Call for papers: poetry, essays, stories, reviews
The Poetry Porch is accepting submissions through April 3, 2013.
With the arrival of 2013, will our fortunes improve or will we count ourselves among the unlucky? Will the big snows come? Will the market for promoting and distributing poetry find new life? Will the AWP alter the cultural arena of Boston? As it happens, I am obsessed with abandoned buildings. How much they stimulate my imagination, bring up old memories, provoke response. I see structures that are uninhabited and I worry about the economy, yet I also find such sights full of possibility. I turn to Emily Dickinson’s poem #466 “I dwell in Possibility -”
What are your obsessions? What projects are you working on? The Poetry Porch is accepting submissions now through April 3 for the next issue (open theme). See suggestions below:
Poems: send 3 to 8 poems. We are looking for poetry that is formal or informal, that adheres to strict meter and rhyme or experiments with them, that is personal or objective, classical or modern, urban or pastoral. These should be original and not previously published. (Note: occasionally we post ten or more published poems for a profile of a featured poet.)
Essays and stories: These can be 300 to 4000 words in length and on any topic that we agree is literary and that shows an engagement with language.
Reviews: Critical reviews of poetry books, and others of literary interest, are welcome (most are 700 to 1500 words). These can be first books, collections, groups of books, and chapbooks. Book reviews do not have to discuss a current publication but can introduce books published in the past decade that might have been overlooked or that will justify a reconsideration. We suggest that reviewers discuss what the author has set out to do and then how well he or she has done it, quoting specific examples from the poems.
Sonnets: We are interested in original unpublished sonnets to add to The Sonnet Scroll.
Email or US mail: Send MS Word attachments (doc or docx or rtf) or paste text into the message box to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com or through the link on The Poetry Porch pages. Or you may send hard copies through US mail to Joyce Wilson, Editor, The Poetry Porch, 158 Hollett Street, Scituate, MA 02066 (781/ 545-0731).
Contact information: Please include contact information on your submitted materials at or near the top of every page (name, email, telephone, and US mail address) and a brief biographical statement to let us know who you are, how you heard about The Poetry Porch, where you have published, and other relevant information.
Thank you for your interest in The Poetry Porch,