Archive for March 29th, 2009


29 March 2009

You are invited to submit senryu and/or kyoka for the next issue of Prune Juice, Summer 2009. Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu and Kyoka is a biannual journal—a print literary journal, an ebook, and a digital online magazine—dedicated to publishing and promoting fine English senryu and kyoka. Selection Criteria: Senryu generally emphasize human foibles and frailties, usually satirically, ironically, humorously. Season words are not necessary nor usual in senryu. Kyoka have a different history than senryu; nevertheless, for modern kyoka in English, the definition is similar: a poem in the tanka form but with the satirical, ironic, humorous aspects of senryu. We are looking for fresh works, not clichéd poems. Wit is highly appreciated, as well as insight. We appreciate a wide range of both genres, from the gently humorous to the most wicked satire. Our tastes run towards the wicked end of the scale, but all sorts are welcome, with these exceptions: No pornographic, gross, scatological, bigoted, or hateful poems; no personal attacks on private or public persons. All selection decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the editor.

Submissions for Prune Juice 2, Summer 2009 are open from now until June 15, 2009. The Summer issue publishes July 1, 2009. Submissions do not close before the announced date. The=2
0digital issue will be posted online just before the print and ebook editions go to press. We publish in the print edition, that is, 4.25″ x 6.87″ paperback pocket book, in a PDF ebook format, and in the online digital edition.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Please do not submit anything on offer anywhere else. We are not in the market for works under consideration for publication elsewhere.

NOT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: We primarily seek to publish fine senryu and kyoka that have not been previously published. Each poet is personally responsible for noting in the submission any previous publication of any submitted work.

HOW TO SUBMIT FOR PRUNE JUICE. You may submit up to ten senryu and/or ten kyoka at one time. We may publish as few as 1 or 2 poems or a larger number. Please do NOT send us works that are still in work. Please send us polished works, error-free. Make your submission by sending your poems in to Prune Juice in the body of an email. Do NOT send any attachments. Emails with attachments will be deleted. If you need clarification, or have a special situation you want to discuss, please feel free to write to the Editor at


WHAT TO SUBMIT. Prune Juice needs the following information: 1. Contributor Note: include your full name and your residential location (city, State/Province, and country). 2. Your email address (will not be routinely included in the published Contributor Note). 3. If you are younger than 16 years of age, tell us so that we may comply with the U.S.A. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (the COPPA applies to children under 13; our minimum age limit is 16 as a matter of editorial policy – you must be 16 or older to submit anything to Prune Juice). 4. The submission itself.

THERE IS NO PAYMENT FOR CONTRIBUTORS. No payment will be made. No contributor copies are furnished free.

CONTRIBUTOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES. If you choose to submit any work(s) for publication in Prune Juice, please read and familiarize yourself with the complete Submission Guidelines available online at: , as well as our Copyright, Privacy, and Editorial Policies. By submitting any work(s) to Prune Juice, you are representing to Prune Juice and its editor and publisher that you have the copyright to the work(s) and you are permittingPrune Juice copyrights in accordance with Prune Juice’s published Copyright Policy, and that you hold Prune Juice and its editor and publisher harmless in all respects from any copyright infringement caused by your submission.

Please send us your best senryu and kyoka!

Anthology on the Corporate Academy Seeks Short Story and Poetry Submissions

29 March 2009

In his recent article “The Last Professor” (NY Times, Jan 09), Stanley Fish outlines the current state of affairs in the Academy. Drawing on the recently published The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities (Fordham UP, 2008) by Frank Donoghue, Fish writes of the promotion of corporate values in learning, the shrinking number of tenure-stream positions within the Academy (currently 35% in the US), and the expendability of professors who, within the model of the for-profit university, are simple “delivery people” rather than individuals who, after many years of study and research, inspire students and foster insight. Hidden Academics: Contract Faculty in Canadian Universities (University of Toronto Press, 2002) by Indhu Rajagopal paints a similar picture within the Canadian context. “Rooms Without A View”, the working title for an anthology exploring the experience of working on contract within Academia in the current historical moment, seeks creative submissions in the forms of short stories, poetry, or creative essay. This collection of creative writing documenting and describing the current social and historical moment of the Academy will be accompanied by a critical introduction which analytically frames the collection.

Submission Guidelines:

Short stories and creative essays: 3000-5000 words
Poems: any length
Format: word file with the genre of your submission in the entry line

Please submit by June 1st to Rita Gagliano and Lisa Fiorindi at and

LA Review Call for Submissions

29 March 2009

The Los Angeles Review is looking for poetry that really kicks. If you just happen to have some you’d like to share in the 2009 issue, please send it to For more information and full guidelines, go to