Submitting to Rattle is a cinch. Getting published in this American poetry magazine is not easy. But it’s worth a try.
Do you dream of getting published in Rattle?
- Follow the weekly critiques Timothy Green (Rattle’s Editor) posts on Facebook.
(Like this one.)
They just might bring you a step closer to the realization of your dream.
Tim’s critiques are respectful, insightful, thought-provoking, and fun.
Watch them live if you can, post questions or comments in the thread. Or catch up later. Submit your own poem for a critique, if you dare.
Watch, listen, learn, contribute, have fun, keep writing, keep submitting, get published!
Image: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Pensive Young Woman (Jeune femme pensive), 1855–1860. Oil on panel (later mounted to plywood), Overall: 12 1/2 × 9 5/16 in. (31.8 × 23.7 cm). BF822. Public Domain.
Happy Pi Day!
- Are you still on Google Plus?
Google Plus is leaving us for good. Time to “ungoogle+”.
Anne R. Allen takes you through all the steps of doing it properly.
Do it now — April 2 will be here before you know it.
Why not write a fun poem, and submit it to a contest?
Why Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest?
- No Entry Fee.
- Published poems are eligible.
- In addition to English submitted poems may contain “inspired gibberish.”
- First prize is $1,000.
- Sponsored by Winning Writers and Duotrope — legit.
Deadline is April 1, 2019.
Write and submit!
Image: Pi Pie, created at Delft University of Technology, applied physics, seismics and acoustics; Public Domain
Kids, busy living,
have no use for our
big grownup words —
they know a better way
(the best there is)
to spend this precious hour,
so bite your tongue
and let them fly away.
Let them be children,
though it will not last.
Just let them be.
They’re in that magic place
where time is stalled—
no future yet, no past—
just happy now
shines on the old clock’s face.
© 2014 Sasha A. Palmer
Image: © 2013 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.
I’ve no weight, I’m a kite,
Fly me high, hold on tight,
Don’t let go of my hand,
Keep your feet on the ground,
Planet Earth’s small and round,
With its oceans and all,
Like a ball.
You are my universe,
Standing firmly, and bound
To the ground.
I am air, I am light,
I am day, I am night,
Watch me how I go whee!
Fly with me?
Burning bright, burning clear,
From this world disappear
In the blink of an eye
You and I.
© 2013 Sasha A. Palmer
Image: Marc Chagall, The Promenade (La Promenade) 1917-18; displayed under Fair Use.
- Are you a poet residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan?
Submit your previously unpublished book-length collection for a chance to win The Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry.
The prize awards $10,000, publication by Milkweed Editions, and other cool things.
Deadline: February 15, 2019.
- Are you a writer with a track record of publishing creative writing in the UK or Ireland?
Don’t miss your chance to win £30,000 (!)
Submit your writing to The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award — the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.
Deadline: February 15, 2019.
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Fruit and Bonbonnière, c. 1915–1917. Oil on canvas, Overall: 9 7/16 x 12 5/8 in. (24 x 32 cm). BF39. Public Domain.
Catch you off guard they will—do not repose!—
the pseudo truths that with a pleasant smile
mix their false righteousness with a large dose
of sugarcoated horrors, all the while
destroying those who have the courage to
refuse to drink their poison. This is it:
the sacred curtain has been torn in two,
Heaven awaits, so does the fiery pit.
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” and fight
for what is worthy, beautiful. Defend,
my Soul, at all costs what is just and right,
never expect this deadly fight to end.
The Evil’s strong, the roots are running deep.
Behold: the brutal winds green valleys sweep.
©2018 Sasha A. Palmer, Sonnet #8 of the Heroic Crown of Sonnets
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Young Mother (Jeune mère), 1881. Oil on canvas, Overall: 47 3/4 x 33 3/4 in. (121.3 x 85.7 cm). BF15. Public Domain.
- Do you write short fiction?
Entries are now being accepted for the Chicago Tribune’s 2019 Algren Awards contest.
There will be one grand prize winner ($3,500) and five finalists ($750). No entry fee.
Revise your original short fiction, and submit. Deadline: January 31, 2019.
The Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize is accepting submissions.
The prize ($500, and a published interview) will be awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.
‘“Place” may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.’
Deadline: February 4, 2019.
Image: James Wilson Morrice. Snow Scene, c. 1905. Oil on canvas board, Overall: 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm). BF2053. Public Domain.
- Have you come up with your New Year resolutions yet?
Have you already broken some? If you’re thinking of setting a few goals for 2019, heed Rachelle Gardner’s advice. Her approach helped her reach her goals — try it.
- Have you picked your brain lately?
Check out the best of Brain Pickings from 2018. A good read to bid farewell to the old year, and ring in the new one.
“May you stay forever young,” as the song goes. Defy the odds, and prove it possible. And if you feel the odds are winning, write a song, or a poem about it. Read Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas for inspiration.
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Washerwoman and Child (La Blanchisseuse et son enfant), 1886. Oil on canvas, Overall: 32 x 25 9/16 in. (81.3 x 65 cm). BF219. Public Domain.
- Do you feel like poeming about teaching?
Go ahead. Write about K–12 teaching, and/or teachers, and submit your unpublished poem for a chance to win The $1,000 (!) On Teaching Poem Prize. No entry fee. Deadline: January 1st, 2019. Restrictions apply, read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!
- Do you publish your poetry on Instagram?
Summer 2019 issue of Rattle will be dedicated to Instagram Poets. Submit your poems for a chance to be discovered, and promoted by the notable poetry magazine. You can also nominate poems written by other poets. Deadline: January 15th, 2019.
- Have you put together your submission to Measure Review?
Guided by the editorial vision of Ashley Anna McHugh, Measure Review, an online magazine of formal poetry, will advance the legacy of Measure. Submissions will open in January, 2019. Get your unpublished sonnets, haiku, etc. ready.
Image: Paul Gauguin. Mr. Loulou (Louis Le Ray), 1890. Oil on canvas, Overall: 21 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (55.2 x 46.4 cm). BF589. Public Domain.
Ugly Duckling Presse is starting a new poetry periodical.
UDP will accept up to 5 pages of poetry by December 31, for possible inclusion in the first issue, to be released in early 2019.
Submissions from new writers, translators, and people living outside the US are especially encouraged.
Read the guidelines carefully, and submit.
- December is a great month for writing contests!
Plenty of FREE writing contests to choose from.
Again, read the guidelines carefully, and submit your work. Good luck!
Image: Paul Cézanne. Mont Sainte-Victoire (La Montagne Sainte-Victoire), c. 1900. Watercolor and graphite on laid paper, Overall: 12 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (31.5 x 48.5 cm). BF652. Public Domain.