Thursday, April 30, 2009

call for haiku submissions

This is copied from an email by Jim Kacian:

Dimitar Anakiev is editing an international anthology of haiku dedicated to the topic of WAR. The editor invites all poets to submit their haiku written on the topic (particular interest: Vietnam, 9/11, Iraq . . . ). The poems may be previously published, no limitation in number of poems and style.

We are not interested in senryu. Japanese haiku is not free of human content but in fact links human with nature—in other words, it expresses the human in terms of nature. So "war" is human and nature is anything you want. Take for example famous haiku by Basho:

summer grass -
all that remains of
       warrior's dreams

This poem has a natural topic (summer grass, a kigo) but its theme is human: "warrior dream" ( our theme: war!). We seek such haiku for the anthology and not senryu, which is another kind of poetry. Often Western poets confuse TOPIC with THEME. THEME in haiku is always human, and our choice is to do an anthology on human themes: WAR, DISCRIMINATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLENCE. (Like Basho above). So, please, do not send senryu. Thank you,

best wishes, Dimitar Anakiev

The poems should be sent by e-mail ASAP ( deadline: May 15) to

There is no mention of payment or contributor copies, but it sounds like a good anthology to be a part of.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Haiku Calendar, some books sales, some haiku markets

This year's Haiku Calendar Competition closes on April 30th, so drop your poems in the mail soon. There is a prize pool of $600 that will be split between the winners, and previously published poems can be submitted. The entry fees are $5/poem, $10 for three haiku, or $20 for up to ten.

If you're in search of good reading, you're in luck. The debut issue of Necrography is now available, and it looks to be a good one. It contains nine short stories, including one by veteran writer Ken Goldman, and poetry by the likes of Alexis Child and Aurelio Rico Lopez III. The magazine is currently open to submissions.

Apex Book Company is having a wicked sale that runs through Friday. A number of books are half-priced, including the awesome anthology Aegri Somnia.

Not to be left out, Small Beer Press is also running a book sale. Check out their list of $1 books (hardcover and paperback). I don't know too much about any of them, but at a buck a book, do you really have to?

For those poets who can't afford the postage to enter the Haiku Calendar Competition, here are some magazines that not only publish haiku, but will in fact pay for it:

- Astropoetica: pays $5/poem for poetry about science or astronomy.
- EveryDayPoets: pays $1/poem.
- Farming Magazine: pays $5/poem plus a contributor's copy for poetry related to rural living or the farming life.
- Mayfly: pays $10/haiku.
- The Sigurd Journal: pays 50 cents/line.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DailyHaiku & haiku markets

For those who like a little haiku in the morning, check out DailyHaiku for a new haiku every day. This week, the featured poet is... me.

And speaking of haiku, here are some non-specialized haiku magazines that publish haiku and other short poems:

- bear creek haiku: Accepts poetry up to 11 lines via snail mail. Pays 1 copy.
- Cold Mountain Review: Reads August through May. Submit up to five unpublished poems at a time (no more than once a year). Simultaneous submissions okay. Pays in copies.
- Illya's Honey: No simultaneous submissions or reprints. Submit via snail mail. Pays 1 copy.
- Inch: Submit up to five unpublished poems at a time, either through the mail or their website. Accepts poems nine lines or less. No simultaneous submissions. Pays in copies.
- Lilliput Review: No reprints or simultaneous submissions. Publishes poems 10 lines or less. Pays 2 copies.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Used Addictions, some fiction markets

If there are any comic fans out there, Chris Reed (horror writer and former editor of Theatre of Decay) has just released issue #1 of his new comic, Used Addictions. The comic follows a cigarette butt, an empty wine bottle, and a used condom on there adventures throughout Detroit, and it's pretty darn funny. If you're one of the first 10 people to email Chris and agree to give him a quote about the comic for his website, he'll send you a free copy of the first issue. If you don't want to give him a quote or if you're not one of the first 10, you can still buy a copy for only $3 at the Used Addictions website. If you want more information, I posted a review of the comic here. (And if you're tired of me starting my sentences with "If," then you're probably not alone.)

Here are some speculative markets that are currently open to submissions:

- Brain Harvest: Pays 5 cents per word for short speculative fiction (under 750 words). Reprints OK but are paid at a lower rate. No simultaneous submissions.
- Lone Star Stories: Open to reprints and simultaneous submissions of fiction and poetry. Pays $20 per story and $10 per poem.
- Talebones: Looking for unpublished dark fantasy (with a supernatural element) as well as science fiction stories, up to 6000 words. Pays 1-2 cents per word for fiction and $10 for poetry. No simultaneous submissions.
- Zahir: Wants "well crafted speculative fiction." Accepts reprints and simultaneous submissions, and pays $10 plus 2 contributor's copies for stories up to 6000 words.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

new magazine issues out

Looking for some good reading? Here are some new magazine issues that just came out:

Morpheus Tales - Issue #4 is available now, and you can read a free preview online. Contains speculative fiction by a variety of writers, including Randy Young and Lyn Cannaday, and an interview with Christopher Golden.

Yellow Mama - Issue #13 just went live with plenty of dark fiction and poetry, including two strong poems by Ayaz Daryl Nielson and John Hayes.

Chrysanthemum - Get your fill of haiku with issue #5. Features many fine poets, including John Barlow, Bob Lucky, and Patrick M. Pilarski. Also contains haibun, tanka, and an essay on death poems.

Monday, April 13, 2009

two contests

For those of you with money to burn and the confidence that you'll win it back, here are two current writing contests:

- The 2009 International Poetry Competition: sponsored by the New Zealand Poetry Society. Has a special category for haiku. Entries are NZ$5 per poem (NZ$1 per haiku) and no, I have no idea how much that is in US dollars. Only unpublished poetry accepted, and winners will be notified by August 31st. Prizes for the "open" category are NZ$500, NZ$200, and NZ$100; prizes for the haiku category are NZ$100 for the top five haiku, with an additional prize of NZ$150 going to the single best ku. Deadline is May 31st. (This is NOT a postmark deadline.)

- Alabama Writers' Conclave 2009 Writing Competition: This contest has eight different categories:
*Short Fiction
*Juvenile Fiction
*Traditional Poem
*Free Verse Poem
*First Chapter of Novel

Entry fees are $5 per poem, $12 per novel chapter, and $8 each for all other categories. The prizes for the winning poems are $100/$75/$50/$25, and the postmark deadline is April 30th.

If you're in the market for some new books, hop on over to the Apex Book Company website, where you can save 15% now through April 15th, just by entering TAXDAY15 when you check out.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

From the Asylum closing; Poems of the Dead

The online speculative magazine From the Asylum is shutting its doors. FTA has always provided strong, funny stories and poems, and it will be a shame to see it go by the wayside. Per the editor Kate Sanger's announcement, the magazine will continue through July, and two planned print anthologies will still be published.

Where one door closes, another opens. Coscom Entertainment, the company that brought you the zombie anthology Bits of the Dead, is now planning a new anthology: Poems of the Dead. The editors want unpublished zombie poems, up to three at a time. Payment will be 1 cent per word plus a paperback copy of the book, and there is no deadline as of yet.

Thanks to Ralan for both of these notices.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

poetry contest, DailyHaiku

Here's a poetry contest for a good cause. It has a pretty steep entry fee ($20 for 1-3 poems) but according to the guidelines the fee is tax deductible. The Bridge Poetry Contest is open to poems on the theme of homelessness or humanitarianism. The contest is a fundraiser for the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Entries must be postmarked by May 1st.

If you check out DailyHaiku every day (and you should), you'll see my name up there during the spring and summer. I just found out this weekend that I'll be part of the upcoming contributor team, which if you read the list is quite a group. (Yes, I'm the only one without a picture because I was late.)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

busy busy busy

Sorry everyone, it's been very busy in Schwartzville lately. I'll try to post more soon.

Here are two books I've gotten recently, both of which are amazing and I'll devote more time and space to them in a future post:

- Basho Haiku Challenge Chapbook: This little anthology, published by Modern Proposal Chapbooks, contains the best haiku from Don Wentworth's first annual Basho Haiku Challenge, including the winning poem by Roberta Beary. There are some great haiku in this book, and it's only $3.

- Anomalous Appetites: John Irvine started this project last year, and it's just given birth in the form of a mammoth collection of speculative poetry and art. The book is just under 200 pages, and you'll find dark and bizarre poems by names you recognize, like Aurelio Rico Lopez III (whose cinquain, "Alone," is my favorite so far), Kristin Ong Muslim, Marge Simon, Kurt Newton, and Ken Goldman. The illustrations complement the poems perfectly. The book has a somewhat-hefty price tag, but it's a huge book and it's worth it.

Just a couple other things to note:

Fans of Lunch Hour Stories probably already know this, but the magazine has recently folded. Another casualty in this unending war.

American Tanka is currently reading for issue #19, and will remain open to submissions through August.

I recently finished reading Empire by David Dunwoody, and posted my review of it here. I would recommend it, and if you're gonna read it, read it soon, because the author's already working on the sequel.

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