Poetry, Community, Opportunity

Back in July I wrote a post titled “Actions Speak Louder, and Words.” Essentially I want whatever increased visibility I acquired by winning the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award to go toward helping out a fellow Washington state poet. If you’re an emerging poet (no previous book publications) who belongs to a traditionally underrepresented group, this is for you.

I plan on paying for at least one poet’s contest entry for the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award (Deadline March 1st, 2016) Not only that but I will also offer a full editorial critique of the chapbook the poet(s) plans on submitting. This way I not only continue supporting a press I admire but can also encourage local, emerging poets while advocating for diversity in literature.

If you have a chapbook you feel is ready and you want to submit to Floating Bridge Press (or have in the past), let’s connect! By December 15th send me via email (mschmeltzer01@gmail.com):

1) a page or two maximum from your chapbook

2) some information about yourself (ultimately I want to read something that will make me want to root for you)

I wish I could fund/help everyone but since my resources are limited I’m probably going to have to make decisions among several poets. My ideal is that we can work together and not just strengthen your chapbook but stimulate conversation and community.

So are you in? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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