Willawaw Journal Winter 2018–Deadline December 1st
Elizabeth Woody, Oregon Poet Laureate 2016-2018, provides the poem prompt, My Brother, which is on the home page and the poet laureate prompt page.
The editor adds an invitation to play with a form new to her, the Cebu, an unusual set of criteria created by two Californian poets in their deconstruction of a poem by a woman from the island of Cebu. It promises to keep your mind engaged as you get to the business of revealing what may lie hidden:
Cebu guidelines (with thanks to Erica Goss):
1. The first phrase must begin: “Once in ‘___________’ The blank indicates the name of an unusual place.
2. The next section must contain father, fish bones, and blue (the color).
3. One third of the way through, two boys must ride by on some animal, laughing.
4. The next section must contain sunset, three, and mountain.
5. The last word is fire. It must be preceded by an adjective that does not involve heat or light.
Yes, you can subvert the prompt and re-order your elements to create the most effective poem. Also, your poem must stand on its own, regardless of adherence to form. Artists, I leave it to you to include these elements in your visual art as you see fit. Enjoy the challenge!
Regular submissions are always welcome! There are NO READING FEES.
How to Submit?
Poetry and Art Submission Guidelines
Please send up to five poems (previously unpublished) or up to three images of original artwork (no more than 300 dpi for an 8 x 10 image). Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted somewhere else. For prose poetry, please limit to 500 words or less.
To submit, please email your poems or images to this address: email@example.com:
- POETS should include up to five poems in the body of the email.
- ARTISTS should attach their images to the email, include materials and dimensions, and a brief artist’s statement (optional).
- Include your name in the subject line
- Indicate if you want to use initials or a different name to credit your poem or artwork.
- Include a very short bio. (25-50 words) with up to one link to other work. It would please the editor if you placed yourself on the world map (state, region, country, etc.). If you send more than 50 words or more than one link, the editor may refuse the submission or will take the material into her own hands–beware!
- The journal is free to all and there are no reading fees! Unfortunately, there is no payment to contributors at this time.
Note: Cover Art will be drawn from the Submissions and used for promotional purposes. The cover artist may also be asked to make the image available for a limited print-run of fine-art posters.
Copyright returns to the poet or artist upon publication. The journal retains the right to hold the text or image in the archives.