Submit! One Night Stanzas wants your poems!
Every week (roughly) for a good while, I’d feature three poems by a poet I’d taken a fancy to, and an interview with that poet about how they felt about their work, other people’s work, etc.
I featured some great folk as this trend continued — everyone was great, but some favourites of mine include Ryan Van Winkle, Eddie Gibbons, Kerri Ni Dochartaigh, Suzannah Evans, Cindy Emch, Charlotte Runcie, the great McGuire, William Soule, Chris Lindores and of course, my all-time favourite Heather Schimel (now Heather Bell).
After a while the whole thing shut up shop — submissions were hard to keep track of, doing the interviews every week was time consuming, a lot of the stuff I started to get wasn’t really right for ONS. I kept on promising to bring the Featured Poet thing back properly — I even put out a submissions call at one point — but I never actually got round to it. Sorry about that. Some cool folk submitted some cool work and I promised to get back to them and never did. I am a rubbish human.
HOWEVER, all is not lost. I have missed the presence of other people’s poetry on this blog, and it’s time for me to get over all my rubbishness, pull my socks up and sort things out. Therefore, I am revamping the whole Featured Poet thing. It’s back.
But this time it’s different. I kind of became aware that a lot of people weren’t fussed about the poet interviews — and although vital and important and relevant, a lot of the authors said very similar things anyway. Some of the poets expressed hindsighted frustration about the fact that I’d used three whole pieces, some of which could’ve been sent elsewhere. Other folk didn’t dig my pick of poets. All reasonble criticisms.
Therefore, it’s no longer ONS Featured Poet. I’m now going to be running a Featured Poem section instead. Every so often (unfortunately I can’t commit to ‘weekly’, and right now I have no submissions anyway, so this is partly down to YOU GUYS), I will put up a single poem by a cool poet, and a bit of info about that poet. If you want to read more, you can then go and buy their book, frequent their blog or Tweet manically at them. If you don’t like ‘em, you can just wait and see if you like the next one. Less work for me, less work for you, just good poems. Fair?
ALRIGHT. SO HERE’S HOW TO SEND ME YOUR WORK!
The rules are few, and they are simple. Please don’t ignore or break them, or you won’t get featured.
1. Don’t send more than 5 (FIVE. One more than four. One less than six. FIVE, ‘k?) poems at once.
2. Send them in the body of the email. Attachments make me cry.
3. Include a SHORT bio. Let’s say 150 words max.
4. Tell me of any links you’d like to send people to. Blog? Twitter? Whatever. Several is fine.
5. Send all this stuff IN ONE EMAIL to claire [at] onenightstanzas [dot] com
6. Don’t query me til at least six weeks have passed, please. PLEASE. I BEG YOU. (People always ignore this. Just watch.)
Other than that, no rules. I’m happy to have poems of all forms, styles, lengths etc, but bear in mind that if it’s really long or the formatting is particularly bizarre I might not be able to accomodate it. Yes, I’ll take prose-poems. Yes, I’ll take concrete poems. Yes, I’ll take sound and vispo and whatever else kinda poems. I’ll read literally anything once.
And any questions? claire [at] onenightstanzas [dot] com is your place, or hit me up on Twitter.
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