Guidelines for the Inaugural Free Verse Charleston Anthology

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We’re printing a book that features a collection of poetry by local poets.

Opening date for submissions: August 31, 2020

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Fee: optional $3 donation per submission

The prize: The winning authors will receive publication in the inaugural Free Verse Charleston poetry anthology book, and one free copy of the publication.

Specifications: We’re not looking for any specific poetic form or subject matter. We’re not concerned with limiting word count. Submissions should only be sent as a Word or Pages document. Please do not send a photo or a PDF.

Submission: Poets may submit up to 5 poems. Sending multiple works in a single submission is encouraged.  If you are sending multiple pieces, please send them as a single submission. Poets who send in more than 5 poems will be ineligible.

The judges: Marcus Amaker, Charleston, SC’s Poet Laureate, and local published poets (names coming soon).

Publication date: April 2021. The anthology will be published by Free Verse Press.

Eligibility: Open to all poets (of any age, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation) in the Charleston area for a previously unpublished book of poetry. Only poets who live in one of these places are eligible to submit a manuscript:

Daniel Island
Downtown Charleston
Edisto Beach
Folly Beach
Goose Creek
Isle of Palms
James Island
Johns Island
Kiawah Island
Mt. Pleasant
Moncks Corner
North Charleston
Seabrook Island
Sullivan’s Island
Wadmalaw Island
West Ashley

Charleston poetry anthology
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