Text Thursday: London Calling – Magma, Port, Granta

Text Thursday

Text Thursday features a run down of upcoming opportunities for writers and artists. As always, use your own discretion when submitting. Check the fine print and if it looks sketchy, don’t submit.

 

 Hiram Poetry Review

Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: poetry (3-5 poems).

Reading Period: year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: email or post.

Doesn’t Accept: Any other medium besides poetry.

Format Guidelines: unclear.

Paid: unclear.

For more info, click the title link.

 

Port Magazine

Hometown: London

Open to: everyone.

Medium: fiction, non-fiction, photography, translations.

Deadline: year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: email.

Doesn’t Accept: Post submissions.

Format Guidelines: n/a.

Paid: Unclear.

Other: masculine orientated magazine.

For more info, click the title link.

 

Magma Poetry

Hometown: UK.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Poetry (6 max).

Next Deadline: Oct 31.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: email (international submissions) or post (UK residents only).

Doesn’t Accept: previously published work.

Format Guidelines: poems in body of email rather than attachments. Post submissions must have SSAE.

Paid: Copies.

Other: Published in print, online and via ebook/app.

Additional Submissions: Magma Poetry Comp 2012
Reading Period: 16 Oct – 16 Dec

Prize: £100 – £500

For more info, click the title link.

 

Granta

Hometown: London.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Poetry, prose, art/photography.

Reading Period: year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: Online submission manager or post.

Doesn’t Accept: previously published material.

Format Guidelines: Submit each genre submission separately (eg: poetry as one submission, non-fiction as separate submission).

Paid: unclear.

Other: Simultaneous submissions considered. Previously The Granta of Cambridge University fame.

For more info, click the title link.

 

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Text Thursday: Forge, a Brick, a Ledge and why Francis Ford Coppola wants you.

Text Thursday

Text Thursday features a run down of upcoming opportunities for writers and artists. As always, use your own discretion when submitting. If it doesn’t look legit, don’t submit.

Forge 

Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Art, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, serialised pieces.

Next Deadline: Sept 30 (for January issue).

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: Email.

Doesn’t Accept: n/a

Format Guidelines: send as email attachment, doc. or rtf. format (see site for art submission details).

Paid: No.

Other: Accepts simultaneous submissions with notification.

For more info, click the title link.

Brick Magazine

Hometown: Canada.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Literary non-fiction only.

Deadline: Year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: Post.

Doesn’t Accept: Poetry, art, fiction or email submissions.

Format Guidelines: SSAE if you want your manuscript returned, email address for notification.

Paid: Unclear.

Other: Six months response time, wide circulation.

For more info, click the title link.

The Ledge

Hometown: New York.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Poetry (3-5), Fiction (1 story – 7,500wds max).

Reading Period: Oct 1 – March 31.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: Post.

Doesn’t Accept: Email submission, previously published work (simultaneous submissions with notification).

Format Guidelines: SSAE.

Paid: Copies.

Other: Published annually, 6-8 months response time.

For more info, click the title link.

Fugue

Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Poetry (five poems max), fiction (two short stories, one story), non-fiction (one essay).

Reading Period: Sept 1 – May 1.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: Online submission manager.

Doesn’t Accept: Multiple submissions in the same genre.

Format Guidelines: Submit each genre submission separately (eg: poetry as one submission, non-fiction as separate submission).

Paid: Monetary payment and copies.

Other: Simultaneous submissions considered.

For more info, click the title link.

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

Judged by Francis Ford Coppola.

Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Screenplay (82-145 pages, in English).

Deadline: Final deadline Sept 6.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: online.

Doesn’t Accept: Previously published/sold work.

Format Guidelines: U.S Motion Picture industry standard format.

Theme: n/a

Fee: $50 for final deadline.

Prize: US $5,000.

For more info, click the title link.

Beads and Liam

Scribbles, Scribbles.

 

Beads

unloosed, there is a whole me

hugging my lifeline like a dream

my kind at my side, I can barely feel

the hole in me,

together we Samba,

weaving like eels upstream

in dancing, we knock sides, I forget

what it is to be free.

 

 

Liam said

You’re afraid of beetles. That’s your first mistake. There’s a ginger-kiss attitude about you, you lead with your teeth. There are holes and spaces that echo. You should see to that. I have a hive of AFL mates. There’s a game on at the fields. I kick like a wish, you should watch.

Sophie never liked wishes; you never got what you asked for. The hive glistens with sweat and stale beer. They dance a win. Sidelines were never her thing.

You’ve got groove and a pretty face, I’ll give you that. Our lips make an odd shape on meeting, that’s a good sign. You’re hard to love and hard to shush, but there’s always room for improvement.

Sophie had cat eyes and a groove that groaned like sex. Liam’s lips didn’t tessellate and he was a Cancer. Crabs don’t make good mates.

You’re quite something. I wish you were smaller; I’d wear you as a medal. I’ve got the strength to carry it. I have a strong jaw, I wear a beard well. I’d be good with children, though you shouldn’t have any, you’re not quite well. Will you make noodles for dinner?

Sophie was fond of noodles, but not fond enough to share. Children make her nervous, the heaviest of medals. She thought she might have seven just to spite him, another man’s children from a foreign hive. Some bloke grown from a swarm of muscle that slaps each other’s arses and drinks Gatorade. The car stops at the lights and she gets out. There is a beetle on her sleeve. She lets him crawl on her shoulder and calls him Liam. Walking by the web, his fate was evident. Spiders make the best mates. A month later he sends her a message.

I would have made you my wife. I wish you’d be reasonable.

Sophie never liked wishes, you never got what you asked for.

Text Thursday: Carve, Crazyhorse, and Cats don’t wait for Godot.

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Brittle Star

Hometown: London.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Poetry (max. 4 poems) and short fiction (max 2 entries 2000wds, double spaced).

Deadline: Year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: email and post – currently only accepting post.

Doesn’t Accept: Previously published work or simultaneous submissions.

Paid: unclear.

For more info, click the title link.

Carve magazine

Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Short literary fiction (max 10,000wds) and Photography.

Deadline: Year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: Submishmash.

Doesn’t Accept: Genre fiction, previously published work (simultaneous submissions with notification).

Format Guidelines: Double spaced, cover letter, contact details in header.

Paid: $20-$50 per story.

Other: Provides feedback on 10-15% of rejected submissions.

For more info, click the title link.

Dorothy Prize

Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Lyric poems (<30 lines).

Deadline: 20th Oct 2012.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: Mail.

Doesn’t Accept: Previously published work.

Format Guidelines: Poems on separate sheets (see website for more guidelines).

Theme: celebration of the spirit of life

Fee: $10 per entry for mail from US residents. International entries are free.

Prize: up to $25,000.

For more info, click the title link.

Crazy Horse

Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Fiction (max 25 pages), poetry (max 5), essays.

Deadline: reading period from Sept 1 – May 31.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: online.

Doesn’t Accept:  Previously published work. Accepts simultaneous submissions.

Format Guidelines: .docx, .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file. Times or Arial font (for more guidelines, see website).

Paid: $20-35 per page of layout .

For more info, click the title link.

That’s all for today, happy submitting!

Table-Talk Tuesday: ‘Golden Hour’, fat lips and the meaning of life.

Sunday Afternoon.

– Fireworks.

I overheard the meaning of life
on the 8:09

I wrote the meaning
of life on a fifty
I swapped

the fifty for change
and a pink grapefruit

whoever you are
I want you to know
that grapefruit was shit

golden skinned, brown inside
mottled pink as bruised lip

I sincerely hope you are better
with philosophy
than you are with grapefruits.

Flowers with fat lips.