NO FEE Contest / $250 Prize – Winter Tangerine, Deadline June 1, 2015

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.”

If you subscribe to Duotrope, you can read their interview with the editors here.

If you’ve already published a poetry collection, then you can submit for their poetry and prose for upcoming volumes until October 1, 2015. Regular submission guidelines are here.



FORMS: Poetry, prose

PRIZE: All award winners and finalists will be published in a digital anthology, available for free on the WTR website in July of 2015.

The two award winners will receive a box filled with a small trophy, (gently used) books, (never used) cookies, and a check for $250, as well as a one-year subscription to Winter Tangerine Review.

All finalists receive our kudos and a one-year subscription to WTR.


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Click here to read Winter Tangerine Awards submission guidelines.


#NaPoMo Role Call! – Did you participate in a National Poetry Month Project? Share your experience…

Wow, April was a whirlwind of incredible local and online opportunities for poets to strut their stuff and to write like mad. I participated in two 30/30 projects and managed to complete them both (yes, I’m tired now). You can read about both on my NaPoMo 2015 page here.

What I’d really love to know is how the month went for the rest of the online poetry community. Share your experience in the comments below, so fellow poets can check out what you were up to and start deciding which projects sound the most interesting for next year.

Here is a quick survey to get you started:

1. What project(s) did you participate in?

2. Would you consider doing the same project again?

3. Are you satisfied with the amount of work you produced?

4. Did you make new friends and/or learn new things?

5. What did you love/hate about the project?

Include a link to your work and to the info or sponsor of the project as well.

Thanks poets! And a big Congrats! to those who wrote poetry this month!

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Which lit mags publish nontraditional forms and found poetry?

Now that National Poetry Month has concluded, and I know many of you attempted and/or finished a 30/30 poetry project, now it’s time to submit! Here are some quirky, open form type lit mags to get you started!

Most editors are happy to answer questions regarding submissions. If a lit mag seems like a good fit for your work and it happens to be a collaboration, found poem, or other more nontraditional form, contact them via email or on other social media to ask if they are open to such forms. If you receive a response and can share it with me here, I’ll note it for others in the future.

Most of the 16 listings below have accepted found work or other unusual formats of poetry and/or claim that they will. They are listed alphabetically; some are currently accepting submissions, some are temporarily closed. I’ve also included a link to their Duotrope page, which will allow you to track deadlines if you currently subscribe to Duotrope.

Click here for the current, updated list: Where to Submit Nontraditional and Found Poetry


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Submissions: Currently open until May 15, 2015

Notes: Per the current editor, they are also open to found poetry, erasures, etc.


“We are especially interested in collaborations between two or more writers, or between writers and visual artists. We accept submissions from writers working in English, or translating into English, from anywhere in the world.”

“If your poetry is rough-cut diamonds, slightly off-kilter; if your fiction will make us feel more human and less alone; if you enjoy exploration of new forms at the edges of the literary universe; if you can bring us elegant translations of literature from far corners of the globe; if your nonfiction is wild and honest; if your visual art is raw and earnest…show us. We want to see it.”

The Found Poetry Review

Submissions: Will be open to submissions from Sunday, February 1, 2015 through Tuesday, June 30, 2015.


“The Found Poetry Review is a biannual print journal celebrating the poetry in the existing and the everyday. We publish found poetry, centos, erasure poems and other forms that incorporate elements of existing texts. Give us your poems made up of lines from newspaper articles, instruction booklets, dictionaries, toothpaste boxes, biographies, Craigslist posts, speeches, other poems and any other text-based source. Only found poems will be considered for publication; original poems, regardless of quality, will not be accepted.”


Submissions: Next reading period Fall 2015


“Futurepoem books is a New York City-based publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers.”

Ghost Proposal

Submissions: Currently open for submissions until June 30


“At Ghost Proposal, we want you to send us your broken packages, your word memories like bathing suits that don’t fit; show us your love handles! We are a journal that seeks to represent a wide range of brain activity and circuitry in poetry, creative nonfiction, and multimedia, so be your own boundary, then cross it.”

Hotel Amerika

Submissions: Next reading period open September 1, 2015


“We welcome submissions in all genres of creative writing, generously defined. We do not publish book reviews as such, although we will consider review-like essays that transcend the specific objects of consideration.”


Submissions: Currently open for submissions until August 15, 2015


“Our mission at Jab is, simply, to publish the best poetry being written today. We don’t subscribe to any poetic “movements”, or “schools”. All we want is poetry that jabs. We want pathos. We want anti-ethos, anti-logos. If it sings, we’ll listen. We want you to punch us in the face as hard as you can. We want you to singe our hair and pull our teeth. We want punk. We want movement, dirt, skin, and cigarette burns.”


Submissions: Next reading period is September 1, 2015 – April 1, 2016.


“From the first issue onward, jubilat has aimed to publish not only the best in contemporary American poetry, but to place it alongside a varied selection of reprints, found pieces, lyric prose, art, and interviews with poets and other artists. Rather than section off these varieties of work, the magazine creates a dialogue that showcases the beauty and strangeness of the ordinary, and how experiments with language and image speak in a compelling way about who we are.”

The Museum of Americana

Submissions: General submission reading period is open June 1 – 30, 2015


“Give us love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language cribbed from WWII propaganda posters. We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider. We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.”

Poetry WTF?!

Submissions: Always accepting submissions


“Poetry WTF?! is a website for poetry, but not your gran’s poetry. At Poetry WTF?! you will find serious literary remixes, surprising sculptural whiteouts …. and the occasional textual mess. It’s a brave new world.”

The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society

Submissions: Rolling submissions every month from the 15th until the end of the month


“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. Within our pages, you may find: works that tackle hot-button issues, works presented in a style that is out of the ordinary, works that present the reader with a question or debate, and works that break mainstream rules within their genre.”

Scissors and Spackle

Submissions: Will be open to submissions from Thursday, October 1, 2015 through Tuesday, December 1, 2015.


“We welcome the bizarre, in fact, we encourage it. Send us you lists; resumes; transcribed conversations. The surest path to acceptance is the element of surprise.”

Silver Birch Press

Submissions: Search for their themed submissions listed separately on Duotrope.

Note: They have accepted found poetry and reprints of my work in the past and are great to work with.

Split Lip

Submissions: Appears to accept work year-round


“Send up to five unpublished poems of face-melting material. Avoid any peppy and rhyming works. We want new, innovative works by fresh voices. Please avoid submitting what we consider “journal entries,” meaning: rants about feelings and how unfair the world is. Poetry Editor Scott Siders wants poems that are “as short and sweet as possible. Be original. Experiment. Take risks.”


Submissions: Poetry only, always open.

Notes: I know this editor and he is open to discussion or questions. He has published my found poems and I think he would be open to collaborative work. I do think he would like to see more than one poem, so that he could build a page based on it. Feel free to email him and let him know what you have and see if he has suggestions or interest.


“Send poems that speak honestly and clearly, that are understandable, that are unusual, that have the essential mystery of good poetry, that have personality and meaning.”

Vagabonds: Anthology Of The Mad Ones

Submissions: Currently closed for submissions. Will reopen 2015!


“Our anthology publishes twice a year. We harbor the mad ones. People who are dedicated to their work to the point that they become misunderstood, or seen as a hot mess of crazy. Our anthology does not seek to break boundaries, we want to break boundaries and go farther. We want the shameless—the deep dark, cigarettes and dirty words combo. Although there is not a set theme of what we’re looking for, we often look at slice of life works.”

Wicked Alice

Submissions: Women writers only, always open.


“we seek writing that is innovative”

Learn how to participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015 #NaPoMo

How to participate:

Put a poem (your own or one of your favorites) in your pocket today and share it with:

  • friends,
  • family
  • co-workers
  • go to an open mic in your area

To find an open mic, here are some links to sites that post open mic events:

Official announcement for Poem in Your Pocket Day on

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Paying Markets List from new blog Poetry Has Value


Are you keeping up with the posts on Poetry has Value–including Timothy Green of Rattle? Read what lit mag editors have to say about how and why they pay poets.

Originally posted on Trish Hopkinson:

Poetry Has Value is a new blog by professor and poet Jessica Piazza. The blog description reads:

“Recently, I was inspired by the poet Dena Rash Guzman’s personal challenge to send her poetry to paying markets in 2015. I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to spend the next whole year submitting poetry ONLY to paying journals and markets, and recording what happens in this blog. I also decided to use this space to simultaneously explore deeper questions of poetry’s value and worth (monetary or otherwise.)”

There are several interesting posts from other authors on the site already, including one from friend and fellow poet E. Kristin Anderson on her experience with a speculative fiction mag. The articles explore issues whether or not poetry is a commodity, why prose pays more, etc. Jessica has also added a great resource for all poets looking to submit to paying…

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Paying Call for Submissions – Baltimore Review, Deadline May 31, 2015

Baltimore Review recently announced they will be paying contributors and they are currently reading for their summer issue.

“Payment for general submissions is Web exposure and a copy of the compilation in which the author’s work appears. In addition, we are now able to provide contributors with a small payment for their work ($40 Amazon gift certificate or $40 through PayPal, if preferred), and we hope to continue this as long as funding is available. We also nominate our contributors’ work for every possible prize, and we send copies of the print compilation to the Best American series and other prize anthologies.”

DEADLINE: May 31, 2015


FORMS: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction

PAYMENT: $40 Amazon gift certificate or $40 through PayPal

NOTES: Regular submissions are no fee and do not need to follow the contest theme. Contest is a separate submission call and does require a $10 fee. Submit 1- 3 poems or prose of 5,000 words or less.


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FREE Poetry Album from Niccolea M Nance (limited time!) #NaPoMo

Poet and painter Niccolea M Nance is currently offering her 2011 CD as FREE download for National Poetry Month. It is only available until the end of the month or 200 downloads, whichever comes first.

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Download the album The Words I Hold on her Bandcamp page here.


Make sure to check out her other album as well. Here’s some more about Niccolea:

Phoenix, Arizona poet and artist Niccolea M. Nance has been putting her emotions on paper since she could first write full sentences. Niccolea began performing her spoken word poetry in 2002 and has methodically developed her talent over the years with a multitude of feature performances throughout the Phoenix metro area as well as Tucson, Flagstaff, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque. 

 Slam Master and 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam finalist Jesse Parent describes her spoken word performances as “Compelling and expertly honed. She can perfectly weave story into her crowd interactions, providing powerful sets that drop jaws and get audiences off their feet. Niccolea M Nance is an amazing and engaging artist.”

 Niccolea’s published work, which she explains is “Drawn from personal life experiences and the stories of those closest to her”, can be found in Borderline, a cutting-edge persona poetry journal and Canyon Voices, an Arizona State University journal for emerging writers.

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