Looking to spark your motivation for writing? Try the latest prompt from 3Elements Review: Carriage, Pinwheel, Scour.
Each quarter, 3Elements Review presents three elements, and all three must be used in the story or poem in order to be considered for publication.
The editors expand on this guideline, "Your story or poem doesn’t have to be about the three elements or even revolve around them; simply use your imagination to create whatever you want. You can use any form of the words/elements for the given submission period. For example, if the elements are: Flash, Whimsy, and Seizure; we would accept the usage of Flashed, Whimsical, and Seizures."
3Elements also accepts artwork and photography based on at least one of the elements - "but creating something that represents all three elements will really impress us."
The deadline for this quarter is November 30, 2019.
In addition to publishing poetry, interviews, and reviews twice a year online as well as chapbooks, Under a Warm Green Linden accompanies each issue with a selection of beautiful, affordable, high-quality print broadsides signed by the authors. The adjectives to describe these broadsides are my own; I have sought them out for purchase with every new issue - so I can attest to their production value! Add to that, Under a Warm Green Linden donates a portion of all proceeds from sales to the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Forest Foundation - both with specific reforestation efforts. To date. Under a Warm Green Linden supporters have helped plant 300 trees. A win all around!
Pictured: "Narcissus on the Hunt" by Jennifer Bullis
Understorey Magazine is an online publication of Canadian literature and visual art inviting "compelling, original stories and art by Canadian writers and artists who identify as women or non-binary."
For Issue 17 themed Nature: Writing on a World under Threat, the editors are offering free editing services for submissions. In an effort to "inspire new and emerging writers, as well as support established writers," the editors are offering to "send our thoughts on what already works and what can be improved." Not all works will be published, but with this effort, Understorey hopes to help women writers "polish" their writing and "find a place to share it with the world."
A very generous offer indeed! Submission deadline is September 30.
"Bodies Worth Defending" is the theme of Water~Stone Review Volume 21, and is clearly expressed in this cover photograph by Kwon Healin.
“Solo #4” by Leah Kosh is featured on the Winter/Spring 2019 cover of Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, which has been running uninterrupted since its inception in 1976.
This spring, Witness, published by the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, announced the winners of its inaugural Literary Awards in Fiction and Poetry.
Judge Hanif Abdurraqib
“Apophatic Ghazal” by Sophia Stid [pictured]
"lump" by Renia White
Judge Lesley Nneka Arimah
“The Nine-Tailed Fox Explains” by Jane Pek
“The Kristian Vang Fan Club” by John Tait
For more information on the winning entries as well as a full list of finalists, click here. Winning entries can be read in the Spring 2019 issue.
Submissions for the 2020 contest are open until October 1, as well as general submissions on the theme "Magic."
Contemporary Chinese Poetry is the special focus of the latest issue of Chinese Literature Today (v8 n1), with several works by each poet. The featured authors and the translators include:
Wang Jiaxin, translated by Diana Shi and George O’Connell
Che Qianzi, translated by Yang Liping and Jeffrey Twitchell-Waas
Li Dewu, translated by Jenny Chen and Jeffrey Twitchell-Waas
Hu Jiujiu, translated by Matt Turner and Haiying Weng
Mi Jialu, translated by Lucas Klein, Michael Day, Matt Turner, and Haiying Weng
Huang Chunming, translated by Tze-lan Sang
Chen Li, translated by Elaine Wong
The publication also includes a feature section on Newman Prize Laureate Xi Xi, with the 2019 Newman Prize Nomination, the 2019 Newman Prize Acceptance Speech, new poems translated by Jennifer Feeley, excerpts from several works, reprints, and an analytical essay of Xi Xi's fiction by Wei Yang Menkus.
The Fall 2019 issue of Rattle Tribute to African Poets features seventeen poems "representative of the urgency and excitement that makes the poetry coming out of the continent feel so vital."
Authors whose work make up this tribute include O-Jeremiah Agbaakin, Ifeoluwa Ayandele, Kwame Dawes, Jonathan Endurance, Zaid Gamieldien, Rasaq Malik Gbolahan, Pamilerin Jacob, Temidayo Jacob, Labeja Kodua, Akachi Obijiaku, Anointing Obuh, Chisom Okafor, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Chidinma Opaigbeogu, Olajide Salawu, and Charika Swanepoel.
There is also an interview with Kwame Dawes by Editor Timothy Green.
The Sept/Oct 2019 issue of Kenyon Review features the 2019 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers winner and runners up, along with an introduction by Richie Hofmann. Each work can also be found on the Kenyon Review website along with an audio recording by the poet.
Jay Martin: “November Picnic with Louise"
The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers is open to high school sophomores and juniors. The winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop in addition to publication with two runners up.
Armando Veve is the cover artist featured on the September 2019 issue of POETRY magazine. Poetry + tote bag lovers = you can get this same design on a tote bag with your subscription or renewal to POETRY.
It's actually the tag lines on the cover of Creative Nonfiction #71 that landed it here: "Let's talk about SEX: 5 tips for better sex (writing); Make it last : the art of the long sentence; The eroticism of essaying."
Catherine Mackey is the featured artists, both on the cover (Alcatraz Sink No. 1, oil and mixed media on wood panel), and with a full-color portfolio inside the Spring 2019 issue of The Gettysburg Review.