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The Spring is a very busy time for Orchard Street. We are conducting our annual Poetry Contest, and we are completing the publication of chapbooks solicited from some of the entrants to last year’s Contest. We are also announcing the release of books that have just come out.

I. The Poetry Contest

We are very excited to announce our third annual Poetry Contest. Once again, there will be three cash awards: 1st Prize, $500 (and the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize); 2nd Prize, $300; and 3td Prize, $200. These prize-winning poems, along with Finalist, Semi-Finalist, and Honorable Mention poems will be published in the 2020 edition of Quiet Diamonds, our nationally-known and highly regarded poetry annual. Over the past two years, the work of sixty different poets from across the country has appeared in QD. Deadline for entries is postmark of April 29, 2020.

More details, including how to enter, are available on the info sheet following the release announcements for our new publications.


II. New Publications

On the following pages, you will find full-page announcements for these books which have been released recently, all work that comes from entrants in last year’s Poetry Contest.


Dialogues With Light
by Lew Forester of Arvada, Colorado

Midnight Exhibition at the Wheatgrass Saloon by Elizabeth Chapman of Palo Alto, California

Duets: Love Songs & Prayers by Stephanie Baird from Western Massachusetts

Passages by Linda M. Fisher from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Twenty Small Worlds by Mark Louis Lehman of Cincinnati, Ohio

 

III . Coming Soon

Orchard Street is currently working on the following chapbooks which will be released in the coming weeks: Almost Happy by Bob Wickless of North Carolina; In The Diamond Light of Morning by Larsen Bowker of Virginia; Sea Changes by Duane Niatum of Washington State; and Joy in the Tomb of Hunting and Fishing by Craig McVay of Ohio.

 

dialogues with light

 


 

midnight exhibition



duets



passages



twenty small worlds


 

The Orchard Street Press

2020 Poetry Contest

(Submission deadline, April 29, 2020)


We are very excited to announce our third annual Poetry Contest. Once again, there will be three cash awards: 1st Prize, $500 (and the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize); 2nd Prize, $300; and 3rd Prize, $200. These prize-winning poems, along with Finalist, Semi-Finalist, and Honorable Mention poems will be published in the 2020 edition of Quiet Diamonds, our highly-regarded poetry annual. In 2019, the work of thirty poets appeared in the journal.


Of last year’s Quiet Diamonds, poet Eric Grienke wrote: “…the poems of Quiet Diamonds have a common and acute attention to language and imagistic detail that makes a finely cut gem.” John Sheirer, Editor of Freshwater, observed: “These poems exist in an array of vivid, earthy details so that we can feel them on out skin as well as in our hearts and minds.” Matthew J. Spireng, award-winning poet and author, commented that “There are poems of life and death, music and silence, light and dark, poems that are a pleasure to discover.”


Once again this year, the judges will select poets from among the Contest entrants to be invited to submit chapbook manuscripts to be considered for publication by Orchard Street, a press that has established a reputation for presenting books that are both intellectually-emotionally engaging and aesthetically appealing. In 2019, Orchard Street chose twelve chapbooks for publication.

 

How to Enter


Submit four previously unpublished, original poems (typed, single-spaced, no one poem longer than two pages), the $14 entry fee (check to The Orchard Street Press), and a SASE for results to:

 

The Orchard Street Press

P.O. Box 280

Gates Mills, Ohio  44040

Contest deadline is postmark of April 29, 2020

 

We look forward to the privilege of reading your work!

 

If you have questions, you can contact Orchard Street via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 330-264-7733