Ends on January 20, 2019$5.00

For some strange reason we tend to wait until someone dies before we express our gratitude for what they have done. We have memorials where people get up and say how important the person was to them and what they had accomplished. Why Wait? Why not have a party honoring the person with praise poems while they are still alive and can enjoy it? Moonstone won’t. We will honor Philadelphia poets who have mentored poets and promoted poetry twice a year.  

J.C. Todd is author of What Space this Body, a collection of poems described by MacArthur Award poet, Eleanor Wilner, as “a rare combination of daring material and meticulous intellect.” Awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, Todd has also been a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H Winner Award and Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, and has been named a commended poet in the Hippocrates International Prize in Poetry and Medicine. She has published two chapbooks, Entering and Nightshade. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and her translations have been anthologized in New European Poets. Formerly a contributing editor for The Drunken Boat, she edited and compiled translation features on contemporary poetry from Latvia and Lithuania.


  “New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets”, will focus on hosting readings and publishing the work of poets under age 25. Students are invited to submit three poems which will be judged in the following three age divisions: 8 to 13, 14 to 17, and 18 to 25.

All poems chosen, regardless of age group, 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 March 1, 2019. 

The release party and reading will take place on Sunday March 24, 2019. We will give a copy of the anthology to every contributor. 

The reading series will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6pm at the South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad Street (at the Broad and Morris subway stop).

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. 

Moonstone Arts Center