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Call for Submissions: Poems for PoemTown St. Johnsbury 2023

PoemTown St. Johnsbury, a collaboration between Catamount Arts, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and Discover St. Johnsbury, has been celebrating National Poetry Month in April through the posting of poems on business windows, poetry readings and slams, writing workshops, and more since 2015. Vermont poets are invited to submit one or two original poems to PoemTown St. Johnsbury 2023, using this year’s theme as a point of departure: “Embracing Change.” As always, PoemTown St. Johnsbury welcomes submissions from writers of any age, both amateur and published poets. Writers who live in the Northeast Kingdom are strongly encouraged to participate.

“St. Johnsbury has blossomed over the past couple of years, with many new businesses opening and new types of community gatherings initiated, despite – or because of – the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Anne Campbell, Education Director of Catamount Arts.  “Our ability to embrace change makes us a stronger community, better able to adapt and heal; we thought that would be a fitting theme for this year’s PoemTown celebration.”

Poems must be submitted to Catamount Arts by midnight on February 28, 2023. Poems must conform to submission guidelines (SEE BELOW), which may also be picked up at the Catamount Arts box office, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, or St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Poets are asked to read the submission guidelines carefully.  Submissions will be accepted primarily via an online process; those who are unable to do so will have options, which are outlined in the guidelines. At least one poem from each poet will be posted on a downtown storefront window.

PoemTown St. Johnsbury is a satellite site for PoemCity, based in Montpelier. For more information about poetry submissions, please visit the Catamount Arts’ website: catamountarts.org/community-art-outreach/poem-town/ or call 802-748-2600, ext. 109.

Poem Submission Guidelines:

  • Submission is open to poets of all ages who live or work in Vermont.
  • Theme for 2023: Embracing Change. We encourage you to use this as a point of departure for your writing, but it is not required.
  • Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2023 at midnight. No poems will be accepted after that.
  • Poems must be original work. Please send no more than 2 poems. We will select at least one poem to post.
  • Poems can be no longer than 28 lines each.
  • Poems should be submitted using a Google Form accessible from the Catamount Arts website (Click HERE) and uploaded as Word documents only. If you have any trouble using the form, please contact us at 802-748-2600, ext. 109. If you do not use a computer, we will accept typed poems by mail or hand-delivered to PoemTown St. Johnsbury, c/o Catamount Arts, PO Box 324, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.
  • Please do not submit work that has been submitted to or displayed at any Poetry Alive!, PoemCity, PoemTown Randolph or PoemCampus events, or that has previously appeared in print elsewhere.
  • By sending your work to PoemTown St. Johnsbury, you agree that PoemTown St. Johnsbury may use your poem(s) in display, promotional materials, and associated online, print, and other media venues.