extended hiatus

Due to expanded commitments to my small press, I've been forced to cut down on some other projects. I would be delighted if someone else came forward to carry on this blog. Meanwhile, I hope some of the links and contacts herein are of some use.



Stillwater Music & Poetry Fest Planning Mtg: Bloomsburg: 8/1/07

The next planning session for the Stillwater Music and Poetry Fest is set for Wednesday, August 1, 7 PM at the Town Perk Cafe in Bloomsburg. Please attend if you'd like to help with planning the festival (slated for September 14-15 in Stillwater.

For further information, please contact event organizer Kevin Clark at (570) 925-2347.

CFS: Keystone Chapbook Award

2007 Keystone Chapbook Award – for Pennsylvania Poets

Prize: $100 plus 25 copies.
Submission deadline: Postmarked between June 17 and August 17 of each year.
Eligibility: Open to all Pennsylvania poets [see complete guidelines below].

Any poet who was born, has lived, or currently lives in Pennsylvania is eligible to submit to the Keystone Chapbook Award. (Your manuscript does not have to treat Pennsylvania as its subject.) Additionally, poets living elsewhere may submit manuscripts which do show a strong connection to Pennsylvania.

Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-20 pages (not including front matter) of poetry. Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the manuscript title only. Include a table of contents page. Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.

Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical note, which must address your specific connection to Pennsylvania (if you do not currently reside here).

The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you must notify us promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be posted between June 17 and August 17. The winning manuscript will be announced on or before October 15, at which time the name of the final judge will be announced. Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for spring/summer publication in the Keystone Chapbook Series.
Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.

Do not staple or bind your manuscript. If you are sending by mail, please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope. If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words “Keystone Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail. Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit. Multiple submissions are acceptable. Checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring. Online payment may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com. Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published on or before December 31.

The winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of their chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews of the chapbook.

Send your manuscript—by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com; or by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher & Editor; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.