2. Poetry in Translation:
3. A Crowdfunding Initiative
4. A Review Group
5. Audio Archive
6. Word Masala Winners of 2015
8. Books by the Poet-of-the-Month
9. Contact the Poet-of-the-Month for readings, interviews, etc.
10. Required Reading in this Period
11 Events Listing
12. Contests without fee
13. Unsolicited Submission Requests
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I met Sid Bose first at a poetry reading that our award-winning poet Shanta Acharya had organized at Lauderdale House. I was wowed by this very quiet, withdrawn man who could fool you into thinking him a cold individual, observing and dissecting you into shreds with his observant intent glance. Actually, he is quite the opposite. The moment he starts reading his work, the room fills with his commanding and authoritative poet's voice. One realizes that his observations of everything around him translate into vivid and lively subjects. Just beware, for you may end up one day in his poems! The language and imagery he employs are nothing less than a celebration of the best poetry that one occasionally encounters; it has
I stand in awe when I look at his intriguing poetry in action. The insightful perceptions and visual imagery with lights and
I work across disciplines (poetry, theatre,
If you are able to encourage fellow writers in any way, then please do so.
For example, why not contact a featured poet above for an interview,
Contact Siddhartha Bose at http://www.kalagora.com/
If you do something to encourage our poets featured, at your library, radio or TV station, or an organization, or a magazine, please DO NOT FORGET to let us know, so that we can tell others how you helped
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A Scottish Poetry Library Recommendation 2013
One of Sudeep Sen’s ‘11 books of poetry to read’ in 2015
‘Poems with the sprung dazzle of jazz. Siddhartha Bose makes it new.’
Jeet Thayil, author of Narcopolis (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize)
‘This new poetry collection plunges into the scuzzy, frothy, beautiful underbelly of London. Forget odes upon Westminster Bridge, Siddhartha Bose is all about Hackney Wick, getting under its skin and the people who live there (including himself)
‘Prophetic, brave and experimental [...] Monsoon seems to lift, quite literally, like water from the page’
“One of the most exciting first collections I’ve come across in a long time
Ian McMillan, The Verb on BBC Radio 3 (Download MP3)
This feature is now open for submission.
Please benefit from our review group
To be fair to all small presses struggling everywhere, I bluntly ask,
Word Masala has set up a review group. Please join itThese poets are commendable and unselfish in helping this review group: Saleem Peeradina, Reginald Massey, Yogesh Patel,
Debjani Chatterjee, Usha Akella, Reginald Massey, Usha Kishore, Pramila Venkateswaran, Mona Dash.and Kavita Jindal
Please join them.
Do not miss two reviews on Bobby Nayyar's Glass Scissors
£8.99 / $13.99
Kavita A. Jindal:
Authors are requested to contact the editor to join this group. They and their publishers may also offer discounts on their books.
We welcome everyone to help us with reviews, NOT JUST diaspora poets and critics. You DO NOT HAVE TO BE from the diaspora.
The WM poetry audio archive at our website
If you are a published poet from the diaspora, and write in English, please send us the audio file of your best poem, read by you. We are building an archive that will eventually be transferred to one of the UK's prestigious institutions.
Visit us at http://www.skylarkpublications.co.uk/audio.html
Required reading this periodContests without fee
New Beatrix Potter story discovered and to be published this year
The New York Times released a reading list that was—remarkably—completely white.
An Introduction to Screenwriting
A free online Creative
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The Student Guide to Writing
Free lesson plans from Fin Kennedy, John Yorke and others are now available online.
Nine Tips to Get Your Submission Passed Up the Line
Free poetry workshops at Barking Learning Centre
As part of Barking and Dagenham Library Services Pen to Print project this workshop is open to all levels of experience.
It is led by Anna Robinson (Into the Woods and Finders of London – Enitharmon Press).
The workshops are fortnightly.
Email Lena Smith for further details: Lena.Smith@lbbd.gov.uk
Please sign the online petition started by Anant Naik
"Brit Awards: Publish diversity figures #BritsSoWhite"
Guardian and 4th Estate launch prize for BAME writers
Speaking at The Bookseller's Author Day conference last year, Nikesh Shukla said publishing should be as “demographically representative as possible” in a bid to tackle diversity
He also said people in the industry needed to be “less defensive” about calls for more diversity. “We all have a collective responsibility to change things. It’s not your fault, it’s the industry’s fault, but we’re all responsible for that industry while we want to be a part of it.”
Poetry Together | Closing Date: 29-Apr-16
Cross-generational competition invites children and young people to pair up with a parent, grandparent, carer, older sibling or friend, to share their ideas and create brand new poetry. The aim is to bring people together creatively, whilst also raising awareness and fundraising for The Co-operative's Charity Partnership with the British Red Cross, to tackle loneliness in communities across the UK. Reconnecting generations and getting people talking; it's poetry in action! Judges: Carol Ann Duffy, with guest poets Gillian Clarke and Martin Kratz. Prizes: Each adult and child will receive 100 copies of their poem, professionally designed as postcards that they can share with friends. The overall winners will be announced at the event and both adult and child will receive the Poetry Together award and a £250 gift voucher.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: For more information and entry see: http://www.co-operative.coop/our-ethics/charity-partnership/poetry-together/POPAGANDA EPISODE: WRITING ABOUT RACE
Sapiens Plurum is accepting stories for its second short fiction contest, culminating Earth Day, April 22, 2016. Stories should be 1500-3000 words, designed to inspire scientists and
The Milton Kessler Poetry Award offers a cash prize of $1,000 to a poet who has written the best book of poems, 48 pages or more in length.
Scribe accepts unsolicited and unagented manuscripts for review (with certain criteria). However, to help us cope with the volume of submissions we receive, we now only accept unsolicited submissions during seasonal three-month windows. Currently open with deadline of March 31, 2016. We are generally interested in literary fiction, serious
Call for Creative Writing Submissions
The new open-access online journal Gitanjali and Beyond publishes peer-reviewed academic articles, creative writing and art.
We are looking for creative writing (poetry, essays, short stories, plays, travel writing, prose, creative non-fiction) relating to our upcoming issue on “Expression and relevance of Rabindranath Tagore’s spirituality in the arts, education and politics.” The submissions do not have to directly relate to Tagore but should relate to aspects of his thinking.
Rabindranath Tagore’s spiritual ideas are this-worldly and at the same time based on the belief in a deeper reality. His ideas were inspired by Hindu scriptures such as the Upanishads, Vaisnava, Baul, Buddhist and Persian traditions, the reformist involvement of his family in the Brahmo Samaj, and his encounters with ideas and people from around the world. At the same time, he creatively selected and
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We also have backpacks available with a poem by Yogesh Patel, Dr Debjani Chatterjee and Saleem Peeradina. If you too can donate one of your poems for this fund raising venture (your rights reserved), please contact us. They have to be for an occasion.
Do you want merchandise featuring work by other poets or your own poems? Even in Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, or any other world languages? No problem.
To order contact me direct with your PDF of a poem in the language that you want. We can also help if you need help with the artwork.
As this project is for all of us, and is a non-profit venture in nature, and constantly evolving, Word Masala welcomes local poets and authors to join hands in making it a meaningful stop for all our creative talents worldwide. We are especially keen to see the poetry film
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