Make It Maldon Free Arts Festival

Make It Maldon is a one-off event in Maldon, Essex, England. It will run from Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August 2015 and is co-ordinated by the amazing Willow Shepstone, as her university placement project for Nottingham Trent University, where she studies product and furniture design.

I will be giving a free reading of my poetry on Saturday 29th August, at 3pm, and leading a free beginners’ poetry workshop on Sunday 30th, from 2-4pm. Both events will be at the beautiful Hayletts Gallery. The beginners poetry workshop is open to all. We’ll be using the fantastic art (in Hayletts Summer Mixed Exhibition) as our inspiration – and you really don’t have to have any experience to participate. I will be very kind and gentle.

Booking essential, by emailing me: rosiesandler@talktalk.net

Please can you share this, if you are UK-based and have friends/family in Essex? Thank you!

Rattle magazine

I’ve had the round robin email from the above, and there are several inspiring opportunities. I’m copying and pasting below:

1) We’re currently seeking poems written in traditional or adopted Japanese forms for our spring issue—deadline: October 15th. After that we’re looking for New Yorker Poets (you have to have lived at least half your life in NYC), and Scientist Poets. We’re also reading open submissions any time, and (from now on) will have an open section in every issue—but if any of these themes apply to you, please visit our Calls for Submissions page for more information.

2) We’re also continuing our new program online called Poets Respond—every Sunday we’ll publish a poet’s immediate response to a news event that occurred within the last week. You can read this week’s response, “Labor Day: Atlantic City” by Peter E. Murphy. If you’d like to submit a poem about a current event, there’s a link to use at the bottom of that page. The deadline for consideration each week is Friday at midnight, and the poems have been met with great enthusiasm—including a very positive write-up in the LA Times last week.

3) Given how much fun poets are having with the news a prompt, we’re also experimenting with an “Ekphrasis Challenge.” Issue #45’s cover artist, Judy Keown has supplied a photograph and we’re asking poets to submit poetic responses to it by October 1st. Judy and I will each pick our favorite, and they’ll be published online—those poets will also receive $25. So if that sounds interesting, visit that page.

Gladstone’s Library ‘Mystery Lady’ Poetry Competition 2014

Free to enter. One poem per person. Details below copied and pasted from the website:>Deadline: Tuesday 1st July 2014
Judges: Katrina Naomi (Girl with the Cactus Handshake) and Judy Brown (Loudness)
1st Prize: 7 nights’ stay at Gladstone’s Library; 2nd Prize: 3 nights’ stay at Gladstone’s Library
Hanging in the hallway at Gladstone’s Library is a mysterious woman in a russet gown. She points at a blossoming orange; she is watched by a whippet. On the table beside her a fruit bowl contains grapes, plums and yet more oranges. 
Now in its second year, the Gladstone’s Library creative writing prize for 2014 is for poetry. Any style, convention, or form is acceptable, as long as it takes the portrait as its starting point. Don’t worry about her identity – we don’t know who she is either!
http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/gladfest2014/mysterylady/