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 Amazon.com 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.

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Text Thursday: Get Caught Out in the Sydney Theatre to Inspire Men in Bangkok.

Now I’m just getting ridiculous

FYI, the level of stupidity displayed in my titles is directly proportionate to how much sleep I’ve had. You’re all doomed.

First thing’s first. Congratulations to my American followers on #Obama2012.

Congrats on four more years of common sense and reason. Image courtesy of Obama’s twitter page, which I’ve already linked so lemme alone.

I can’t help wondering how MENA/Asia/any-where-else-in-the-world feels about both the outcome and the fact that the west never seems to pay as much attention to their elections as they do to the American ones.

Moving on. Ok onto some quick food for thought.

The SMH ran an article yesterday by Aviva Truffield entitled How to Inspire Men to Read Books by Women addressing some of the concerns people have about ‘women only’ writing contests.

She raises some interesting points. Image courtesy of SMH.

I’ll be interested to know what my femme followers think about the credibility and implications of gender exclusive literary competitions. Helpful or Harmful?

In other news, Travel Blackboard ran an article on Tuesday about Bangkok’s first literary festival.

Featuring 100 authors from around the globe including Australia’s very own Matthew Condon, it represents a step in the right direction for literary circles worldwide.

Image courtesy of Random House Books Australia.

Matthew Condon, in addition to campaigning for literary prizes, edits the Courier Mail. If you don’t believe me, check out his twitter page – @MatthewCondon2. I wouldn’t lie to you, honest.

Moving on.

More for Australian peeps (sorry non-Aus followers, I’ll post non-Aus relevant prizes soon I promise).

Entries for the Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick White Playwright’s Award and fellowship closes TOMORROW. If you’re over 18 and have a full length unproduced play just lying around, get off your butt and enter. There’s a total prize pool of $35,500 to be had. Plus there’s a picture of Patrick White staring you down, I don’t know about you but that makes me want to enter, if only to avoid his posthumous judgement.

Now I have to get out of my pajamas and get ready for my day job do lots of important artistic things so I’m going to leave you to get Caught Out with the ABC’s 500 word story competition.

I’m not really sure if you win anything but hey, you can submit your 500 word masterpiece and feel chuffed when they feature it on their website. And this early in the morning that’s good enough for me.

Plus there’s a picture of someone in plaid looking shocked. You know that’s a good sign. November’s theme is Someone who shaped me. So get to it minions!

Text Thursday: Knockout, Gertrude, Burnside.

 Knockout

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: 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.

 

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.

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

Image courtesy of icanhascheezburger.com

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!