When I first started sharing submission calls, submitting tips, and other poetry related posts on my blog in October of last year, I wasn’t really expecting it to get much attention. But I wanted to keep track of information for myself and felt like sharing it as I discovered it might be something others would appreciate. It’s gone so much better than I ever expected! I’ve met a lot of amazing writers and poets and broadened my online community by landslide.
I thought it might be fun to share some of my stats and May was definitely a month of record breakers!
- Hit 1,000 followers in May
- Hit 10,000 views in May
- Broke my blog record for number of views in one day: 1,356
- Broke my blog record for number of visitors in one day: 1,115
- The top two posts with over 1,000 views this year:
- People viewed my blog from 128 different countries! (USA, India, UK, Canada, and Ireland are the top five)
- 20,396 clicks to other sites mentioned in my posts (Duotrope and Rejection Wiki are the top two)
Thanks to all the amazing poets and writers who stop by and especially to those few who comment and add to the poetry conversation. I’d love to talk more with all of you! Please feel free to comment on this post or any other.
- Let me know about your successes
- Post on submission calls for which you were accepted
- Provide feedback on my blog and/or something you’d like to see more of
- Let me know what’s most challenging and/or what you need more help with
- Share posts with your writerly friends
- Ask questions
Poetry needs all the attention it can get… it’s time to get loud about it!
So pleased to have my poem “The Seams” published in Verse-Virtual’s May issue. Also, make sure not to miss the editor’s note, in celebration of Memorial Day in May, the editor included a beautiful poem by Kevin Heaton. Also, many of the poems in this issue are Memorial Day themed.
Click here to submit to Verse-Virtual and work with an incredible editor.
This creative and unique lit mag on the literary fringe has published three of my poems and also invited me to be a feature artist. Last August they published my language poem “Barbershop Protest” and have also published two of my found poems, “You’ll Feel Unstoppable” in January and “Use Simultaneously.”
DEADLINE: Submissions are accepted between the 15th and 31st of every month.
NOTES: “The basic purpose of The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society is to publish works that are unlikely be published by more mainstream publications. The RP&D Society strives to give representation to new ideas and thoughts, to challenge the reader and to question commonly accepted opinions, values, etiquette and ideas.”
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: fiction, non-fiction, poetry
Register now so you don’t lose sight of this one! This six week course suggests participants spend about 2-4 hours a week studying how to create interactive fiction, kinetic poetry and more using electronic forms.
You’ll learn some history on digital creativity, how to interpret and analyze digital literature and art, ways to approach new media environments, remixing techniques, and how to create “your own weird e-lit monster.”
“Love letters generated by a computer. An online poem two hundred trillion stanzas long. A mystery novel in the form of a wiki. The story of Inanimate Alice, told through videos and instant messages. An ocean buoy tweeting remixes of Moby Dick. Welcome to the weird world of electronic literature—digitally born poetic, narrative, and aesthetic works read on computers, tablets, and phones. Experimental, evocative, and sometimes simply puzzling, electronic literature challenges our assumptions about reading, writing, authorship, and meaning.”
You can take the class for free or sign up for a verified certificate for $50. The only hard part is waiting until October to get started!
It’s been a good poetry week! Silver Birch Press published my new poem “Because I am oldest” in their “Me as a Child” poetry series this morning. Make sure to check out their current call for submission, “All about My Name”. DEADLINE: June 7, 2015.
Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:
I sit in silence,
my hands in my lap, like sleeping kittens,
the cold metal of the unfolded chair
beneath the backs of my knees.
Many rows of mourners
separated me from the casket.
I am brave. I have to be—
I’m older than my brother and sister.
I was the only one who understood,
the only one who had known
I think about her house—
the story of how she still used an outhouse
until right before I was born,
how I used to sit on a quilt
on the long grass, playing Canasta
with the grownups last summer.
I sit in sadness—I know
my baby sister will never
have her own Baby Bonnet quilt
sewn by Granny. I know
I am special, because I do.
People always cry at funerals.
I know why. I know they will miss her
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Working with The Light Ekphrastic was such an amazing experience and the results are incredible. I’m blown away by the quality of poetry and art in this issue, and truly honored to have been able to work with such a creative and inspiring artist, Beth Williams.
The process is unique and allows writers and artists to share and collaborate. The editors select writing and art from submissions and then pair them together. Once accepted, I then wrote a new poem based on Beth’s piece The Storm Before the Calm, and she created a new beautiful work of art to go along with my poem A Leveling.
Also, submissions are currently open until June 5, 2015 for the August and November issues.
DEADLINE: June 5, 2015
SUBMISSION FEE: None
“If you are chosen to participate, you will be:
- Paired with another artist (if you are a writer, you will be paired with a visual artist…and vice versa)
- Sent three to five previous works created by your partner artist
- Expected to create a completely new work inspired by one of your partner’s previous artworks or writings”
Deadline is right around the corner. Don’t miss this free contest!
Originally posted on Trish Hopkinson:
Winter Tangerine Awards is a FREE-TO-ENTER contest which “aims to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Submissions will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a chapbook, novel, or collection of any type.”
To learn more about Winter Tangerine and the type of work they publish, you can read samples of each volume on their site, order separate volumes for $10 – $15, or subscribe to a whole year for only $30 (best value).
I was blown away by the quality of the artwork on their site and on the volume covers. This is really beautiful stuff. The submission guidelines are clear and descriptive. I’ll definitely be submitting to Winter Tangerine in the future. I also really enjoyed this poem in Volume I by Rebecca Kerr: “A Gift From El Niño.”
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