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Post-weekend Poetry 035: Hospital bed by Dave Lewis

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirty-fifth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet and organiser of the International Welsh Poetry Competition Dave Lewis.

Hospital bed

and he is strangely
alone

without a change of clothes
or suitcase

on holiday with
a drip for company

stares at the rain
of the outside world

rivulets life-force down
the hospice greenhouse glass

foggy head
he wonders about

his own tomatoes
dying in the sun

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Morgen: I asked Dave what prompted this piece and he said…

I can only imagine how lonely and horrific it is to be diagnosed with terminal cancer and know that you will never do the things you always wanted to do one day. The ‘holiday’ to the hospice is a one-way ticket and no-one shares this with you. My father had a nice view from the window but I’m not sure if this makes it worse as you see the life in nature – the weather etc. Outside my father’s room was a neglected greenhouse and through the morphine I wonder what dreams he had. I hope they were as bright and beautiful as the tomatoes he used to grow.

Thank you, Dave, that was really sad but beautiful. My father was in a similar situation (although he had the joy of High Wycombe town centre rather than a greenhouse, and dementia rather than cancer) – part of the inspiration behind my poem Three Quarters of a Whole).

Dave Lewis is from Pontypridd, South Wales. He has written newspaper columns, poetry for magazines, sports stories for the BBC and is organiser of the International Welsh Poetry Competition – www.welshpoetry.co.uk.

He has published six books to date – Layer Cake, a poetry collection, Urban Birdsong – a collection of short stories, prose, poetry and one song, Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses, a collection of poetry with photographs on his website.

In 2011 he published his first novel, Ctrl-Alt-Delete, a crime thriller set in Wales and has just published a Haiku collection.

His story ‘Onions’ won a runner-up spot in the Rhys Davies short story competition 2010.

For more details visit Dave’s website – www.david-lewis.co.uk.

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If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with multi-genre author Maria Richmond – the four hundred and sixty-eighth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays.

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10 free iTunes downloads of Jane Wenham-Jones’ Prime Time to be won!

Humorous (hilarious!) novelist Jane Wenham-Jones has very kindly offered me 10 free iTunes download eBook copies of her latest novel Prime Time to be given away.

The first 10 people to leave a comment underneath this blog post will receive unique download codes (which are only valid until August 29th) via email.

For more details on her book can be found on her blog but here’s a teaser…

Laura Meredith never imagined herself appearing on TV– she’s too old, too flabby, too downright hormonal, and much too busy holding things together for her son, Stanley, after husband, Daniel, left her for a younger, thinner replacement.

But best friend Charlotte is a determined woman and when Laura is persuaded on to a daytime show to talk about her PMT, everything changes.

Suddenly there’s a camera crew tracking her every move and Laura finds herself an unlikely star. Wined, dined, and pampered, she begins to see the charms of a younger partner herself. But as things hot up between her and gorgeous TV director, Cal, they’re going downhill elsewhere.

While Laura’s caught up in a heady whirlwind of beauty treatments, makeovers and glamorous film locations, Charlotte’s husband, Roger, is concealing a guilty secret, Stanley’s got problems at school, work’s piling up, and when Laura turns detective to protect Charlotte’s marriage, things go horribly wrong.

The champagne’s flowing as Laura’s prime time TV debut looks set to be a hit. But in every month, there’s a Day Ten…

You can read more about Jane: Jane talks about book signingsThe inspiration behind Prime Time part 1The inspiration behind Prime Time part 2my interview with Jane and Jane in the spotlight.

 
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5a.m. Flash 200812 – Submission info. (poetry)

Every now and then at 5a.m. (probably posted by my clone) I will be bringing you a newsflash, update on what I’m doing, invited guest piece, or whatever takes my fancy. Today is the fifth in a mini-series of submission information (previously children’s & YA / flash fiction / non-fiction / novels)…

Poetry
  • Canadian print magazine The Antigonish Review welcome poetry in any form (preferably 3-4, 8 max – payment US$30 per page), articles (1000-4000 words – payment US$100 flat rate) by post (Bonnie MsIsaac, Office Manager, PO Box 5000, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada B2G2W5. Fiction (500-3000 words – payment US$100 flat rate) can be emailed (TAR@stfx.ca).
  • Best Poems is an annual print Anthology – free to submit.
  • Bloodaxe Books welcome new authors with full-length collections.
  • Dahlia Publishing, founded in 2010 and based in Leicester, aims to push the boundaries on creativity and diversity and engage BME readers. They’re keen to work with regional writers and talented young people to open the door to a career in publishing. If you’re writing a book or are a writer based in the region. Their submission guideline page says their looking for ‘Chick lit, Crime, Historical, Romantic, Multicultural, Young Adult and Children’s’ but not ‘Sci-Fi, Weird, Erotica, Horror, Gothic’. They ‘happy to accept poetry and short stories, when presented as a coherent collection’ and are ‘keen to publish first time authors’.
  • Online literary magazine Dog Weed seek poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
  • Empirical magazine welcomes submissions of poems, short stories and novel extracts.
  • French-based Equinox seeks contemporary poetry.
  • Fairy Tale Magazine (formerly Enchanted Conversation) accepts stories up to 3,000 words and poetry. No theme but submissions should “evoke the feel of classic pre-1900 fairy tales”.
  • Farragos Wainscot is a quarterly journal of the literary weird in fiction, poetry, and experimental wordforms. Unfortunately they no longer take submissions but this may change in the future so do keep looking from time to time (plus it’s an interesting site).
  • Female First online magazine is seeking shorts & poetry from female & male authors. 🙂
  • Firebird Poetry is where poets can upload their poetry for free.
  • Interlitq “accepts submissions for short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. We do not accept any unsolicited material that has been previously published. If the material appears anywhere online, including your personal blog, we cannot consider it for publication.”
  • Australian literary magazine Island publishes “quality short stories (Aus$100), poetry (Aus$60), extracts from forthcoming novels, and articles and essays on topics of social, environmental and cultural significance (Aus$100 per 1,000 words).”
  • Kumquat Poetry is a new webzine “dedicated to publishing the out-there, the experimental and the best frontier-fracturing new poetry around”.
  • The Leading Edge is a semi-professional speculative fiction magazine produced at Brigham Young University, (Utah, USA). You can submit <10,000 words, payment is 1 cent per word ($10 min) + 2 mag copies. They also accept sci-fi/fantasy poetry. Payment is $10 for the first 4 pages, $1.50 for each subsequent page of published poetry. Two contributor copies are also provided. They also buy illustrations.
  • Literary Submission Helper.com has various opportunities including their playwriting page.  You get a sample for free but you have to pay to see all 500+ across the genre range.
  • The Moth is a quarterly arts & literature magazine features poetry, short fiction and pictures by established and up-and-coming writers and artists from Ireland and abroad.
  • A brilliant resource is My Perfect Pitch.com which has a page of publishers currently accepting book submissions.
  • Poland-based New Europe Writers welcomes unpublished fiction and poetry based on set themes. Max 4000 words.
  • http://www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls lists a variety of opportunities in varying genres.
  • Canadian publication The New Quarterly which takes submissions of short stories, poems, essays etc. See website or write to The New Quarterly, c/o St Jerome’s University, 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G3.
  • Founded in 1988, New Welsh Review is Wales’ leading literary quarterly and welcomes poetry and fiction submissions. They pay £28 per poem (6 max per 6-month period) or c £80 per short story (one per 6m). Post to Kathryn Gray, Editor, New Welsh Review, PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1WZ or email submissions@newwelshreview.com. Feature proposals to editor@newwelshreview.com. Allow up to 3 months for a reply.
  • Quarterly US print / electronic magazine Ocean welcomes non-fiction stories, articles, essays, poems about the ocean (scientific, creative, environmental, recreational and spiritual).
  • UK-based Paragram is looking for poetry and flash fiction (max 500 words) for their anthologies. See the website for latest theme.
  • US-based online magazine Pedestal welcomes poetry of any length or form (max 6 submitted at one time) – payment US$40 per poem – and fiction max 4,200 words (one story per submission) or flash fiction (1,000 words max) – payment for fiction is US8c per word. Subscriptions to the magazine are free (currently c. 16,000 site visits per month). Genres covered include science fiction, horror, mystery and romance especially if character driven. Response c. 4-8 weeks. Pedestal publishes 4-5 times a year and includes c. 4 stories, 15 poems, reviews and interviews.
  • Poet and Geek seeks experimental and thoughtful poetry.
  • Poetry is the Poetry Foundation’s magazine and accepts submissions of up to 4 poems.
  • Poetry24 seeks news-related and topical poetry.
  • Poetry Ireland Review welcome unsolicited submissions worldwide.
  • Irish broadcaster RTÉ invites contributions of original radio essays, reportage, appreciations, memory pieces, travel writing, personal accounts of events/happenings, and occasionally poetry for ‘Sunday Miscellany’, a radio and web programme.
  • Rusty Nail is a new magazine taking submissions of prose (<3,000 words), poetry, book reviews and artwork.
  • Skylight Poets is a new magazine (August 2012) currently welcoming submissions.
  • Sollitary Magazine takes poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. Although Mexican, you don’t have to be.
  • California-based Three Penny Review welcomes fiction (max 4000 words) and poetry (max 100 lines). Payment US$400 per story / article, US$200 per poem plus year’s free subscription.
  • Canadian Tin House is looking for fiction (one story per submission), poetry (five poems max) and ‘economical, cultural and environmental’ non-fiction. Simultaneous submissions accepted.
  • Well Versed is a weekly poetry column of the Morning Star, published every Thursday, in print and online.
  • What The Dickens magazine is actively looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and articles.
  • Other poetry opportunities include Acumen Literary JournalCarcanetFlippedEyeFlambard PressPenned in the MarginsSouth Poetry Magazine.

If you do have any more information that could go on this page or find any broken links, old information etc., please email me.

And I’ve added a new sub-page (opportunities on this blog) which details the opportunities on my blog, you just need the questionnaire for your genre. 🙂

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You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in ebooks, poetry, submissions, writing

 

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