Table-Talk Tuesday: Fishing out the French and gettin down with old English men.

Ennui Remedies gets Nostalgic.

Today’s Table-Talk Tuesday is brought to you by the French. Specifically 13-16th Century french poetry forms. I know what you’re thinking, “that bastard’s tricked me into clicking her link again. This has nothing to do with boning old men”.Roundels & Rondeaus“. Ohmahgawd you’re right. You cultured little hipster you.

The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms & Literary Theory describes a Rondeau as  french, and totally cool before Swinburne liked it ironically¹. He is credited as ‘experimenting’ with the form in the 1880s, making it popular again¹, and by experimenting I mean mixed it up a bit and re-naming it a Roundel². Kinda like a 1883 version of The Black Eyed Peas.

Having said that, I like both versions (as well as another, similar form called the Rondel which is also worth checking out) and in 2008 I wrote a bunch of my own back when I thought end rhymes were better than sex.

First published in Five Bells vol. 15, No. 3, Winter 2008.
First published in Five Bells vol. 15, No. 3, Winter 2008.

I really love the sing-song nature of this type of lyric poetry. They’re short, like me which really suits my attention span makes them easy to remember and once you get the pattern right, they’re easy like your mum.

So if you’re interested in learning some new poetry forms, you should check out ShadowPoetry. They have a long list of different forms, from the popular Sonnet to not-so-popular Terzanelle.

You can pick up a copy of Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory on for around $12.


¹Cuddon, J,  1999, ‘Rondeau’ in Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Penguin Books, London, England,  p772.

²Cuddon, J,  1999, ‘Roundel’ in Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Penguin Books, London, England,  p773.


Text Thursday: Knockout, Gertrude, Burnside.


Hometown: USA.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: poetry (3-5 poems) and short fiction.

Reading Period: year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: online.

Doesn’t Accept: Any other medium besides poetry and short fiction, previously published work.

Format Guidelines: Submishmash friendly files.

Paid: copies.

For more info, click the title link.

Gertrude Magazine

Hometown: Interwebs.

Open to: everyone.

Medium: fiction, non-fiction, art, video.

Deadline: year round.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: online submission.

Doesn’t Accept: Post submissions. Previously published material.

Format Guidelines: online submission manager.

Paid: Unclear.

Other: LGBTQA orientated magazine. 9-12 months response time.

For more info, click the title link.

Burnside Review

Hometown: Interwebs.

Open to: Everyone.

Medium: Poetry and fiction.

Next Deadline: Submissions open now.

Email/Post/Carrier Pigeon: online submission manager.

Doesn’t Accept: previously published work.

Format Guidelines: submit as one file, $3 submission fee.

Paid: $50 and copies.

For more info, click the title link.

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!