Here I am in lovely Seattle (let me tell you – this rain-loving girl has been suffering in Sunny California for months now – can’t tell you how lovely the cloud-cover is here). I am so looking forward to the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the two wonderful poetry postcard events!
The first event is tomorrow night, put together by one of the 56Days editors, Judy. If you’re in the Seattle/Bellingham area, please come to the Poetry Postcards Panel and Conversation! I’d love to meet you-all in real life. Plus, this may be one of the few times all three editors – Paul, Judy, and me – are in the same place at the same time. Missing it would be like…I dunno missing a planetary syzygy event. You know.
In addition, the Cascadia Poetry Festival this week (Thursday night at 7, King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA.) with our official anthology launch!
That Small Nag:
56Days contributors, if you have sent me your address, thank you! Your copy of the anthology was packaged up last week and will be mailed to you first thing next week! (yay!) If you are a contributor and haven’t yet sent me your mailing address (ahem), please do so! Ye Olde Eds want to get this gorgeous book in your hands – you-all made a beautiful thing!
xox — Ina
To all our brilliant contributors:
Have you been checking your mail? By now, you should have received an email requesting a mailing address for your contributor’s copy! If you haven’t, please contact the editors asap, so we can make sure your copy gets to you!
For all other lovely poetry and art loving people, if you want a copy of the anthology, there are LOTS of ways to get one – check out the Acquire page for all your options!
Our lovely publisher, Five Oaks Press, has the anthology in their hands as we speak! As I was going through last edits, I was newly impressed by how much good work was submitted and reminded of how hard it was for Judy, Paul, and I to choose among them (more on that some other time).
This blog will keep you updated on anthology availability, launch events, and related fundraising, as will our FB page and our twitter account. In the meantime, enjoy August, postcard poets!!! ~Ina
Participants, I’m sitting here in a swamp of frustration. Somehow GoogleForms deleted a bunch of the information from the earlier forms were turned in. I apologize – many of you have already given me the info twice over. I’ve learned my lesson – I’m not using Google Forms again. If I can’t figure out how to fix this new problem, I’ll be contacting some of you by email to get the information through email. If you don’t hear from me, it means you were one of the lucky people whose info didn’t get eaten. ~Ina
Hi Lovely Creative Folks:
If you haven’t yet sent in your author info, please contact the editors and ask me for the new link to the form (the old link now seems to have given up the ghost).
Also please check your email to make sure I haven’t sent you a request to fill a form out again – some of them didn’t take (I’m not sure if it’s the same form problem or that the submit button wasn’t working correctly for some people) .
Questions? Please contact me!xox Ina
The Google forms for author and artist information are working again! YAY! Please go back to the email you got requesting information about you (qua author / artist) and click the GoogleForm link. The link should now take you to a form and the form should let you fill in blanks and choose radio buttons.
Now some GREAT NEWS: We’ve got a first draft of the anthology together (double YAY!). One of the things still to be added is all the author information. To date, we have received author info for around 60 out of our 65 poets and 18 out of our 30ish artists. If you’re one of the folks we still haven’t heard from, please fill out your form(s) by next Friday (6/30).
If the link doesn’t lead you to the form or if you find you can edit the form but not fill it in, please, *please* contact us right away! I’ll get you the corrected link (some may not be working) or collect your info separately — no one should have to hassle his much with tech nonsense!
Thank you for your participation and support! ~ Ina
I’ve gotten numerous emails about problems filling out the author and artist info forms.I’m so sorry about the issues – they were working fine when first posted but it seems like the past few days have been difficult for people who are trying to use the forms 🙁
I have been working all weekend to figure out what on Earth is wrong, and have so far been completely unsuccessful.
As soon as I’ve gotten them fixed, I will let post here and on FB to let you know. If you’ve emailed the editors, I’ll email you back as soon as the relevant forms are working again –
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!
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
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 –