Archive for February, 2012

February 25, 2012

Baltimore Review, Connections, Little Patuxent Review Open for Submissions

Three of Maryland’s premier literary magazines are currently seeking submissions for upcoming issues:

  • The Baltimore Review: running a submission contest for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions for its summer issue, which is on the theme of “Heat.” Editors will select first-, second-, and third-place winners from all three categories. There is a $10 entry fee. Deadline is May 30. Details here.
  • Connections: accepting poetry, prose, essays, and black and white photography for its next issue. Deadline is March 17. Details here.
  • Little Patuxent Review: accepting poetry, prose, art, and photography for its summer issue, on the theme of “Audacity.” Deadline is March 1. Details here.

Be sure to put these dates on your calendar, and good luck with your submissions!

February 13, 2012

Final Anthology Reading Was a Bittersweet Celebration

by Adele Steiner

The February 6, 2011 Cafe Muse Poetry reading was a bittersweet celebration of the Maryland Writers’ Association anthology, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems, because it was that last event in a series of over 20 readings in the Baltimore/Washington, DC, areas in 2011 and 2012. Almost a year after the book’s publication, Cafe Muse provided one last opportunity for some of the more than 50 Maryland poets published to get together, share their work, pay tribute to one of the poets in the Anthology who has since passed away, and just talk with each other about writing in general over the course of the year. The reading was also billed as Cafe Muse’s Valentine reading, and appropriately so, because there was certainly a great deal of love expressed between the poets and the audience.

The reading began quite befittingly with Shirley Brewer’s poem, “Kentucky Valentine,” read by her and Frank Joseph as a duet. An already original and delightful work, it was made even more so by their playful presentation! It seems that Frank loves to read Shirley’s poem whenever she isn’t present at a reading; so even though they were both at the Cafe Muse reading and wanted to read the poem, they compromised and read it together. What fun!

Frank Joseph also shared “Beauty and the Beast Visit Elizabeth Arden” and reminded us that it is a fable in it’s own right. It is filled with double meanings that run in tandem throughout the poem; and while they delight, they also provoke some serious human introspection as well.

Danuta Kosk-Kosicka shared some of her work in both Polish and English, providing the audience with the added benefit of the beautiful rhythms and music that is found in the language of her mother tongue. She impressed us further with her linguistic abilities and shared some translation work in Spanish as well when she read the beautiful and quiet poem, “San Luis Potosi: Beginning,”

Fernando Quijano III reminded us at the reading that we were almost at the peak of the full moon, so he wanted us to celebrate that, too, sharing his poem, “Lunacy.” What poet isn’t inspired by the full moon? I wondered if perhaps he was inspired by the Japanese poets of long ago who wrote poetry under the full moon at Renga parties because he gave us a most empowering poem to remind us of just what a wonderful Muse the moon can be.

Laura Shovan provided the audience with some background on the creation of Life in Me Like Grass on Fire, and in the process she made it ever so clear that the monumental task of editing the book was, indeed a labor of love. She also shared her beautiful love poems from the anthology, “Summer, Veils” and “Listening to Plants” before treating us to some of her other work including “Cold War” otherwise known as the infamous and provocative “merkin” poem.

On a more somber note, Laura and Shirley both paid a special tribute to Deborah Edelman, a poet whose work appears in Life in Me Like Grass on Fire and who passed away over the course of the book’s completion and publication. Deborah contributed the poems, “My Indian Chef” and “If Then” to the anthology. Shirley gave a heartfelt commentary on her personal friendship and experiences with Deborah as did Laura who also shared Deborah’s work. The reading with tribute was attended by Deborah’s husband, Joe, and his family.

All in all, the February 6, Cafe Muse was a celebration of love in a variety of its many forms — just like Life In Me Like Grass on Fire. So many thanks to the Maryland Writers’ Association and all of the wonderful poets who participated in the reading and made it so.

February 7, 2012

Submissions Open for Spring 2012 Pen in Hand

Submissions are now being accepted for the Spring 2012 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in April 2012.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Friday, March 9, 2012. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at peninhand@marylandwriters.orgQuestions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Our ideal is to match Pen in Hand to the needs and interests of our members. With your help, each issue can approach that ideal a little closer. If you’d like us to explore a particular theme, let us know.

Good luck!