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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Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2021 submission deadline

The 2021 Guernsey International Poetry Competition (Poems on the Move), organised by the Guernsey Literary Festival, seeks poems of a maximum length of 14 lines for individual poems.

The competition, which is sponsored by Guernsey Post, has three categories:

  • Open (18 and over)
  • Young People’s Category (11-17)
  • Channel Island residents (18 and over)

This year’s judge is poet, writer and teacher Kate Clanchy.

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Creative Writing for Wellbeing: Long Covid

The Facebook Long Covid Support Group founded in Scotland in May is a warm and welcoming peer support community of over 20,000 members, focused on how patients can best access medical help and other resources to manage their recovery and wellbeing.

The Scottish Poetry Library is to offer Long Covid patients in Scotland a safe, small group space for sufferers to gather virtually to read poetry and write stories during a gentle, guided session by support group moderator and creative writing facilitator Lesley Macniven.

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Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Camille Dungy, Dorianne Laux & Joe Millar

Help Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR) reach new literary milestones. Please mark your calendars for Pièces de Résistance, an extraordinary benefit series celebrating AQR’s 40th anniversary. Join the publication for 21 free, live online readings and conversations, featuring 58 exceptional new, emerging, and established poets and writers who have appeared in AQR. Pièces de Résistance runs from October 4, 2020 to May 2, 2021 hosted by the Anchorage Museum and moderated by author Heather Lende and AQR Co-Founder and Editor Ronald Spatz.

While all of the Pièces de Résistance events are free, consider making a tax-exempt donation to support AQR through our 501c3 affiliate, the Center for the Narrative & Lyric Arts.

This event features readings by Camille Dungy, Dorianne Laux and Joe Millar.

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#todayspoem

In fact, every day is #todayspoem day. With the #todayspoem hashtag, you can share an excerpt from any poem that happens to have made your day. Everyone shares their #todayspoem experience a little differently, with an image, a link, an excerpt, whatever fits in a tweet. Each tweet is enough to spur a moment of delight or recognition or, handily favorited in Twitter, is a lovely bookmark for future poetry explorations.

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Poetry Lit – Online Reading Series

Poetry from all over the world has never been closer to your lazy chair! Poetry Lit! is a monthly online reading series for international poets … and their fans. Each month Poetry Lit! hosts a Zoom event where folks share in poetry.

Each month there are two featured poets who’ll read a selection of their work. After that there’s an open mic where about 6 poets step into the limelight.

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The Bergman Prize submissions open

The Bergman Prize awards $10,000 and publication to the author of a first or second collection of poetry. In the prize’s inaugural year, the winning manuscript will be selected by poet Louise Glück and published by Changes Press.

The prizewinner receives a generous publishing contract, national distribution through PGW, extensive advertising & publicity, 100 free copies of their book, as well as a two-week summer residency at Castello San Basilio (Southern Italy) in 2021 and a fall book launch at McNally Jackson in New York City.

Learn more here.