for Pulau Sudong, a tiny island off the southern coast of Singapore
inspired by Forrest Gander’s “Anniversary”
casting out still reeling from heady hash
whiff of scaley waft wet lumber
grates against tender fingers
sweet acrid fumes swirl riot
turn reel let out line
taut pressure on watch
splayed horizon splits sight
blurry dizzy motion churns
repast into buttered wave
emptied bowels bleed along
cracked grain of smooth board
flesh torn but tempers hold
(because I do not want to be known always by my wounds)
on the precipice
where choices are made
one more breath
one more step
clawing – ineffective against glass
seeking – purchase against innocence
because I do not want your words to define me
Ju-Lyn Tan lives in Singapore. She aspires to share joy and beauty through her writing. She is a regular contributor to Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art & Words, and has poems in “Contour: A Lyric Cartography of Singapore” and “Seven Hundred Lines: a Crown of Found/Fount Sonnets”.
Bleeding profusely for what you believe
Is worth the fight even for your defeat.
Mourn not for Victory, Fortune’s pawn.
Pages of history rejoice martyred braves
But seldom does it reflect a cowardly retreat.
Soumika is an ardent lover of Literature and teaches English Literature .She believes that Nature is the ultimate source of Inspiration and Spirituality. She maintains a blog named https://2wordsforlife.blogspot.com/?m=1
, where she posts her poetry and poetry appreciation of other poets.
You can also follow and contact her on Facebook and /or Instagram @2wordsforlife where she regularly posts “ short inspiring poetry for fighting the greatest battle called Life”. Her poetry gives the message of being optimistic at all times in life.
Your breath hits my shoulder
I turn back to see
you fade into the shadows
hidden from me
For when will you visit,
my fairy, my sprite?
You changed me
and then you fell
into the night.
Liyona is an “average joe” kind of writer who likes to think about ordinary things and then write them down. During her college years, she took a more serious bent toward writing and started to post on her blog (The Life and Times of a Quirky Character.)
Whispers and Echoes is now open to submissions of poetry and flash fiction on the theme of “WINTER”. This will be our last submissions call of 2020.
- Keywords and themes you might wish to consider (this list isn’t exhaustive): snow, frost, ice, Winter Solstice, transition between seasons, cosiness, winter-themed ghost stories, seasonal specific fairy tales, folklore, myths and legends, winter on another planet / during a different period of history / how it might be in the future, flash fiction and poetry set in winter…
- Our usual submissions guidelines apply: flash fiction in 100 words or under, and poetry in 10 lines or less. The full guidelines can be found here. Please read them before submitting.
- Please state the following in the subject line: Winter Submission – Your Name
- Submissions open: 18 November 2020
- Submissions close: 6 December 2020 or until full
- Accepted submissions will be posted on the site from the middle of December 2020
- Please send your submission to: email@example.com
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The three chosen Editor’s Picks for November 2020 that will be featured on the Whispers and Echoes homepage for the month are:
We started October by sharing more submissions we received as part of our “Autumn 2020” theme, after which we turned our attention to very short submissions for our “Tiny Terrors” submissions call, which we had a lot of fun sharing in the run up to Halloween. To see what we shared – or what you missed – check out the links below. Enjoy!
To submit your own writing to the journal, check out the submissions guidelines here.
Usually we only accept short poetry and flash fiction here at Whispers and Echoes, but occasionally, we do enjoy reading longer pieces. Hence our latest submissions call for longer works…Read on to learn more…
- All our usual submissions guidelines apply – you can find them here – except for the following:
- Only two submissions per contributor will be accepted for this call
- Each poem is limited to 25 lines, and each piece of flash fiction is limited to 250 words
- There is no set theme or genre for this call.
- Please put “Extended Editions – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of your email.
- All submissions must be sent in the body of an email – no attachments please!
- Please give each submission a title.
- Include an author bio written in third person, of no more than 50 words, and accompanied by up to 2 links (blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, etc).
- All work should be original. Please do not send us work that infringes another’s copyright – no song lyrics, no fan fiction, etc.
- Submissions open: 30 October 2020
- Submissions close: Friday 20 November 2020
- All accepted submissions will be posted on the site between mid-late November and early December 2020
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read our Submissions FAQ, please check out the SUBMIT page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Chilly autumn breeze
grave rubbings on white paper
faded words remain
speak out names long forgotten
spirits are walking tonight.
McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featured in various anthologies through Black Hare Press, Iron Faerie Publishing, Dragon Soul Press, and Eerie River Publishing. She has also published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, as well as a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.