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We will be frequently bringing in quality guest speakers, publishers, poets laureate, etc!
Putting Together a Poetry Book: Upcoming Seminar!
Next Virtual Seminar: 3/3/24 4:00 pm, EST
Many poets are eager to release their first book of poetry. But hand in hand with the eagerness comes multitudes of questions. What size should the book be, a chapbook or a full length collection? How should I structure the poems? Is a theme necessary? How do publishers like a poetry book to be submitted? Do I never need to use a traditional publisher? What about the cover?
The publishers of Local Gems Press who have produced over 250 poetry titles are here to answer all these questions and more.
Join The Latest Live Poetry Chapbook Challenge
As a Master Bards Member you get complimentary registration to all of our poetry chapbook challenges (while slots last.)
But you still need to register to secure your spot! So fill out the form on the right!!
Join The Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge! Feb 19th-29th 2024!
In Feb of 2021, Local Gems Press's publisher, James P. Wagner (Ishwa), lost his Aunt to Pancreatic Cancer. She was only 66...and she was a third parent to him. Like all writers do, when hard times strike...he turned to writing to cope and sort out his emotions. He found himself writing poems about childhood, early memories, things that turned him into who he was--experiences of all shapes and sizes. He was writing poetic memoir. Over the last few years especially, we've seen a lot of poets writing poetry that could be classified as poetic memoir...and so the idea for this challenge was born.
Closed!!! A New Challenge Will Be Available Soon!
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Creating Opportunities With Poetry: Special Guest Paul Richmond
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Enjoy These Poetry Challenge Videos
Note: These are the prompt videos from the challenges when they ran live--viewing these here is NOT a live challenge with the printing offer at the end, merely for the purpose of creative writing. However, if you do complete one of the challenges, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if a printing slot is open, if you are interested.
Enjoy These and Other Seminar Recordings.
The seminars are recordings from previously run live seminars.