Open to Tree Reading Series supporters, readers, and listeners, in other words, the Tree faithful.
Tree will hold its annual chapbook contest between October 31st and December 31st, 2013, with publication in the spring, 2014.
Manuscripts should be on white paper, paginated consecutively, with a table of contents and acknowledgments, and bound with a clip. Include two cover pages, one with only the title of the manuscript and a second with your name, address, telephone number(s), email address, and title of the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.
Keep a copy of your poems. The submissions will be recycled.
The winners will receive 10 copies of the chapbook, which will be published in an intitial set of 25 – 50 copies, more of which may be ordered privately at the author’s discretion.
Submissions will be accepted between October 31st and December 31st, 2013. Entry fee, $10, check or money order to Claudia Radmore.
Send a collection of up to 40 pages of poetry. (The winning manuscript may be edited, with input from the poet, to fit the space allotted for the chapbook.) The collection may include previously published poems, as long as the credits are given.
Email entries will not be accepted. Hard copies only.
Send your manuscript to:
Tree Press Chapbook Contest
c/o Claudia Coutu Radmore, Managing Editor
49 McArthur Ave.
Carleton Place, On
?Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a winner! Winter Music, by Mary Lee Bragg
With such restrained, tender endings, you might say that the poems in Winter Music are slentando: gradually slower. Beginning with the ode “Winter Saga”—where a squirrel crossing snow “swims with four splayed feet, / sculls with its tail”—the poet shows a deft touch with the painful particulars of the cold north, a “deep blue, / with outer space behind it.”There’s a constant battle in these poems between an inner tranquility and an outer chaos, a fight to make sense of an ambivalent world that leaks in through our best defences. “Nothing says luck / like lightning,” begins the poem “Good Luck,” and whether it’s a soldier in Kandahar, a revolutionary in Portugal, or a friend for whom life and love disasterizes, one can never predict whether you’ll survive the strike or not. In the meantime, intimates the poet, let your heart and mind rove, listen closely, and learn to “cherish your fears.” A thoughtful, subtle collection.
Mathew Tierney, judge
Honourable Mention: Elbow Grease, by Leslie Strutt
David Blaikie won the Tree Press chapbook contest, blind judged by Jason Heroux. His manuscript Farewell to Coney Island will have 50 copies printed by Tree Press.
Second place was Janice Tokar, third place was Jennifer Pederson, with honourable mentions to Lesley Strutt and Grant Savage.