FORTNIGHT FRENZY: limericks, haibun, & prose poems wanted

Spring fever has hit the TPT editorial desk and we’re itching to get the new issue out. But before we hit “print”, we want to extend one last chance to get your poems included. PSNH Members, please email up to three limericks, haibun, and/or prose poems to Jessi at FoldedEditors [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Fortnight Frenzy” by 11:59 p.m. on 29 March 2019. All poems may be included in the same MS Word .doc file (Times New Roman 12 pt. font, please). Bonus points go to anyone who includes the following in the body of your email:

  • your pen name
  • your website/blog/Twitter/Instagram/whatever (if you have one)
  • a short bio (50 words or fewer)
  • FOR REPRINTS: the name of any publications in which your poems previously appeared along with a statement that you have the right to grant us permission to reprint them

That’s right – a special call with no forms to fill out, nor any fees. Just shove your limericks, haibun, and prose poems in a file and fling them to Jessi. You’ll hear her decision on whether or not they’ll be included by 15 April 2019.

On your marks…get set…go!

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TPT 61.1 update

red door in brick wall on cover of The Poets Touchstone

The Autumn 2018 issue of The Poets’ Touchstone is printing as we speak. There were several major issues that caused delay, but the final hurdle was cleared this morning and copies should start shipping out in three weeks.

Puschart Prize Nominees. Click on the image to enlarge.

One new addition to the Autumn 2018 issue is a list of our Pushcart Prize Nominees. To my knowledge, this is the first year that nominations have been sent from The Poets’ Touchstone. It won’t be the last! If you’d like your work considered for the 2019 nomination packet, please be sure to submit work to our general & special calls for submissions.

General submissions for the Spring 2019 issue close tomorrow. But in January and February, I will be posting some special calls for submissions here for the spring issue so there will still be some chances to get work included. Be sure to “follow” or “subscribe” to this blog so you’ll be notified when each special call is announced. And don’t forget to send us your new title announcements and excerpts from collections you’ve already published. I also hope to revive the Editor’s Challenge in time for National Poetry Month in April.

Many of you have been asking about contest results so I’ve included images of the first spread for each contest below.

The selections for the November 2017 Member Contest. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

The selections for the May 2018 National Contest. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

As you’ll notice by the dates, this means we are completely caught up with our contests. From the Spring 2019 issue forward, we will only be printing the winners of one contest per issue. Please also note that we can’t post future results publicly until all winners have been notified.

red door in brick wall on cover of The Poets Touchstone

Front cover. Click on the image to enlarge.

One fun fact for future reference: I’ve been working with the PSNH board to set up a new blog-site for the society instead of the current website that is hard (and expensive) to update. The TPT updates and submission forms that are stored here might end up moving to the new blog-site so that everything is under one roof. We will be sure to post the new link here if that happens.

Thanks so much for your patience this year as we iron out our publication process. It’s still a work in progress, but we hope it smooths out soon. We do appreciate you, members & readers all.

Wishing you a creative and productive 2019,
~JS (Jessi) Graustein, TPT Editor

TPT 60.2 is in the mail:-)

open journal with text

Believe it or not, TPT 60.2 has arrived! Members who attended Saturday’s quarterly meeting of PSNH got to take a copy home with them, and Don is busy preparing the rest to be mailed. Assuming the best from the postal service, your copy should arrive in your mailbox within the next three weeks. (PSNH uses bulk media rates.)

Target publication date for the Summer 2018 issue (Vol. 61 No. 1) is 15 August 2018. Keep checking back here for production updates. If you’d like your work included in the next issue but you missed the general submission deadline, be sure to participate in our monthly Editor’s Challenge. May’s member-selection will be the last one slated for inclusion in TPT 61.1. You may also send in an excerpt from your published chapbook or book. Deadline for inclusion in the summer issue is 15 May 2018.

Let me know what you think when your winter/spring issue arrives,
~JS (Jessi) Graustein, TPT Editor