Calls for Submission

Deadline: March 8

Call to Poets: Submissions Wanted for Poetry Corners 2017

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge celebrates "Expression" through the beauty and power of verse

In honor of National Poetry Month, April 2017, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge will once again celebrate creative combinations of the written word through its Poetry Corners competition, exhibits and ­– new this year, in partnership with Humanities Washington and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – three live poetry presentations. 

Poetry Corners 2017 celebrates the poetic impulse in all its freedom, intimacy and depth – the art of verse revealing our interior lives, our love and our pain, our joys and fears and hopes in an uncertain world – and that the very act of writing and sharing poetry affirms the power of "expression” itself.   

Since 1999, Poetry Corners has showcased original poems by local poets. Posted along our everyday routes around the island, these well-chosen words inspire us to pause, read, absorb and reflect. 

The final selections from the 2017 juried poetry competition will be displayed in public windows throughout the community during the month of April and shared aloud at a celebration reading, Poetry Corners LIVE on April 27 at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. 

Open to Bainbridge Island residents or anyone with a Bainbridge connection. Submissions will be grouped and juried in adult and student (K-12) categories. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Each poet may submit up to three poems for consideration. Students K-12, please indicate your grade level when you submit. Your work will be evaluated in the student category.

Poems cannot be more than 25 lines, including title and line spaces, to accommodate the physical constraints of the display posters. Poets' names need not be included in the counting of the lines.

Email submissions to  with the subject line "Poetry Corners Submission.”

Submissions must be sent via email as an attached Word document (.doc or .docx format). If this form of submission challenges you, please don’t hesitate to call us. We ask for this form to avoid any issues with formatting for presentation. Check your poems for accuracy. Typos and other errors may be misunderstood as creativity.

Include with your submission:Your name, address, and phone number, your email address and grade level and school if you are a student. If you are not a Bainbridge Island resident, please describe your connection to Bainbridge. The entry fee: $5 for students, $10 for adults, payable by check or credit card (fee details below). You will be sent a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your submission.

A panel of three judges will select up to 45 works to be included in the Poetry Corners displays. Submissions will be read and judged blind (no names or personal information visible). Adult and student (K-12) works will be judged separately. A maximum of one poem will be selected per poet. Not all entrants' work will be selected. ENTRY FEE
Mail your entry fee – $5 Student, $10 Adult – to:

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge 
221 Winslow Way W., Suite 201
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Checks should be made out to "Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.” Please write "Poetry Corners submission" in the memo of your check. Or pay the entry fee with your credit card – call us at 206.842.7901. Entry fees should be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 8, 2017.

QUESTIONS? Email , or call 206.842.7901.

Deadline: March 31

SHARK REEF's winter edition is online now, and we are accepting submissions now for the summer issue. See the submission guidelines here.

Deadline: April 30

The Two Sylvia's Press Chapbook Prize

This contest will be judged by poet Kaveh Akbar who is also the founder of Divedapper. The winner will receive $500, 20 contributor copies, and his/her book published in print and eBook format. The winner will also receive a vintage amethyst trophy (because we believe poets deserve trophies). 

For more information, click here.

Deadline: April 30

TWO Glimmer Train Contests: Very Short and the Fiction Open


1st place | $2,000
2nd place | $500*
3rd place | $300*
300-3,000 words

$16 reading fee | Writing Guidelines

1st place | $3,000
2nd place | $1,000
3rd place | $600*
3,000-20,000 words

$21 reading fee | Writing Guidelines
*Or, if accepted for publication, $700.
(1st place stories are always published.)

Winners and finalists will be announced in the July 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week. First-place winners will be published in Glimmer Train. (All stories are considered for publication.)Both categories are open to all. (Over the past four years, 48% of all winning stories have been their authors' first print publications.)

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