12 June 2012

opportunities for writers 6/12

a--z presses

This is the second week of the Opportunities for Writers’ focus on literary journals and presses seeking your writing. Each week will feature three presses with open calls for submissions. Enjoy!

Start prepping your pencils for these great opportunities for writers
(Image: "pencils" by Borbas Krisztian)


bare hands poetry

About: Bare Hands is a monthly international journal of “contemporary poetry and photography.” They are seeking “work that is beautiful and different.” Ten poems are published each month, making the competition to be in the journal pretty tough, but well worth the effort!

Submission Process: Poets should submit a maximum of five poems to barehandspoetry@gmail.com. Poets should include their poems in the body of the email, rather than as attachments; the subject line of the email must read “poetry submissions.” Bare Hands is also requesting that poets send Mp3 file recordings of the poems they submit as well. Authors should also include a short biography with their submissions. Requirements for photography submissions are also available on their website.

Reading Period: Bare Hands is a monthly journal; they have not provided themes or submission deadlines, so poets may assume they have a rolling submission and reading period.

Website: For more information on Bare Hands and their submission process, visit them online at www.barehandspoetry.tumblr.com.

big lucks

About: In their mission statement, Big Lucks states that they feel “as if the most exciting and noteworthy writing lurks in the unlit depths of the ocean, amid the lifeforms and creatures humanity was never meant to see. It’s our goal to be the vessel---the nuclear submarine---that helps these new life forms breach the repetitive ebb-and-tide of this metaphorical ocean’s surface.” Their only requirement (brace yourselves: it’s a biggie!) is that “your work change our lives.” (On a personal note, Mark C., the managing editor, and I were almost roommates when I was slated to attend American University a few years back, and I met Laura S., the poetry editor, at the AWP Conference in 2011---they are both phenomenal people!)

Submission Process: All submissions to Big Lucks will be considered for both online and print publication; authors can indicate in their cover letter if they prefer their writing not appear online. Authors should include their name, email, and a short (50-75 words) third-person bio in their cover letter. Because they prefer to read submissions blind, authors should not include their name anywhere on the document. They do not list a word length, minimum or maximum, for prose submissions; however, they do specify that they prefer fiction and non-fiction that is “conceptual and experimental in form, content, and/or subject matter,” though they are “equally adept to appreciate the strengths of genre work.” Poets should submit up to five poems at a time that consist of “strong voices and work that makes us think, feel, or wonder something different.” Big Lucks encourages simultaneous submissions. Submissions are accepted through their Submittable (formerly Submishmash) page.

Reading Period: Big Lucks has not provided reading period deadlines; writers can direct questions regarding specific deadlines via their editorial email (editors@biglucks.com), but may most likely assume that they have a rolling submission and reading period.

Website: For more on their submission process and to learn more about the journal, please visit Big Lucks online at www.biglucks.com.

broken glass

About: Broken Glass is a relatively young poetry e-zine started in June 2010. This one may be even trickier than Bare Hands to get in to: their aim is to “publish a selection of new poetry by three poets every month.” Then again, seeing as there are 12 months in a year, that gives you 36 chances a year to get in! Broken Glass is “looking to publish strong, modern free verse.”

Submission Process: Increasing your chances of getting featured by Broken Glass are the details of their submission process. Though each edition features 4-5 poems by three different poets, poets are encouraged to submit “between four and ten poems” at a time. Submissions should be emailed to brokenglasspoetry@gmail.com with a brief biography (around 200 words max). Broken Glass doesn’t mention anything about simultaneous submissions on their website, but considering the potentially quick turn around on a submission it might be safer to assume they are discouraged (or contact them to inquire).

Reading Period: The journal publishes 12 times a year, so it is safe to assume their reading period is on a rolling basis!

Website: To learn more about Broken Glass (and check out past editions, to better understand their somewhat unique format), check them out online at www.brokenglasspoetry.webs.com.

Happy Writing!

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  1. Don't know how you're selecting publications to suggest, but if you'd like another, here's a "C" I just had a poem come out in The Centrifugal Eye. (which I found on the Duotrope "accessable" list)
    My first time to work with an editor, even in a limited way, and it was truly a nice experience. She suggested some changes, and gave good reasons for them, but listened to my arguments for the ones I didn't want to make. If you haven't been conscious of why you wanted that word or line break, defending it can really be enlightening.

    1. Hi, Barbara, and thanks for the recommendation! I may add TCE as a "bonus" place to submit! And it's great to know (because I didn't) that a Duotrope "accessible" list exists : -) Thanks for the scoop!


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