Friday, February 29, 2008

Scifaiku

For a quick break in the day, check out Patricia Kelly's speculative haiku in today's Tinywords:

http://tinywords.com/haiku/2008/02/29

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Two More Haiku Contests

Here are two more haiku contests. I strongly urge you not to enter... better chances for me.

- 2008 Annual Francine Porad Award for Haiku

This contest is open to unpublished haiku, deadline March 15, 2008. $1 per haiku, and entries must be submitted through the mail. There are also a few other contests sponsored by the same group.

- 6th Annual ukiaHaiku Festival

This town's name backwards spells haiku. So I'm guessing they really get into this contest. There are two different categories -- Traditional Haiku and Contemporary Haiku. The Traditional Haiku contest is free, but the Contemporary Haiku contest has an entry fee of $5 for up to three haiku. You can enter online or by mail, but for the contemporary haiku contest, even if you enter online you still have to mail the check. The deadline for this one is also March 15th, so get on it.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Two Poetry Contests

Okay, so neither of these contests are specifically for speculative poetry, but I'm sure you've got some "mainstream" stuff tucked away in a drawer somewhere, right? Might as well enter it in a contest and try to make some dough. Stamp prices are going up again, you know.

The first contest is actually two contests in one. The Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival, which takes place in April in (you guessed it) Key West, Florida, is sponsoring a general poetry contest and a haiku contest. Both contests offer 1st through 3rd place cash prizes, plus 2 honorable mentions. The general poetry contest has a somewhat steep entry fee of $10/poem, and the haiku contest is a little more affordable at $10 for up to 3 haiku. Information for both contests (which have a postmark deadline of March 24th) can be found here.

The second contest isn't exactly open yet, but I gave you two contests already, so technically I didn't lie. Right?

AsininePoetry.com sponsors occasional poetry contests, usually for parodies or humorous poems. They offer cash prizes, cheap entry fees (if I remember correctly), and feedback from the judges on the top-placing poems. Their 11th contest closed recently, and they haven't announced the next one yet, but it should be starting any day now.

And, if in between entering these contests you find yourself with a free moment, hop on over to Spec House of Poetry and see whose chapbook is currently #1 on the best-seller list. (I'm sure it won't last long!)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Two Forums, One Market, and... that's it

Since Whispers of Wickedness will be closing down in the near future, all of its forum members (including me) will need to find a new place to share ideas*, communicate with others in the speculative genre*, and find new markets*.

* translation, "not do housework"

To that end, I would like to bring two other online forums to everyone's attention. The first one is rather new, but is also based in the UK and is hosted by a genre magazine. It is the Twisted Tongue forums, and while it doesn't have many members yet, it is still growing. One of the neat things about this forum is that it encourages poets to post poems for discussion or criticism.

The second forum I would like to mention is called Spatial Distortion, and it's hosted by the fine folks who bring you Aberrant Dreams. It's been around a little longer and has more participation, and (like Whispers) it provides a channel to give feedback on poems and stories published in the magazine, which is great for both the authors and the readers to compare and discuss.

Both forums are free (otherwise I wouldn't be mentioning them!) and neither one will be mad at you if you cheat on them and go to the other one too.

I'd also like to mention a new dark fiction and poetry magazine that's putting together its first issue -- The Ashen Eye. It's still taking submissions, and while it doesn't pay contributors (yet), it does offer a $10 prize to the best poem and story (and $5 for the best artwork) in each issue. The only way small magazines like this one can afford to pay contributors is by support from readers and writers, so think of a submission now as an investment in the future.