One more day!

Hello friends, just checking in with a quick reminder that there’s one more day remaining in our third annual chapbook contest! The deadline for this year’s contest, “In Transition,” is Monday, January 15th, at 11:59 PM. Full guidelines are here, or you can go straight to our Submittable page to enter your manuscript. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s already submitted.

Also, if you are one of the few remaining submitters to the anthology who haven’t heard back, your poems are still under consideration for the handful of selections that remain. You will be hearing from us very soon. Thank you SO much for your patience as we agonize over all your incredible poetry. (This is the best of tasks, this is the worst of tasks… We aren’t complaining, believe us.)

Huge appreciation to each of you for being part of our community.

One more month for submissions!

By USFWS Mountain-Prairie (Sunflowers) [CC BY 2.0 ( or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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!

At work again

Another long pleasant afternoon of Press work at Jane’s house in Morristown. The competition opens in a little more than four weeks and we still have so much work to do. (Of course, we always will, or at least that’s our goal).

Jane’s just back from a book binding workshop, and she learned an amazing amount. We know our first few chapbooks will be simply bound, probably 3 hole/ribbon, but considering the possibilities is so exciting. I’ve become so enamoured by possibilities that I see in the graphics/comics world, like McSweeney’s monthly packs of odd books, letters, postcards, puzzles, etc. There’s no reason why we can’t think outside the book and move towards engaging new forms – never doubt that an Old Broad can blow your mind with a new idea. Never.

Here’s an intriguing format we just came across from Kristy Bowen at Dancing Girl press and studio – a beautifully designed box of pages entitled billet-doux

This special dancing girl press limited edition collection of missives is sure to entice and delight. 15 poets. 15 love letters. Each piece written and designed by the poet themselves and collected in a lovely box. A volume sure to thrill the poetry and art lover (as well as the occasional voyeur.)

billet doux

Love it? You can order it here: Dancing Girl Press

Also today, as always, we’re talking and thinking and scheming about the HUGE miss-match between the incredible richness of chapbooks being created and the incredible lack of ways to get those books to the attention of, and into the hands of, poetry peers. We’re making a small start with our chapbook reviews page, but what else can we do? What else can you do? Can any of us do? There’s no reason not to consume chapbooks like Poetry Pringles, bought by the can-full and munched nonstop until you are satiated (temporarily)

June 2014 Update

Jane and I are pulling another marathon meeting at her house to move QuillsEdge Press forward. Today our CLMP (Council of Literary Magazines and Presses) membership came through, which means we both have a LOT of reading to do, catching up on best practices in our field. We’re working on our first official newsletter, writing ad copy for the competition, enjoying some white wine/lemonade coolers, and plotting the continuing take over of the literary world.

Look for our first newsletter in early July!