Calls for Submission

Words For Things: How We Learn About Sex
Seeking creative submissions for Words for Things: How We Learn About Sex, a collection addressing the dawning of sexual awareness and sexuality. What formal and informal messages guide our sexual formation and identity? How does this initiation—literal or metaphorical—affect us in later life? How do we look back on this induction into adulthood, if that's what it is? From whom do we learn, and what are the consequences? Are there generational and social differences, or is such discovery a constant? We welcome the true, the gross, the mythic, and the humorous, in essays, memoir, creative nonfiction, or poetry. Please no fiction or porn/erotica. Please email submissions to editors Ed Madden, Ray McManus, and Carl Jenkinson at as a Word document (preferred), or mail to Ray McManus, Division of Arts and Letters, University of South Carolina Sumter, 200 Miller Road, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-2498. Deadline for submission: September 1, 2010.

Poetry In Context: The PIC Project
From project director C. Cleo Creech: One of my goals when founding my little press/design studio Ghost Rabbit, was to explore some of the ways poetry is presented. As a graphic designer and visual artist, I kept finding that poetry so often just dies on the page, that we're still presenting poetry as very dry, very static words on a page. I understand the need for the content to stand on it's own, and to be good work; however, we live in a visual, wired world. The visual language of how words work on a page/screen are hard wired into our brains as we use different technologies. In short, small black letters crawling neatly across an off white page like so many trained ants just doesn't work anymore. So, the first volume of PIC for Ghost Rabbit is actually fairly simple. I only came up with one definite rule -- no typesetting. This volume will have nothing typed, no fonts, kerning, nada. You may well ask then how do you publish a volume of poetry with no typing - well get creative.The title has a bit of a double meaning, PIC as in the common media term for picture, and Poetry in Context. This is in effect a photography/poetry collaboration. We're looking for conceptual visual uses of words and poetry. For example: Have a piece on transience? why not write it in the condensation of your shower door? A comment on commercial beauty? - maybe lipstick on a nightclub mirror. A satire on traditional values? needlepoint? That's the challenge, present the work in a way that enhances and communicates the piece effectively. For full details on submissions and other ideas, visit the PIC: Poetry In Context blog.

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival Broadside Contest
Award-winning poet C. Dale Young will be the final judge of this contest, which will feature a winning entry on a beautifully designed, limited edition broadside. Entrants must identify as queer and all work in any genre is accepted as long as its 250 words or less. Winners will receive $200, 100 copies and an invitation to read at the 2010 AQLF in October. Entry fee is $5. For full details on how to enter, visit The deadline has been extended to July 15.


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