Got Chapbook Material?

The 2016 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is open for entries.

No entry fee. Deadline June 30th.

Some restrictions. Read the rules carefully.

My two cents: be careful about posting your work to personal blogs if you’re planning to submit it later on. Oftentimes it’ll be considered published, and you won’t be eligible. For instance, one of the rules for Mary Ballard’s Prize reads, “No more than 10% of the poetry should have been posted to the poet’s own blog or web site previously.” 



“and laugh, and heal”

Many countries observed Children’s Day on June 1st.

May all children be happy.

It was (or was it not?) just hours ago — 
Our sandaled feet kicked up the poplar snow,
And it would rise in white puffs, and the breeze

Would carry it along, and we would sneeze,
And laugh, and play with what we thought was ours
For all eternity — a few short hours.

It is (or is it not?) a dream away —
That, filled with June and promise, fun sun day
Where we can touch the wind, and taste the air,

And be the way we were, without a care,
Free to reclaim what fleeting time can’t steal,
Where we can hope once more, and laugh, and heal.

— Sasha A. Palmer