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Anne Stewart’s poetry p f … good resource for poets and poetry lovers

annephotoAnne Stewart’s poetry p f is a wonderful go-to place when you want to expand your reading to include accomplished contemporary (mostly UK) poets. Assuming you meet the membership requirements, it can also be the means to making your own collection/s more visible on the Internet.

“Membership requirements” might seem to imply a certain elitism, but the standard is in my opinion not onerous but reasonable enough to ensure that the poets represented have refined their craft and have a serious interest in and commitment to poetry.

As I write this post, there are some 300 top-notch poets on poetry p f  and their collections might be difficult to find without this resource. I’m not a member, but I do like to make purchases from poetry p f. It’s convenient and, unlike Amazon, the poet pages are uniform and you can count on them to be there. They offer you a sample poem, a photograph and contact information as well as information about the publisher.

There’s an event page, largely London and surrounding areas, with a schedule of readings, workshops and courses. Included is a useful “Favorite” sites page offering resources that will help you connect with other poets. A convenient listing of competitions and calls for submissions makes it easier to target potential markets for your work. The home page features one poet and the poet featured is rotated.

poetry p f offers a rich collection of feature articles and Anne also has poetry cards available for purchase.  Anne welcomes commissions to produce tailor-made Poem Cards for purchases of 100 or more cards.

Since Anne is affiliated with Second Light Network of Women Poets (SLN), I find it convenient to pay my SLN member fees through her site. When I wanted to gift a membership (a great gift for the women poets in your life), I just emailed Anne to let her know I purchased an SLN membership and to whom it was supposed to go.  No dealing with nameless service representatives and policy inconsistencies.

In the May 2010 issue of acumen, a literary journal, Anne was interviewed by William Oxley and explained the “p f'” in the name.

The p f was Monty Python inspired – I thought we poets needed to rage a bit and the People’s Front, Popular or otherwise, seemed to fit the bill.”

Opportunity knocks:  16 November 2016 is the deadline for the Barnet poetry competition for adults & juniors and Anne Stewart is the judge for the adult category.  Details HERE.

the-janus-hour-fullANNE STEWART is a poet, reviewer, and provider of services to poets and poetry organisations. In 2000, she began working towards a life with poetry at the centre of it, joining the Post-graduate Creative Writing programme at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2003, she was awarded an MA with Distinction and in 2005, was selected as one of the “Ten Hallam Poets” represented in the anthology published by Mews Press (eds. Sean O’Brien, Steven Earnshaw and EA Markham). The anthology attracted high praise from top-calibre poets (Don Paterson, Julia Darling, Helen Dunmore).

In 2008, she won the Bridport Prize for her sonnet, Still Water, Orange, Apple, Tea. Judge, David Harsent, said of it “…what marks it out is the way this emotional commonplace is adapted to language … no line lacked a surprise … I liked its briskness – celebratory, but never cloying – and liked too, the fine-tuning: … a tone of voice that promotes brevity … where the notes in question sing and tease and intrigue … ”

Her first collection, The Janus Hour (Oversteps Books, 2010), “is characterised by a view of the world that is quizzical, appraising, unflinching yet non-judgemental: this is how things look from here, it says; take it or leave it. Her poems address, with the same deft lightness of touch, both uncomfortable truths about our time and the surreal in the everyday, achieving a rare consistency of expression without ever being predictable.” – Jeremy Page, editor, The Frogmore Papers.

© Anne’s photo and book cover art belong to her; the bio is from her site and is also under her copyright

THE SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and Other News & Information

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Opportunity Knocks 

CROSSROADS POETRY SERIES MANUSCRIPT, Reading fee: $15.00 USD, $20.00 CAD DEADLINE 12/1/2016. “The Crossroads Poetry Series is … seeking book length collections of poems that are a minimum of 50 pages in length for publication in 2017. We hope to publish at least 2 collections of work. Only one poem per page and single spaced. All selected manuscripts will be awarded a book contract (with the possibility of a second book contract), $250, 10 copies, 8% royalties, and a primary run of 500 copies. All submissions must be accompanied by submissions fee or they will not be read. Simultaneous submissions are welcome providing that you notify us if your manuscript is to be published elsewhere. We look forward to reading your work.” DETAILS HERE

CALAMARO, a print poetry magazine, accepts submissions year round – formal as well as free verse – from 2 – 30 lines. DETAILS HERE


Opportunity Knocks

9780996259644PROUD TO BE: WRITING BY AMERICAN WARRIORS (anthology) Deadline: June 1, 2016 (postmarked). No reading fee.  5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each: Short Fiction, Poetry, Interview with a Warrior, Essay, Photography. Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT OPEN POETRY COMPETITION for Long and Short Poems for Women! “Second Light is a very generous and encouraging organisation. Here’s a chance for longer poems, with magazine publication and a London reading as well as the prizes! Entry by post or email – and I [Alison Blackenbury] will read all entries.” Closing date 31 August. DETAILS HERE

THE AKRON POETRY PRIZE “was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his, her, or their book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2016 is Allison Joseph. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series. SUBMISSIOS ACCEPTED between April 15 and June 15 DETAILS HERE


THE AURORA PRIZE for Awakening Humanity: On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors. The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will be granted annually to an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.

  • The Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored with a US $100,000 award.
  • That individual will have the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by selecting an organization that inspired their work to receive a US $1,000,000 grant.
  • The Aurora Prize will be awarded annually on April 24 in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Selection Committee: George Clooney, Co-Founder, Not On Our Watch, Humanitarian, performer and film maker; Elie Wiesel, President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Nobel Laureate; Vartan Gregorian,  Co-Founder, 100 LIVES, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York;; and, Leymah Gbowee: Nobel Laureate, Liberian peace activist and women’s rights advocate



  • THE CREATIVE NEXUS™ arts aggregate publishes a new edition weekly HERE
  • THE BeZINE April issue was published on the 15th and celebrates interNational Poetry Month HERE.
  • WOVEN TALE PRESS is currently celebrating Poetry Month HERE.
  • SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL is February 16-19, 2017, keep watching their site for details.
  • 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE (100TPC) registration is HERE if you want to organize an event in your area
  • THE BeZINE (HERE) theme for the May issue is Books that Changed Our Lives. Submit one or two paragraphs on a book that changed your life and why along with a two-line bio to DEADLINE May 10, 2015.
  • 101st ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE is today. Silver Merjaian’s commemorative poem, Rape of Arevik is HERE
  • THE BeZINE submission guidelines HERE
  • SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS submission guidelines for ARTEMISpoetry HERE


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