CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (deadline extended):
Please read all the info below before you submit your poem. Concurrent with the publication of our new book: “We Are Stardust: the universe in verse” (see “Books” page) under our Cosmic Poetry imprint, we are accepting previously unpublished poems (up to 4 per poet) about the cosmos (in English). We will accept previously published poems if the author has the rights to allow republication. Poems will be judged/considered for inclusion in a second edition of the book. See hints below.
- Maximum poem length: 44 lines
- Submission deadline: September 30, 2021 (check back to see if deadline has been extended)
- Email your poem in the body of the email or in a word document attachment only (not a google doc) to peterboroughpoetry (at*) gmail.com ...*use @ symbol...
- Include your name and mailing address, even if you’ve submitted before. You can also mail your poem(s) to us at: PPP, PO BOX 247, Peterborough NH 03458.
- PRIZES: Poets with poems chosen as the best three will receive cash prizes (top prize $75). See directly below for info about contributor's copies.
- * Poets in the U.S. whose poems are accepted for publication will receive a free copy of the printed book. This contest also is open to poets outside the U.S. with this understanding: poems must be in English and we will communicate only by email. Contributor’s copies will only be issued in digital format if the poet provides a valid email address. Poets living outside the U.S. are not eligible for cash prizes.
- We encourage poems that are light yet informative. Do some research; you can keep facts consistent with a bit of fancy. Prompts and ideas are listed below.
- It may be helpful to read our original book. See our "Books" page for how to order. You can also find it, and out other books at a Toadstool Bookshop.
- Read the reviews and a sample poem from "We Are Stardust" on our "Books" page.
JUDGES: The board of directors will be joined by Jean Pierre Luminet, French astrophysicist and poet, and Wayne Allen Jones, President of Chicago Poets Club.
Mars travel…rings of Saturn…multiverse…time travel…cannibalistic Milky Way Galaxy…holographic universe… water on Mars…humans in orbit…Jupiter the gas giant…Luminet Asteroid…wormholes in the universe…Star TOI-178/ water on Mars…humans in orbit…Jupiter the gas giant…how life on Earth is connected to what is outside Earth...write about one of the subjects in the “We Are Stardust” book…
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GENERAL SUBMISSIONS: Chapbook length (20 - 30 pages of poems) manuscripts may be submitted between October 1st and February 15th of the following year for possible publication, but please query us first (include two prospective poems) via the "Contact" page. Please provide your mailing address information with your submission. Submissions (only from poets living in the U.S.) will be considered by our Board of Directors. If accepted for publication, we reserve the right to edit your manuscript before assuming the cost of publication. A note about timing: we do not anticipate being able to publish any additional chapbooks, other than those already in progress, until at least November, 2021.
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See below for general contest info.
NOTE: Most of our contests are open only to residents of the U.S.A. with a valid U.S. mailing address, but unless stated otherwise, entry is by email.
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For all contests, please include your mailing address, email address, and any other helpful contact info, and if you are new to our contests let us know how you heard about the contest(s). Thanks!
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We encourage students to write poems. See all four poems below from our 2019 Student Poetry Contest:
My Unicorn (by Alexandra LaChance)
My unicorn with its silver horn
Glitters in the night under the moonlight
While I sleep she stays beside me, until the sun rises
I awaken and smell some bacon, to school I go and she won’t be taken
BIKE (by Charlotte Lee)
Bring out your bikes spring is here!
In, out, up down riding bikes around the town
Kites, hikes or bring out bikes.
Even though it is still cold out there ride your bikes everywhere
STAGE LIGHTS (by Aviva Jeffrey)
Whether they think I’m talented, or they think I don’t belong,
I’ll never be able to tell as I express my song.
So it doesn’t matter what they think because I cannot see
It only matters what I think because I am set free.
SUNRISES (by Lucy Jackson)
Hues of pink, and orange
Silhouetting earth’s beauty,
Like a cake baking.