Extended Deadline for Students – Call for Poems

Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s New Poet Laureate, is extending the deadline for submissions from Arlington students! March 30 is the new deadline, giving students lots of time while the schools are closed to submit poems.

The Details: Ratiner is working on a rather unconventional and utterly delightful way to inject poetry into the everyday, to be debuted during April’s National Poetry Month! For this project, Ratiner is announcing a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS from all Arlington-area poets, both from adults and students. He’s asking people to submit 1-2 poems which, given the opportunity, they’d most like to share with their Arlington neighbors. He can guarantee that the final selections will reach the attention of a thousand readers in a most surprising way (the exact form of the ‘publication’ to be kept as a secret until it’s unveiled in April).

He has a few fairly simple guidelines for the submissions:

  • Original poems, no longer than 20 lines, on any subject matter, but with this specific goal: choose a poem you’d wish to share with neighbors, whether or not they are readers of poetry – one that will offer surprise, insight, delight.
  • Depending on the number of submissions, approximately 8-10 poems from adult writers will be chosen, and a similar number of student poems.
  • Submissions only via e-mail. Write ‘A Call for Poems’ in the subject line – and, if you are a student, specify at what grade level. If a poem has been previously published, please do cite the place of publication.
  • Paste the poem into the body of an email (no attachments, please) addressed to Steven Ratiner at: steven.arlingtonlaureate@gmail.com Include your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached if your poem is selected.
  • All poems should be received no later than March 30, 2020. Writers whose work is selected will be contacted by mid-March and the project will take place in April.

READ MORE about Arlington’s new Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner here!