NEW POETRY & ART CONTESTS

DUE MARCH 31ST! EXTENDED DEADLINE POET IN RESIDENCE-- SINGLE AUTHOR COLLECTION

Congratulations to our winners Yola Gomez & Hasna Salam! Check out our blog for more info. 

Hybrid Poetry Collection--Would you like to have a full poetry collection published by a traditional publisher? Do you have a full collection of work, something bigger than a chapbook? Something with a cohesive theme, a narrative bent, and a hybrid aspect—art, photography, form, typography, a unique theme or something...  “new?” 

Our second annual “Paper Poet in Residence” will be juried by award-winning 2019 poet in residence, Poet T.L Sanders. The 2020 poet in residence will be announced in April during National Poetry Month 2020.


The winning poet will work on one full-length collection with an editor --to be published in the fall of 2020. The winner is invited to read for at least one open mic at the 2020  Fountainverse Poetry Festival in Kansas City with other possible performance opportunities.

Winners of this poetry in residence will receive $100 and 10 copies of their book. This book will be published in both softcover and eBook editions.

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your bio (and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a summary of your submitted collection). All work must be original and submitted by the author. 

Selection Committee: Poetry Collections by one author will be evaluated on how they fit the theme of “new” as well as creativity, risk, & craftmanship as a more than poetry book or Hybrid poetry book. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work is read by our judges anonymously.

Length: approximately 60 to 100 book size pages (60 traditional length poems)

How many poetry collections can I submit? You may submit one manuscript per entry. Each manuscript MUST have page numbers and a table of contents. 

DARK POETRY

Submit by July 31st 2020

Light up the Dark. Share your dark poetry. Shadows. Fears. Rising up from the ashes. What is shared in the dark, brings truth to light.

 

One winner a month from our poetry contests will be promoted online in social media and on our website. 

 

Finalists of our poetry contests in 2020 will be published in Print! Both softcover and eBook. Our books include a page about each poet -- including a link to your author page on our website. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets from which our editors will choose to invite a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!! 

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your bio and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission All work must be original and submitted by the author. If previously published and you’ve retained rights, include the publication note and date of former serial publication. 

How do we decide which poems we select for this publication? Poems will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, narrative, & craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work is read by our judges anonymously. 

How many poems can you submit? You may submit 3 poems per entry make sure to put them in the same document with Titles and Date clearly marked with no other identifying information. 

July

ART SUBMISSIONS

Digital Publishing Manager

Submit Art, Illustrations, or poetry in this open call for art that is year-round. Submit something you think will go with one of our contests. If your art is selected to appear in one of our poetry or sort story collections you will receive a copy of the book. Winning entries will be featured in both softcover and eBook editions of one short story collection or one poetry collection. A page about the artist -- including a link to your artist page on our website will also be included in the book in which you are published.

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your artist bio (and any website or artist page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a 50 word explanation of your submission.) All work must be original and submitted by the artist. Let us know if you have a theme for your art: sci-fi, fantasy, normal, kid-lit, or YA.
How do we decide which art we select for the contest? Art will be evaluated on how it fits the theme as well as creativity, a subject that fits with stories and poems entered & craftsmanship. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission image so that your work is judged anonymously.
Size: Send image size under 1000 kb and if selected you will be asked to send a 300 to 600 dpi image with instructions.

How much art? You may submit three pieces of art, collage, photography, or illustration per entry.
How many times can you submit? As many as you like.

Blue City Poets: Kansas City 2019

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OUR FIRST KANSAS CITY POETS COLLECTION 2019

Blue City Poetry

"resonated immediately within my soul......reflective of the ACTIVE poetic, spiritual, and artistic diversity that which is Kansas City! --Suzanne Blum-Young


"Kansas City, the city of fountains, is blue: July blue, cerulean, ice blue, and lapis. Kansas City, the home of jazz and barbecue, is loved and known for its realness: its “streets of steel rain,” “honeysuckle explosion,” “fresh apple pie air,” “stripped dandelions,” “tallgrass mounds,” and so much more.

In the chapbook collection, Blue City Poets, editor Polly McCann deftly brings together the voices of poets who call the Blue City home and who have traversed it. These poems are their personal truths: raw, soul-searching, at times heartbreaking, yet hopeful." --Sayeeda T. Ahmad, Across Oceans


Illustrated with lush, buoyant paintings by Michael B Savage, SAV art gallery. Art Direction by Kevin Paul Callahan.

Cover art by Susan Kiefer. "Bird of Paradise." It's an homage to Charlie Parker, whose nickname was "Bird." One of his compositions was titled "Bird of Paradise." The boat is borrowed from Egyptian tomb paintings, so I imagine Charlie in bird form, playing and drifting along on a heavenly sea."


The winning poets selected for this book are 

“Kansas” by Melissa Goodnight

“Silky Sky” by C.M. Millen

“Last Poets” by William Edmond Dozier

“Can’t Breathe” by Malcolm Byers

“On a Grey St. Patrick’s Day” by Mary Silwance

“Totality” by Mary-Lane Kamberg

“PRAIRIE DECORATION” by Frances Rove

Before the Crossing by Mary-Lane Kamberg

“That Night the Sky Fell” by Taylor Ware

“Controlled Burn” by Jamie Lynn Heller "Paper Poet" by TL Sanders and "Doing Battle with Old Bones" and "Wildlife" by Kevin Callahan

Celebrate this book with us at Fountain Verse Poetry Festival.



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