Call for Submissions

NO FEE Contest & Submission calls (poetry, prose, chapbooks!) + editor interview – Sonic Boom, DEADLINES: June 25; July 1; Sept 30, 2018

sbSonic Boom is a literary & arts journal seeking both solicited and unsolicited experimental poetry, flash fiction, and visual art submissions tri-annually; featuring an annual free contest; plus, a new chapbook press: Yavanika! They “hope to integrate multifarious genres of literature and artwork including Japanese short-forms of poetry, avant-garde, conceptual, and postmodern works of culture and art.” The issues come in free downloadable PDFs with beautiful formatting and always gorgeous art.
Chapbooks from the press are published digitally. “Yavanika Press is affiliated with the tri-annual literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom. Using the theatre metaphor of ‘the curtain’ as our reference point, we aim to cast the spotlight on bold and new emerging voices, as well as veterans of the craft.”

It’s always amazing to have a found poem accepted for publication and Sonic Boom has kindly published two of mine. My poem “Just a pocket memory,” an erasure poem from Rob Carney’s "Just Once I'd Like to Sneak Up on the Wind" (Story Problems, Somondoco Press) is included in issue five, and my poem "Closure," a blank verse poem created from lines in the April 6, 2014 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, is included in the 2014 anniversary issue.

I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Sonic Boom editor Shloka Shankar a few questions to find out. See my interview with Shankar and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Sonic Boom.
SHANKAR: Sonic Boom is a literary & arts journal that is published tri-annually. Our focus is on experimental poetry, Japanese short-forms of poetry, flash fiction/hybrid pieces, and visual art. We continually look for new and engaging work that explodes and packs a punch. And now we have a newly founded affiliated press Yavanika.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Sonic Boom originally started?
SHANKAR: Curating a literary journal was always on the cards for me, and I decided to dive headlong into it in November, 2014. I wanted a platform that showcased a variety of forms that could co-exist and form a part of a whole.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SHANKAR: We love poetry and prose that is unpretentious, digs deep into the fibres of our being, leaves us a little out of breath, and writing and art that speaks for itself. We adore well-crafted pieces that are sparse, infused with emotion, and play with language in its myriad forms.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SHANKAR: Bones, Failed Haiku, moongarlic E-zine, Under the Basho, Otata, Otoliths, Right Hand Pointing, The Wanderer, Infinity's Kitchen, After the Pause, NOON| Journal of the Short Poem
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SHANKAR: We seek both solicited and unsolicited submissions, and we would love for you to email your explosive pieces of writing and art to Please review our submission guidelines here.
For chapbook submissions to the press, email and review submission guidelines here.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SHANKAR: Email: OR send us a Facebook message.

Click here to read Senryu contest guidelines.

DEADLINE: June 25, 2018
PRIZES: The top three winners, along with two Honourable Mentions, will receive e-certificates. In addition, all the winning entries will be published in the Paper Lanterns section of Issue Twelve in August.
FORMS: senryu

Click here to read Sonic Boom submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2018
NOTES: Prefers no simultaneous submissions, but responds within four weeks
FORMS: experimental poetry, Japanese short-forms, flash fiction, and visual art
DUOTROPE: with editor interview

Click here to read Yavanika submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
FORMS: Japanese short-forms, mixed genre, flash fiction, vignettes, short scenes/plays, hybrid forms, haibun, and works that resolutely defy categorization

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