Three of my poems published in Verse-Virtual’s March issue . . .

So pleased to have three of my poems (for March of course) published in Verse-Virtual: “13th Sign of the Zodiac,” “Reconstructed Happiness,” and “Brother Jon.” Also, make sure not to miss the editor’s note, a Saint-Patrick’s-Day-Inspired tribute to less-known Irish poets, including Ellen O’Leary, Emily Lawless, George William “A. E.” Russell, Eva Gore-Booth, Thomas MacDonough, and Patrick Kavanagh.

Click here to submit to Verse-Virtual and work with an incredible editor.

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee to enter) by Winning Writers – Deadline April 1, 2015

Winning Writers FREE contest for humorous poetry is open until April 1, 2015!

Winning Writers is a great resource for writers. You can find just about anything you might need and answers to many writing-related questions on their site. You can read details here in my previous blog post.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2015

NOTES: “Now in its 14th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,000 in prizes.” One poem per submission.

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Start an Online Workshopping Community with WetInk!

I recently co-founded a local poetry workshop group: Rock Canyon Poets. We meet a couple of times a month to do poetry readings and to workshop our poems. Even though we meet in person, we really wanted a way to share poetry online, offer feedback, and communicate. I came across WetInk in a Rooster Moans online class and contacted them to see if it would be a good fit for our group. The folks at WetInk are very supportive of writing communities and worked with me to set up just what we needed for super cheap! It took me about an hour total to get setup. The site is easy to use and they will walk you through anything you need help with.

So now Rock Canyon Poets has it’s very own private poetry community, where we can workshop our poems, provide feedback, and post writing challenges, play exquisite corpse, etc. I’ll be posting more about how to setup your own local poetry group in the future, but for now, if you have any questions about how we set ours up, feel free to contact me or comment below.

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Here’s some more info on WetInk. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments here, or send contact WetInk directly.

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WetInk is a new online service for anyone who conducts writing workshops or runs a writing community. We built WetInk ground-up with a single purpose–to simplify and supercharge the experience of writing classes and writing communities. Essentially, WetInk is a solution for people who own or run:

  • In person writing workshops
  • Online writing workshops/classes
  • Any writing community, even if there are no classes.

Writing Workshops and Classes

To conduct or help support writing classes people currently use large scale MOOC systems and bloated LMS systems or cobble together a solution using online forum services. All of these solutions are generic, bloated, hard to manage to the workflow for a writing workshop and you have to constantly fight to keep your classes running smoothly.

WetInk really shines in this area. If you offer writing classes; either in-person or completely online, you can use WetInk as your online platform to support and conduct your classes. Each ongoing class gets its own private area which is separate from your community. A class at WetInk embodies well understood workflows for writing workshops: like assignment submissions and critiquing work of fellow students, class discussions, interactive and rich lesson content etc. WetInk dramatically reduces administrative overhead of running classes and makes the experience pleasurable for a whole community.

Private Writing Communities

Writing is cathartic and therapeutic on one end and incredibly hard on the other to do consistently. There are communities of writers everywhere who get together to partake in their love for it. However generic online groups and forums are simply inadequate for the kind of environment that creative writing thrives in.

WetInk is built for creative writing. It gives writing communities a private space woven with writing activities so that these communities can flourish and create stronger connections around writing. People can share their works, issue writing challenges, play writing games like exquisite corpse. WetInk offers deep and unique interactions like selecting text on written pieces to talk about just that bit, and many other of ways to enrich communication around writing.

For more details see

Call for Submissions – Bye Bye Bukowski an anthology by Hyacinth Girl Press

Hyacinth Girl Press is a lovely small press, that specializes in handmade chapbooks and puts our about six per year. From their duotrope page, “We consider ourselves a feminist press and are particularly interested in manuscripts dealing with topics such as radical spiritual experiences, creation/interpretation of myth through a feminist lens, and science. We think outerspace, in particular, is pretty darn cool. We also love collaboration – collaboration between poets, collaboration between a poet and other artist type, poetry in translation, collaboration with other presses. Interpret this liberally. Try us. While we are interested in poetry that deals with the otherworldly, we are not interested in being preached to. The ultimate goal of Hyacinth Girl Press is to bring feminism, mysticism, and scientific inquiry together with awesome poetry.

This current call for submission is a themed anthology, specifically for erasure found poems. You can learn more about erasure here.

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DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

Submission Fee: NONE

Payment: “Payment will be in the form of one contributor copy.”

DETAILS: “Send 1-5 erasure poems about erasure — poems that speak to experiences of oppression that you made from erasing words in other texts. Ideally we’re looking for poems made from classically oppressive texts, though you can choose to erase any text (poetry, fiction, cookbooks, newspapers, microwave manuals, whatever).”

Click here to read the complete submission guidelines.

And don’t forget to stop by and check out Hyacinth Girls Press’ other titles. Beautifully made, VERY reasonably priced (Only $6? Shut up and take my money!) chapbooks from a variety of talented poets. You can also subscribe to receive a full years worth and get free shipping.

“Publishing For Beginners: What First-Time Authors Need to Know” is currently FREE to download

Thanks to Aerogramme Writers’ Studio for posting this on their Facebook page today! Follow them on Facebook for other writerly tips and news.

Publishing For Beginners: What First-Time Authors Need to Know by Lourdes Venard is currently FREE to download via (limited time only).

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Just click Buy Now and download the Kindle version for FREE. I’m not sure how long these offers usually last, so go ahead and get it downloaded today if you are interested.  If you don’t have a Kindle app on your computer or other device, you can download it for free from the same page on Amazon.


I hit 500 followers this weekend! What would you like to see added to my blog?

Big thanks to such an incredible online community of poets, writers, and supporters! I started actively posting and promoting this poetry blog last October, and have seen a constant increase in traffic, likes, and followers. I’ve met some amazing and talented people along the way.

This really started out as an experiment, to just share the things I’ve learned in the last year or so as I began actively submitted my poems and other writing to different markets. It does seem there is a need for clear, concise, and quick ways to stay updated on calls for submissions, contests, writing tips, especially those with a focus on poetry.

My plans for the upcoming year are to add more submission lists by category and to generate more active conversations among my readers and the online writing community in general.

Please answer as many of these questions as you’d like in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you and continue to provide the information you need most!

  • What would you like to see added to my blog?
  • What information has been most helpful to you?
  • Have you been accepted by any of the lit mags/journals I’ve posted?
  • Any other feedback/comments?

Here are some stats, just for fun. As of 12:00 pm on 2/28/2015:

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Two pieces published in Vagabonds: Anthology of Mad Ones, Vol. 4 Issue 1

I’m honored to have two pieces included in this unique and gutsy literary anthology, published by Weasel Press, the full length version of my prose poem, “Whimper,” and my language poem, “Barbershop Protest.”

“Vagabonds is a Bi-annual literary anthology dedicated to bringing its readers the best stories from a pack of nameless ghosts. We invite everyone to stick out their thumb and enjoy the ride with the newest editions to our traveling group sharing their stories carried from trampled paper and broken notebooks!”

They have a slick storefront where you can pick up your own print copy (only $8, takes Paypal or cards), or you can view it and all past issues online in their Archives.

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This is just one of several projects run by Weasel Press, which currently has two  submission calls open:

The Haunted Traveler

Short Fiction and Flash Fiction, as well as Photography and Artwork

DEADLINE: April 10, 2015

PAYMENT: Although there is no monetary compensation for being accepted, we will ensure that a copy of the magazine is given to all contributors. This includes a PDF E-book as well as a Physically Printed Copy

Notes: Most sub-genres within the Science Fiction and Horror world are accepted; however we are not looking to feature any sort of Paranormal or supernatural romance. We like our monsters to be just that, monsters.

Typewriter Emergencies (fiction only)

DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

PAYMENT: $20 per story

Notes: Stories must feature Anthropomorphic characters (AKA humanized animals)


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