Congratulations to Poets' Salon member Carey Link
on her new poetry chapbook Through the Kaleidoscope,
published by Blue Light Press!
UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
October 11 @ 2-4pm (Sunday) – The Arts Café Mystic Presents A “Green Poetry Café” With Margaret Gibson, Joan Hofmann, and Steve Straight at the Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic. Green poetry includes poetry about nature, the environment, and climate crisis but in addition it explores our relationship, as individuals and communities and countries, with the natural world. Seats are limited and tickets must be purchased ahead of time via our website. Social distancing will be practiced and safety precautions will be strictly adhered to. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students. For more information, contact Lisa Starr at 401-241-2592 or email@example.com.
October 14th @ 11am-1pm (Wednesday) and October 16th @ 2pm-4pm (Friday) – All are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney. In this session, the pantoum will be explored, a form born of Malaysian oral poetry that draws heavily upon repetition, rhyme, and juxtaposition. The group will explore a wide variety of poems and conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, where participants will compose an original pantoum. Free to attend, but registration is required; space is limited. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and time of the session you would like to attend.
October 15th @ 7-9pm (Thursday) – Readings and discussion by the poets of Forms & Features, an online creative community that celebrates the diverse voices, rich experiences, and powerful words of poets from around the world. Free, online event, but advanced registration is required.
October 20th @ 7:30pm (Tuesday) – The Allan K. Smith Reading Series presents Jericho Brown, who will do a reading online from his work. He is the author of The Tradition (2019), which was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Event is free, but advanced registration is required.
October 22nd-November 1st - The Dodge Poetry Festival is moving online this year, and it's FREE to attend! With multiple events featuring close to 100 celebrated poets, check out the festival's online schedule to find out which poetry events capture your interest.
November 10th @ 9pm (Tuesday) – Open Door Series online presents a live virtual reading with Chicago poets Suzanne Buffam, CM Burroughs, and their MFA students Fatima Eldigair and Chad Morgan. Free to attend, but advanced registration required.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Conduit Books & Ephemera
Deadline: October 31, 2020
“Minds on Fire” Open Book Prize is awarded to any poet writing in English, regardless of previous publication record. Previously unpublished manuscripts of 48-90 pages should be submitted through our Submittable page. Blind read. The winning poet will receive $1,500 and 30 author copies. $25 entry fee.
Publisher: Quarterly West
Deadline: November 1, 2020
This fall, Quarterly West will open for its inaugural poetry and prose contests. The winners will each receive $1000 and publication in the Issue 102 of Quarterly West. Two runners-up will each receive $250 and all entries will be considered for publication. To enter, submit up to three poems. The submission fee is $10. The inaugural poetry judge is Natalie Scenters-Zapico.
Publisher: Perugia Press
Deadline: November 15, 2020
The press’s tagline reads: “Publishing New Women Poets Since 1997.” The Perugia Press Prize is now open to women poets living in the U.S., and the winner receives publication, $1,000 and 10 author copies, mentoring during the publication and promotion of her book, travel stipends and honorariums during a series of opening book launch events, and publicity and promotion at local and national book events. Poets must have no more than 1 previously published full-length book of poetry in English. Also open to hybrid works that include collaborations and visual art. Manuscripts should be previously unpublished as a whole (individual poems published elsewhere are okay), be 45-85 pages, with one poem per page. Blind read. $27 entry fee per submission (multiple submissions okay).
Publisher: The Halcyone/Black Mountain Press/Her Words
Deadline: October 29, 2020 (Her Words), November 1, 2020 (The Halcyon), November 20, 2020 (Black Mountain Press Chapbook Contest)
Her Words is a collection of poetry and short stories for, by, and about women. The collection provides a feminine touch on the literary world and gives women the opportunity to receive recognition for who they are and for the words they have written. Send 2 pieces per submission. Selected writers of each issue will receive two copies as payment. $6 submission fee.
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The Black Mountain Press will now be awarding a quarterly chapbook winner for poets and fiction writers. Submissions should be from 16-64 pages for consideration of your short novel, short story collections, graphic novel, or poetry collection. Quarterly winner receives 12 copies as payment. The Black Mountain Press intends to publish one or more manuscripts from this reading period. $12 submission fee.
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We are now accepting submissions to the the Fall 2020 Issue of The Halcyone. Enter up to 4 poems that have not been published elsewhere. The Halcyone pays featured poets (3-4 poems) 5 copies of the quarterly review. Single poems receive 3 copies of the publication. Entry to The Halcyone also acknowledges that the writer or artist accepts that their submitted work may be used in the online blog at TheHalcyone.com. $8 submission fee.
Publisher: So to Speak
Deadline: November 10, 2020 (early deadline with ½ submission fee: October 11, 2020)
Submit up to 5 poems, not exceeding 10 pages. Looking for work that celebrates intersectional feminism. Multiple submissions okay, each requiring a separate submission fee. $5 submission fee until October 11, 2020 (tomorrow) - $10 submission fee until November 10, 2020.
Publisher: New Letters
Deadline: No deadline
Send no more than 6 poems. Accepts both online and paper submissions. Sim subs okay. $4.95 fee for submissions (waived for subscribers to the magazine).
Publisher: Palette Poetry
Deadline: October 18, 2020
The 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize is now open. This unique multimedia contest will accept work that incorporates poetry into new media formats, including but not limited to: music, video, art, photography, sculpture, and performance. The editors will rate the work accordingly: 50% poetic experience, 50% media experience. Each submission must include poetry into the work in some significant way—visually written or audio recorded. Ekphrasis is welcome as well, as long as the art is original. Their editorial team will select the winner of the $3000 top prize, as well as two runner-ups for $300 and $200 respectively. Keep any recordings or video to under 8 minutes in length. Collaborations are welcome. No page requirement, but submission must be no more than 2 individual works. Multiple submissions okay, but each submission will include the reading fee.
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.