20 Poems Project Guidelines for Submission

The 20 Poems Project  invites submissions of published as well as original poems (or excerpts of poems) from individuals with strong ties to Reedsburg. Twenty poems will be chosen to appear hand-lettered on structures throughout Downtown Reedsburg in the spring of 2019 and published in a 20 Poems Project chapbook.

Poems should be themed on “a single moment,” which can be anything you can think of: a conversation on the street, catching a fish, watching a leaf unfurl, etc. Let your imagination guide you!

All poems (or excerpts of poems) must be 15 words or fewer. Poems should be emailed to [email protected], typed directly into the body of the email, by January 30, 2019.

No more than 2 poems total per entrant. Submissions may not be modified after submission.

For original poems, free verse or non-rhyming poems are suggested, but all poems will be considered. Poems should be untitled, and the word “Reedsburg” should not appear in the poem.

For published poems, please clearly name the author and title of the poem you are excerpting. For example:

“…On the street we smile.
We go
in different directions
down the imperturbable street.”

          —Gwendolyn Brooks, “An Aspect of Love, Alive in Fire and Ice”

“…stay together
learn the flowers
go light”

          Gary Snyder, “For the Children”

All entries will be judged blind by Madison-based poet Katrin Talbot and at least 2 Reedsburg Area writers. Poets will be notified of the status of their submission in the spring of 2019.

Email questions concerning submissions to [email protected].

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