FREE Poetry Contest – Utah Life Magazine, DEADLINE: December 1, 2017

Utah Life Magazine is debuting in March 2018. Every issue will feature poetry from around the state of Utah. Each issue’s poetry will be selected based on a theme. The theme for the March 2018 issue is “New Beginnings,” and the deadline is December 1, 2017.  “We look for poems that reveal the many facets of life in Utah. We don’t have a limit on style or number of lines (though poems usually range between three and twenty lines). There is also no limit to the number of poems per submission. Poems are printed to coincide with a theme announced in previous issues. Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.”

UPCOMING THEMES AND DEADLINES

March/April 2018

Theme: “New Beginnings”

Deadline: December 1, 2017

May/June 2018

Theme: “Utah Adventure”

Deadline: February 1, 2018

July/August 2018

Theme: “Summer Wildlife”

Deadline: April 1, 2017

This is a wonderful opportunity for poets of all experience levels. Make sure to read the submission guidelines carefully.


Click here to read submission guidelines

DEADLINE: December 1, 2017

THEME: New Beginnings (March/April 2018 issue)

ENTRY FEE: None

PRIZE: Publication and copy of the issue

FORMS: Poetry

NOTES: Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.

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Poetry double feature + open mic, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Pioneer Book

Don’t miss two incredible Utah poets: Nancy Takacs and Jan Minich! Both former professors at Utah State University Eastern.

Nancy Takacs is the winner of the Juniper Prize for her book of poems The Worrier (U of Mass. Press, 2017). She was a 2016 runner-up for the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize. Previous poetry publications include two books including Blue Patina, winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry and finalist for the Lascaux Poetry Award; and four chapbooks, the most recent Red Voice, Echo poems from Finishing Line Press.  Her work has appeared in New Poets of the American West, and in the Harvard Review, Kestrel, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Nimrod, and Weber. She lives with her husband Jan Minich in Wellington, Utah.

Sly and forthright, delightful and unsettled, her poems read like an explorer’s field notes, veering off in unexpected directions across what we thought was charted terrain. —James Haug, 2016 Juniper Prize for Poetry Judge

Jan Minich’s Wild Roses: Poems, was published by Mayapple Press in 2017, tracing the emotional lives of Utah outlaw women, and other female historical characters. He is the author of The Letters of Silver Dollar, and two chapbooks: History of a Drowning, and Wild Roses  His poems have appeared most recently in Verse Wisconsin, Sugarhouse Review, Kestrel, Clover, and Weber. He is a former wilderness studies and literature professor at the Utah State University Eastern. Although Utah is home for him, summers he cruises Lake Superior in a small boat.

These thrown voices trespass on our moment in ways that startle—in ways that are completely memorable. This is a quietly scary book, a great book. —Norman Dubie, 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize winner

Takacs and Minich visit Provo as guests of the Rock Canyon Poets. The reading is open to the general public. For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets,  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

 

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Inspired Book Launch Party & Open Mic Night, Tuesday, Nov. 7 @ 6pm

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, announces the release party of “Inspired,” a community poetry writing experience and open mic on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

“Inspired” is a printed anthology of local Utah poets who recently participated in a free community workshop. Each contributing poet receives a free copy and additional copies will be available to the public for $5 at the event. Poets will read their work from the anthology, after which, the open mic will begin and audience members are invited to read a poem they have written or a favorite by another poet. Light refreshments will be served.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book host poetry open mics the second Tuesday of each month.

 

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Rock Canyon Poets road trip! Utah poets performed at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita, CO

Several Rock Canyon Poets road tripped to Fruita, Colorado last weekend for poetry writing workshops and a special reading at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery.

While the poets trickled into town on Friday and Saturday, the festivities began with a workshop from Kyle Harvey of Lithic about the poetic line. With the help of some well-known poems, attendees got a different look at how some poets chose to break lines and received some advice for their own work.

Trish Hopkinson also taught a workshop on response poetry. She led people through some of the different types and styles of response poetry. At the end, the attendees had a chance to try their hand at it, and some responded to poets like Maggie Smith, W.B. Yeats, Chen Chen, Paisley Rekdal, and Sandra Beasley.

The event culminated in a reading at Lithic, which was well-attended. Aaron Gates, Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Dennis Clark were the featured poets. Colin Douglas, Jack Garcia, Lisa Connors, Shelby Slade and Trish Hopkinson also shared some of their poems. The reading was followed by an open mic and several audience members read.

The Rock Canyon Poets would like to thank Danny and Kyle from Lithic for hosting the event, which provided a wonderful opportunity to learn new things, interact with other poets and share our work. Danny also offered many of the visiting poets a place to stay and graciously opened his home for them.

–by Shelby Slade, photo credits: Leigha

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Laura Hamblin – Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present local favorite & emeritus UVU professor Laura Hamblin!

Laura Hamblin is a professor emeritus from Utah Valley University. She received her PhD from the University of Denver, and has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Jordan in Amman. She taught creative writing, composition, women’s literature, the history and theory of the genre of poetry, and seminars including topics on Martin Buber. William Blake, and women poets. Laura’s awards include The Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty Ethics Award, and the Service Learning Award. Her book, The Eyes of a Flounder, was published by Signature Press. In 2007-8 she lived in Amman where she gathered oral histories of Iraqi women refugees, see  http://www.iraqiwomenrefugees.com/. Laura is recognized in “Utah Women’s Walk” which highlights women who have made a significant contribution to the state of Utah. (The presentation opened September 2017 at Thanksgiving Point.) In addition to poetry, Laura’s interests include beekeeping, gardening, quilting (a number of her quilts have been shown in museums), and traveling.

Hamblin visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets. The reading and open mic are open to the general public.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop

Imagery in poetry helps to provide meaning within the limitations of language. In this workshop, participants learn how to create poems using imagery and metaphor to express ideas in unique and universal ways. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, this workshop will be presented in two sessions, followed by a reception and poetry reading. Participants will be encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.

Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Pen and paper to write and/or an electronic device to write on (laptop, etc)
  • Drink/snack if you so desire

How to Sign-up

To sign-up, email your name and contact information to rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited. Come ready to write!

Schedule

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 6pm – Workshop #1
    Imagery talk/discussion, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at 6pm – Workshop #2
    Share and workshop first draft of poems
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at midnight –Poetry submission
    Email up to three poems to rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com for publication in the anthology, preferably poems from the workshop
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 6pm – Anthology launch party
    Reception, contributors poetry reading, and open mic

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE FLYER

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BOOK FEST CALENDAR


 

2017 Mountain West Writers’ Contest (poetry/prose) – $500 prize, DEADLINE: Nov. 3, 2017

Western Humanities Review invites writers currently living in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, or Utah to submit to our 2017 contest. Prizes will be awarded in poetry and prose. Winners will receive cash awards of $500 and publication in the Spring 2018 issue of Western Humanities Review. All entrants will receive one copy of the prize issue.

Submissions are due by November 3rd, 2017. Poetry submissions should not exceed 10 pages or 5 poems. Prose submissions may be fiction or nonfiction and should not exceed 25 pages. Entries must be previously unpublished. Previous winners of the competition may not re-enter in the category for which they won. Past judges have included Brian Evenson, Mónica De La Torre, Lucy Corin, Oliver de la Paz, Kellie Wells, Kathleen Graber, Ander Monson, Robert Wrigley, Edward Hirsch, Allison Hagy, Ron Carlson, Stuart Dybek, Albert Goldbarth, T.R. Hummer, David Lehman, Kevin McIlvoy, Marie Ponsot, Bob Shacochis, Timothy Donnelly, and David Shields.

This year’s judges: Bob Hicok (Poetry) & Lily Hoang (Prose)


Established in 1947, Western Humanities Review is a journal of contemporary writing published by the University of Utah’s Department of English. Recent issues have included the work of Carol Maso, Stanley Corngold, Thalia Field, Shelley Jackson, Laird Hunt, Susan Steinberg, Michael Martone, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Kazim Ali, and Ilya Kaminsky.


Click here to read contest guidelines

DEADLINE: November 3, 2017 

ENTRY FEE: $10

PRIZES: $500 and publication

FORMS: Poetry submissions should not exceed 10 pages or 5 poems. Prose submissions may be fiction or nonfiction and should not exceed 25 pages.


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Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Pioneer Book

RCP logo 1Join the Rock Canyon Poets for an evening of poetry. Not just any poetry—we want poetry that aches to be published, poetry that pushes the boundaries of the page, poetry that doesn’t need a performance, poetry that simply needs to be read. Bring your words in all of poetry’s traditional forms (from the sonnet to free verse) or just bring your ears for listening.


Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: September 12, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

Sign up in advance or just come and read!
These events are very casual and social. If you’d like to RSVP, add your name in a comment below, or email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Each poet may read for up to 5 minutes. Maximum of 9 poets per reading. If there is time remaining, poets in the audience will have an opportunity to read.

Inspired reading for blog


Want to know more about Rock Canyon Poets? Follow our blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book in downtown Provo. Click here for more information on events.

Feature poet Katie Manning @ SFYS Open Mic in Provo – Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Provo Poetry

Provo Poetry and Speak for Yourself Open Mic are pleased to present feature poet Katie Manning from San Diego!

Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Her full-length poetry collection, Tasty Other, won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Find her at  www.katiemanningpoet.com. This upcoming August 17, Thursday evening from 7:30pm-9:00pm, Manning will travel through Enliten Cafe as the Speak for Yourself Open Mic hosts a night of conversation and poetry.

“Tasty Other is a stunning collection where the surreal feels terribly real—Manning’s dream poems about pregnancy and motherhood are funny, frightening, and absurd—which resembles parenthood perfectly. Manning’s voice invites us into her subconscious and makes us feel at home there. Tasty Other is a must read.” —J. Bruce Fuller, Author of Flood

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Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, August 7, 2017 at Pioneer Book

RCP logo 1Join the Rock Canyon Poets for an evening of poetry. Not just any poetry—we want poetry that aches to be published, poetry that pushes the boundaries of the page, poetry that doesn’t need a performance, poetry that simply needs to be read. Bring your words in all of poetry’s traditional forms (from the sonnet to free verse) or just bring your ears for listening.


Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: August 7, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

Sign up in advance or just come and read!
These events are very casual and social. If you’d like to RSVP, add your name in a comment below, or email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Each poet may read for up to 5 minutes. Maximum of 9 poets per reading. If there is time remaining, poets in the audience will have an opportunity to read.

Inspired reading for blog


Want to know more about Rock Canyon Poets? Follow our blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book in downtown Provo. Click here for more information on events.