Sunday 26 May 2013


Spanish artist Dino Valls, who trained as a doctor while developing his unique painting style, is interviewed in The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology.

Further examples of his work, can be found on his website:

The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology:
The idea for starting an international anthology of prose, poetry and art from people of all walks of life, everywhere in the world, began with Allen Ginsberg. He said creativity is a great way to bring people together. We discussed giving a chance to never-before-known talents by publishing them alongside the famous. He said everyone’s a genius. It’s just a matter of how one’s genius is expressed. Since Allen was the inspiration for the anthology series, it seemed only right to read through all of the contents of Allen Ginsberg’s Collected Poems 1947-1980 for a title. When my eyes landed on his poem ‘Death to Van Gogh’s Ear,’ I immediately knew. The poem begins: ‘Poet is Priest / Money has reckoned the soul of America.’ Those first two lines pretty much sum up what the poem is about. And it was written in Paris, December 1957. I knew then that Van Gogh’s Ear would be the anthology’s title.”

~ Ian Ayres, creator of the original
Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology Series


SALT PUBLISHING - have announced that they are no longer publishing single author poetry collections.
The poetry publishing world has been rocked this week with the sad news that Salt Publishing have decided not to publish single author editions. They cite the fall of sales for such work as the cause. All the more reason to support the publishers still around.


Fulcrum - the annual of poetry and aesthetics - seemed to have  been dormant over the last couple of years. However, there are significant signs of life and interest over at its new fb page.

One of the most significant spaces ever created for poetry interaction anywhere at any time, Fulcrum is a masterpiece.
—John Kinsella, Cambridge University
Fulcrum serves as a primary resource for anyone interested in diverse poetic practices not only from these States, but also from around our trembling globe.
—Michael Palmer
Just exactly that—poetry and aesthetics bound like a new literary bible telling me the prophecy of what seems to me this (to coin a phrase) New Literary Largess… I constantly had the feeling of being on the cusp of a great new movement, not only in literary journals, but in contemporary poetry and scholarship as well while reading Fulcrum. … Proximity with perfection, a feat of a journal!
Literary Magazine Review


PL Travers, author of Mary Poppins on writing, on her meeting with AE, and the links between Mary Poppins and the Great Mother Goddess Kali!

"Æ’s reaction to Mary Poppins is very interesting. You report his saying, “Had [Mary Poppins] lived in another age, in the old times to which she certainly belongs, she would undoubtedly have had long golden tresses, a wreath of flowers in one hand, and perhaps a spear in the other. Her eyes would have been like the sea, her nose comely, and on her feet winged sandals. But, this age being the Kali Yuga, as the Hindus call it, . . . she comes in habiliments suited to it.” It seems that Æ was suggesting that your English nanny was some twentieth-century version of the Mother Goddess Kali."


Erskine Caldwell, on writing and listening:
With more than eighty million books sold to readers in nearly forty different languages, Erskine Caldwell is one of the most widely read literary figures of the twentieth century. His novel God’s Little Acre has alone sold over fourteen million copies. His books have been made into three movies and three plays; the stage adaptation of Tobacco Road made American theater history when it ran for seven and a half years on Broadway. A versatile and prolific writer, Caldwell is the author of almost sixty books, including novels, short-story collections, autobiographical volumes, interpretive travel books, children’s books, and photo-essay volumes (such as the recently reissued You Have Seen Their Faces) done in collaboration with the photographer Margaret Bourke-White.


RUTH JACOBS is a writer and researcher. Her books
 Soul Destruction and Soul Destruction Diary expose the dark world and the harsh reality of life as a call girl. "I draw on my research and the women I interviewed for inspiration. I also have firsthand experience of many of the topics I write about such as posttraumatic stress disorder, and drug and alcohol addiction."

She recently wrote a short story, Protection, which can be read online here, and plans to write some more shorts in the future. In addition to my fictional writing and the current charity publication, I also have a page on the Soul Destruction website dedicated to exited women. On the Voices of Prostitution Survivors page you can read firsthand accounts shared bravely by women who have lived through and survived prostitution.
You can take a look at the huge variety of interviews with other writers which Ruth has held over the last year on her site In the Booth with Ruth:


James Joyce, Writer - an exciting new page which publishes interviews and photographs of Joyce:

This is an example of one the lesser known photographs and quotes which the page will be carrying"

"Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. It speaks of what seems fantastic and unreal to those who have lost the simple intuitions which are the test of reality; and, as it is often found at war with its age, so it makes no account of history, which is fabled by the daughters of memory."

-- James Joyce "James Clarence Mangan" (1902), a lecture on that Irish poet delivered at the Literary and Historical Society, University College, Dublin on February 1, 1902. It appeared in the college magazine St. Stephen's. Joyce also refers to Mangan in "Araby" in Dubliners, a rare self-acknowledged Irish literary influence on Joyce.

Sunday 19 May 2013

Highly Recommended 19th May, 2013.


The World's Largest Book Publishers, 2012 -  Publisher's Weekly have published their list of the world's largest book publishers.
Lead by Pearson Plc, who publish over 4,000 fiction and non-fiction books each year and has generated an extra 11% of total sales in markets in China, India, Africa and Latin America.

Interesting to see the change in ranking and in revenues. While there is some change, these companies continue their global sales.  Click on each company to view a profile of the publishing house:


Show Us the Money:
The review review and Every Writers Resource have published lists of magazines who will actually pay you for your work. Keep an eye on these.  The lists are not exhaustive but are a good starting point:

I note that Descant has been overlooked in both lists above and so, to redress the balance here is a separate link to it.

Descant is a quarterly journal publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual artists from Canada and around the world. Begun in 1970 as a mimeograph, Descant has evolved into a journal of international acclaim. 
Over the years many ground-breaking special editions of Descant have been published, including issues focusing on single artists such as Dennis Lee, Michael Ondaatje and R. Murray Schafer, theme issues such as Male Desire, Romantic Love, Anatomy and Music, and issues exploring the culture of countries such as India, Australia/New Zealand, China, the former Yugoslavia and Japan.

Based in Toronto, it has been publishing literary fiction for five decades and also offers a payment for your work:


An exciting new collection from John W. Sexton was launched this week.

"In the poems of The Offspring of the Moon, John W. Sexton speaks to a tradition deeply rooted in the Irish literary imagination: from the oral tales and myths of pre-Christian times, through the gothic horrors of Sheridan Le Fanu and Bram Stoker, to the early science-fictional romances of Fitz-James O'Brien and M. P. Shiel. These are poems of the altered mind, the cosmic journey, the daemons and totems of the spirit world, the subversion of logic and science.

"More excitingly than any other poet presently writing in Ireland, Sexton thinks the world anew. His poems offer a unique, provocative adventure through a landscape surreal as a dream, lyrical and terrifying as a fairytale. Yet for all its absorbing forays into the visionary, his work remains anchored by a profound and often painful wisdom. Breathing the exotic into plainness, Sexton pushes back the flawed boundaries of ordinary life. He satisfies our desire for a world porous with imagination, potent with subconscious symbology readable on the surface of the quotidian like Braille."

"Unquestionably Sexton has the visionary power and imaginative reach of writers such as H. G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Heinrich Hoffman and Edward Lear, but his most feverish scope for creative conjuring is matched by an equal and outstanding dedication to craft." - Grace Wells (Contrary)

"Sexton’s own sure hand with poetic craft is extraordinary, and he’s not afraid to put it to use, whether for delicate lyrics or for horror. Highly recommended." - Dr. Suzette Haden Elgin (The Linguistics & Science Fiction Newsletter)

"A lively and inventive poet." - Books Ireland

"A fine control of form and sureness of phrasing." - Knute Skinner

"Remarkable remintings of the dark fantasy inherent in much folktale and song and its abiding archetypal intrusion into our surface modernity in stress." - Steve Sneyd (Data Dump #90)"


The Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize - any first collection of poetry, of at least 40 pages with primary publication in the UK and Republic of Ireland between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013 is eligible. Submissions can be from publishers or individual poets.

The deadline for receiving three bound or proof copies with a note of the date of publication will be Friday 26th July 2013.


Bradshaw Books have announced the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition 2013, aimed at giving emerging writers the opportunity to publish their first collection of poetry.

The prize includes: 1. The publication of a first collection by the winning poet. 2. The competition winner and two runners-up will also be featured in Volume XVI of the Cork Literary Review. (There is a hefty registration fee, £20., but this competition is worth looking at.)  This year’s judge is: Joseph Woods of Poetry Ireland. Deadline: 18th Jun 13.
For more details visit


Poetry International Festival Rotterdam:

11th - 15th June:

For the 44th time in a row, Poetry International brings you a selection of the best poets from all over the world for an annual poetry spectacle in the Rotterdam municipal theatre. 

Adonis, John Ashberry, Ken Babstock, Daniel Banulescu, James Byrne, Kwame Dawes, Elke Erb, Jan Glas, Karinna Alves Guilias, Roland Jooris, Ilya Kaminsky, Liu Waitong, Michele Metail, Emmanuel Moses, Ester Naomi Perquin, Qin Xiaoyu, Mustafa Stitou, Yang Lian, Knut Odergard.

Sunday 12 May 2013

Highly Recommended 12th May, 2013.


“To Autumn”: Keats’ Perfect Poem.

An essay by Steve Zelnick.

“To Autumn” is an adventure in language and its power to evoke feeling, reaching beyond reasoning to accentuate sensuous qualities – tone, rhythm, and the kinesthetic horizon of sound-sense. Keats’ poem explores the extent to which language can be both music and dance and also invite the speaker/reader to imitate the vital forces of nature. More than holding the mirror up to nature, “To Autumn” asks the reader to be it rather than simply to see it. Here he follows closely the desire of the speaker of Wordsworth’s sonnet who wishes to regain the primitive mind and the radiance of the chthonic gods. However, Keats by-passes his argument in order to accomplish what Wordsworth’s speaker only thinks about.


Poetry Northeast was founded in 2012 as a private publication associated with the Boston Poetry Union and published by the Pen & Anvil Press. The journal has no particular thematic or regional emphasis; the editors seek only to publish poems which are effective, memorable, and worth reading. We are as eager to publish an author writing in Bora Bora as one from Boston, but we are not slavishly committed to a global scope. Given the nature of literary relationships—those ties woven from shared experiences, influences, temperament—we expect that the contents of our issues will tend toward a Northeast or New England contributorship. That tendency should not be mistaken for a regional focus. It is the editors' intention that PoNE will earn a reputation for publishing and promoting writers whose mastery of craft and artistic sensibilities combine in poems that have enduring quality.

Zachary Bos is the founding, and present, Editor. Jenna Dee is the Project Manager. Contributing editors do or have included Sean Smeland; Walter Smelt; Jenna Dee; Erin McDonagh; Matthew Kelsey; Robert Morris; Catherine Ahearn; Michael Healy; Adam Fitzgerald; Johanna Jacobson; and Ryne Hager.

Poetry Northeast publishes poetry, essays and reviews. Take a look at this essay by Yoby Henthorn on the poetry of Joan Kane, a writer concerned with the cultural integrity of the Inuit people.
Remembering Spirit: on the poetry of Joan Kane 


Poethead - by Chris Murray.

 A blog which is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women poets, as well as the the odd male!
"The kernel of this blog is based in promoting and discussing women poets, editors, writers and translators. This blog came about because I could not access many women writers nor indeed adequate translations of women poets’ work. This is an academic and historic lack which is not readily acknowledged here in Ireland.

I wrote a note about publishing women poets here. The premise of it is simple enough : I use technology to increase the visibility of women writers and editors’ work through devoting a small part of this blog to platforming poetry written by women."


Lawrence R. Smith, Editor and Founder of Caliban Online Magazinehas recently published an online edition of the magazine. 

In the mid-80s, American politics and writing took a turn to the right. The great American tradition of innovative, imaginative writing, from Whitman and Dickinson through the giants of the 20th century, was overshadowed by an obsession with literary formalism. Lawrence R. Smith founded Caliban in 1986 to counter this tendency. Writers who flourished in George Hitchcock’s legendary kayak magazine, which closed in 1984, moved to Caliban: Raymond Carver, Robert Bly, Colette Inez, James Tate, W.S. Merwin, Michael McClure, Charles Simic, Diane Wakoski, Philip Levine, Louis Simpson, Russell Edson, and many others. Writers who had never published in kayak also joined the Caliban scene: William Burroughs, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jim Harrison, Wanda Coleman, Louise Erdrich, William Stafford, among a host of others. Caliban was an immediate success, praised by Andrei Codrescu in a review of issues #1 and #2 on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and given a Coordinating Council of Little Magazines award for outstanding new magazine. The print Caliban was also awarded three National Endowment for the Arts grants. The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, purchased the Caliban archives in 1997. 

 In 2010, fourteen years after the physical magazine closed, Smith started a virtual version online: it has the same design, format, and even the same typeface. Along with the outstanding contributors that characterized the old magazine, the new Calibanonline features full color, high-resolution art reproductions throughout each issue, as well as short art videos and recordings of original musical compositions.

Calibanonline magazine is an internationally recognized literary and arts magazine featuring avant-garde writing, high resolution art reproductions, short art video, and musical compositions, under the leadership of founder and editor Lawrence R. Smith.


Relics of Bion in Beckett: 
George Viszt, Samuel Beckett Faces Series, tempera.
Courtesy of the SAMUEL BECKETT fb page.
‘Attacks on Linking’ in Beckett’s letters; 
Closed Systems and a Mapping of the Mind in Murphy and ‘The Grid’

Between January 1934 and December 1935 Samuel Beckett underwent psychotherapy at the Tavistock clinic with the then little known psychotherapist, Wilfred Bion. Bion has become best known for his work on the psychology of groups, although much of his work, such as ‘The Grid’, focuses on the development of and capacity for thought.

This essay looks closely at the relationship between Beckett and Psychoanalysis:


ArtBeat  is an arts show that was broadcast from 1998 until 2007 in the Mid and Northwest region of Ireland. For almost a decade Artbeat highlighted the arts in the region and the many artists, performers and community arts projects both from here in Ireland and abroad. are currently placing the highlights of Artbeat on for your enjoyment. You can imagine this a major body of work with the best bits from almost 500 hour long shows.
There are some wonderful readings and reviews of artists here:


CYPHERS - one of Ireland's oldest literary magazines, has just released it's latest edition. Featuring work from:
Knute Skinner; Howard Wright; Hugh O'Donnell; the late Jean-Pierre Rosnay (whose café littéraire I visited in Pars); Macdara Woods; Tom French; Patricia O'Callaghan; Ainín Ní Bhroin; Ciaran O'Driscoll; Patrick Deeley; Rosemarie Rowley; with visual art and reviews.

Sunday 5 May 2013

Highly Recommended: 5th May, 2013.


Katia Kapovich -
Great interview here by Marc Vincenz  with Katia Kapovich, winner of the 2013 Russian Literature Prize.

It's quite an indepth look at  the the Russian literary scene of the 1980's, pre and post perestroika, and also into the development of Kapovich's writing.


John Sexton's latest collection 
The Offspring of the Moon 
is being launched this week. 

For those of you lucky enough to be in or near Kenmare in Co. Kerry, on the 10th May, you should take yourself down to the 

Carnegie Arts Centre at 8 p.m. for a wonderful night of poetry and fun.


ISSIMO MAGAZINE is a new tablet publication showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of Australian performers, artists, designers, filmmakers, authors, architects, musicians, photographers, epicureans, visionaries and entrepreneurs.

Our vision is a bi-monthly magazine that features authentic work and ideas that are not covered anywhere else.

The magazine is published digitally so we can distribute it globally, across borders and cultures instantaneously.


World Literature Today has published an extract from Shaheen Akhtar's third novel,  based upon a legend from eighteenth-century Bengal. Shokhi Rongomala  follows Rongomala, a beautiful and charismatic lower-caste woman who becomes the mistress of Raj Chandra Chowdhury, a zamindar or upper-caste feudal landlord.  The novel is peopled with unforgettable characters: the autocratic queen-mother, Shumitra, trying to save the kingdom from the vagaries of the menfolk; the young queen, Phuleswari, with her bird menagerie and generous soul; Heera Dashi, high-ranking maid in the royal household born of rape by a Portuguese pirate, a key player in the machinations of the palace; and, of course, Rongomala, whose rise and fall from grace forms the central arc of the narrative. All these women learn to rise beyond their circumstances to wield power in different ways. Shokhi Rongomala is a story of identity and connection: even in the face of Rongomala’s assassination and Phuleswari’s loss of all, what endures is Phuleswari’s sense of sisterhood with Rongomala.

Shaheen Akhtar is the author of five collections of short stories and three novels—Palabar Path Nei (No Escape Route); Talaash (The Search); and Shokhi Rongomala.Talaash won the Best Book of the Year Award for 2004 from Prothom Alo, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Bangladesh. The English translation of the novel was published in 2011 by Zubaan Books, Delhi, India. Akhtar has also edited the three-volume Soti O Swotontora: Bangla Shahitye Nari about the portrayal of women in Bengali literature. She currently works for Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights / legal aid organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The extract can be found here:


The SAMUEL BECETT page sent out this video of poet John Montague talking about various meetings he had with Beckett.

A nice example of Montague's, and Beckett's wit.

"We had discussions about various productions of his works because already he was becoming so well known that he couldn't control them all… I think also he was partly afraid because he was becoming world famous… and he was afraid of the Nobel…. He said that he'd heard along the grapevine that the Nobel Prize might be offered to him and he said of course excitedly 'I can't take it' … that's what Sartre did and I can't do that … A while later he told us that 'That's being taken care of by my publisher, and he's going to tell them that I don't want it, but I have to take it."

The New York State Writers Institute have a great collection of short videos of writers here:


Jessie Lendenning reading here at the O'Bheal - after a lengthy introduction Jessie gets into her stride and you can listen to her at the link below:

Jessie Lendennie was born in Arkansas, USA. After years of travel, she settled in Ireland in 1981. Her previous publications include a book-length prose poem Daughter (1988); reprinted as Daughter and Other Poems in 2001. She complied and edited: Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007; Poetry: Reading it, Writing It, Publishing It (2009) and Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (2010). Her latest collection of poetry isWalking Here (Salmon Poetry, 2011)

Jessie is co-founder (1981) and Managing Director of Salmon Poetry ( Her poems, essays and articles have been widely published and she has given numerous readings, lectures and writing courses in Ireland and abroad, including Yale University; Rutgers University; The Irish Embassy, Washington D.C; The University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage; MIT, Boston; The Loft, Minneapolis, MN; Café Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; The Irish American Cultural Centre, Chicago and The Bowery Poetry Club, New York City. She is currently working on a memoir, To Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky.


Pitching and selling book projects to editors over lunch in Manhattan dining clubs. If that’s your picture of a literary agent’s life, it’s time for a make-over. A radical make-over, in fact. 

CHRISTOPHER KENEALLY's podcast Beyond the Book  in which he interviews Jason Allen Ashlock, Co-founder and President of Moveable Type Management can be accessed here:

Wednesday 1 May 2013

May publishing deadlines

SPARK Magazine: First things first. If you are interested in submitting you have to be quick. There are three themed issues of Spark – June, July and August 2013 – to submit to. The deadline is the same for all three, and close - 20th May 2013!


  1. “NORFOLK GOTHIC”. We are looking for dark fiction set explicitly in the English county of Norfolk. That is, works which centrally feature Norfolk settings and landscapes and which deal with the sinister side of human nature, containing elements of threat, menace, fear and death.
  2. LITERARY FICTION. We are looking for accessible, original, serious and compelling literary novels – though not experimental fiction.
  3. CRIME FICTION We are looking for sophisticated and original literary crime fiction; dark, fast-paced thrillers (especially those which feature both UK and continental European settings); traditional mainstream detective fiction and procedurals.
  4. FANTASY FICTION. We are looking for adult fantasy novels – science fiction, fantasy and horror, with an emphasis on the literary. These may include stark, post-apocalyptic settings; futureworlds; supernatural thrillers; paranormal adventure; monster fiction (especially with a profoundly literary and original take on species and identity); police states; new urban decadence, fin-de-siècle excess and political and social disorder.
UNFORTUNATELY they are not currently looking for short story or poetry manuscripts.

A new literary journal to keep in mind: CARTAGENA JOURNAL

Hey Everybody! Cartagena is a new journal open for submissions for our inaugural issue!
If it’s helpful, here are some writers we like: Sherman Alexie, Nelson Algren, Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Bukowski, Robert Olen Butler, e.e. cummings, Jonathan Safran Foer, Knut Hamsun, Denis Johnson, James Joyce, Miranda July, Mary Karr, Cormac McCarthy, Henry Miller, Christopher Moore, Lorrie Moore, Pablo Neruda, Anais Nin, Michael Ondaatje, Carl Sandburg, William Saroyan, Jim Shepard, Shel Silverstein, Zadie Smith, Kevin Young. There are many many others and many we have yet to discover. Enlighten us.

Call for submissions: Deadline 15th May. We are accepting poetry, short fiction, prose, essays and visual arts like cartoons, photography, graphic design and video. Email your submissions to

James H. Duncan, tells us that the
Hobo Camp Review 
is accepting submissions for their summer edition.

We like travelers, troubadours, and transients of all shapes and sizes, especially those who can spin a good yarn, one with a sense of vagrancy, dark yet jovial and humble in the most outlaw manner possible. While we like to envision Steinbeck, Li Po, McCullers, Bukowski, and Kerouac sitting around a campfire eating hot dogs and beans with a stray dog named Tom Waits wagging his tail at their feet, we don’t want a rehash. We’ve been eating hash here for months and we’re sick of it. Be original. Be honest. Be on the move. We like tales from the road, Beat-ish poems with a little sparkle and a little dust, and stories that sound good by the firelight with the train running somewhere in the distance, but that doesn’t mean that’s all we like. Try us, we’re an easy going lot. We like to laugh, but we’re just as apt to get all sentimental about home. Either way, it’ll be time to move on soon, so nothing too long. Get creative, get entertaining, and get talking.


Nostrovia! Poetry and Miracle Ezine are seeking your poetry for this micro-chapbook contest. The winner is published in a Nano Poem Collection, and featured in an anthology consisting of the winner and 5 runner ups.

Submission entry is free. I look forward to reading your work!

Jacar Press – 2 books and 1 anthology contest. Deadline 15th May.
Some entry fees here so take a good look at the details attached.

Southern Gothic.  Deadline 31st May.
We are looking for Southern Gothic submissions to be considered for an upcoming e-thology. Send us the best you've got! Show us your version of Southern Gothic. Surprise us, delight us, make us scratch our head in consternation. And, most of all, tell us a fucking good story.

Please include a brief cover letter telling us a little about yourself, where you've published before, etc. But don't worry if this is your first time out: we still want to hear from you!

Stories should be 1,000 to 3,000 words. If you're not familiar with manuscript formats, consult William Shunn's excellent guide (

Art can be in any visual medium (photography, painting, drawing, digital, and beyond). If submitting a photo of a person, you must be able to provide a model release upon acceptance. Files should generally be a minimum of 1,000 pixels on its shortest edge and at least 300dpi.

Audio and video submissions are welcome as well. While these pieces may or may not appear in our final e-book anthology, we may publish them online as part of the anthology release.


Poetry,   Fiction,   Non-Fiction, and  Art.     Deadline for submissions:   May 31st.
Weave Magazine is dark humor and magical realism. Weave is strange and fantastical. Weave also loves realistic narratives in fiction and poetry. Weave loves honest and simple nonfiction, not confessional for confessions sake. Weave loves strong, well-developed characters. Weave especially loves dynamic female characters. Weave loves flawed characters. Weave loves retellings of old stories, fairy tales and myths. Weave loves when writers play with language. Weave loves a poem that grabs our attention early and avoids clichés. Weave loves surprises. Weave also loves poems about animals. We love a good monkey poem, but have yet to find one. On that day, Weave will dance.

PIRENE'S FOUNTAIN: Please read guidelines carefully to ensure a smooth submission process.

Submissions open May 1st for the October 2013 issue. Please send us poems involving anti-terrorism themes.

Magazines with flexible and rolling submission deadlines - so you can submit regularaly:
flexible – rolling:


sundog lit – read all year round

Subterranean Blue Poetry:
Looking for poetry and artwork:

P D Litz - 'Blue'


District Literary Journal:
Art, Poetry and Prose: 

Number Eleven:  a new online literary journal that publishes short stories, flash fiction, graphic novel artwork and illustrations. Number Eleven is published quarterly.

We are looking for new and interesting work. We like to read edgy and arresting prose, stories that have the ability to inspire and amaze us (by that we mean jealous that we didn't write them ourselves). We want to see illustrations and graphic novel artwork that makes us stop and think, artwork that challenges how we see things. If you can create that then we would like to publish it. Playing safe is not an option, we don't want to push boundaries, we want to remove them. Be bold, be brave, be yourself.

Submissions can be sent to Please enter the word 'submission' and your own name in the subject field. Attach a bio as well (100 words or so, nothing epic) just so we know a little about you. We will endeavour to reply to your submission within 4 weeks (but if we don't then don't hate us). At present we are NOT accepting submissions of photography or poetry. Our word count for short stories is 4000 words (we are flexible though) and 800 words for flash fiction. If submitting flash fiction, please don't submit any more than two at a time.

Now get writing, create and share it with us. As Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Graham Connors, Editor

CRIMEWAVE - are always open for submissions of
Photography for cover art work and
New modern crime and mystery short stories of up to  10,000 words in length.

Rufous City Review accepts year-round submissions in original art, poetry, and poetic prose which surprises, unsettles, and excites. We want to experience writing that twists our expectations and reminds us what it means to be obsessed with language.

The Masters Review – new voices:

Pithead chapel
Ongoing submissions , but sometimes they close it when an issue is about to appear. So check.

Ginosko Literary Journal
Accepting short fiction & poetry, creative nonfiction, interviews, social justice concerns, spiritual insights.

Editorial lead time 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions & reprints; length flexible, accept excerpts. Receives postal submissions & email—prefer email submissions as attachments in Microsoft Works Word Processor, Rich Text Format or Word. Copyright reverts to author. Read year-round.

Ahsahta Press 

have instigated an opening reading month in May 2013 - so you can send until the 31st. There is a small fee of $5.

Able Muse Press:

Poetry and Fiction -
open reading period from

May 1st until June 15th.

Augury Books

POETRY and SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS - Reading fee of $10. but it is open until June 30th.

Thanks for your interest in submitting to Augury Books, an independent New York City press committed to publishing innovative and diverse work from emerging and established writers. We are happy to be opening up our submissions to fiction and poetry this year, so send us your undoubtedly brilliant work and let us shower you with praise.