By Kara L.C. Jones

Poetry News:

As always there are many announcements from the KotaPress Poetry front. We hope you will find these helpful, and feel free to contact us via email at or via phone at 206-297-1012 if you need further information.

»»KotaPress has landed on Vashon Island with the following new contact information:
Phone: 206-251-6706
Location: Vashon Island, WA

We are very excited to be living and working on an island where art and artists are so honored and supported. We plan to feature more about Vashon and the artists here at KotaPress in the coming months, and in the meantime we wanted to share with you all the resources we're discovering. Surf on thru and enjoy!

Vashon Calendar -
Vashon Cam -
Voice of Vashon (tune in to hear Hawk!) -
Vashon Ticket (coolest newspaper ever!) -
Vashon Allied Arts -
Vashon Print and Design -


KotaPress Reading
Wednesday, October 24th, 7 to 10pm - CANCELLED

»» Poetic Medicine Workshop with John Fox
Friday, October 26th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - CANCELLED

»» Poetic Medicine Workshop with John Fox
Saturday, October 27th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - CANCELLED

»» CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Psychoanalytic Experience: Analysands Speak
An E-Journal for Non-clinicians, Esther Altshul Helfgott, Ph.D., Editor

If you would like to document your experience of the client/therapist relationship, submit essays, poems, memoirs, diaries or stories to Beginning, as well as experienced writers and poets, are encouraged to submit. I will help contributors with revisions (to a point). I am looking for contributions for the following sections:

  • Client Accounts of the Psychotherapeutic Relationship
  • Client Accounts of Analysis
  • Famous Analysands in History
  • Stories of Childhood Abuse
  • Smart Alecky Remarks by Psychotherapists (Are these wake-up calls?)
  • Stories of Confinement in Mental Institutions
  • Book Reviews on the Therapeutic Experience or Mental Health

Guidelines for The Psychoanalytic Experience: Analysands Speak

  • No religious material or rhymed poems
  • Poems - not over 40 lines
  • Essays, Memoirs, Diaries: 1,000 - 1500 words
  • Non-fiction fragments: 100 - 200 word paragraphs
  • Fiction: 2500 words or less
  • Analysands in History: well-researched 1000-word essays
  • Stories of Confinement - 2,000 words
  • Book Reviews - 1500 words
  • Simultaneous submissions: ok
  • Previously published work: ok, with citation
  • No attachments
  • 100-word author bio
  • All rights revert back to author immediately, but if first published by The Psychoanalytic Experience, please cite
  • Check spelling and grammar before sending work out. It is often wise to workshop material before submitting or have a writing buddy look it over
  • Permission letter to publish work required
  • Material sent should be written by you
  • Non-paying market

»» Call for Submissions: Follow Your Dreams Poetry Contest @ RainbowMaker
Theme: Follow Your Dreams
Submit: You can submit via web form on their site
Content: 200 words or less
Deadline: Winners notified October 1, 2001
Snail mail: RainbowMaker, P.O. Box 3285, Milford, CT 06460

»» Kota Disclaimer: The following Rexdale contest requires an entry fee. They are legit, but there are lots of contests that don't require money for entry. Submit at your own risk.
Rexdale Publishing of Hackensack, NJ invites all poets, published and unpublished to enter The 2001 Lady MacDuff Poetry Contest. The winner will receive $500 and 12 copies of his/her published poetry book. Deadline for entry is November 30, 2001. Details may be found at

»» We provide you another chance to get into print!!! Want a spot in Volume 3, 2002, KotaPress Poetry Anthology?? Submission deadline is January 1, 2002. There is no charge nor reading fee on the front end, and you don't pay for books on the back end-- if you win, you get at least 10 free copies of the book in which you are included! Check out the guidelines under Anthology Contest in our Journal section.

»» We answer your needs! Poetry Therapy workshop and other online classes are available here at KotaPress. And one-on-one writing class is open for those of you in the Seattle area. Send us email for more information or call 206-297-1012 to schedule your class today!

»» KotaPress eStore is now online for our customers! You can make credit card purchases without leaving our secure website. This means no more hassles with those other online bookstores. The eStore offers all our cd and book titles for sale with new items being added all the time. Don't miss this chance to get your very own copy of the current issue of the KotaPress Poetry Anthology! All yours for only $9.50 (+shipping). Check it out in our Store Section!

»» Are you looking for ways to support the Mrs. Duck Project? 10% of any purchase you make from Mary Kay representative Bonnie Hallock will be put toward the Mrs. Duck Project! We are so honored to have this generosity from Bonnie, and we wanted all of you to know how to participate. Go to Bonnie's Mary Kay site at and order away-- IMPORTANT: There is a place on the online order form to put a message, and you must put KOTAPRESS in there so she knows it's a Mrs. Duck order. Bonnie can take check or money order for any amount, and she can take Visa/MC for orders over $60. She can also take for orders. If you have further questions, feel free to send her an email from her site at (In the spirit of fairness, Bonnie can only accept orders from patrons who do not currently have a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. Thank you for understanding.)

»» Want yet another way to support Mrs. Duck and SeattleMISS? Just buy your favorite products at our new online shopping village -- at no extra cost to you or us -- at Up to 15% of your purchases go directly to SeattleM.I.S.S which in turn supports The Mrs. Duck Project, providing free copies of the Mrs. Duck book to grieving families around the world. SeattleMISS shopping village includes brand name items from more than 100 leading online retailers like Amazon.comŽ,,, L.L. Bean,, and more. You don't pay more to buy things online. And your security and privacy are rigorously safeguarded. Ready to do a little shopping? Visit the SeattleMISS/GreaterGood web site at, click the "Shop" button and off you go. What's more, if you register at SeattleMISS shopping village, you'll receive a great bonus from one of our retailers. Do it today and make your online shopping really count!

»» Still want another way to support Mrs. Duck?! Now you can make a donation to Mrs. Duck through our non-profit umbrella organization M.I.S.S.. We at KotaPress believe so whole-heartedly in the work of M.I.S.S. that we house the Seattle chapter's web information in our Loss section and we offer them our office space as a base for the Seattle chapter. You can support the Mrs. Duck Project thru SeattleM.I.S.S. which is the Seattle, WA, local chapter for the national non-profit org (Mission for Infant Survival & Stillbirth In Natural Grieving/ Mothers In Sympathy & Support).

M.I.S.S. recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 with a tax ID number. The national office is physically located in Arizona, and the website is hosted at If you wish to support the Mrs. Duck Project, you can send a check or money order donation to the SeattleM.I.S.S. group with a note asking that that funds be earmarked for Mrs. Duck. They will use 80% of the donation to fund the making of more Mrs. Duck books which we give away free. 10% will go toward the local chapter so they can continue offering free support group meetings, one-on-one crisis help, and mailing outreach literature. And the last 10% will go to the national office to support their outreach and the medical research that is happening about stillbirth at The Pregnancy Institute. The SeattleM.I.S.S. is registered with the state of Washington Charities Programs. For more information, please feel free to email or call Kara at 206.297.1012.


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