Midnight’s inching closer!

As we enter the final hours of our call for submissions for our first anthology, we find ourselves – perhaps ironically – beyond words. So many of you have chosen to share your work with us, and we are sincerely honored. To each of you who’ve already entrusted us with your submission, thank you, truly. If you’re working feverishly to get your poems or translations in before midnight, we can’t wait to read your work! Full guidelines, and the link to our Submittable portal, are here.

One other quick note – some people have asked why we charge submission fees. As a non-profit founded in 2014, we have a very small budget and are almost entirely volunteer-run. In order to produce beautiful, high-quality books, we have to fund the printing process; hence the fees. We do offer sliding-scale fees and fee waivers to keep from creating barriers for poets who are living with financial hardship.

Whether you’ve submitted your work yet or are waiting for the chapbook contest, or are still working on poetry you want to submit in the future, please know that if you’re part of this community, you have our endless thanks. 💜💜💜

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Yay! Thank you!

Just a quick post to say hello, welcome, and THANK YOU to all our new blog followers and everyone else who’s connected with us recently! We’re so glad you’ve joined our community. It’s fantastic to know we’re not alone in wanting to celebrate the powerful, vibrant, and much-needed writing of women over 50. 

And if you’ve been supporting us for years, please know we appreciate you too! We’re thrilled about what the future can hold for all of us, all of you, together. 

Sooooooo… Have you submitted your entry for the anthology yet?? Don’t forget, the reading period closes at midnight on September 22nd – guidelines here.

And if you have submitted already, we hope you’re preparing your chapbook for this year’s contest, which opens on October 1st! More details to follow… 

Write on, sisters. 💜 

One more month for submissions!

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We want as many submissions as there are sunflowers in this field! Hey, a gal can dream, can’t she?

Summer’s drawing to a close, but as we approach the autmnal equinox, the thought foremost in our minds here at QuillsEdge Press is that there’s only one more month for submissions to our first anthology.

It’s such a thrill every time we’re notified of a new submission, and we’ve read so much great poetry during this reading period. We’re going to miss the daily excitement! But, of course, then we get to move to another exciting phase – creating a work of beauty and power with our selected poets’ writing. What an amazing thing to get to anticipate.

If you haven’t yet sent your work in, we urge you not to delay. The reading period ends at midnight Pacific time on September 22nd. We’d be honored to consider your work for 50/50: Poems & Translations by Women Over 50.

You can read the full guidelines on our website, or if you’re ready to take the plunge, you can review them on our Submittable page before you hit “send” on your submission.

We can’t wait to read your writing!

Now in Print: Unpacking the China

We’ve just gotten the good news from our wonderful printer: Unpacking the China has shipped! If you’ve already pre-ordered this gorgeous chapbook, we will be sending your copy ASAP via media mail. Look for it to arrive in the next 2-3 weeks.

If you haven’t yet ordered your copy, why wait? You can purchase our 2015-16 contest winner securely right here, for only $12 plus shipping:


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Sarah Merrow’s chapbook is elegant in both content and form; Unpacking the China would make a beautiful gift for your sister, daughter, mother, best friend, partner, or any woman in your life who deserves and appreciates great poetry. You can get a sense of the book from its cover:

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Thank you for your support of valiant women poets and small presses!

Announcing our winners… drumroll please!

It is with great joy that we bring you the winners of our 2015-2016 chapbook contest! Please help us congratulate these talented & fierce poets, Sarah Merrow and Vivian Faith Prescott.

Judge’s Selection

Our esteemed judge, Mary Ann McFadden, has chosen Sarah Merrow’s superb manuscript, Unpacking the China, from a pool of nearly 200 entries and 10 finalists. We’re so grateful for Mary Ann’s time and the deep attention she gave to the judging process. Mary Ann shared her thoughts on the winning submission:

“This manuscript immediately caught my eye for its distinct voice. I put it aside because I didn’t want to be influenced by the dazzling line arrangement of the first poem. But the more I read, the more this one stood out. I read it several times, eventually just for pleasure, and to learn from the author’s brilliant word choices, her confidence, her spare and elegant use of language. These are true poems, a pleasure and a revelation to read. The author has so much to say that matters and she says it in language that is intelligent, taut, and accomplished. I congratulate her, I bow to her, and I bow to you at Quill’s Edge for making it possible to put these wonderful poems into the world.”

Want more gorgeous poetry in your life? When you buy this book, you’re supporting the work of women poets in community!  You can pre-order Sarah Merrow’s chapbook here:

Unpacking the China
by Sarah Merrow (2016)

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About the poet: Sarah Merrow was born a New Englander and now inhabits Baltimore, Maryland. When not writing or playing music, she rebuilds concert flutes. With this vocation, it’s inevitable; she hears music in poetry and poetry in music. She studied English, German, Japanese, and Spanish — and as a result, has trouble limiting Scrabble choices to English.

Editorial Selection

The QuillsEdge Press Editorial Board selected Vivian Faith Prescott’s manuscript, Our Tents Are Small Volcanoes, to be the second publication from our 2015-16 contest. Here are some comments from a few of our readers:

“Each poem a star, the stars placed exquisitely in the manuscript’s deep dark sky. Marvelous deep, a manuscript which refuses erasure… of a language, a way of life, a person, a people.” – Jane Seitel (Founder, President of the Board)

“The feel of these poems just hits my core… Grateful to have had the chance to read them.” – Jude-Laure Denis (Vice-President of the Board)

“Our Tents are Small Volcanoes is an elegantly paced collection that built in intensity until it took my breath away. Balanced between longer narrative-descriptive poems that chronicle the ‘migration’ and short lyrics that evoke, mostly through landscape, the psyche and cultural history of the people to whom the narrator belongs–structured in this skillful way, the reader feels the wrenching effect of displacement, the strenuous efforts of acclimatization, and the poignancy of the quest for identity.” – Lucia Galloway (Winner, 2014-15 contest with The Garlic Peelers)

Want more gorgeous poetry in your life? When you buy this book, you’re supporting the work of women poets in community!  You can pre-order Vivian Faith Prescott’s chapbook here:

Our Tents Are Small Volcanoes
by Vivian Faith Prescott (2016)

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About the poet: I’m a fifth generation Sámi-American and was born and raised on the small island of Wrangell in Southeastern Alaska. I live in Wrangell near the Red Alder Head Village site at my family’s fishcamp, aka Mickey’s Fishcamp. I have an MFA from the University of Alaska and a Ph.D. in Cross Cultural Studies. My poetry has appeared in The North American Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Poecology, Drunken Boat and elsewhere. I’m the founding member of Blue Canoe Writers in both Sitka and Wrangell with an emphasis on mentoring Indigenous writers. I’ve been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and was a Joy Harjo Award semi-finalist. I received honorable mention in Boulevard’s poetry contest for emerging writers and, in 2012, was awarded the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence. I’m the author of two poetry chapbooks and a full length collection, The Hide of My Tongue.

Psst… Order Now and Save Up to $11

As a pre-order special, if you purchase both winning chapbooks, you’ll save $5 off the cover price AND receive free shipping. We are so grateful for your support!

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Applauding our Finalists and Semi-Finalists

We offer kudos and recognition to the finalists and semi-finalists of our “To Inhabit” chapbook contest as well. When you order one (or both!) of the winning chapbooks, you’ll get to enjoy the inclusion of an anthology of our Selected Finalists.

Please help us celebrate the following poets:

Finalists

Wendy Carlisle
Pat Daneman
Mary Hanford
Lois Harrod
Sandra Marshburn
Cynthia Neely
Judith Ryan
Jennifer Wheelock

Semi-finalists

Helen Engelhardt
Deborah George
Akua Lezil Hope
Nancy Jentsch
Lindsey Martin-Bowen
Sharon Scholl
Edwina Trentham
Mary Van Schoelandt
Wendi White
Melinda Wolf

Last, but most certainly not least, our wholehearted thanks to each entrant in this year’s chapbook competition. You have enriched our lives with your poetry, and your support makes it possible for us to publish and celebrate the voices of women poets over 50. We are profoundly grateful to you. We’re excited about many ideas we have for making this community of writers stronger, deeper, and more powerful, and we hope you’ll join us as we continue on this great adventure!

To stay informed about new & upcoming opportunities from QuillsEdge Press, please follow our blog, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our email list. Thank you! Your support truly makes a difference. ♥

Celebrating Our Judge, Mary Ann McFadden

I confess, I’m pretty excited about today. Not only is it #WomanWritersWednesday, but we’re only a few days away from announcing our chapbook contest winners!

What better day, then, to celebrate this year’s phenomenal judge, Mary Ann McFadden? She’s not just a gifted poet; she’s a devoted and enthusiastic advocate for women’s poetry, and a proud supporter of QuillsEdge Press. If you’re in need of a good dose of strong poetry, check out this wonderful post from her website, featuring three of her poems – “After the Crash, the Old Fool Does Laundry,” “To Break It To Find It Again,” and “To the Lizard God.”

All three poems are featured in Mary Ann’s book, Devil, Dear (Alice James Books, 2014). Check it out – we think it may find a welcome place on your shelves of poetry by badass women.

Our wholehearted thanks to Mary Ann for her gracious and dedicated judging of our contest! ♥

Writing Prompt 30

Welcome to the thirtieth day of our 30/30!

After you respond to this prompt, I have a strict assignment for you: put on some insanely good music and have yourself a dance party. You did it! You are a poetry superhero!

Your prompt today is:

 

Within my hands
Alternatively: Without / Beneath / Above / Use a preposition that challenges
your hands’ usual behaviors or usage

 

Thanks for going the distance with us. It’s been a genuine delight. Whatever you do, keep writing!

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 29

Welcome to the twenty-ninth day of our 30/30!

I can hardly believe it’s almost over. I don’t want to say goodbye.

Your prompt today is:

 

Maybe god tastes of
Alternatively: maybe [deity of your choice] [sense] [prep]…

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 28

Welcome to the twenty-eighth day of our 30/30!

It’s our third-to-last prompt of the 2016 National Poetry Month. Admit it, you’ll miss this, won’t you. Maybe just a little?

Your prompt today is:

 

My third wish would be

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here