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Trish Hopkinson


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Queering the Word

Loving this essay out in the new issue of Peculiar, Utah’s only queer lit mag. This one is by friend and local poet Matthew Jonassaint. Enjoy!

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by Matthew A. Jonassaint

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I came out as “gay” recently.

At my job, which is at a youth crisis shelter, which is to say I came out to a youth I was working with. He sat across from me clutching his shirt sleeves, his head bowed low. I think he was midway to 17. He’d marked the “gay, bisexual, or other” section of the paperwork. He also marked that he’d been abused at home, bullied at school, and had a plan to kill himself. Another staff was starting his case chart, I was just in the office for something else. Since this kid had checked in, he’d said hardly three words all evening. It’s been almost eight years since the first time I told a total stranger I liked other guys. (Come to think of it, that was also at work.) But when I said the words “I’m gay” to this taciturn teen, it was like…

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Land Bound, poem by Trish Hopkinson (BEACH AND POOL MEMORIES Poetry and Prose Series)

So pleased to have this little poem published in Silver Birch Press today…

Silver Birch Press

hopkinson_child_image1Land Bound
by Trish Hopkinson

Fingers flutter through water
supporting torso weight
while treading feet to stay

lake-top in Missouri sun.
It’s been a good day.
A small white card displays my name

in crude print, the letters’ ends
float above the line in some spots
and jut beneath in others.

The Red Cross emblem in the corner
depicts my accomplishment.
Level two down, many more to go.

My proud gangly limbs relax
into wet thickness and my eyes
close to silver reflection.

When opened calmly, mine
meet the lidless emptiness
of a blue gill’s stare. Startled,

I escape, land bound like the air
breathing creature I must be.

PHOTO: The author in a grammar school photo.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: True story! It took me a while to get back into the lake after meeting the stare of what was probably a four-inch long blue gill.

hopkinsonABOUT THE AUTHOR: Trish…

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7 NO ENTRY FEE Contests open in July, next deadline: July 20, 2016

Make sure to check out the blog Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity. They post regular lists of places to submit. Like this one: 24 Calls for Submissions in July 2016 – Paying Markets. End of June they posted an awesome list of free contests also running in July. I’ve filtered the list to the remaining open contests and the ones that take poetry… enjoy! Deadlines from July 20 – 31, 2016.


Winter Tangerine AwardsRestrictions: Submissions will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a chapbook, novel, or collection of any type. Genres: Poetry, Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction. Prize: $250 apiece for poetry and prose (fiction and essay compete together), plus trophy, used books, box of cookies, and one-year WTR subscription. Deadline EXTENDED: July 20, 2016. Read guidelines HERE.

Stone Canoe. Restrictions: Open to people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). Genres: Drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Prize: $500 and publication. Deadline: July 8, 2016 (poetry), July 22, 2016 (fiction), July 29, 2016 (non-fiction).

The New Writers Award. Sponsored by the thirteen members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Genre: First published volume of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 25, 2016.

Black Country Museum Poetry CompetitionGenre: “Poetry in any style which explores the concepts of earth and air, whatever they may suggest to you. Whether you think of the earth scarred and bespoiled by industry or the ‘Green borderlands’ that Elihu Burritt spoke of; whether the choke of foundry dust and the searing of the lungs by chemicals, or the weekend’s walk in the countryside; whether it is the town or the country; the realm of worms or of the birds; of the highs or the lows; of the freedoms or the internments: earth and air are central to our experience, they are at the very core of us, the place from which we write.” Prize: £100 first prize. Deadline: July 29, 2016. Read terms and conditions here. Entry form is here.

Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook AwardGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry of about 7,000-12,000 words. “The manuscript may be a collection of mixed pieces–short stories, flash fictions, prose poems, essays, or a stand-along excerpt from a longer work–but should be unified by a common theme. We seek new, original work, though individual pieces that have been previously published elsewhere may be included.” Prize: $250.00 honorarium and 25 copies of the winning chapbook, which will be printed and sold on Amazon.comDeadline: July 30, 2016.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year AwardRestrictions: Open to young poets age 11 – 17. Genre: Poetry. Prize: Publication. Deadline: July 31, 2016.

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky LiteratureRestrictions: Contest is open to any writer of English: who is a native of Kentucky, or who has lived in Kentucky for at least two years, or whose manuscript is set in or about Kentucky. Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Prize: Publication by Sarabande Press. Deadline: July 31, 2016.

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PAYING Submission Call, NO FEE until 9pm ET tonight! – Black Warrior Review

TODAY ONLY UNTIL 9PM EASTERN Black Warrior Review is not charging submission fees! get those subs in!

After 9pm tonight and through September 1, 2016 Black Warrior Review (BRW) doesn’t charge subscribers fees for submitting, but they do charge non-subscribers a small admin fee of $3 to submit. Per their site, “BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published.”

BWR was “established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama.”

Click here for their submission guidelines.



All other days, submission fee is $2 (Free for Subscribers)

DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE: September 1, 2016

NOTES: Duotrope also lists this as one of the most challenging markets in their database.

FORMS: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art

PAYMENT: BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published.


As with all submissions, read the guidelines carefully and read what you can of their previous issues to make sure your work is a good fit. Click here for more Submission Tips.

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What is a broadside and where do I submit? Great article by poet Nancy Chen Long

This great blog post by Nancy Chen Long gives a description of what a broadside is and links to some examples. She also shares:

  • ways to create your own broadsides
  • a list of broadside contests with their info and fees
  • a list of broadside publishers

Big thanks to Nancy for putting together this helpful resource!

Read the full “Broadsides” article here.

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Call for submissions: WHEN I MOVED Poetry & Prose Series

Next prompt and call from Silver Birch Press… Deadline is August 15, 2016!

Silver Birch Press

MOVED SERIES1OVERVIEW: Moving from one location to another can bring about a range of emotions and experiences — and we want to hear all about it in the Silver Birch Press WHEN I MOVED Poetry and Prose Series.

PROMPT: Tell us about a memorable move in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer — this word limit also applies to prose poems).

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or prose. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish the piece on social media and in a potential print edition.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems and prose in the Silver Birch Press WHEN I MOVED Poetry and Prose Series on our blog starting in August 2016 . We’ll also feature the work on Twitterand Facebook.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem or prose piece…

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