2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival (virtual)

The 17th Palm Beach Poetry Festival is scheduled for January 18-23, 2021 and will be held virtually. Workshop faculty poets include David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes and Tim Seibles; our Special Guest Poet, Gregory Orr, will perform with The Parkington Sisters; and Poet At Large is Brian Turner.

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The Moth Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Claudia Rankine, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins. This year’s judge is poet and professor Nick Laird.

For 2020, the prize fund has been restructured. The winner will receive €6,000, and the three shortlisted poets will each receive €1,000, while a further 8 commended poets will be awarded prizes of €250 each.

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The Caribbean Writer Volume 35 – A Tribute to Kamau Brathwaite submission deadline

The Caribbean Writer (TCW) renews its call for submissions for Volume 35 under the 2020 theme: Diasporic Rhythms: Interrogating the Past, Imagining a Future.” And as The Caribbean Writer (TCW), a refereed, international journal published by the University of the Virgin Islands, continues to mourn the recent passing of its esteemed founding editorial board member, Barbadian Poet and Author Kamau Brathwaite, TCW Editor Alscess Lewis-Brown, remarked that while this year’s theme was announced before we experienced this great loss, the theme captures the essence of the Kamau Brathwaite literary aesthetic; so it is fitting that volume 35 is dedicated to this giant advocate for Caribbean literary expressions.

Contributors are invited to submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora.

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