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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Unusual Calls for Submissions

Pirene's Fountain is planning to sponsor an anthology of poems, flash fiction, essays, etc. about what is going on in Japan. Interested submitters can make a statement, show love and support, speak about Japan's importance to the world, its culture, loss, recovery, whatever they wish. Paste in body of email to pirenepublisher(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail) along with an idea for a title and brief bio.Deadline--November 1, 2011. Any/All proceeds will go toward relief efforts.

Recently, on a shopping trip to Toys R Us, I (Antoinette Brim) came across a display of Barbies in the Basic Black series. Each doll was clothed in a little black dress inspired by legendary designer, Diane Von Furstenberg. In the front row of the display, there were three different black Barbies in three skin colors and with three different hair textures in three different little black dresses. My dear friend was immediately drawn to the doll known as "Goddess." She picked up the doll and said softly, "I have never seen a Barbie [with] my color and with my hair." Educators, poets, artists and now co-editors, Antoinette Brim, Lita Hooper and Demetrice Worley will be compiling an anthology of poetry, fiction, non-fiction (essays), and ten-minute plays surrounding the notion of beauty as it relates to black girls and women. Use Deidre, Goddess and/or Mbilia (the three black Barbies) as your muses. However, while the three black Barbies are the catalyst for this project, they need not be represented directly in your work. Consider how the standard of beauty impacts the way girls groom, envision, present, value and devalue themselves and each other. Consider how the larger community judges black beauty. Consider how the media depicts the black body. Visual Artists interested in submitting artwork for the anthology cover, should also submit.The submission deadline is June 21, 2011. This call is open to all races and genders. Previously published work is welcome. Presently, a publisher is being sought.Please e-mail poetry submissions to: threeblackbarbiespoetry(at) Please e-mail fiction submissions to: threeblackbarbiesfiction(at) Please e-mail essays and ten minute play submissions to: threeblackbarbiesessays.plays(at) Please e-mail cover art submissions to: threeblackbarbiescoverart(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

THE POSTCARD PRESS is a new monthly literary magazine featuring one work of poetry or prose printed on a handsome 4”x6” postcard. WE’RE SEEKING prose works of approximately 100 words or less; poems of approximately 10 lines/35 characters per line or less. (It’s gotta fit on a 4”x6” postcard with room for the title and your name, friends.) Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please, one submission per theme. WE WANT IT BY: March 31st for our first theme, BEGINNINGS. SEND IT TO US in the body of an email (no attachments!) along with your name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and one-sentence (no more than 25 words) bio. Please put SUBMISSION and your name in the subject line of your email. Address: thepostcardpress (at) gmail (dot) com. More here.

Generations of Poetry: The eZine for Genealogists. The mission of the zine will be to share: poetry on the genealogy obsession (the research, the rewards, the pitfalls), as well as biographical poems about ancestors and kin. We will include poetry by famous authors (such as Robert Frost, who inspired the title of the zine with his poem, Generations of Men). We are open for submissions from poets interested in genealogy, and genealogists with a hankering for poetry. Submission Guidelines can be read on the website.

Switched-On Gutenberg, (www.switched-ongutenberg(dot)org), a poetry magazine online since 1995, is looking for poems on the theme: Accidental (vagaries of fate synchronicity chance meeting ouija board car accident portent love of your life predictions adventure). Submissions: * will be taken through March 31, 2011. * of ONE TO THREE POEMS ONLY, each not to exceed 48 lines. * must be original (previously published work is okay if credits are included). Simultaneous submissions are OK as long as you notify us as soon as a poem is selected elsewhere. * Poetry can be in Text only (TXT or RTF), in Word (DOC or DOCX) format or included in the body of your e-mail. PLEASE DO NOT SEND PDF FILES! And please name your file with part of your last name you'd be amazed at how many "Gutenberg.doc" files we have to sort out). * should be e-mailed to editor(at) (replace (at) with @). Please include your name in the subject line. * should include: your name and e-mail address o a short (three-line) biographical note. Please limit the list of publication credits to five. Address and phone number in case we need to contact you. We try to report on submissions within 3 months of the March 31 deadline. Please wait to query us till August 2011. We plan to release Issue 17 in late-summer 2011.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR ISSUE #13 of Soundzine. We will be open for submissions until May 31, 2011. For Issue #13, we are celebrating LUCK in all its silly-serious, superstitious glory. Good luck, bad luck and all the luck in-between! What makes you feel lucky? Four leaf clovers, your lucky socks? What makes you shiver a bit? Three crows in a tree, a black cat crossing your path? Heck, do you even believe in luck? Take this one as far as you want - have fun with it! Push your luck and see what happens! NOTE: We will also accept non-themed poetry and prose. We accept quality poetry and flash fiction (450 to 800 word maximum),as well as author's readings. We are now also accepting submissions ofmusic and song. Submissions should be accompanied by a brief bio. Articles concerning literary criticism or theory will also be considered. All submissions EXCEPT prose should be e-mailed to submissions(at) (and for prose prose(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

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