UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
December 16 (Monday) @ 6:30-7:30pm – Poetry Club @ Derby Public Library, 313 Elizabeth Street, Derby in the Meeting Room. Poetry Club for anyone who has in interest in reading, writing or exploring the world of poetry. Susan Lanzaro-Schroeder will lead this open discussion and member devotion to positive feedback and the joyful appreciation of the creative endeavor. Can’t make this night? Other Monday meetings are as follow: October 21, November 18, and December 16. Drop in!
December 16 (Monday) @ 6:30-8pm – Poetry Workshop with Poet Laureate Bill Hayden @ Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk in the Children’s Activity Room. Each workshop we plan to have informal readings of original poems or works in progress, shared by poets, so come prepared to read something that you wrote, or are working on, and want to try out in a safe space. Please bring extra copies to share for the group to make comments on if you wish. This is simply to receive peer reactions and comments. We'll also allow for verbal feedback time after each person reads.We expect there to be enough time for each person to read one poem. Participants are also welcome to read a poem written by a favorite poet.The format for future workshops may included have occasional visiting featured poets. I also plan to have a listing of dates and times of other local poetry groups that meet regularly in Fairfield & Westchester counties. Please let me know if you plan to attend the workshop. I look forward to what I hope will be the first of many poetic adventures together.
December 19th (Thursday) @ 3:30-5pm – Tea Time & Poetry in West Hartford @ Arugula Bistro, 953 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Come to read a poem or two, or come just to listen and enjoy afternoon tea at Arugula. Informal and spontaneous. All-inclusive cover of $15 for a pot of tea of your choice from an extensive selection of fine teas and delectable sweets and savories made by Christiane, chef/owner at Arugula.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Tupelo Press
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Dorset Prize: This is a call to all poets, who like to dream big! Offered through Tupelo Press, this contest is judged by the incomparable poet and writer Maggie Smith. All poets writing in English are eligible, although the poetry manuscript should be between 48-88 pages. The winner of the Dorset Prize receives $3000, a week-long residency at MASS MoCA, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and a national distribution with promotion and publicity! Entry fee $30.
Publisher: New Rivers Press
Deadline: December 31
The Many Voices Project is the distinguished annual competition (since 1981) to find full-length manuscripts from new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two books of creative writing with a commercial, university, or national small press within the selected genre.) There is a $25 entry fee. Finalists are typically announced by May of the year following the close of the submission window. The winners are usually announced later that summer. The winning title will be published in fall the following year by New Rivers Press and distributed nationally by Small Press Distribution. The winning author will receive a $1,000 honorarium, a standard book contract, and fifteen complimentary copies of the final book. All poems must be in English, no more than 1 poem per page, with a manuscript length of 50-90 pages.
Publisher: Muse/A Journal
Muse/A seeks lyrical, playful, moving, inventive, unique, experimental, honest, linguistically-innovative, perhaps collaborative, economical, attentive, vested, clever, touching, REAL work. For our online issues, we are also awarding the Red Lobster Prize to our editors’ favorite piece. This award entitles the writer to a Red Lobster gift card, allowing the writer to feast on some cheddar biscuits and shrimp scampi. We are currently charging a $3.00 fee for submissions.
Publisher: Bending Genres
They seek poetry year-round that is unusual, experimental, terrifying, delightful, stunning, rare, deep, whooshes out, magnanimous and secretive. They enjoy blending genres, hybrid writing, blurred lines and creative bursts of stylistic fusion.
They like short poetry of no more than 35 lines. Maximum 4 poems per submission. Reading fee of $4.35, 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.