call for submissions: Whistling Fire
- The Whistling Fire is pleased to annouce our July Guest Editor is Petra
Submission Deadline June 25th
What makes an image an image? Is it the visual description? Or is an
image more than the sum of its sensory parts? How do sound and other
sensory detail contribute to imagery? Over the years these questions
have intrigued me. While there are no definitive answers, I’m
interested in how poets address these questions in their work.
This month’s theme is “The Image-driven Poem.” I’m looking for vivid
poetry, poetry that engages the senses, poetry that comes alive in its
details. I want your poems that establish place—establish either an
actual setting or a place in the psyche, or poems that take an abstract
concept and through imagery make it more palpable.
If you’re up for the challenge, I’d love to read your work.
Rules: Accepting poetry ONLY.
Please send your submissions to <whistlingfire(at)gmail.com> (replace
(at) with @ in sending e-mail). Please include the words “July Editor”
in your subject line. No more than five poems per submission, one
submission per author. Must be sent as an attachment (MS WORD
preferred). Simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously published
work is also allowed as long as the author retains the rights. Please
include a short third person bio for our contributor’s page.
Submissions Close: June 25th
About the Editor: Petra Whitaker is working on her MFA at the
University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert. While an
undergraduate at UCR, she studied psychology and creative writing.
Petra has taught creative writing at the secondary level, and has been
actively involved in promoting the arts in her community. Her poetry
has appeared in Mosaic Art & Literary Journal, The Whistling Fire,
Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, The Joyful Child Journal, and
There is still time to submit to our June Guest Editor. Find out more
- The Whistling Fire is proud to announce our September Guest Editor is
Submission Deadline August 21st
I am fascinated by family dynamics, particularly those that operate
between mother and child. My relationships with both my mother and my
stepmother were complicated and inexplicable, but if you were to
witness a few exchanges between us, you would understand why each made
me nuts in her own special way.
I am looking for personal stories which illustrate the inexplicable.
Show me who your mother is by sharing a story in which your family
dynamics shine through. The story need not be limited to exchanges
between your mother and yourself—there are others in your family who
contribute to the crazy.
I am not looking for Chicken Soup tales. I want the gritty truth, told
in such a way that I am there, a fly on the wall.
Show me your mother.
Rules: Accepting nonfiction ONLY! Memoirs, personal essays, etc. No
fiction, poetry, or plays (we don’t publish plays). No more than 3000
words. Please send your submissions to
(replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). Please include the words
“September Editor” in your subject line. No more than two submission
per author. Must be sent as an attachment (MS WORD preferred).
Simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously published work is also
allowed as long as the author retains the rights. Please include a
short third person bio for our contributor’s page. Submissions Close:
About the Editor:Stacy Furrer lives in southern California, where she
is working on two books, a memoir, and a steamy romantic suspense
novel. A member of Romance Writers of America, she meets every Sunday
at the local Starbucks with her critique partner to exchange ideas, get
feedback, and get her caffeine fix. They are currently in the planning
stages of starting a new RWA chapter in the Imperial Valley.
Stacy is a graduate of the low-residency Master’s program at UCR’s Palm
Desert campus. An excerpt from her memoir, Black Sheep Sings, was the
first nonfiction published by The Whistling Fire and is the most viewed
piece in Whistling Fire history. Find out more about Stacy at
There is still time to submit to our August Guest Editor, who will be
accepting fiction until July 23rd. To find out more about both Guest
Editor months please visit whistlingfire.com
- Whistling Fire is please to announce our November Guest Editor is Albert Abonado
Submission Deadline: October 23rd
The commonly held perception of the writer is that of the soloist, operating in isolation, probably dressed in black with a bottle of whiskey within arm’s reach. The act of writing is often perceived at its most romantic a pursuit often done best in solitude so that a person can assert one’s independent voice. But the truth for me is that writing is as much a social act as it is an individual one, a product of our myriad influences, from stock market crashes to the song a father sings to his daughter to an ant floating on a leaf in a puddle. What about those writers who take this notion of writing as a social act one step further, who choose instead to emphasize a sense of community and eschew this tradition of individuality by working collaboratively with others to produce a poem? The Surrealists are famous for employing this tactic, but other, more contemporary examples exist: Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, John Gallaher and G.C. Waldrep.
Ms. Duhamel talks about a “ third voice, a voice that is neither Maureen's nor mine, but rather some poetic hybrid.” This month I’m interested in poetry written by two or more authors. No particular theme required. Send me poems that neither you nor your co-author(s) can claim as being wholly your own, but instead appears to exist outside of you—a mysterious, strangely cohesive, other voice that contains its own sensibilities. I’m open to any subject. So pass the bottle of whiskey around to your friends and let’s see what happens.
Rules: Accepting poetry ONLY! Please send your submissions to
<whistlingfire(at)gmail.com> (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)
whistlingfire@.... Please include the words “November Editor” in your subject line. No more than five submission per writing duo or group, individuals can submit multiple times with different writing partners. Must be sent as an attachment (MS WORD preferred). Simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously published work is also allowed as long as the author retains the rights. Please include a short third person bio for each author. Submissions Close: October 23rd
About the Editor: Albert Abonado lives in Rochester, NY, the 10th smartest city in the US with his wife who is unhappy with the fact that he is allergic to cats. He is the Associate Director of Marketing and Production for BOA Editions. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Rattle, Anti-, Gargoyle, Washington Square, New Ohio Review, No Tell Motel, and The Collagist.
Submissions are still open for our October Guest Editor who will be accepting nonfiction until September 25th. To find out more about both Guest Editors please visit www.whistlingfire.com
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