Editor’s Challenge: May 2018 Selection

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Thanks to all the PSNH members who sent poems in response to May’s prompts! This month we didn’t get any non-member submissions, so please spread the word about the June challenge to any poets you know.

The new prompts are live and waiting for your imagination to bring them to life. We have increased the allowed line lengths and word counts for this month, so hopefully more of you will play:-)


“Inside Outside the Box” by Randall Wright
This poem will be included in TPT 61.1, which is due out August 2018.


Editor’s Challenge: April 2018 Selections

dark corredor with bright courtyard at the end

Thanks for all the entries in our Poetry Month challenge. We really appreciate your time since we know there were a lot of other poetry-writing challenges you had to choose from. Please help us spread the word and make the selection even harder! May’s prompt is already live and waiting for your imagination:-)


“Monitor” by Heather Dupont
(This poem will be included in TPT 61.1, which is due out August 2018.)


Stealth Monitor

You stand at the recess of my mind
surveying the surroundings
ready to take out
unwanted prey.
With a whip of your tail
and a swat
from your razor sharp claws
you can sever
unwanted predators
lurking in the corners.
I know despite
your poor night vision
my thoughts are safe
in the darkness
for you are
a stealth monitor.

©2018 Deb Correia
“New Hampshire transplant for 15 years. Love God, nature, writing, music & time with friends. Observer of all things wild and wonderful.”

April word prompt is monitor

April’s Word of the Month prompt

TPT 60.2 is in the mail:-)

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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