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Progress report

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Just thought we’d give you a quick update on submissions to the 56 Days of August anthology.

To date, pill we’ve received 97 poems. Most people are sending the full complement of five, but some are submitting just one or two. In addition, we’ve received 33 artwork submissions, again mostly in batches of five.

That seems like a pretty solid start, considering that submissions will remain open through November 1, 2016.

If you’re thinking of submitting — and we hope you are — please follow carefully the guidelines for Poetry and/or Artwork.

A few questions have circulated on the APPF Facebook group, but in case you missed the answers or are not in the group, we’ll share them here:

  • Are edits acceptable or must the poems be submitted “raw”? The editors have agreed that minor edits (especially spelling, punctuation, line breaks) are reasonable, in order to put your poems into publication-worthy shape.
  • Is it okay to submit poems written in July or September? Definitely! As long as they were part of the 2016 Fest (including “bonus” cards).
  • I submitted but didn’t get a confirmation. When you submit to the anthology using the forms for Poetry and/or Artwork on the website, you should get an automatic confirmation email. If you did not get a confirmation, either a) your submission did not go through or b) there was a typo in your email address. In either case, send an email to editor@56daysofaugust.com to verify receipt.
  • What’s the deal with Brown Paper Tickets confirmation numbers? We’ve asked that all submissions, whatever the file format, be identified with a Brown Paper Tickets confirmation/registration/receipt/ticket number (whatever it’s called on your email). While we know this makes the submission process more complicated, it helps to assure that submissions will be judged “blind.” You would have received that number by email from Brown Paper Tickets during the August Poetry Postcard Fest open registration period, July 4-17. If you cannot locate your confirmation number, please send an email to editor@56daysofaugust.com and we’ll send it to you.

If you have other questions, please leave a Comment and we’ll do our best to answer.

And meanwhile, Send poems! Send artwork! You have until November 1 to be part of 56 Days of August!

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Last day….

AugPoPo card stack

When you mark each day with a poem and a postcard, August races by: suddenly it’s the 31st. But the end of the August Poetry Postcard Fest is not necessarily as crisp as you might think.

Yes, some people write and mail their 31 postcard poems and that’s that. But a lot of people miss a day here and there and still have un-postcarded names on their list. If you’re one of the latter, don’t quit and don’t despair: keep writing! If you send those cards out this week or next, or the one after that, they will be just as appreciated as if they had arrived during August.

Still other APPF participants can’t give up the practice and keep sending “bonus” cards. Sometimes they go to postcarding connections from previous Fests, or to Facebook group friends, or even….to everyone on the list! If you’re a poet, the habit of writing a postcard-sized chunk of text each day can really improve your writing.

Whatever your progress with your 31 cards, we hope you will consider submitting poems and/or postcard art for the 56 Days of August anthology. The submission pages and guidelines are now posted — one for Artwork and one for Poetry. The instructions are fairly detailed, so please read and follow them carefully.

Please note: submissions are open to 2016 APPF participants only. You will need to provide your Brown Paper Tickets confirmation number when you submit your poems or artwork (you’re also asked to use your BPT number in naming your files). Registration was open July 4-17 and you would have received a confirmation email from Brown Paper Tickets during that time. Please check your inbox for that email and the confirmation number (it’s a long string of capital letters or letters and numbers). If you cannot locate your confirmation number, please contact APPF at editor@56daysofaugust.com.

Submissions will be open September 1 through November 1, 2016. Since there’s no big rush, you may want to set your poems aside for a week or two, then go back and re-read them before making your decisions about what to submit. The editors regret that not all work submitted will be included. Please submit only your very best poems and/or artwork.

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Today’s the day!

August Poetry Postcards

Once again, it’s time to sign up for the August Poetry Postcard Fest. Registration for the 10th annual APPF begins today, July 4, 2016. To pay the small fee and register, you can go directly to Brown Paper Tickets (be sure to complete your address information carefully so postcards will find their way to you through the mail!) and you can get all the Fest details on the official APPF page.

What’s new this year is that participants will be eligible to submit postcard poems for an anthology, 56 Days of August, to be published in October 2017 by Five Oaks Press. To be sure to get the latest information, please subscribe to 56 Days of August!

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