Contests and Calls for Submissions

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Bordighera Press Announces Poetry Prize

Deadline: July 13, 2020


Sensations Magazine, now in its fourth decade of publication, is sponsoring a Best Newcomer contest for its next issue, which will carry the theme “Global Warming.” The entry fee is $10 for up to three poems. The deadline is June 29. The contest is open solely to poets who haven’t appeared in Sensations Magazine. For details, visit  and click on “Contest.”


Idea Press ( has recently published Volume One of “A Feast of Narrative, an Anthology of Short Stories and Creative Nonfiction by Italian American Writers” and is accepting submissions for Volume Two of the Anthology, which will consist of short stories only (fiction).

Submission guidelines:
To be able to participate to the contest, the writer has to have at least one parent of Italian origins. Only short stories will be accepted; no creative nonfiction. One or two stories may be submitted. If a story, or both, will be accepted, a short biography will be required (maximum 150 words).
Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word, single-spaced, in Times New Roman size 12 font, and of a maximum of 6,000 words for each story.
No entry fee is required. The stories chosen will become part of the anthology and one copy of the book will be sent free of cost to each participant accepted.
The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2020.
The manuscripts may be sent to
Italian Americana
is now accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for its summer 2020 issue.
Call for Submission:

Extended Deadline: March 15, 2020.

Italian American Poets of New York, No Distance Between Us (Nessuna Distanza Tra Noi)

The Next Book has expanded its cultural landscape and is now Open for Submissions to New York State Poets of Italian American Descent from Beginners to Experienced. Theme is open.

Submit up to 3 poems, 100 lines or less to:

Please include poetry in the body of an email as well as an attachment (rtf, word doc) and No Distance Poetry_ NY in the Subject line . . .

Include a 3-4 line bio in the 3rd person with your submission.
Deadline: March 15, 2020

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Poetry Contest
34th Annual Student Poetry Contest 2020
All Entries Must be Postmarked: March 20th

Leap Year is the theme for this year’s Student Poetry Contest! We invite young poets to submit their original poems about Leap Year/Day. Please share with all the promising, student poets in your life. Good luck!


Joy, shipmate, joy!
…our life begins,
The long, long anchorage we leave,
The ship is clear at last, she leaps!
She swiftly courses from the shore,
Joy, shipmate, joy.
Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass” (1881-1882)
All poems and anthologies are judged by a panel of published poets selected by the Birthplace Trustees.
  • Awards Distributed on Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, at the annual Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration held at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. This is Walt’s 201st
  • Nationally known Poet in Residence officiates at award ceremony.
  • Grand Champion and multiple prize winners awarded in each category.

See application process here:

Call for Submission:

Italian American Poets of New York, No Distance Between Us (Nessuna Distanza Tra Noi)

The Next Book has expanded its cultural landscape and is now Open for Submissions to New York State Poets of Italian American Descent from Beginners to Experienced. Theme is open.

Submit up to 3 poems, 100 lines or less to:

Please include poetry in the body of an email as well as an attachment (rtf, word doc) and No Distance Poetry_ NY in the Subject line . . .

Include a 3-4 line bio in the 3rd person with your submission.
Deadline: December 10th, 2019

9th Annual VGNP Poetry Contest

Rules Announced for Submission
of Poems:
Poets interested in participating in the Plaza’s
Ninth Annual Poetry Contest, may start to
submit their entries. Please take note that the
deadline date for submissions is Friday, January
25, 2019.
Contest Rules are the following:
1. Poets 18 years of age and older who reside in
Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx,
and Brooklyn are invited to submit up to
three (3) unpublished poems, along with an
entry fee, non-refundable, of $15. The entry
fee should be made payable by check or
money order to “Long Island Traditions.”
2. Poems may be on any subject, in any style,
must have a title, and must not exceed more
than 30 lines per poem.
3. We also ask that poets type their poems in
single-space format.
4. Poets must include two copies of each poem,
one anonymous and one with the poet’s
name and address below the poem. A cover
sheet listing the poet’s name, address, phone
number and email address, and title of each
poem, must be included as well when submit-
ting an entry.
5. Submissions can be hand delivered to Village
Hall during normal business hours, Mon.
through Fri., from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., or
mailed to Village of Great Neck Plaza, Village
Hall, 2 Gussck Plaza, P.O. Box 440, Great
Neck, NY 11022-0440, so long as it’s
postmarked by January 25, 2019.
Winners will be posted on the Village’s website,
An Awards Reading
Day (Sun., April 7, 2019) will take place in the
Great Neck Plaza court room for the winners of
the 9th Annual Poetry Contest starting at 12
Noon. The first prize winner will receive $150
and a 20-minute reading at Awards Day, second
prize winner will receive $75 and a 10-minute
reading, and the third place winner will receive
$50 and a 5-minute reading. There will also be
two awards for Honorable Mention; these poets
will be invited to read their poems as well.
For more information regarding the Plaza’s
Ninth Annual Poetry Contest, please contact
VGNP Poetry Coordinator, Carolyn Raphael,, or Vincent Ferry, the
Mayor’s Assistant, at Village Hall, Mon.
through Fri., from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at or (516)
Good luck poets!

Film and Digital Media Review Editor

 Italian American Review is looking for a review editor for film and digital media.

The film and digital media review editor researches potential documentary (not feature) films and websites for assessment, engages potential reviewers, arranges the reviews, and does initial edits, while serving as the main point of contact between reviewers and the IAR editorial staff. This editor should be familiar with current issues concerning Italian American studies and should have published works on the topic of film.

This position requires editorial, organizational, and communications abilities. This position is a nonpaying volunteer role, in keeping with the practice of academic journal publishing. The IAR is looking for a three-year commitment starting September 2018.

The Italian American Review (IAR), a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal of Queens College’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, publishes scholarly articles about the history and culture of Italian Americans, as well as other aspects of the Italian diaspora. The journal embraces a wide range of professional concerns and theoretical orientations in the social sciences and in cultural studies.

For more information, see the Publications page on the Calandra Institute’s website, under Italian American Review, where you can find PDFs of published reviews. If you are interested in taking on the duties of this editorial position, please send your CV to Managing Editor Rosangela Briscese at The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018.

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute  |  Queens College, CUNY



A Symposium on Three Continents
Australia * United States * Italy

Melbourne * April 2018 / New York * November 2018 / Genova * June 2019

With the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism

“Transnationalism & Questions of Identity”
New York City * November 1-3, 2018
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10036

“Transnationalism and Questions of Identity,” the second chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane: Italy in Movement, will be held in New York City, the backdrop for discussions that explore ideas of identity building, claiming, maintaining, and maiming in the twenty-first century.

Transnational contexts show cultural identities in motion as they react, adapt, and develop in reciprocal contact in reaction to changing notions of the individual nation in the world today. Transnational subjects, who, within varying degrees of structural constraint, navigate, evaluate, and negotiate different cultural options, emerge as the potentially rational agents of these changes. In parallel, cultural identities emerge as historical constructs affected by contemporary acts and this-worldly constructs of the human imagination.

How do ideas of identities in motion compare with traditional ways of understanding cultural identities as fixed essences, typically anchored to metaphysical notions such as blood, the land, family, or divinity? What can be said about the creation of and challenges to generational concepts and constructions of identity? What is the role of memory, both individual and collective, in the creation of senses of belonging to one culture or another? How do migration, diaspora, and colonial studies create, adapt, and challenge changing ideas of race, class, gender, and ethnicity? How do the arts and formal education affect individual and collective senses of belonging or not to one culture or to many cultures?

Call for Papers is now open.

Extended deadline for submission of single papers and panels is April 30, 2018.
Submission information: Must be done electronically

Abstract (250 words)
Short biography (100 words)
Due: April 30, 2018
Submit to:
Acceptances will be announced on June 1, 2018.

We invite abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions. Individual papers: Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 15 minutes discussion.Panel sessions: Duration 60 minutes followed by 15 minutes discussion; may follow a discussion format or may have an allocated time for each panelist.
Anthony Julian Tamburri
Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute


The Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize
Bordighera Press presents the Lauria/Frasca Poetry prize.
This award was conceived to promote the literature of the Italian diaspora and is open to poets of Italian descent writing poetry in English. The winning poet will be awarded $1000 and Bordighera Press will publish the manuscript, along with a standard royalty contract.
Quality poetry in any style and on any theme is sought.
  • Original English work only; no translations.
  • Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Do not include your name anywhere in your manuscript file or file name, but only in your Submittable profile and cover letter. Any manuscript with identifying information will be removed from consideration.
  • All manuscript pages must be numbered and include the title of the poem.
  • The completed manuscript should range from 48 – 70 pages (on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper, 12 pt Times New Roman, single-spaced except between stanzas with no more than one poem to a page though a poem may run on to more than one page).
  • Poems included in the submission may have appeared in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or other such collections. Include an acknowledgments page, if applicable.
  • Poems previously published in a single-author book should not be included.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted; please notify us immediately should a manuscript be accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Electronic submissions through Submittable only.
  • Entry Fee: $20.
  • Multiple manuscripts may be submitted; each manuscript must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
For complete guidelines and more information, visit Bordighera Press on Submittable or email at




Poetry Contest to Commemorate 230th Anniversary of the Signing of the U.S. Constitution and 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella announced this year’s Only in Queens Poetry Contest, offered to Queens schools as a homework assignment beginning this week for students in grades four, seven and eleven throughout the borough. 

Under the theme: “What Does Freedom Mean to Me”, the contest is held to commemorate the 230th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. 

The purpose is to inspire and engage Queens students in a discussion about freedom, civil rights, diversity and civic participation through poetry, thought, research and conversation in the classroom and at home.

“Queens is forever proud to be the birthplace of religious freedom and home of the Flushing Remonstrance, the precursor to the Bill of Rights,” Queens Borough President MELINDA KATZ said. “We are pleased to commemorate the anniversaries of two important hallmarks of our nation’s history through an educational poetry contest in Queens schools. We encourage students to express your personal voice about freedom, civil rights and diversity through the art of poetry and prose.”

“We are so lucky to live in Queens, New York, America where the world lives,” Queens Poet Laureate MARIA LISELLA said. “Look, listen, read and write what you hear and observe: at its most powerful, poetry celebrates daily life, which makes it essential to understanding one another.”

The contest is in collaboration with seven notable Queens cultural and historic organizations whose mission and programming are consistent with the contest’s goals: John Bowne House – Bowne Historical Society; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Kingsland Homestead – Queens Historical Society; King Manor Museum; Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives; Louis Armstrong House Museum; and the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.

“As the home of Rufus King, one of the framers of the United States Constitution and an early voice in the anti-slavery movement, King Manor Museum is thrilled to take part in the Queens Borough President’s Poetry Contest,” King Manor Museum in Queens’ Executive Director NADEZHDA WILLIAMS said. “King was constantly learning, thinking, and writing about freedom and government. While he never put any of those thoughts down as poetry, I am sure he would have loved to hear the applications. What a wonderful way to mark the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution – we look forward to what freedom means to Queens students!”

Statue Cruises, the official ticket and tour provider to the Statue of Liberty Monument, is a supporting partner of the Only in Queens Poetry Contest. The Statue of Liberty stands 305 feet tall in the New York harbor and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.

“A record number of visitors sailed on board Statue Cruises last year to visit our symbol of freedom and democracy,” Statue Cruises Vice President and Chief Operating Officer MIKE BURKE said. “We are thrilled to partner with the borough of Queens to engage with our local youth as they share their powerful voices through poetry on what these two milestones mean to them.”

The Only in Queens Poetry Contest begins this week when the contest is distributed to Queens public school students in fourth, seventh and eleventh grades as a homework assignment. The homework assignment will be due on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Principals in Queens will acknowledge the winners of their school and send the top winner to the semi-final round. Semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of educators from Queens North, Queens South and Affinity Support Centers in Queens. A panel convened by the Queens Poet Laureate will select contest finalists, who will be announced at the end of May and invited to a culminating awards ceremony at Queens Borough Hall.

For more information about the poetry contest, go to<> or contact Jennifer Walden, Borough President Katz’s Director for Cultural Affairs and Tourism, at<> or 718.286.2677.

Follow Borough President Katz via @melindakatz or<>

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