submission help

April 20, 2021

If you’ve ever struggled with poetry (or other writing) submissions — where, what, or when to submit, for example — a solution is in the works.

LitNotice! approaches the dilemma from a different perspective than other submission platforms. Instead of keeping track of what you’ve submitted, it keeps track of the publishers, publications, grants, residencies, etc., that fit your goals and then sends you a weekly update with the results tailored to your needs.

LitNotice! is being developed by Luke Hankins (founder and editor of Orison Books and senior editor at Asheville Poetry Review, among many other credits) and a full-stack development team in Asheville, North Carolina. “They’re the ones who have built the LitNotice website-in-progress,” Hankins says, “and are building the platform from the ground up.”

Why take this on? Luke Hankins explains: “As a writer myself, I know how easy it is to let submission planning fall by the wayside — and I’ve heard the same from so many writer friends! As I was considering a way to help people spend less time researching and organizing, and more time writing and submitting, it occurred to me that an extensively customizable alert system that would remind writers of opportunities when they open as well as when they’re about to close would be the perfect solution.”

With a target release date of January 2022, the ambitious project is seeking support on Kickstarter, an all-or-nothing funding effort that will remain open only until Saturday, May 15, 2021. Most of the support levels include a subscription to LitNotice once it launches. Have a look and send a few bucks their way if you can.

LitNotice could be just the alert you need.


May 14, 2020

If you, like many creative people, have been writing in response to COVID-19, have a look at the Submittable Creative Calls for Submission page. There are plenty of opportunities to get your work in front of an audience, and the list is updated regularly.

Coffee & Oranges

April 8, 2020

We’ve posted news from Kahini before, but have not previously mentioned their quarterly literary magazine, Coffee & Oranges.

An exercise in brevity, “Coffee & Oranges showcases short work that thrives through an alchemy of sensory detail, setting, character, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, title, authorial identity, and theme — and which transcends its own craft elements to arrive at the condition of art.”

Submissions to Coffee & Oranges are open. Read the guidelines!

Submit. Subscribe. Sign up for a future retreat.

calendar page

May 30, 2019

Just a reminder that the CALENDAR page is loaded with poetry events and updated almost daily. It covers the Cascadia region and extends 12 months into the future.

We’ve added sections for events that happen Every Week and Every Month, and we’ve also added poetry/writing conferences and the dates that submissions open for publications that are based in the region.

To make a correction or add your event to the calendar, send an email to thepoetrydepartment at gmail dot com with the following information (required): date, city, brief description, time, venue, valid link for more information.

Click on CALENDAR, near the top of this page. Add your event. Visit often.

Poet, submit!

January 28, 2017

open sign with snowIt may still be winter, but deadlines are busting out all over. This list includes Cascadia-region publications that have current/ongoing submissions calls. There are many other fine journals in the region, but if they are not accepting submissions, they are not included here. Dates are 2017. Follow the links for details.

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open sign

No Thanks

In her Literary Hub article, “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year,” Kim Liao suggests that for those of us submitting work for publication, it might be time to reset our goals: instead of aiming for acceptances, aim for a specific number of rejections. Citing the wisdom of other writers as well as her own experience (Liao’s goal is 100 rejections a year), she says, “Since I’ve started aiming for rejections, not acceptances, I no longer dread submitting.”

If Kim Liao’s article inspires you to increase your submission rate, you might also want to have a look at the LitHub article by Erika Dreifus, “13 Questions to Ask Before Submitting to a Literary Journal.”
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Thanks to Andrew Shattuck McBride for the suggestion!

poet, submit

March 7, 2016

Yes we're open

Now and then, we encourage poets to submit their work to Cascadia-based print and online literary journals by posting a list of those that are currently accepting work for publication. This is one of those updates.

It is not a comprehensive list of publications that originate in Cascadia; it is only those that have pending deadlines. Also, it does not include contests, which typically have separate deadlines (i.e., Crab Creek Review, Pacifica Literary Review).

Read the publications before submitting and, of course, follow the guidelines to the letter. All dates are 2016.

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