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Submit to ‘Beneath The Boughs’! (February)

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For the next few months, we will be posting monthly poetry prompts based on our upcoming summer exhibition, ‘Beneath The Boughs’. (The exhibition will run from July 19th to September 9th 2013. Read more about the project here.)

For a chance to be involved in the exhibition, and to have your work displayed in the beautiful historic gardens of Lowther Castle, send us your poem(s) inspired by the William Henry Davies poem, ‘Leisure’ (at the bottom of the page).

Please ensure that we receive your submission(s) by the deadline of 23:59, Thursday 28th February, 2013.

For information on how to submit, as well as submission guidelines, click here.

(If you really aren’t inspired by the poem below, then you can also send us a poem inspired by one of the pictures in our insipration gallery. Remember, the same guidelines and deadline apply.)

And keep your eyes peeled. There’ll be a new prompt here in March!

LEISURE, by William Henry Davies

WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Call for Submissions

Well hello there poets!

Exciting news for you: [insert text here] have just got the go-ahead for a new venture!

(Yes, we know the image is a little bit ‘back to basics’, but that’s because we’re putting all our energy into the actual poetry.)

We’re looking for poems to place on the tables in Bibi’s Cafe (on North St, St Andrews, Fife). But it doesn’t matter if you’re not from St Andrews, because we’re accepting open submissions.

This is a particularly exciting venture for us, for a number of reasons. Not only is Cafe Poetry our first (though hopefully not last) event north of the border, but it is also giving emerging poets (that’s you!) the opportunity to have their work seen by potentially hundreds of people. The poems will stay on the tables at Bibi’s for up to 2 weeks, meaning that any selected poems will be seen by a wide variety of coffee-shop-goers.

The project goes live in a couple of weeks, so you have until Friday 19th October to get your poetry in.

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A few notes on submitting:

  • The poem(s) must be your own. Sounds obvious, we know, but thought it would be better to remind you. (Court over copyright are expensive, and we don’t have that kind of budget.)
  • Poems must not be longer than 30 lines (including spaces and title). This is so that when we print them, they fit comfortably on the page. So no epics please. (Though if you have written an epic poem, we admire your dedication!)
  • No rude words please! We don’t like to control what people write, so if you have a particular penchant for swearing in poems, that’s fine. But, since this particular project is a very public one, in which we have no control over our audience, we can’t accept any poems that contain swear words, or anything that seeks to be deliberately offensive. Sorry.
  • Please include:
    1. Your poem(s). Obviously.
    2. Your name – unless you specifically wish to remain anonymous. In which case, make sure you make that explicit when sending in your poems.
    3. Brief bio, maximum of 50 words, just saying a bit about yourself and your writing. If you’re not sure what to say, try looking at our Contributor Bios for ideas. (If you wish your poem to be anonymous for whatever reason, then the bio is obviously not necessary.)
    4. A photo of yourself (optional). If your poem is selected, we may wish to put it on our website, along with a photo of the amazing poet his/herself.
    5. Please say whether we also have your permission to publish any selected poem(s) on our site. We like to reach as wide an audience as possible, so we may well also put some (or all) of the selected Cafe Poems up in the Poetry section of our website.
    6. Please say whether we have your permission to use any selected poem(s) in future [insert text here] projects. We will always contact you to let you know if we intend to do this. The copyright will remain with you, the author.

    You can submit your poem in one of two ways: either by sending an email to manage.noordinaryblog@gmail.com (preferred), or via the Submit section of the site. (If submitting via the site, please send your photo separately by email.)

    Remember, the (very strict) deadline for this project is Friday 19th October. Enjoy writing – and good luck!

ONE WEEK TO GO!

The heading pretty much says it all. A week from today, is the deadline for submissions for our zine!

You can read the submissions details here.

Or you can check out our facebook event here.

The main thing is that we have lots of amazing poetry to make our first zine something really special.

Looking forward to seeing your work!

In the mean time, here’s John Keating (aka Robin Williams) telling the class in Dead Poets’ Society why we write poetry:

 

SUBMISSIONS PLEASE!

Yes, that’s right!

[insert text here] are making a zine.

We are aiming for a very (very) quick turn around, so the deadline is in just two weeks from today. That’s Wednesday, May 23rd.

Like most things [insert text here] does, it will have a distinctly home-made feel to it, but that shouldn’t stop us from producing upwards of 50 copies.

Submissions can be poetry in any form, but bear in mind that the pages will be quite small (probably A6, so the size of a postcard), so shorter poems are prefered – though that doesn’t mean we’re definitely ruling out longer ones.

The only other requirement is that you keep it clean. As we hope to place copies of the zine in various cafes, where we can’t control who has access to it, we want something that would be ok for a child or grandma to pick up. That doesn’t mean it has to be geared towards children – just no swearing, please.

The zine will be produced in black and white, so if fancy colouring is necessary for your poem, then maybe it would be better to send something else.

You can submit poems via the submit page on the site (please make sure you say that it’s for the zine in the ‘aditional information section’).

Alternatively, you can email the poem to us at: manage.noordinaryblog@gmail.com

Make sure you put ‘Zine submission’ as the subject header. If you’re worried about formatting, send the poem as an attachment – Word only, please, no tricky pdf files, as we’ll have to resize the text, which is far to complicated for our untechnically minded brains.

As always, copyright remains with the author.

We’re very excited about this, and very much looking forward to receiving your submissions. Happy writing!

Deadline: midnight 23/05/12 (UK time)