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Author and Artist Information Requests

Hi Everyone,

Can’t thank you enough for your patience while I get the mss together, sort out titles for poems etc.

As of today,  each person who recieved an acceptance email should have received an email asking for his/her/their author/artist information.

The email comes from my personal address (which starts with inafelltoearth). If you haven’t received your email , please check your spam folder. If you still can’t find it, please contact the editors (editor [at] 56daysofaugust with that whole dot-comedie thing at the end) so I can make sure we get you what you need!

We would like the info by June 30th so we can get the mss on its way to the publisher  I apologize for the rush after keeping you-all waiting so long, and if you need more time, please let me know.

I’m hoping that this is the last major delay and that you should be getting very regular updates from us (a combination of my having a sudden health crisis and then a health issue in a family member have really made me the bottleneck to this process). Things to look forward to:

  • an email with the final version of your poem before it goes to the printer (artwork should not need a final check)
  • information including publication dates, fundraising, and other publication information
  • dates, times and places for celebrations, readings, and launch eventsaround the US and the globe (if you’re interested in holding one, please contact one of the editors! We’d love to help!)

Looking forward to moving towards the culmination of this process and enjoying the work you-all have done!
♥ Ina

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Things to look for!

Hi Everyone, 

The first draft of the manuscript is progressing nicely, and some really wonderful people are in the process of organizing readings to celebrate the launch of the anthology in October! While we work on this, there are some things contributing poets and artists should know/do:

  • Check your email for requests for information about your work. We still have some unconfirmed titles and author names, and we want to make sure those are right!
  • All of you will be receiving a google form in the next week or so; it will request your permission to publish your work, an agreement that you retain all the rights, and a request for a bio (with the bio parameters)
  • If you’re interested in organizing a reading where you live, please drop us a note at editor [at] fiftysixdaysof august [dot] com (of course sub the numerals for the written-out number and substitute appropriate symbols!)

Questions? We’re always available.

Thanks, as always, for participating in this project and your patience as the anthology is put together!
xo – ina

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Final decisions and next steps

Hi Everyone: 

Thank you all so much for your patience while we were making the really difficult choices of what to include in the 56 Days of August anthology.

Where Are We Now?

*You should have received acceptances and/or declines on all your submitted work as of today, 3/11/17. If you submitted something and haven’t heard back, please contact ina [at] 56 days of august [add a dot com] as soon as possible (please don’t use this website’s contact form for this part of the process)

*Further information (and possibly some thoughts about the process to this point) will be posted on this blog . In addition, you can keep track of the project on Facebook or on Twitter (handle @56daysofaugust)

 Next Steps, Short-Term

* We are in the
process of creating the order for the poems and artwork in the manuscript. This is likely to be a not-trivial process, as we have three editors and thus, three different opinions about how things should go 🙂 So you may not hear more from us right away

*While the mss is being completed, we will be collecting biographical info (we’ll let you know about the length and other guidelines for the bio as soon as we’ve got them figured out), acknowledgement of authors’/artists’ retention of rights to the published work, etc

*We’re also starting to work on launch events around the US and in other areas of the world. Are you interested in holding an event in your area or attending an event? Please contact us at editor [at] 56d ayso faug ust [stick those together and add a dot-com at the end].

More information will follow as we move through the process –

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Final decisions going out

Thanks so much to all the poets and artists who’ve submitted work for being so patient while the editors made decisions about each of the submissions.

These were REALLY hard decisions. Getting to see all the amazing work has been a really humbling experience for me personally.  I feel really honored that I get to interact with so many brilliant and creative people on a yearly basis – working on this anthology, getting to read your work, and working with Judy, Paul, and David is beyond a blessing.

I will be emailing everyone 3/7 and 3/8 with the editorial decisions on the artworks and poems submitted for consideration in the 56Days anthology. Everyone will be notified (including if your work was not chosen – it’s not cool to leave people hanging, IMHO).

Thank you for being part of this process and for trusting us with your work ~ ina

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Work in progress!

Hi Everyone!

We wanted to update everyone on progress on the 56days anthology. The editors are currently making final decisions on submitted poems. We’re also starting to choose

We will email each poet and artist who submitted work to let you know whether your work(s) have been chosen for inclusion in the anthology. I promise, we won’t leave anyone hanging! If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to use our contact page or to email us at (it may take us a bit longer than usual to get back to you, what with the holidays and all, but we will!).

In the meantime, our best wishes for a lovely 2017! ~ Ina

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While you’re waiting…

Paul Nelson postcard collection

Soon registration will open, lists will be issued and poems and postcards will slip into the mail. But until the action begins, this is a great time to stock up on postcards, stamps, etc.

POSTCARDS: Some people send the same postcard to everyone on their list; others follow a more random system or no system at all. Museums and tourist centers may be the most reliable place to find postcards, but there are plenty of other options. Look for bags or bins of cards in thrift stores and used-book stores. Check the local antiques shop. Look online. Browse garage sales. And of course you can make your own!

STAMPS: Please bear in mind that the August Poetry Postcard Fest is an international project and some of the people on your list will likely reside in a country other than your own. Outside the U.S., please check your postal service for local rates (Canada here.). Mailed from and to U.S. addresses, standard postcards (up to 4-1/4″ x 6″) take 34-cent stamps; cards larger than that take 47-cent (letter rate, “Forever”) stamps. Postcards mailed from the U.S. to addresses outside the U.S. take $1.15 stamps. (It appears that USPO rates will hold steady through the 2016 Fest.)

ETC.: While many postcarders use the image on the card as inspiration, others like to begin with some other prompt, such as a quote, a line from a poem, an image, a found word or object, etc. If you enjoy working that way, this is a good time to fluff up your collection. The ETC. category also includes pens, return address stickers (the clear ones are great) and some way to keep track of your outgoing and incoming postcards (more on that another day).
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image: Paul Nelson’s postcard collection (posted on Facebook)

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Counting down


Before the book, there’s the Fest, and before the Fest, there’s the Countdown. The Countdown marks the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until registration OPENS for the 10th August Poetry Postcard Fest. See the Countdown on the August POetry POstcard Fest page and subscribe to the newsletter (same page, right sidebar) to make sure you’re notified as soon as registration opens.

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