For 2018 Moonstone is developing a program for poets under 30 years of age. We will start with an Anthology and ask each poet to submit 3 poems. 

Moonstone will also coordinate with teachers of poetry in the universities and elsewhere to produce anthologies consisting of five pages of poems from six students. 


The print anthology will be released on March 25th with a live reading at Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia. You will be contacted if your poems are to be featured in the anthology. All submissions, regardless of whether they are accepted or not, are invited to be read aloud at subsequent monthly events that will be held on the last Monday of every month.

Poems should not exceed 1 page in length (maximum 30 lines, 4 ¼ wide, about 1750 characters). The final chapbook will be printed in 12 point Times New Roman font on pages that are 5 1/2 inches wide, and so we ask that you submit your poetry in this format.

You are invited to submit a praise poem or comment in  A Tribute to Eileen D'Angelo

The event will take place on Sunday July 8, 2018, where contributors will be able to read their contribution and a chapbook with the contribution will be available. 

Deadline for submissions is July 2, 2018.

All of us have benefited from Eileen's support: her work with Mad Poets Society, the numerous poetry events which she has participated in to give voice to poetry in Philly and the individual attention which she has given to our poetry. Show your love for her by sending in a poem and/or contributing a remark. This is an open call so please share it with others who know and love Eileen. 

Please limit your contribution to about 2000 characters.

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if you have any trouble email me at

thank you, larry robin

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. 

Ends on June 3, 2018$5.00
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. A typical haiku is a three-line observation about a fleeting moment involving nature. Philadelphia is home to the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association and a chapter of the Haiku Society of America as well as Sonia Sanchez, who, in morning haiku, gives herself over with deep pleasure to the exacting beauty of haiku, a form she has cherished her entire writing life. Her newest haikus are diamond distillations of complex feelings, painful history, the torrent of language, and oceanic sensuality Their brevity seems built for speed, but their lyricism and warmth inspire lingering, savoring, reading, and rereading, perhaps aloud. African-American novelist Richard Wright, in his final years, composed some 4,000 haiku, 817 of which are collected in the volume Haiku: This Other World. Wright hewed to a 5-7-5 syllabic structure for most of these pieces. $5 readers fee.

No more than 10 Haiku will be accepted per submission.