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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Unusual Calls for Submissions

BenuPress Editors Steve Fellner and Phil Young are in the process of creating an anthology about social justice. These are the requirements for the poems: 1.) The poem deals with social justice, not simply a social issue. In other words there has to be some action or suggestion of resistance or dealing with a social issue, not justhaving a social issue somewhere in the background. 2.) The poem offers an element of hope. This hope can be somewhat ambiguous, but atleast some level of hope has to be detectable to the average reader. Think “Daybreak in Alabama” by Langston Hughes. 3.) The poem is an “accessible narrative or lyric that contains elements of genuinedrama or comedy.” 4.) If the poem were a movie, it would have to receive somewhere between a G and PG-13 rating. They would really like to include a poem of yours in Love Rise Up. If interested, please send them a poem(s) for them to look at as a Word document. They would like it emailed it to sfellner(at) or pyoung(at) (replace (at) with @). They would happily look at new work or previously published. They are responsible for paying all fees, so they would appreciate a waiver. Contributors will include D.A. Powell, Martin Espada, Denise Duhamel, Rigoberto Gonzalez,David Kirby, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Barbara Hamby, Cheryl Dumesnil, FadyJoudah, Rebecca Livingston, Alison Joseph, Laura Kasischke, Idra Novey, EliotKhalil Wilson, Martha Collins, David Baker, Jason Schneiderman, Minnie BrucePratt, among others. When the anthology appears (inFall 2010, tentatively), all contributors will receive one copy. Please call 585-637-4607 or e-mail if you have any questions. Thedeadline is January 15.

Editions Bibliotekos, a small book publisher, is now calling for short, creative work on the themes of Immigration or International Adoption to fill its anticipated second collection, COMMON BOUNDARY. The first book on medical humanities, (PAIN AND MEMORY: Reflections on the Strength of the Human Spirit in Suffering) has been published and includes many accomplished authors. The Deadline for submitting immigration or international adoption work to COMMON BOUDARY is 30 March 2010. See for guidelines and details. Queries - General Editor, Gregory F. Tague, EBibliotekos(at) (replace (at) with @).

Divine Truth Press is currently accepting submissions for its Cancer Anthology with an anticipated release date of October 2010 (Cancer Awareness Month). We want your true stories about your journey, the journey of a loved one or your secondhand experience as caregiver or medical professional. We want the anger, the despair, the "why me, God?" and the moment you realized, that despite the ravages to your body, the body of the loved one or the person in your professional care... you gained strength from the experience. Tell us about it, keep it real, nothing is taboo. The aim is to strengthen those who've just begun the journey, form a sort of mentorship for those desiring it, devotionals, coping strategies for the pain, recipes that tempt the appetite and anything else that you wish to share. More here. A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, a twice-yearly international journal at, seeks submissions of poetry, essays, fiction, and articles for Issue No. 25, with the theme of "Virtually There." As society and communications become more and more digitized, our ecosystems and landscapes change, too. Or at least our perceptions of them do. What does virtual reality mean for the real places around us, those natural and human-made, and those within? How do science and technology help and hinder efforts to enhance our environments? What, in fact, does environment mean now that technology enables us to experience our world in so many different ways? This issue of traces the boundaries of our circuit-driven world in the pursuit of real places, lasting culture, and essential art—or maybe we can only be virtually there. Submissions due by February 1, 2010. Online March 15, 2010. Notification usually within 4 weeks. More here.

Spirit First announces its first annual poetry contest (no cost to enter). Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems must be previously unpublished. Submit your poem with a cover note listing the poem title and author's name, address, telephone number, and email address. The winner will be announced no later than March 31, 2010, on the Spirit First website (more information at Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and in the Spirit First newsletter. Poems will be considered for possible inclusion in a book project (with author approval and author retaining full rights). More here.

SLOPE is currently requesting submissions for Issue 47—works loosely or strictly related to and investigating the intersection of film and poetry—either loosely or strictly, in the form of film and video, poetry, essays, interviews, hybrids, ( ), ( ), and ( ). Think of Cocteau's Orpheus Trilogy. Cocteau as Poet. Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep. Marianne Moore. Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, NY. Kurosawa’s Dreams. Blake’s The Tyger. Guilherme Marcondes' The Tyger. William Carlos Williams. Rabbit Light Movies. Leger's Ballet Mecanique. Zukofsky. Elizabeth Willis' Turneresque. Bergman's Wild Strawberries. Linh Dinh's What's Showing?Anne Carson's TV Men. HD the film critic. HD the actress. HD the Imagist. Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour. Frank O'Hara. FRANK O'HARA! Godard's Alphaville and Breathless. Stretch each connection to its most magnanimous. More here.

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