UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
May 31st-June 2nd (Friday-Sunday) – Walt Whitman Bicentennial Convention @ Radisson Hotel, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge, NY. Edward Ahern will be a featured poet at the convention, reading on Saturday from 2-4pm. $35 for the weekend or $15 per day.
June 2nd (Sunday) @ 3pm – The Charter Oak Readings @ Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford. Steve & Benjamin Ostrowski and Andrea Barton reading. Starts with open mike.
PLACES TO READ YOUR POETRY
Every 2nd Monday of the month @ 7-8:30pm – Monday Night Poetry @ Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Stamford Town Center), 100 Greyrock Place Suite H009, Stamford. Please come and listen to local poets, bring a favorite poem, or read your own at the Open Mike. More info: 203-323-1248.
Every 3rd Monday of the month @ 6:30-8:30pm - Norwalk Poetry Meetup Group @ Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk @ Carnegie Room (2nd floor). Informal readings of poems or works in progress shared by poets, with friendly critiques by one's peers. Run by the new poet laureate of Norwalk, Bill Hayden.
Every Tuesday @7-9pm – PoemAlley @ Curley’s Diner, 62 West Park Place, Stamford. Welcome to PoemAlley, Stamford, Connecticut's eclectic venue for poets, poetry reading and discussion! Open to anyone living in Fairfield County and the surrounding area. Come contribute, get something to eat, or simply listen!
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 7-9pm – WritersMic @ Panera’s Restaurant, 1860 Post Road (near Home Goods), Westport. Free, casual open-mike format – all forms of creative writing OK to read. Each reader will have 5 minutes/about 1000 words. While not a critique group, you can request feedback afterwards.
Every 3rd Thursday of the month @ 7-9pm – The Poetry Institute Poetry Series @ The Young Men’s Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven. The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mike. Outstanding featured readers. All in a casual setting.
Every 3rd Saturday of the month @ 2-4pm – CT Poetry Society Meeting @ Wilton Library (Room A), 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. Meeting format is a structured workshop. Participants are expected to be members of (or to join) the Connecticut Poetry Society. Bring one poem and copies of it for the other participants. Poems should be no longer than 2 pages of Times Roman Font 12. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Elephants Never
Open continually for submissions – send up to 3 traditional verse or prose poems in any style. No payment, no fee to submit.
Publisher: Voice of Eve
Deadline: July 30, 2019
Open continually for submissions (deadline is just for issue 17) – send up to 3 poems in a literary style; publish only women. No payment, no fee to submit.
Publisher: Sky Island Journal
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Open continually for submissions (deadline is just for their Summer issue) – open to all types of poetry. Fast response time – 9 days, with a personalized response. No limit for how many poems or how many times you can submit. $3.99 fee to submit.
Publisher: Oyster River Pages
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Submit up to 3 poems – blind read, so don’t include name in manuscript.
Publisher: Driftwood Press
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Contest: The Adrift Chapbook Series – submit 15-40 pages of poetry. Entry fee: $12. Prize: $300, publication, and 20 copies of the chapbook.
Regular submission: Send up to 3 poems of no longer than 60 lines – prefer experimental poetry over traditional. Submission fee $2.99.
Publisher: Orison Books
Deadline: July 1, 2019
Contest: The Orison Chapbook Prize for manuscripts of 20-45 pages, in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid). Submission period: April 1 – July 1. The winner receives $300 and publication. Judged by Orison Books founder and editor, Luke Hankins.
Publisher: Rattle Magazine
Deadline: July 15
Contest: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee: one-year subscription to Rattle at $25. Blind read.
The Poets' Salon is an all-inclusive group that gets together the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m in the Memorial Room at the Fairfield Public Library. We read our poetry aloud, politely critique each others' work (upon request), highlight publishing opportunities, and also talk about local poetry readings.