Captivating poetry by Crystal Williams via Kore Press

This poem of nostalgia will remind you of where you come from and make you remember the concrete details that belong to only you. Rhythmic and captivating, Williams’ poem “Homecoming” is meant to be read aloud. Lines like:

this dance city, this holy morning empty street city,
this dialysis clinic on every other corner city, this be a smart girl city,
this play the harp on Tuesdays & Thursdays city,
this girl-you-look-good-&-we’re-called-to-praise-&-lift-you-up city,

Thanks to curator and poet Niki Herd for selecting this piece. Make sure to read Herd’s comments below the poem, which begin “This poem reminds me of home, of the trip I took back to Cleveland weeks ago and the drive through vacant streets.”

“Homecoming” by Crystal Williams is a selection by Kore Press for their Poem of the Week (POW) series. You can read past POWs from their Home page in the right hand column, where you will find links for several previously posted poems, including work by Joy Ladin, Lee Kava, Angela Peñaredondo, Dawn Lonsinger, and Cathy Linh Che.

Read the complete poem “Homecoming” by Williams here.

Crystal Williams is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Detroit as Barn, finalist for the National Poetry Series and Cleveland State Open Book Prize. Her third collection, Troubled Tongues, was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award, the Idaho Poetry Prize, and the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize. Widely anthologized, her poems also appear in journals and publications like The American Poetry Review, PEN America, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, The Northwest Review, 5AM, The Sun, Ms. Magazine, The Indiana Review, Court Green and Callaloo.

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Kore Press is currently not accepting submissions, but expects to be re-opening at the end of this year.

FREE Poetry Contest by Brightly Press, Prizes up to $100, DEADLINE: Oct. 15, 2015

This contest is FREE for Brightly Press Facebook followers. Winners take home up to $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for third. This contest is sponsored by the Brightly Press specifically for their Facebook friends, so make sure to LIKE their page before submitting:

Brightly Press wants your poems! Submit 1-5 pages of poetry in any style. Our editors will select three winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) on October 31, 2015. Your poems will be published on our website and you will receive a copy of Shake The Tree: A Poetry Anthology, Volume One along with your monetary prize.
1st place prize – $100 + Volume One
2nd place prize – $50 + Volume One
3rd place prize – $25 + Volume One
Don’t delay, if you’ve got work, send it to with CONTEST TWO in the subject line. I look forward to reading your work!


Brightly Press is a fledgling press, offering contests and anthologies to both new and seasoned poets. For more information, see their story and other contests on their web site.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2015 

PRIZES: 1st = $100, 2nd = $50, 3rd = 25 

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List of Paying Lit Mags/Journals from Poetry Has Value

Originally posted on Trish Hopkinson:

Poetry Has Value is a 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, 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 markets and…

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Learning the Poetic Line by Rebecca Hazelton

How line breaks shape meaning

Source: Learning the Poetic Line by Rebecca Hazelton

Where to publish tanka, submission calls, contests and more!

Thanks to Kenneth Slaughter for this well-organized and amazing resource! His blog really is “All Things Tanka.” If you’re not familiar with this traditional Japanese form, think Haiku, but slightly longer–five lines rather than three. Slaughter defines tanka as:

a short poem of five lines in length, which engages the imagination.  Good tanka suggests far more than it actually says.   Strictly speaking there is a syllable count for each line: 5/7/5/7/7/ for a total of 31 syllables.  That’s because, in Japanese, tanka are usually written in 31 Japanese sound units.

He also explains some of the modern conventions of the form and provides some examples of his published tanka on his About Tanka page, which is a great place to start if you’ve never written tanka before or want to brush up on your tanka skills.

What’s next? Once you have some tanka written (or if you already do), you can browse all tanka related submissions by month, find open tanka contests, and even read tanka news. (Yes, I just used the word tanka 12 times in this post… make that 13).


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Click here to find out Where to Publish Tanka. 

Current listings include the following upcoming submission deadlines:

Frameless Sky – No fee. DEADLINE: Oct. 15, 2015

Prune Juice – No fee. DEADLINE: Oct. 15, 2015

Tanka Prose Contest – No fee. DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2015

Presence – No fee. DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2015

and several more October deadlines…

Calls for Submissions with Queer Focuses


Thanks to the staff of peculiar for the recommendation and also for sharing six open calls for LGBTQIA-friendly lit mags… check them out and if you qualify, get those submissions in!

Originally posted on peculiar journal blog:

Calls for SubmissionsOur dear friend Trish Hopkinson, one of the main organizers of the Provo poetry group, Rock Canyon Poets, also has her own website where she talks about poetry and often posts calls for submissions. She has been published in several journals and offers a lot of support to the staff of peculiar. We love her!

She’s recently been sending submission notices our way that she thinks peculiar writers might also be interested in. So while we’re hard at work making our final selections for the second issue of peculiar, here are some other journals that are currently taking submissions from queer writers:

  • Assaracus, currently seeking a portfolio of up to ten poems from specifically gay men.
  • Feminist Spaces, currently seeking academic papers, creative writing, and art on the topic “Queering Feminism: LGBTQ and Feminist Intersectionality.” Deadline is October 15th.
  • Educe, currently seeking poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from…

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My poem “Pearl at the Studio Mic” published in Verse-Virtual’s October issue

It’s always a pleasure to be published along side so many amazing poets in Verse-Virtual, and October’s issue is no exception. This issue includes my award-winning poem “Pearl at the Studio Mic,” which is a persona poem from the perspective of Janis Joplin’s microphone.

Make sure not to miss the exquisite work of Renee Emerson, Donna Hilbert, and Steve Klepetar, among so many others! Another amazing issue.

To learn more about the Verse-Virtual family read the editor’s note, which includes a lovely homage to Jupiter Hammon, who was born in October 1711.

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