Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

10/13/2009 -- Contest Night

Everyone give it up to Meghan for another win in our monthly contests!

She's 2 for however many contests we've done.

It was a particularly good night, 10 readers in total, 3 entries into the contest. All of which were awesome entries. Tricia read a poignant poem about her arrival and impending departure from Pensacola. Dustin's piece was a satirical look at local politics and issues in the community. Meghan's entry was a composed and eloquent peer into the community of Pensacola from her perspective.

It's unfortunate there can only be one winner. Even the Applause-o-meter had trouble deciding who won.

Next, we need to start collecting poems for the book.
I've made a list of frequent contributors to poetry night.

Everyone on this list can have up to 3 poems in the book.
Try and submit in the format you want to see in the publication.
Any edits will be cleared with you, so don't worry.

Yes, you can still enter the contest.
I'd like you to submit these three poems you want to see in the book, ASAP.
Then, when contest time comes around,
just resubmit them with the additional two you need.

Of course, the official submission cut-off date is NOVEMBER 3RD.

Here's the official list of people who can ABSOLUTELY see publication:

  • Trevor Warren Griffith
  • Renaud
  • Stijl Calhoun
  • Meghan K
  • Stefan Georgi
  • John Fravel
  • Quincy Hull
  • Naja
  • Nitin Advani
  • Alex Robinson
  • Barrett White
  • Al Spyce
  • Alex Borgella
  • Iceis
  • Tyler Cummings
  • Derek Cosson
  • Priya Lin
  • David
  • Tricia McSweeney
  • Alex Colston
  • Jimi

Everyone else will have to submit and see what happens.
This is not a favoritism thing.
This is a result of consistent participation in poetry night,
whether on the stage or listening and attending.

Otherwise, submit entries to
hand them to me at POETRY NIGHT.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

10/08/2009 -- Poetry Night, Contest Announcements

We had a great night, once again. 12 readers, including myself, and the triumphant, tired return of Quincy Hull and Naja. They're here to stay, now. Let's welcome them to the family.

Anyway, we had plenty of announcements, so I'll jump right into the contest rules.

Now, folks, I know this is strange for our contests; however, keep in mind this is primarily due to keeping up with the theme for the publication. As you know, we're planning on releasing an anthology for our year anniversary called 'PS--Pensacola....'

So, for this reason, the contest's only guideline:
It must be titled or start with the line "PS--Pensacola".

Also, because of the nature of these next two contests, I decided to go ahead and announce them.

For our November Month, we have two separate contests. Yes, you can enter both.

1) All-Star Poetry Contest:

Five of your best poems (Including what you want to enter into the Anthology)

Turn in poems as you'd like to see them published.

Make two copies, one for the judges without your name on it; and, one with a cover sheet including your name, e-mail, address, phone number, and which contest(s) you entered.


There are no other guidelines, but bare in mind--being thematic with your entries WILL ALWAYS benefit you.

Prize: Half of the pot of total entry fees into this contest, a free used book from OPEN BOOKS, a free copy of PS--Pensacola when it arrives, and all five of your poems will be published (As opposed to three)

2) Short Story Contest

Self Evident rules, really.

Word count:

Make two copies of the story, as with the Poetry contest
double space the judges copy.
Include a cover sheet on the proof copy.
Do not include your name on the judge's copy.

Prize: Half of the pot of total entry fees into this contest, a free used book from OPEN BOOKS, a free copy of PS--Pensacola when it arrives, and your story will be published regardless of your contribution insofar as Poetry is concerned.

3) Enter the Contest!

Okay, I said on Tuesday that the November month contests will have an entry fee of $5. However, upon evaluation, I'm worried that we won't have enough people entering the contest. Aside from having fun, we're doing it to fund raise for the book.

So, I'm raising the entry fee to $10.00
per contest.

This means a bigger pay out for the winner and--hopefully--better production quality for the anthology.

So, I'd like to know if you're entering the contest. Please comment here or send me an e-mail.

You can turn in your entries any time before November 3rd.
Please turn in a Manila Envelope with all of your materials, including the entry fee.

This contest will be judged by outside sources with the appropriate credentials;
however, their names will be kept secret until we're done.

The winners will be announced on November 10th, just like a normal month.

As always, you can submit via e-mail to, as long as you've formatted the document correctly and insured that you will pay the entry fee.