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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 95, “Happy & Morose,” #SynonymsOnly

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


Opportunities for Poets

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew.

Dime Show Review is published three times a year in print, and online on a rolling basis. They accept submissions from February 1 through November 1 each year, and they respond to most submissions within two to twelve weeks. Authors who don’t receive a response within three months are welcome to query.

Authors of fiction may submit one complete story, 3,000 words or fewer. Authors of flash fiction may submit one story, 1,000 words or fewer. Dime Show Review also publishes ten-word stories. Authors may submit up to two of these, and they should be complete stories, exactly ten words each. Poets may submit up to two poems in any form, no longer than two pages each. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay, 3,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can read selections from Dime Show Review online to get a sense of their style.

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Radarpoetry.com welcomes unsolicited submissions of poems during our reading period of October 1 through June 30.  

During the months of July, August, and September, we read and administer the Coniston Prize and are open to prize submissions only.  Please see the contest page for details.

Guidelines

Please read the guidelines carefully as they have recently been updated.

We recommend you read our issues to get a sense of our aesthetic before sending your workWe only accept poems only through our submissions managerPoems sent by email will be deleted.

Submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems in a single document. We read blind, so please ensure there is no identifying information on the document that contains your poems. You should include a cover letter and a brief bio in the comments boxWe welcome translations as long as all necessary rights have been secured by the translator.

We accept simultaneous submissions and ask that you notify us right away if your work has been accepted elsewhere. For partial withdrawals, simply add a note to your entry on Submittable. We do not accept multiple submissions.

We respond to each submission within a month, and often much sooner than that. After 30 days have passed, feel free to query us. You can also report and track your submission through Duotrope. Unless you are specifically invited to send more work, please wait 6 months after before submitting again.

Former contributors should wait one calendar year after the publication of their poems before submitting again.

We secure first serial rights for poems we publish. Upon publication, all rights revert to the author. We are proud to nominate our contributors for major awards including the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. We ask that all contributors cite Radar Poetry should their poems be published elsewhere in the future.

We look forward to reading your work!

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Thrushpoetryjournal.com – a journal of poetry that will appear 6 times a year. ( January, March, May, July, September, and November)

We believe in showcasing the best work we receive. We will present a select number of poems per edition.

Submissions are now open. We read submissions on a rolling basis. We are not a paying market.

Submit previously unpublished work only. If you are sending us work that appears on your website, blog, or a self-publishing site, please remove it prior to submitting to us. Send us no more than three poems, pasted in the body of an email, preceded by a cover letter. If your poem requires special formatting, you may then, and please only then, also include an attachment.

Please indicate “POETRY SUBMISSION” on your subject line. Submissions without “Poetry Submission” in the subject line will be deleted unread.

Include a bio (all bios are subject to editing). Also include a URL to your blog or website, if applicable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not preferred. If your work is accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately.

We aim to respond to all submissions within 10 days of receipt (usually less). We will not respond (accept or decline) with a form letter and we will comment on poems whenever possible.

Please wait a minimum of six months between submissions

If your work is accepted at THRUSH, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your poem/s subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to THRUSH.

Our taste is eclectic. We want poems that move us, a strong sense of imagery, emotion, with interesting and surprising use of language, words that resonate.  We want fresh. We want voice.

Established and new poets are encouraged to submit. Experimental poetry is fine, randomness is fine also. However, we do not want experimental and random just for the sake of calling it such. No long poems. We prefer a poem that will fit on one page. We are not interested in inspirational poetry or philosophical musings.

Submissions that ignore these guidelines (or parts of these guidelines) will likely be declined immediately.

We nominate for most major prizes. See our Awards page

Our guidelines are subject to change. We suggest reviewing them prior to submitting.

Submissions and other correspondence should be sent to:  editorthrushpoetryjournal@gmail.com

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One Sentence Poems: Now Seeking Submissions

As their name suggests, One Sentence Poems is an online literary journal publishing poems composed of a single sentence.

A project of Ambidextrous Bloodhound Productions and a relative of the literary journal Right Hand Pointing, One Sentence Poems has been publishing a new poem every Tuesday through Saturday since 2014. You can get a sense of their style by reading the poems they publish online.

One Sentence Poems accepts submissions all the time. They respond to all submissions, usually within two weeks. After they accept a poem, they publish it online in the following few weeks.

Poets may submit up to four single-sentence poems of at least two lines. In other words, each poem must have at least one line break. They publish poems in any form, though they prefer left-justified poems and usually don’t care for scattered forms.

Each poem must consist of one complete and grammatically correct sentence. That means it must begin with a capital letter and end with a terminal punctuation mark. Using semicolons to connect sentences is cheating. Long sentences are fine, but a reader should be able to speak the poem in one breath.

One Sentence Poems accepts submissions online, but not via post or by email. They do not accept previously published work.

If you would like to learn more or submit to One Sentence Poems, please visit their website at http://www.onesentencepoems.com/osp/how-to-submit/.

 

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Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

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For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

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For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

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Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of SUNDAY, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Recap published each Monday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

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As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

 Great ideaI have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please feel free to FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

Life is likea cup of tea

Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Happy & Morose,” #SynonymsOnly

Have fun and write some poetry!

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Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, “Belief & Strange,” No. 94 Recap, #SynonymsOnly

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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.comClick on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

I understand that accent and the way you say certain words will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible. This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤

CONGRATULATIONS to all the poets who participated. I’m thrilled to have you here. ❤

POET OF THE WEEK

This week, I had a heck of a time trying to pick a Poet of the Week. So, I’ve narrowed it down to two!

*First, I selected Vashti Q. Vega, from her blog, The Writer Next Door. Vashti’s offering is a story and a poem. Not only is this story fabulous, she ran with the theme of a butterfly and included a butterfly cinquain!

This is creativity at its best. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your poetry and have fun, like Vashti did. ❤

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A butterfly approached a horned viper and asked, “Are you a dragon?”

The viper narrowed its strange yellow eyes. “Is there something wrong with your sight? Can’t you see I’m a snake?”

The butterfly flitted around the snake’s head and said, “You look like a dragon to me.”

The viper hissed and slammed its tail on the grass. “I told you, I’m no dragon! Dragons breathe fire!”

“Your venom is fire to your prey. They are consumed by it,” said the butterfly.

“Dragons fly!” said the viper with an exasperated sigh.

“I’ve seen you in trees and on mountain tops where only flying things can go,” said the butterfly without a doubt.

The snake tilted its head and narrowed its eyes in confusion. “Dragons are huge creatures.” The viper’s voice was soft and uncertain.

“You are much larger than I. To me you are a giant.” The butterfly stood before the snake, its small wings aquiver.

“So––I’m a dragon?”

“Yes! It’s what I choose to believe,” said the butterfly.

The viper lifted its chin with pride. “I am a dragon!”

The butterfly cheered and did loops in the air.

“Now that you know you’re a dragon you must behave like one,” said the butterfly. “You must cleanse your mind of all things viper.”

The snake nodded and grinned. “So, what do dragons eat?”

The butterfly landed in a pirouette on the dragon’s nose. “Dragons do not eat butterflies.”

Then with a perfect Grand Jeté, the butterfly flew far beyond the dragon’s eyes.

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I am

A butterfly

You, a mighty dragon

I only ask for freedom to

Believe

What I tell you

Put behind your serpent

ways and risky ideas, don’t

eat me

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©2018 Vashti Q. Vega

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Second, I selected Katja Rammer’s double Tanka, with a Haiku (Senryu) sandwiched between. You can visit the poem on her blog, Katja Rammer.

This is another example of creativity. This is the kind of poetry I love to read. There is a natural rhythm that flows from her words. I love the Haiku/Senryu in the middle as it emphasizes the love-related theme of her poetry.

There are no rules about combing different forms together… Try it. Look at how marvelous this Tanka/Senryu/Tanka comes out.

~Head over Heels~

Is it yours to give
the heart I seek—I long for?
Black-hole gravity
in your eyes pulls me to you,
capturing skin, soul, and mind.

Serendipity—
romantic theory—yet
inexplicable.

Simple sensations:
sweet blood rushes, pulse quickens,
heartbeat jolts and jumps.
I take the risk and follow
this foreign path, this promise.

© 2018 Katja Rammer

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HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 94th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Belief & Strange”

Disintegration – Reena Saxena

That House on Oxford: Haibun – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

strange belief – syncwithdeep

Evil Feelings Understood through Poetry – Sharing With Others –

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 94, “Beliefs & Strange,” SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge – Beliefs & Strange #MicroPoetry #Tanka | But I Smile Anyway…

Currency… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Tanka Tuesday: Strange & Beliefs – Jane Dougherty Writes

Celestial Pearl | Stuff and what if…

“Blood Moon Rising,” A Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Notions – tanka | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge | The Shower of Blessings

Eclipsed | method two madness

Beliefs & Strange | thoughts and entanglements

Flights of Fancy | like mercury colliding…

Poetry Friday | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Head over Heels – Tanka | Katja Rammer

Stay – Charmed Chaos

Dog poet sheds tears | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Belief & Strange/Bake & Write

Natural Epiphanies: A #TankaProse/Frank J. Tassone

Belief & Strange/My Red Wine Diary

Belief & Strange/Sharing Thoughts

fly like the windThe new poetry challenge comes out tomorrow, July 31st! See you then. ❤

 

 

End of Summer POETRY CONTEST

Have you been looking for a poetry contest? Kayla Ann will fix you up! Join in! This could be great fun! ❤

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Hello Everyone, it’s time to do this again!

Are you a poet? Do you enjoy writing poems until your heart is sore or until it soars?

I’ve held a poetry contest once before and I absolutely adored it! It was a blast and I got to meet tons of amazing poets and bloggers. For my current followers, you may have noticed an influx of poetry appearing on my own blog lately. What can I say, it’s simply flowing out of me! Anyhow, I am so excited to hold an “End of Summer Poetry Contest.” Unlike my first Poetry Contest, this contest is themed!

*Please be sure to read all of the rules, otherwise your poem may not be eligible!*

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Rules:

  • To be eligible for this competition you must be subscribed to my page (i.e. following and receiving emails.) Not subscribed yet? No worries! Go to my home screen…

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“The Suitcase,” Flash Fiction

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July 26, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what happens next to a stranded suitcase. Go where the prompt leads you, but consider the different perspectives you can take to tell the tale.

Respond by July 31, 2018.

The Suitcase

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The suitcase lay in the weeds at the side of the tracks. Today, the mischievous brownie had been discovered and tossed away like yesterday’s newspaper.

The satchel scrutinized the desolate landscape. The brownie, a shapeshifter who could change into a suitcase to mingle with the humans, waited. Someone would come along. They always did.

“Well, I’ll be darned,” the old man said. “Look Ethel. Isn’t that the bag you saw in the general store?”

“It is. You said we couldn’t afford it,” she pouted.

“Well, you can afford it now.”

The valise grinned. One man’s trash, another man’s treasure.

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© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Easy Rider Magical! Join me for the ride and write some flash fiction! ❤

The Unspoken Communication Between a Writer & Their Draft Novel #AmWriting #Writer #Writing

Lucy Mitchell shares some “writing” symptoms writers experience with a draft manuscript. Sound familiar? LOL! Enjoy! ❤

11 Literary Journals that Accept Prose Poetry/Authors Publish.com

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This is a share from the Authors Publish.com newsletter:

11 Literary Journals that Accept Prose Poetry

Written by A Guest Author for Authors Publish.com | July 26, 2018

– By Stephanie Katz

Prose poetry blurs the lines between genres by looking like prose, but sounding like poetry. While there is no set structure for the prose poem, many are written as single paragraph of prose finished by a few lines of poignant verse, and they often make good use of alliteration, assonance, repetition, imagery, and other poetic devices. Flash pieces that are vignettes and not plot-focused may actually be prose poems in disguise, and writers can revive these pieces by reworking lines with an ear tuned for poetry.

Examples of prose poetry are My Sister Blazed Through Her Life, by Ellery Akers and “& who, this time,” by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib—one of 16 poems included in this year’s Best of the Net Anthology. Haibun, a combination of prose and haiku that originated in the 17th century, is considered the first form of prose poetry. A recently published example of haibun is “Grandmothers’ Eyes,” by Teri White Carns. Writing haibun is a great way to combine lengthy, flowery writing and minimalist writing.

Most journals that publish poetry in general also publish prose poetry, though a handful specifically seek this interesting form. The journals below do not charge submission fees, though their contests may be charged, and many pay their writers.

Beloit Poetry Journal has been around since 1950 and is one of the few journals that publishes longer poetry. They seek to publish “the brutally honest and the unparaphrasable alongside the wryly funny.” Submissions are seasonal, issues are in print only, and regular submissions do not pay. Their annual Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry awards $1,500 for a single previously unpublished poem and this year’s prize will be judged by poetic giant Naomi Shihab Nye – there is a reading fee of $15 per entry. Their Chad Walsh Prize awards $3,000 for a group of published poems.

Cease, Cows is a funky, bi-weekly online journal that publishes flash and poetry, including a good amount of prose poetry. They seek unconventional pieces, including “strange literary, magical realism, speculative, slipstream, utopian and dystopian, bizarro, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and just plain weird fictions.” They accept simultaneous submissions and submit their authors to all the usual prizes. Submissions are currently closed, but should reopen soon.

elsewhere accepts short prose, including flash fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry, and is one of the few journals that focus on prose poetry. They’re looking for pieces that “cross, blur, and/or mutilate genre.” They put out six pieces per issue each quarter and have published online since 2014. The winner of their chapbook contest receives $1,000 and publication at AWP. There is a submission fee. They accept simultaneous submissions year-round.

Frogpond Journal is published three times a year by the Haiku Society of America. This journal has been around since 1978 and is devoted to haiku, haibun, and other similar forms. Frogpond publishes poems in English from contributors worldwide and is the highest circulating haiku journal outside of Japan. Print issues are available for a subscription fee, but an online sampler is available for free. Note, they do not take simultaneous submissions.

HOOT is a literary journal published as a monthly postcard. Each postcard issue contains a single short piece of either prose or prose poetry of less than 150 words or regular poetry of less than 10 lines. They seek upbeat submissions and they “especially like work that is audacious, surprising and zesty.” HOOT also publishes a monthly online issue featuring four short works. Mail submissions are free, electronic submissions via Submittable are $2, and they pay for printed pieces. Payment depends on how much fee for print submissions was collected for that issue. They accept simultaneous submissions year-round, and they host a free weekly writing workshop where writers can get feedback on their work. Subscriptions to this unique journal are only $16 a year, and you can send a specific issue with a hand-written note to someone for $2.

jubilat is a print journal that publishes poetry, art, and writing about poetry. Their published poems have been selected for the Pushcart Prize and the Best American Poetry. They accept simultaneous submissions via Submittable January 15-April 1. Subscriptions are $20 a year, but many back issues have links to poems and to poets reading their poems, which is a wonderful way to experience a poem.

The Lark is a new online journal that publishes three compact issues per year and pays $25 per accepted piece (funded by donations). They publish all forms of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, scripts, art, videos, and films. The editors are looking for “what’s risky, critical, musical, philosophical, playful, experimental, sexy, or deadly serious.” Though their issues are small, they publish a high percent of debut authors. They accept simultaneous submissions year-round.

Ninth Letter has been published by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for 15 years, is available at Barnes & Noble, and is known for its stunning graphic design. Ninth Letter’s publishing scheme can be confusing, as they put out two different issues—a print issue edited by faculty and MFA students and an online, themed issue edited by undergrads. The editors are looking for prose and poetry that experiment with form and nontraditional subject matter. They accept mailed and Submittable submissions, have annual contests, and best of all, pay $25 per printed page. Deadlines are seasonal, so check their site for updates. Though there is no fee for regular submissions, they do charge $17 for their annual contest, which pays $1,000 for the winning poem, short story, and essay.

Palaver Published by University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program, Palaver publishes one eclectic issue each May. Issues contain creative works, including prose poetry, as well as academic essays. Their most recent issue has a wide range of works, including prose and found poetry, art, and essays. They take simultaneous via Submittable from February 15 to September 14.

The Sun boasts over 70,000 readers and their writing has won the Pushcart Prize and been featured in several Best American anthologies. Their monthly issues feature a handful of poignant poems, as well as short stories and personal and socio-political essays, and interviews. Their issue are both print and online, and they take simultaneous submissions year-round. They are one of the highest paying journals for poetry, and they pay $100-$250 per poem.

Unbroken Journal is published quarterly and showcases prose poems, vignettes, and haibun. They “desire to give the block, the paragraph, [and] the un-lineated prose, a new place to play.” They are one of the only journals devoted to prose poems. A poem they published in their 10th issue—”A Chat” by Joanne Jackson Yelenik—was a finalist for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology.  Issues are online, and they take simultaneous submissions year-round. Their sister journal, Unlost Journal, publishes found poetry.

Bio:

Stephanie Katz is a librarian and the editor-in-chief of 805 Lit + Art, an international online literary and art journal (805lit.org). 805 won the 2018 Innovation Award from the Florida Library Association, was featured in Poets & Writers, and was selected as runner-up for Tampa Bay Creative Loafing’s 2017 Best Local Literary Journal Award. Stephanie has had articles published in professional library journals, presented at librarian conferences, taught writing workshops, and judged for the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award.

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 94, “Beliefs & Strange,” #SynonymsOnly

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


Opportunities for Poets

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew.

Dime Show Review is published three times a year in print, and online on a rolling basis. They accept submissions from February 1 through November 1 each year, and they respond to most submissions within two to twelve weeks. Authors who don’t receive a response within three months are welcome to query.

Authors of fiction may submit one complete story, 3,000 words or fewer. Authors of flash fiction may submit one story, 1,000 words or fewer. Dime Show Review also publishes ten-word stories. Authors may submit up to two of these, and they should be complete stories, exactly ten words each. Poets may submit up to two poems in any form, no longer than two pages each. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay, 3,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can read selections from Dime Show Review online to get a sense of their style.

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Radarpoetry.com welcomes unsolicited submissions of poems during our reading period of October 1 through June 30.  

During the months of July, August, and September, we read and administer the Coniston Prize and are open to prize submissions only.  Please see the contest page for details.

Guidelines

Please read the guidelines carefully as they have recently been updated.

We recommend you read our issues to get a sense of our aesthetic before sending your workWe only accept poems only through our submissions managerPoems sent by email will be deleted.

Submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems in a single document. We read blind, so please ensure there is no identifying information on the document that contains your poems. You should include a cover letter and a brief bio in the comments boxWe welcome translations as long as all necessary rights have been secured by the translator.

We accept simultaneous submissions and ask that you notify us right away if your work has been accepted elsewhere. For partial withdrawals, simply add a note to your entry on Submittable. We do not accept multiple submissions.

We respond to each submission within a month, and often much sooner than that. After 30 days have passed, feel free to query us. You can also report and track your submission through Duotrope. Unless you are specifically invited to send more work, please wait 6 months after before submitting again.

Former contributors should wait one calendar year after the publication of their poems before submitting again.

We secure first serial rights for poems we publish. Upon publication, all rights revert to the author. We are proud to nominate our contributors for major awards including the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. We ask that all contributors cite Radar Poetry should their poems be published elsewhere in the future.

We look forward to reading your work!

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Thrushpoetryjournal.com – a journal of poetry that will appear 6 times a year. ( January, March, May, July, September, and November)

We believe in showcasing the best work we receive. We will present a select number of poems per edition.

Submissions are now open. We read submissions on a rolling basis. We are not a paying market.

Submit previously unpublished work only. If you are sending us work that appears on your website, blog, or a self-publishing site, please remove it prior to submitting to us. Send us no more than three poems, pasted in the body of an email, preceded by a cover letter. If your poem requires special formatting, you may then, and please only then, also include an attachment.

Please indicate “POETRY SUBMISSION” on your subject line. Submissions without “Poetry Submission” in the subject line will be deleted unread.

Include a bio (all bios are subject to editing). Also include a URL to your blog or website, if applicable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not preferred. If your work is accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately.

We aim to respond to all submissions within 10 days of receipt (usually less). We will not respond (accept or decline) with a form letter and we will comment on poems whenever possible.

Please wait a minimum of six months between submissions

If your work is accepted at THRUSH, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your poem/s subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to THRUSH.

Our taste is eclectic. We want poems that move us, a strong sense of imagery, emotion, with interesting and surprising use of language, words that resonate.  We want fresh. We want voice.

Established and new poets are encouraged to submit. Experimental poetry is fine, randomness is fine also. However, we do not want experimental and random just for the sake of calling it such. No long poems. We prefer a poem that will fit on one page. We are not interested in inspirational poetry or philosophical musings.

Submissions that ignore these guidelines (or parts of these guidelines) will likely be declined immediately.

We nominate for most major prizes. See our Awards page

Our guidelines are subject to change. We suggest reviewing them prior to submitting.

Submissions and other correspondence should be sent to:  editorthrushpoetryjournal@gmail.com

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One Sentence Poems: Now Seeking Submissions

As their name suggests, One Sentence Poems is an online literary journal publishing poems composed of a single sentence. A project of Ambidextrous Bloodhound Productions and a relative of the literary journal Right Hand Pointing, One Sentence Poems has been publishing a new poem every Tuesday through Saturday since 2014. You can get a sense of their style by reading the poems they publish online.

One Sentence Poems accepts submissions all the time. They respond to all submissions, usually within two weeks. After they accept a poem, they publish it online in the following few weeks.

Poets may submit up to four single-sentence poems of at least two lines. In other words, each poem must have at least one line break. They publish poems in any form, though they prefer left-justified poems and usually don’t care for scattered forms.

Each poem must consist of one complete and grammatically correct sentence. That means it must begin with a capital letter and end with a terminal punctuation mark. Using semicolons to connect sentences is cheating. Long sentences are fine, but a reader should be able to speak the poem in one breath.

One Sentence Poems accepts submissions online, but not via post or by email. They do not accept previously published work.

If you would like to learn more or submit to One Sentence Poems, please visit their website at http://www.onesentencepoems.com/osp/how-to-submit/.

 

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Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

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For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of SUNDAY, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Recap published each Monday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

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As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

 Great ideaI have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please feel free to FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

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Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Beliefs & Strange,” #SynonymsOnly

Have fun and write some poetry!

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15 Markets for Poets/AuthorsPublish.com

Heads up poets! Authors Publish has great news to share:

15 Markets for Poets

Written by S. Kalekar | July 23, 2018

These are markets for a variety of poetry, including literary, children’s, and speculative poems, and also translations. Most of these accept other genres also, like fiction and creative nonfiction. Several of these markets pay poets, from token to pro rates. Most of these are open for submissions.

The Fiddlehead

They want writing in English or work that is translated into English from anywhere in the world in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. They usually publish fiction, nonfiction and poetry, reviews, and occasionally other creative work like excerpts from plays. Send up to six poems, or a long poem or long sequence. Pay is CAD60 per published page for creative work, and writers may submit once per calendar year per genre. Details here.

The Christian Science Monitor: The Home Forum

Apart from short personal essays, The Home Forum of this venerable magazine also accepts poetry. The poems here explore and celebrate life. They especially want poetry that has an international flavor or that offers some global or cultural insights. They do not want poetry about people in helpless or hopeless states, or about death, aging, and illness, or anything dark, violent, sensual or overtly religious. They say that short poems are more likely to be accepted than poems that are more than 18 lines long. Submit up to five poems. Pay rates are unspecified. Details here.

The Cincinnati Review

The publication has reading periods for the print publication for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and translations. However, poetry and prose submissions for miCRo, their weekly online feature are open year-round – for this feature, they accept up to three short works, and poems of 32 lines or fewer. Pay is a digital copy of the journal for work accepted in miCRo, and for the print journal, $30/page for poetry and $25/page for prose. Details here.

Folded Word

They publish fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation and novelettes in verse / flash, once a week. They publish many genres and themes, but are especially interested in works related to their mission: Exploring the world, one voice at a time. This mission applies to cultural, geographical, temporal, and ecological definitions of “world.” Poems should be 25 lines or fewer. They also accept cross-genre work. Pay is $5 per work accepted. Details here.

Overland

This Australian literary magazine publishes progressive fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The magazine “gives a voice to the experiences that are excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets.” They also say, the magazine has been “part of an ongoing attempt to document lesser-known stories and histories, dissect media hysteria and dishonesty, debunk the populist hype of politicians, give a voice to those whose stories are otherwise marginalised, misrepresented or ignored, and point public debate in alternative directions.” They publish work by emerging, politically engaged poets, printing their work alongside more established Australian and international progressive contemporaries. Submit up to three poems a quarter. They prioritise work by their subscribers. For the print magazine, they pay AUD500 for fiction and essays, and AUD150 per poem; for the online magazine, articles fetch AUD120. Details here.

Glass Mountain and Shards

Any undergraduate or emerging artist (who has not attended, graduated from, or is currently enrolled in, an MFA or creative writing Ph.D program) can submit work to Glass Mountain and Shards (the online magazine). They publish fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. While they accept all styles of poetry, they usually publish contemporary poetry that is lyric-based with narrative tendency, and avoid rhymed, romanticized poetry. Submit up to five poems. They do not allow simultaneous submissions between Shards and Glass Mountain. Details here.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Apart from personal anecdotes, they also publish poetry based on their themed books. They like poems that tell your (true) story, and which do the same job as a story – the reader goes away having learned your story through poetry, instead of prose. They do not publish poems that focus overly on rhyming, or read more like greeting cards. Pay is $200 and contributor copies. Details here, and their upcoming themes are here.

U.S. Kids Magazines: Humpty Dumpty

This magazine, for children aged 2-6, publishes fiction, build-a-book (mini-stories), poetry and crafts. Poetry should be 4-12 lines, and should keep the audience age in mind. Pay is $25 and up for poems, $30 and up for fiction, and $40 and up for crafts. Also see fiction and nonfiction submissions for their Jack and Jill magazine, which is for older children. Details here.

Guardian Angel Kids

This is a children’s magazine that publishes short fiction, articles/activities and poetry. Poems must be well written with no forced rhyme. They are also ok with first-person, present-tense poems. They list themes and deadlines for their various issues on the site. Send up to two submissions per issue. They also accept submissions from poets aged up to 14 years. Pay is $0.03/word for prose, and $10 for poems. Details here.

Strange Horizons

This is a market for literary, SF/F, speculative and slipstream poetry, fiction and nonfiction. They want “modern, exciting poems that explore the possible and impossible: stories about human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, past and future, the here-and-now and otherwhere-and-elsewhen.” They say they do not see enough innovative science fiction or formal poetry. They are also open to confessional and hypertext poems. Send up to six poems. Pay is $40 for poetry and $0.08/word for fiction; rates vary for nonfiction. Details here and here.

Samovar

This is a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction and poetry in translation, published by Strange Horizons. They publish newly-translated poems, accompanied by the original-language version. Pay is $40 each for the poet and translator, $40 each for the nonfiction writer and translator, and $0.06/word for fiction each, for the writer and translator. Details here.

The Yale Review

They publish fiction, nonfiction and poetry and have no formal writers’ guidelines; the editors ask writers to acquaint themselves with the magazine, to familiarise themselves with the kind of writing they publish. Past contributors have included W. H. Auden, Julian Barnes and Joyce Carol Oates. Submissions must be mailed. Details here.

Arc Poetry Magazine

This Canadian magazine publishes poetry and poetry-related articles, interviews and reviews. Send up to three poems on any subject, and in any form. For poetry-related prose, send pitches. Pay is CAD50/page. Details here.

Carve Magazine

This print and digital fiction and poetry magazine accepts submissions year-round. They seek poetry that is both quiet and expansive, which elicits an authentic emotional connection, and where every word adds purposefully to the voice, sound and imagery. Send up to three poems. They pay $25 for poetry, $100 for fiction, and offer feedback for some submissions. They accept mailed submissions free, though their electronic submissions are charged. Details here.

Poetry London

This is one of UK’s leading poetry magazines and publishes new and unpublished poets alongside acclaimed ones. They say that on average, a third of their poetry pages are given to poets who have yet to publish their first collection. They also publish poetry in translation. They accept mailed submissions only. Details here.

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, “Inspiration & Plan,” No. 93 Recap, #SynonymsOnly

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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.comClick on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom. If your poem does not have the correct syllable count I won’t consider your work for the Poet of the Week.

POET OF THE WEEK

This week, I’ve chosen Shelly, from her blog, MyRedWineDiary.wordpress.com as the Poet of the Week for her Senryu poem.

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Haiku and Senryu can be confusing, but if you follow this easy chart above, and my instructions here: How to Write a Senryu poem in English, You should have a good grasp of the difference between the two forms.

Shelly’s senryu is perfect. That last line shows the “irony” of the moment. I would categorize this as a love poem from the first two lines.

When writing a Senryu, remember to make the human, not the world around him, your subject. Senryu was achieved through teasing and game playing so the tone of a senryu is always humorous, or even sarcastic. This is what Shelly did with her last line. It’s actually quite funny. 😀

 

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longing as I was
to taste your awakening
sleep stole my intent

© 2018 My Red Wine Diary

 

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HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 93rd POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Inspiration & Plan”

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 93, “Inspiration & Plan,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

Insight into a Plot – #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Tanka Tuesday: Inspiration & Plan – Jane Dougherty Writes

Butterfly Cinquain on TRUTH – Sharing With Others –

Eternal Truth – Reena Saxena

Genius – Tanka Tuesday | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge Inspiration & Plan #MicroPoetry #Cinquain | But I Smile Anyway…

black and white- #Tanka Tuesday – Inspiration and Plan #SynonymsOnly – syncwithdeep

Nelson Mandela International Day – Smell The Coffee

Gardening #midnighthaiku | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Shifting and Changing – Poetry Challenge – a Tanka | Katja Rammer

#Tanka Tuesday Challenge: Inspiration and Plan | Myths of the Mirror

Colleen Chesebro’s #Poetry Challenge – #Senryu – myredwinediary

Inspiration – a tanka | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge: “Inspiration & Plan” | The Shower of Blessings

Alone | Stuff and what if…

Ciphering | method two madness

Haiku Friday – Woke & Up | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Tanka Tuesday – Perfection | Twenty Four

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: INSPIRATION and PLAN – Afterwards

Entwined – Charmed Chaos

Dog poet misses deadline | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Sunday nap time Happy Summer! Write some poetry!