FREE Online Writing Class from Davidson College

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.”

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“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.”

The instructors include Dr. Mark Sample, Kristen Eshleman, Robert McSwain, and Sara Swanson.

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!

Because I am oldest by Trish Hopkinson (Me, as a Child Poetry Series)


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:

Because I am oldest
by Trish Hopkinson

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
Great Granny.

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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Two poems published in The Light Ekphrastic–open for submissions until June 5, 2015

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.

Read and enjoy the May issue of The Light Ekphrastic here.

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Also, submissions are currently open until June 5, 2015 for the August and November issues.

DEADLINE: June 5, 2015



“If you are chosen to participate, you will be:

  1. Paired with another artist (if you are a writer, you will be paired with a visual artist…and vice versa)
  2. Sent three to five previous works created by your partner artist
  3. Expected to create a completely new work inspired by one of your partner’s previous artworks or writings”

Click here to read submission guidelines.


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


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.”

If you subscribe to Duotrope, you can read…

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Not all rejections from lit mags are created equal . . .

We all receive many more rejections than acceptances. I recently learned that there are ways to help interpret the rejections literary magazines and journals send your way. Rejections actually come in many forms, including standard forms, tiered, and personal.

Specifically, a “tiered” rejection means the lit mag sends out different levels of rejections. The Juggling Writer posted a great article describing several of these on his blog:

Ten Levels of Rejection (And What to Do About Them)

Additionally, there’s a “Rejection Wiki” where you can enter the name of the lit mag and view the rejections others have received and whether they are standard or a higher tier.

Try out the Rejection Wiki here.

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Two Calls for Submission, PLUS “Advice on How to Sell Poetry” by Neile Graham

This article of advice by Neile Graham includes a summary of the entire poetry submission process, from revision, to submitting, to waiting for responses. If you’ve been submitting for a while most of this advice will be familiar, but there are some great reminders in here and Graham does share some of her personal experience as well.

“If you are patient, persistent, and the poems are good they will eventually be published. I have published over 140 poems in various Canadian and American literary magazines, been in about 16 anthologies, placed in a few contests, and have also published two chapbooks (small collections of poems) and three full-length collections of poems, but that’s many years of slow writing, drastic revising, and keeping my finished poems out in the mail.

Persistence in submitting your work is more important in getting poetry published than nearly anything.”

Read the entire article Advice on How to Sell Poetry here.

For more info on submitting, read my Submission Tips here.

Graham’s poems are lovely examples of the quality and style of poetry many lit mags are looking for. You can read her poems in several online publications, including the three listed below.

Both Goblin Fruit and Apex are currently open for submissions. You can check out their submission guidelines below and a brief description of each lit mag.

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Apex Magazine


“Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Works full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Creations where secret places and dreams are put on display.” Read more on their About page . . .


PAYMENT: $.06/word for short fiction. $.25/line for poetry. $60 for art.

DEADLINE: Open until June 1, 2015, then reopening for submissions on September 1, 2015.

FORMS: Poetry

NOTES: No simultaneous submissions.


Goblin Fruit

“We want poetry that we can call “of the fantastical”, poetry that treats mythic, surreal, fantasy and folkloric themes, or approaches other themes in a fantastical way. Re-write a fairytale, ponder an old story, consider history from an unusual perspective — really, it’s up to you, so long as the fantastical element is there. Since what qualifies as “the fantastical” is easily debatable, however, here’s what we’re not interested in: science fiction poetry (it’s not you, it’s us), horror for horror’s sake, and poetry that’s self-consciously gothic.

We have no prejudice against traditional poetic forms, rhyme, or meter. We’d like to stay that way, so please let the form serve the poem, not the other way around. Prose poems will be harder to sell, mainly because so many of them straddle the flash fiction line.”


PAYMENT: $5.00 / $2.50

“We pay a flat rate of $5.00 USD on publication for original, unpublished poems, and $2.50 for solicited reprints.”

DEADLINE: June 1, 2015

FORMS: Poetry

NOTES: Goblin does accept reprints and requests a query first with information about where the poem was originally published before sending in the submission.


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


Deadline coming up!

Originally posted on Trish Hopkinson:

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…

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