
on my hand

Quendryth Young