Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Well-Versed Reader, Call for Submissions

  
The Well-Versed Reader, Call for Submissions
We are seeking submissions of strong narrative poetry to be included in an anthology entitled The Well-Versed Reader to be edited by Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey.  The poems may be on any topic and in any format, but should inspire reading and group discussion.  Send up to three poems to wellversedreader@gmail.com by February 20. For further information and questions, go to www.wellversedreader.blogspot.com.

The Well-Versed Reader, Call for Submissions
Deadline: February 20, 2016

1. Poems must be no longer than 110 lines, in any form that effectively serves the narrative.  Poems must be typed, single-spaced, title first, poet’s name beneath. Online submissions should be attached as a single document in .doc or .docx format.
2.  On the first page of your submission document, include your name, address, phone, and email.  Include a short bio in third person, title of poem(s), and a brief statement about each poem.
3. While we favor original poems, we will consider poems previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks, if the poet retains rights to the publication. Include previous publication information in your submission.
4. Poets may send up to three poems for consideration. No illustrations, photographs, or images should be included.
5. Poets will be notified via email of acceptance to the anthology.

Please share and check here at the Well-Versed Reader blog site for more information. 

12 comments:

  1. Absolutely fantastic idea - truly thrilling - an excellent idea - Yes !!! Why isn't poetry discussed in book clubs? A gaping gap that was obviously waiting for you both to fill! As a former teacher of English myself I have followed "the dynamic duo" of you both with joyful admiration and appreciation. As with all necessary paradigm shifts your plan brings to mind the question "why hasn't this been done before?" Bravo to you both!
    I will do whatever I can to help promote and certainlly will hope to find and/or create some work that will be worthy of inclusion and discussion. Whether I eventually find myself included count me in as a founding champion of this cause! Bravo!

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    1. note to Jane - reading your very first poem at PA - it was patently beautifully obvious that you were a brilliant professional writer - it was difficult and delightfully thrilling to discover thst your work was unshared (at the time) with the world. Kudos to Nancy for her encouragement. I have believed from first reading until today that you are a poet destined for greatness - it is a supreme pleasure to have been a witness to your unveiling ... All the best with this wonderful project!

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    2. Wow! Thanks so much for your support, Pearl. We still hope to get you down for a Face-to-Face. It's halfway to Florida, you know.

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  2. I've been waiting for this ever since you mentioned it at the Face-to-Face. Look for my submission this weekend!

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  3. Hello - I'd love to submit some of my work for consideration! Can you please clarify for me whether you require narrative poems to be in meter and/or rhymed? Thank you,
    Christina

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    1. Any form that is effective. Send it on!

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  4. Quick query re: submission format:

    Should format be Title then Author then Poem, or
    Title then Poem then Author?

    Thanks for clarifying

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  5. Can you please offer more information on payment, cost, ways to order, publication date, etc? Thank you.

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  6. Sylvia, we are shooting for a 2016 publication date, and as soon as we go through the selection process, we will have more information on ordering the book. We chose not to require a submission fee. Poets whose works are selected will receive pre-order information. I hope that helps a little. Thanks for asking.

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  7. Sent mine in last night .. Once again this is a brilliant idea and I wish I could get you gals on NPR or any large media press... Is anyone collecting or thinking about collecting data on results of narrative poetry in classroom discussion ... such as a simple pre and post questionnaire regarding poetry ? This is tremendously important work as well as a great deal of fun ❤️❤️

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  8. I was just about to send my submission, when I went over the guidelines once again (always a good idea). You say that you'll consider poems previously published in magazines, anthologies or chapbooks -- does this mean that I should not include a poem that appeared in my (single-authored) poetry collection?

    My apologies for the last-minute query.

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