submission help

April 20, 2021

If you’ve ever struggled with poetry (or other writing) submissions — where, what, or when to submit, for example — a solution is in the works.

LitNotice! approaches the dilemma from a different perspective than other submission platforms. Instead of keeping track of what you’ve submitted, it keeps track of the publishers, publications, grants, residencies, etc., that fit your goals and then sends you a weekly update with the results tailored to your needs.

LitNotice! is being developed by Luke Hankins (founder and editor of Orison Books and senior editor at Asheville Poetry Review, among many other credits) and a full-stack development team in Asheville, North Carolina. “They’re the ones who have built the LitNotice website-in-progress,” Hankins says, “and are building the platform from the ground up.”

Why take this on? Luke Hankins explains: “As a writer myself, I know how easy it is to let submission planning fall by the wayside — and I’ve heard the same from so many writer friends! As I was considering a way to help people spend less time researching and organizing, and more time writing and submitting, it occurred to me that an extensively customizable alert system that would remind writers of opportunities when they open as well as when they’re about to close would be the perfect solution.”

With a target release date of January 2022, the ambitious project is seeking support on Kickstarter, an all-or-nothing funding effort that will remain open only until Saturday, May 15, 2021. Most of the support levels include a subscription to LitNotice once it launches. Have a look and send a few bucks their way if you can.

LitNotice could be just the alert you need.

a little kick for poetry

November 14, 2019

We recently highlighted a Kickstarter campaign for Claudia Castro Luna’s ambitious project, One River, a Thousand Voices. An all-or-nothing funding effort, it has been named a Kickstarter “Project We Love” and still needs a lot of support.

If you have a few bucks to give, crowdfunding is a lot like voting: one person, one vote, one dollar, can make a difference. It’s also instructive and intriguing to see what’s going on in the support-poetry world. For example,

Copper Canyon Press is running an all-or-nothing Kickstarter campaign to support the 2020 publication of Indigo by Ellen Bass along with books by nine other authors (Traci Brimhall, Victoria Chang, Leila Chatti, John Freeman, Heather McHugh, Philip Metres, James Richardson, Alberto Ríos, and Ed Skoog).

There are also crowdfunding opportunities for poetry books, music, performance, film, and travel on IndieGoGo and gofundme (including a nearly three-year old, apparently still open, project to publish My Friend Jack, a collection of work by the late and beloved Jack McCarthy).

Most crowdfunding projects offer the option of supporting in someone’s name, so as we approach the gift-giving season, you might consider the win-win possibilities.

You may not know that in addition to serving as Washington State Poet Laureate (and other concurrent professional and personal responsibilities), Claudia Castro Luna is completing a two-year stint as Designer in Residence at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts. Her SVC residency culminates with an ambitious project: a poem and illustrated book, One River, a Thousand Voices, that celebrates the Columbia River’s energy, beauty, and power, and honors the resilience of Native peoples who for millennia have lived along its banks.

Claudia’s goal is to place this artist’s book in all 67 Library Districts and all 27 tribal libraries in Washington State. To support that goal, which includes a signed, hardcover, accordion-fold edition as well as paperback and recorded editions, she has initiated a Kickstarter campaign. Read all about it and support it if you can.

We’ve mentioned the Emergency Poet a number of times, so it’s delightful to report that Deborah Alma continues to provide poetic first aid to the world-weary and heart-worn in communities all around England.

What’s more, Deborah and her collaborator, James Sheard, are now planning to open The World’s First Poetry Pharmacy. They’ve selected “a closed-down, dusty Edwardian ironmonger’s shop” in Shropshire, in the West Midlands, and plan to build a traditional (poetry-) dispensing pharmacy with space for workshops, performances, cafe, shop, and, of course, a consulting room in which the pharmacist and patient can discuss conditions and treatments.

Learn more about the Poetry Pharmacy and, if you’re so inclined pitch in your support, on The World’s First Poetry Pharmacy Kickstarter page.

And lest you should be unable to visit in person, we would remind you that Sarah Kay, Kaveh Akbar, and Claire Schwartz are dispensing weekly prescriptions at The Paris Review: Poetry Rx.

film in 48 hours

March 20, 2019

We’ve mentioned Motionpoems here a number of times. “Motionpoems explores the space between poets and other artists to create hybrid artworks that connect with contemporary audiences in new ways.”

In keeping with that mission, Motionpoems is currently running a (very modest) Kickstarter campaign for Hothouse. The project matches four award-winning poets with four cutting-edge filmmakers and gives them 48 hours to produce a film.

The all-or-nothing campaign ends Wednesday, April 10, and the Hothouse films will be screened at the Loft Literary Center’s Wordplay Festival in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Read all about it on Kickstarter.

The Poem Booth, located on the Forest Street side of the downtown Community Food Co-op, has become a regular feature of Bellingham’s evolving poetry landscape. Since March 2017, when a small team refurbished a beaten-up old phone box, the Poem Booth has been home to poems submitted and selected each quarter along with a series of readings to welcome each new poem.

To support the modest costs of maintaining the booth (and keeping it graffiti free), the Poem Booth has launched a Kickstarter campaign — Poem Booth 2018! You can show your support for community poetry and celebrate the Poem Booth’s success so far by pitching in. (Also, if you have ideas for the future of the Poem Booth, see the “Help Wanted” note at the bottom of the Kickstarter page.)

You can also celebrate with the Poem Booth by attending the Poem Booth chapbook launch on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 6pm. The sixteen 2017 quarterly winners and honorable mention poets will read from the 2017 Poem Booth chapbook, which will be available for purchase ($5/or donation). Gather on the mezzanine level of the downtown Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest Street.

(The next submission deadline for the Poem Booth is Saturday, February 17, 2018.)

last 7 days

June 23, 2017

Here’s some poetry history in the making: Copper Canyon Press is running a 10-day Kickstarter campaign, Pablo Neruda: Poetry Lost + Found.

The press’s successful 2015 campaign helped publish a collection of just-discovered, never-before-published poems by Pablo Neruda, Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems.

With this new effort Copper Canyon hopes to fully fund BOOK OF TWILIGHT, Neruda’s first book of poetry, which has never before been published in English in its entirety. Funding from the previous campaign moved this book into production; the current campaign will get it finished and to the printers.

There are juicy inducements for pledges and, very importantly, this is an all-or-nothing campaign: this project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 PM PDT.

Visit Pablo Neruda: Poetry Lost + Found and pledge!

Whitman, musically

April 23, 2017

A new Kickstarter project is currently seeking modest funds to complete the budget for a symphonic poem for soprano and orchestra. Composer Rob Goorhuis will write the score for Walt Whitman’s poem A Child Said, What Is The Grass from Leaves of Grass.

The world premiere of the completed work will be performed by the Dutch Fanfare Orchestra with soprano Fenna Ograjensek at the Dutch National Championships Finals on November 12, 2017, in Enschede, The Netherlands. Read more on Kickstarter.

BE the crowd

November 1, 2016

W.S. Merwin

Now and then we like to browse the crowdfunding sites to see what’s new in the world of poetry. We were somewhat surprised to discover that the very distinguished Copper Canyon Press has just launched a Kickstarter campaign, The Essential W.S. Merwin, to help the press publish the definitive collection of W.S. Merwin’s poetry.

“As a backer, you’ll gain a collection for your library that you’ll surely turn and return to. You can even choose to have your name, or the name of a loved one, printed in every first-edition copy of the book (imagine your name alongside Merwin’s in the Library of Congress). Your contribution will help ensure that poetry readers of today—and generations of readers to come—will have a place to experience Merwin’s work again, or for the first time.”

Visit Kickstarter before 5:00pm, Thursday, December 1, 2016, to learn more…and be part of the crowd.

crowdfunded poetry

February 27, 2016


Now and then, it’s instructive (and fun) to visit crowdfunding sites — Kickstarter, gofundme, Indiegogo — and search the term poetry. As you might expect, the bulk of the requests are for books and chapbooks, some supported vigorously, some not at all. But then there are other projects: readings, podcasts, CDs, films, festivals, educational programs, websites, tech support, you name it. While the requests vary widely in their level of sophistication and outcomes, there’s little doubt that poetry is happening, if not thriving.

Have a look. Pledge a few bucks. The next request could be yours.

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