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Posted by : cj on Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 09:24 PM
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Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2017 Galactic Poetry Prizes.

In the category of “Best Moon Poem” the winner is: Joanne Blackwelder of Ocean City, NJ, for her poem “Night Walk on the Shore”. Joanne wins $120.00 in celebration of JOMP’s 20th anniversary issue.

In the category of “Best Galactic Poem” the winner is: Dianalee Velie of Newbury, NH, for her poems “DIZZY” and “Questions for Venus When She Dangles the Crescent Moon”. Dianalee also wins $120.00.

I’d also like to list two Honorable Mentions, poems that came “this close” to winning one of the prizes:

Sheila Elliott for her poem “In the Sky, In the Stars, We Seek Stories”


David Nekimken for his poem “Circle of Life, Circle of Being”

Below is a complete list of the 54 poets selected to have work included in the upcoming Journal of Modern Poetry 20: The Poetry Writer’s Guide to the Galaxy.


Amanda Layman, Joliet, IL
Beverly M. Collins, Burbank, CA
Candace Armstrong, Murphysboro, IL
Carolyn Clark, Newfield, NY
Catharine J. Jones, Evanston, IL
David Marcus, Streamwood, IL
David Nekimken, Chicago, IL
Deborah Nodler Rosen, Glencoe, IL
Dianalee Velie, Newbury, NH
Diane O'Neill, Chicago, IL
Donal Mahoney, Belleville, IL
Gene Fendt, Kearney, NE
Hazel Clayton Harrison, Altadena, CA
Irfanulla Shariff, South Elgin, IL
Iris Orpi, Chicago, IL
Itala Langmar, Kenilworth, IL
Jeff Rogers, Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Dotson, Highland Park, IL
Joan Krieger Hoffman, Los Angeles CA
Joanne Blackwelder, Ocean City, NJ
Joe Glaser, Chicago, IL
Joseph Witt, Altadena, CA
John Laue, La Selva Beach, CA
Joseph Kuhn Carey, Glencoe, IL
Katherine Derengowski, San Marcos, CA
Laura Lee, Lombard, IL
Linda Leedy Schneider, Grand Rapids, MI
Linda Wallin, Palatine, IL
Lynn Veach Sadler, Burlington, NC
Margaret Dubay Mikus, Lake Forest, IL
Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Lexington, MA
Marilyn Peretti, Glen Ellyn, IL
Mary Jo Balistreri, Waukesha, WI
Mary Langer Thompson, Apple Valley, CA
Michael P Wright, Highwood, IL
Nancy J Heggem, Palatine, IL
Nancy Lind, Pasadena, CA
Norma Mahns, Oak Grove, MO
Peter Halliday, Arlington Heights, IL
Peter Rodenby, Northumberland, England
Radomir Vojtech Luza, North Hollywood, CA
Ricardo Lira Acuña, Los Angeles, CA
Richard King Perkins II, Crystal Lake, IL
RPMuha, Valparaiso, IN
Samuel Griffin, Westmont, IL
Sheila Elliott, Oak Park, IL
Stephen Colley, Altadena, CA
Taunja Thomson, Cold Spring, KY
Thelma T. Reyna, Pasadena, CA
Tim Callahan, Altadena, CA
Tony Peyser, Altadena, CA
Tracie Renee Amirante Padal, Palatine, IL
Tricia Marcella Cimera, St. Charles, IL
Wilda Morris, Bolingbrook, IL


Dear Poets,

At long last, the wait is finally over. Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce a brand new open call for submissions of poetry, for the twentieth, that’s right TWENTIETH volume of Journal of Modern Poetry. In 2017, we will launch poetry into the final frontier and poetry will go where no poetry has gone before. My Dear Poets, get out your telescopes and fuel your rockets to prepare yourselves for JOMP 20: The Poetry Writer’s Guide to the Galaxy, an extraterrestrial themed issue of JOMP that is scheduled for blast off in the spring of 2017.

JOMP 20: The Poetry Writer’s Guide to the Galaxy will be released at the Chicago Poetry Press table during the Chicago Public Library's annual Poetry Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street. This all-day event will also include keynote speaker Juan Felipe Herrera as well as workshops, performances, readings, and other exhibitors.

Chicago Poetry Press is still seeking “Galactic” poetry (whatever that means to you). First we will launch poetry to the moon. As a matter of fact, there will be an entire chapter in JOMP 20 dedicated to poetry about the moon. So get out your best moon poems, whether they be about a full moon, a lunar eclipse, the rising tides, a romantic pie in the sky, the moon landing, the man in the moon, the moon cycles—even if your poem is about a werewolf barking at the moon, I want to see it!

Next, prepare to journey beyond the moon. I want to see your “galactic” poetry. Do you have poetry about Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune? I bet you have a poem about Pluto! How about the moons of other planets? Do you have poetry about the sun, the stars or the constellations, about outer space, inner space, about space travel, time travel, about alien life, the speed of light, or about astrology or astronomy? Other topics might include black holes, comets, meteors or meteorites, and just about anything in the universe that you can imagine. If it's out there and you have written about it, send it to me.


In honor of our twentieth issue anniversary, this time around, I will be selecting two poems out of all the submissions to receive the GALACTIC POETRY PRIZE. The authors of the winning poems will each receive $120. One poem will be selected for each of these two categories:

*Best Moon Poem will receive publication and a $120 cash prize.

*Best Galactic Poem (other than a moon poem) will also receive publication and a $120 cash prize.

Your Guide to the Poetic Galaxy

--Journal of Modern Poetry (JOMP) is celebrating its big TWO OH with a volume of poetry that is guaranteed to be “out of this world.” I am seeking to showcase some of the best poetry written today, whether it is traditional or experimental. All form, style and length will be considered from published as well as previously unpublished poets. Your poem can address the theme of the galaxy directly or it may take a more abstract approach. If you feel your work touches upon the theme in any way, I want to see it.

--Does your entry donation guarantee that you will be published in JOMP 20? No. Your entry donation is considered a subscription to JOMP 20 and an entry into the contest. You will receive a copy of The Poetry Writer’s Guide to the Galaxy whether or not your work is accepted for publication. However, as usual, I will attempt to include as much work as possible so that the anthology represents a wide diversity of voices.

--All poets 18 years old or older will be given equal consideration. You do not have to be from Chicago to submit to Chicago Poetry Press. In the past I have published poets from all around the country as well as the world.

--What kind of poetry has a chance? All types. I'm looking for quality work. The best way to get a sense of what writing I have honored in the past is to purchase one of Chicago Poetry Press' publications, all of which I have edited (see buttons to the upper right of this page for ordering information). The only way you won’t have a chance at getting published is if you don’t submit your work.

--Please send only original work written by you. Poetry (or short works of prose) must be primarily in the English language. Previously published work is okay for consideration into JOMP 20 (please cite previous publications and make sure copyright has reverted back to you).

--Poets may submit up to five poems for consideration. I highly encourage all poets to send more than one entry if you have it, in order to increase your odds.

--You may update your entry prior to the final deadline. What does this mean? It means if you have rewritten your poem, or if you have a new poem that you want to add to your submission, you can send me an update to your file at no additional cost as long as I get it before the final deadline. This is something unique to JOMP. It gives you a lot of flexibility to tweak your submission as the final deadline approaches. I want the submission I have from you to be the strongest submission possible, so I will work with you if you feel the need to improve it along the way.

To clarify: once your submission donation has been received, a file will be created for you. You may add or subtract poems from your file, or send updated or rewritten work, at any point, all the way up until the final deadline. Once the final deadline has expired, whatever is in your file will be considered your final submission and no alterations may be made after that point.

--If at any time it is determined that enough submissions have been received to sustain the publication, ChicagoPoetry.com reserves the right to halt this open call. This means that priority will be given to early submissions, so it's wise not to wait until the last minute to create your contest file. Traditionally, as I review the work periodically throughout the submission process, certain poems tend to be pre-selected and certain running themes begin to emerge. Last minute submissions would then be expected to fit in with what has already been selected, making it harder for last minute submissions to make the cut. This is why it is highly encouraged that you make your submissions as early as possible. Remember, you can always tweak your submission any time before the final deadline if you've rewritten your work or have a new poem to add.


To submit to The Poetry Writer’s Guide to the Galaxy anthology, first use PayPal to contribute your $20 entry donation, which entitles you to a copy of the book, shipping included, whether you are selected for publication or not, as well as entry into the Galactic Poetry Contest.

Once you have subscribed with your entry donation, a file will be created for you and you will have until the final deadline to submit up to five of your best poems (review the theme above) to Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com.

The best way to submit your poetry is as an attachment in Microsoft Word or Works (no pdfs please) with all your poetry included in one SINGLE document (not five separate documents please). Use a standard black font and do not attach any images. Please include a cover letter introducing yourself, as well as a three or four sentence biography, and include all necessary contact information. (Please, even if you have submitted in the past, include your short biography so that I don’t have to go searching for it. Thank you.) Make sure your current mailing address is included especially if it is different than the one associated with your PayPal account if you have one. Updates will occasionally be sent to you by email so make sure I have your current email address.


If you have any questions do not be shy. Contact me at Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com and I will personally reply back with any clarifications.

Journal of Modern Poetry Volume 20 promises to blast off yet another chapter in Chicago Poetry Press' tradition of publishing the freshest and highest quality poetry. I hope you are as excited about this as I am, and I can't wait to read your submissions.

Yours in poetry,

CJ Laity
Editor, Journal of Modern Poetry
Chicago Poetry Press

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