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What have you written for me lately?

No, no, that’s not right. What I mean to ask is: What have you written for you lately?

I’m betting not as much as you wish you had. So here’s my challenge. Call it a “Get Out of Your Rut” challenge. Call it a “Get Off Your Duff” challenge. Or just call it a “Go Feral and Howl at the Moon” challenge.

Whatever you call it, I encourage you to play along.

See, I’m submitting a moon poem to this (free) contest below. And I know everybody out there has at least one moon poem in them, if not more. So, write it. Ideally, write it and submit it. Or, if you don’t like to submit your work, write it and post it in the comments. Or on your own blog. Or just write it in your notebook and leave a comment here telling me you did so.

Now, get to writing, will you? I want to hear all about your half moons, quarter moons, full moons, howls and scowls, sea tides and equinoxes. Rules are below the full moon below! Down there. Yes, keep going, keep going…



Moon Poem Broadside Contest – No Fee

Do you have a poem about the Moon?  Moonlight?  Phases or effects of the moon?  What waxes or wanes?  Clever personifications?  Something new under the moon?

Twin Cranes Press is sponsoring a free Moon poem broadside contest.  The winning entry will be produced in a limited, numbered edition of 100 copies, of which 25 go to the author and 75 will be sold to raise funds to support Moonlit, a Chicago-based literary journal edited by Lisa Janssen and Claire McMahon.  In the event of a tie, the press may publish co-winners.

The fundraising event for Moonlit will be held in Cleveland on June 13th, and the winning poet will be invited to attend and read the winning entry.  Twin Cranes Press of Canton, Ohio publishes occasional projects to raise funds to support journals, literary centers, and causes it deems worth.  Winner(s) will be selected by the editors, Robert Miltner and Lisa Vargas.

The guidelines are simple and are as follows:

All forms of poetry considered

Include author contact information—name, address, phone number, email—on each submission

Poets should submit no more than three entries

Limit poems to approximately 30 lines

12 point font, please

Previously published poems considered if  poet holds copyright and publication information (journal, issue, year, page or website) is provided

Poems may be co-authored

Rights revert back to author upon printing

Electronic submissions only.

Send submissions to <twincranespress(at)gmail.com> (replace (at) with @)

Put your last name in the subject line.  Attach your poem(s) in a word file AND paste the poem(s) in 12 point font in the body of the email.

Deadline is midnight, May 31, 2009

Results of contest will be sent electronically after decisions are made

For questions, contact editors at <twincranespess(at)gmail.com> (replace (at) with @).  Put “Question” in the subject line.