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Call for Submissions

Prolific Pulse Press LLC is conducting a call for submissions. Details are as follows:

Prolific Pulse Press LLC needs 3 essays and 3 poems about what it is like to be a caregiver of a family member or close friend who has become ill.

We also needs 3 essays and 3 poems about what it is like to be given care by a family member or close friend.

All entries must be speaking from their own firsthand experiences.

Essays should be no longer than 5000 words. Poems should not be longer than 600 words.

Previously published essays and/or poems will be accepted for consideration with the exception of already being published in anthologies or other books.

The 12 winning essays and poems will receive an award of $20 each.

All entries must be in 12 point Times New Roman or Book Antiqua font.

Send entries as attachments to your email.

Deadline: March 31, 2022

A 50 word Bio will be needed with the entries, not after the fact.

What will happen to these?

These are to go into a book by Lisa Tomey and it will be published in August 2022

Releases will be requested for the essay and poem writers to enable publication.

No royalties will be paid, but your names and bios will be included in the book.

There will be an optional open mic for this book event for which any winning entries will be invited to attend and read.

Send entries to

Put Caregiver in the subject line

Questions? email

Announcements, Poets & Events

Pushcart Prize Nominations

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The Pushcart Prize Nominations have been submitted by Prolific Pulse Press LLC

As I read through all the poetry from this year to select just the right ones, it was a difficult job, but when you find that poem that is just what you know to be the one, you have to pick it.

It is with great pleasure that Prolific Pulse Press LLC has chosen the following nominees for the Pushcart Prize:

Bartholomew Barker – Poem: Limitless, Published in Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry 2021

Chyrel J. Jackson – Poem: Love Unspoken, Published in Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry 2021

Jill Sharon Kimmelman – Poem: Double Shift, Published in You Are the Poem, 2021

Sita Gaia- Poem: I’ll Have a Seizure with My Coffee on the Side, Published in Knocking on the Body’s Door, 2021

Richard O Ogunmodede – Poem: We Are Same, Published in Hearts Beats Anthology of Poetry, 2021

Susi Bocks – Poem: Sweet Embrace, Published in Hearts Beats, Anthology of Poetry, 2021

Congratulations to all and thank you to every single poet who submitted to the anthology as well as others who chose to have their work published by Prolific Pulse Press LLC.

To learn more about the Pushcart Prize you can go to this website:

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Poets & Events

Poetry Workshop – Michael Poage

Poet’s Connection – Poetry Workshop with Michael Poage

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:00 AM

Online event

5 Poetry Lovers Attending

Virtual Poetry Workshop with Michael Poage We will be having an activity poetry workshop on May 22 at 10 a.m. ET – Bring your paper and pen so you can write and share what you create in the workshop. Expect to be enlightened, inspired, and engaged. Michael Poage was born in Virginia and has lived and worked in New England, California, Montana, Kans…

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Little Did I Know

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Little Did I Know

What you might see
on the surface
is not necessarily
what is so

Little did I know
when they took
an interest
in my heart
the beat of my heart would become their own
the rhythm of my song
would become their own
the splatter of my paint
would become their own

It was only when
I found out
I didn’t know who I was anymore

The light came on

My heart started a rhythm
to the song I owned
my paint became brilliant
to my own eyes

Little did I know
but I know now
it was the rhythm of the rain
that made me grow

National Poetry Month Day 18 has been penned. Thanks to the prompt from
Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides: “For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Guy,” “Little Richard,” “Little Mermaid,” “Little Italy,” and “Little Words That Pack a Big Punch.” I think if you think about it for a little bit, you’ll find a big (or little) poem to write.”