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The Virus: Poets Respond

Write us a poem – what is it? How do you survive? How has it changed your life? Or anything else that this experience has generated – loneliness, fear, anti-social feelings, etc.

Poems will be published in an upcoming Moonstone Press chapbook. Submissions should not exceed 1 page in length (maximum 30 lines, 4 ¼ wide). The final chapbook will be printed in 12 point Times New Roman font on pages that are 5 1/2 inches wide. 

Deadline June 5, 2020

WE WANT YOU ALL: Academic Poets, Famous Poets, Free Form Poets, Street Poets, Unknown Poets, Spoken Word Poets, Published Poets, Unpublished Poets, and more

Please submit one poem only;

limited to one page in length;

approx. 30 lines;

 no wider than 4 1/4";

 in 12 point Times New Roman;

plus a one to two sentences bio about you.

We will distribute the book at the 24th Annual Poetry Ink event, April 26th, 2020 at 1199C Hospital Workers Headquarters

Scholarship Opportunity!

All Poets under 25 are invited to submit their work. However, only High School Seniors and Juniors are automatically applied for Moonstone's PassThePen Scholarship if a poem is submitted to New Voices: Emerging Poets Volume #3. This scholarship allows chosen winners to participate in a creative writing workshop so motivated and sincere young writers may meet with like-minded individuals to polish their craft.


“New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets, Vol #3”, will focus on hosting readings and publishing the work of poets under age 25. Poets are invited to submit three poems.

All poems chosen will be published in the New Voices Anthology and poets will be invited to participate in the monthly New Voices Reading Series. Each event will feature 3-4 poets and will be followed by an open reading. We hope to bring together young poets from various locations to hear each other and expand their experiences.

Poems should not exceed 1 page in length (maximum 30 lines, 4 ¼ wide, about 1750 characters). 

Submissions to the anthology are open until April 24, 2020. 

The release party and reading will take place on May 16, 2020. We will give a copy of the anthology to every contributor in attendance. 

While Moonstone is especially interested in publishing poets from the Philadelphia area, we embrace the entire poetry community regardless of the poet’s home address.

Please submit about twenty-five pages of material.  

Individual poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. 

If applicable, please include with your manuscript an acknowledgements page referencing prior publications. 

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted so long as you promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 


Mail your manuscript along with a $15 reading fee to:

Moonstone Arts Center

110A S. 13th Street

Philadelphia PA 19107. 

Please note that this fee is nonrefundable. 


Philadelphia Haiku

Tell us what you think about when you think about Philadelphia. The places, the people, the history, what does Philadelphia mean to you? How much can you say in a three line haiku? Philadelphia Haiku will collect the best haiku inspired by our city. Written by poets of all ages and from across the country, this collection seeks to express the essence of living and working in the City of Brotherly Love, The City that Loves You Back, potholes, construction, corruption and all. 

Moonstone (Arts Center and Press), a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1981 with the motto, “Education Through the Arts from the Cradle to the Grave. The Center presents about 80 poetry programs a year and the Press publishes anthologies and chapbooks by individual poets.


The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association was founded in 1989 to promote the writing of haiku poetry, to provide encourage-ment and support to young people to write poetry, and to further the work and poetry of Camden haiku poet Nick Virgilio. Nick Virgilio (1928 – 1989) was an internationally recognized haiku poet who is credited with helping to popularize the Japanese style of poetry in the United States.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as "syllables"), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku. A haiku in English is a very short poem in the English language, following to a greater or lesser extent the form and style of the Japanese haiku. 


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