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February 18, 2018

Now and then we like to update you on poetry submission deadlines for Cascadia-based publications.
NOTE 1: This list does not include contests.
NOTE 2: This is not a list of all the literary publications in the region, only those with open or nearly-open submissions. To see more, see the NW lit scene links in the sidebar at right.
NOTE 3: Read the publication and read the guidelines before submitting. Please.

Here’s the latest:

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call for youth poets

January 27, 2018

The Whatcom County Library System invites submissions from teens in grades 6-12 for inclusion in A Forest of Words 2018, a teen poetry anthology, which will be distributed to area schools and libraries.

The entry deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. See the guidelines and submission form at WCLS.

call for poems

January 6, 2018

Feeling clever? The Washington Post wants to hear from you.

You are invited to submit up to 25 (yup, twenty-five) entries to the Post’s annual obit poem contest: Style Invitational Week 1261: Post Mortems. Here’s the call, with a winning sample, and here’s the submission form.

Entry deadline is midnight Monday, January 15, 2018, so get busy!

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hurry, poets

December 19, 2017

Add your poems of joy, resolution, dire warnings, laments, or songs of praise to the Vashon Poetry Post in the Village Green to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Thursday, December 21, 2017. If you’re on Vashon Island, post your own. Otherwise, email your poem to Ann Spiers – spiers [at] centurytel.net – to add to the season’s much-needed cloak of poems.

Container

November 22, 2017

As mentioned previously (here and here), we’re big fans of Container, the category-busting literary/arts project of Jenni B. Baker and Douglas Luman.

For its latest Multitudes project, Container mailed a vintage lunchbox from the 1960s-1980s to seven artists with an intentionally vague directive: transform the object into a work of visual or literary art. The result is the Container Lunchbox Series — seven one-of-a-kind creations, several of which have already been sold.

Container is currently — and only until November 30, 2017 — open for submissions.

Periodically, Container opens to submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other text-based work to develop into limited-quantity text objects and artist’s books (think: a poetry manuscript published on a fold out map, a short story printed on a milk carton, a novel rolled into cigars and presented in a cigar box).

Read the guidelines. Go for it.

call for writers

November 16, 2017

The annual collaboration between Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance is now underway, with a call for poems, short stories, and essays that will serve as the inspiration and foundation for dances to be performed April 13, 14, and 15, 2018, at the Western Washington University Fine Arts Gallery. The show: “A Night in the Gallery: Dance, Poetry, and Visual Art” will feature four or five poetry and dance collaborative works.

(Note: If you are unfamiliar with Bellingham Repertory Dance, the troupe will perform “Emerge” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17, 18, and 19, 2017.)

The call for writing follows. Submissions must be received on or before Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Follow the instructions very closely.

Choreographers in the Company read the written submissions with a fresh perspective. They look for feelings, images, or stories to convey through modern dance. Four to five performance pieces will be chosen and will involve one or more dancers. Works may be read aloud or posted prior to, during, or after the dance. All winning submissions will be presented in a Phrasings 2018 chapbook.

The program is looking for a wide range of poetry and all forms of writing to be selected for:

  • Originality — has not been published or performed previously.
  • Vivid imagery — the content could be personal, pastoral, and/or tactile.
  • Lyrical qualities — gives attention to rhythm and language.

Important note: No writing has ever been selected that refers to dancing or had obvious dance content.

Instructions (follow closely):

  1. To submit: e-mail submissions to chuckanutsandstone@gmail.com on or before Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Use the Subject line: Submission Phrasings 2018.
  2. Submit an attachment of up to 3 poems and/or dialogue, essay, or short story as a pdf or MSWord attachment. Do not put your name on the attachment. Limit submissions to pieces that are 1-2 pages in length. They must be original and not previously performed on stage.
  3. Plus, in the body of the e-mail, please list the titles (or first lines) of the submissions and your name, phone number, street address, and e-mail address. In 75 words or less, write a short introduction that describes you and your degree of openness to how your works might be performed.

Receipt of your submission and outcomes with follow-up details will be sent via e-mail. Please address comments or questions to Carla Shafer at chuckanutsandstone@gmail.com.

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Perhaps you’ve noticed the Poem Booth on the west side of the Community Food Co-op, next to the community board on Forest Street in downtown Bellingham. Coordinated by Christen Mattix, Summer Starr, and Shannon Laws, the Poem Booth features a poem by a Whatcom County poet. The contest for the next poet is now open.

Here’s the Call for Submissions.
Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem for display in the POEM BOOTH. The winning poem will be framed and displayed in the booth for three months, from December 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, and the recipient will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.

Poem Submission Guidelines
(Only poems submitted according to these guidelines will be considered.)
Deadline: November 18, 2017, by midnight

  • Submit poems to poemboothbham@gmail.com
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF or Note attachment via email
  • Do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • Do not submit your poems to individual jury members.
  • No computer? Submit your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information plus a cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone and email address. Mail to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225-5059.

The winning poem will be announced on December 1, 2017. Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth Bellingham blog.

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