Events and Happenings Around Town

Unfortunately, with Governor Dewine’s stay-at-home order in effect until the end of April, there aren’t many poetic events to attend right now.

However, the poetic community is still active virtually. There are numerous online readings, submission opportunities, and networking tools you can use to stay informed about Cincinnati’s writing community. Check out the Cincinnati Poet Laureate’s Facebook page to see what’s going on.

If you know of an event happening during the quarantine, please let us know by emailing us at We’ll be happy to advertise it for you!

2020 GCWL Poetry Contest

We’re currently in the process of planning our 2020 Poetry Contest. Check back later for more details.


Other Contests and Submission Opportunities


Orchard Street Press 2020 Poetry Contest

(Submission deadline, April 29, 2020)

We are very excited to announce our third annual Poetry Contest. Once again, there will be three cash awards: 1st Prize, $500 (and the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize); 2nd Prize, $300; and 3rd Prize, $200. These prize-winning poems, along with Finalist, Semi-Finalist, and Honorable Mention poems will be published in the 2020 edition of Quiet Diamonds, our highly-regarded poetry annual. In 2019, the work of thirty poets appeared in the journal.


Of last year’s Quiet Diamonds, poet Eric Grienke wrote: “…the poems of Quiet Diamonds have a common and acute attention to language and imagistic detail that makes a finely cut gem.” John Sheirer, Editor of Freshwater, observed: “These poems exist in an array of vivid, earthy details so that we can feel them on out skin as well as in our hearts and minds.” Matthew J. Spireng, award-winning poet and author, commented that “There are poems of life and death, music and silence, light and dark, poems that are a pleasure to discover.”


Once again this year, the judges will select poets from among the Contest entrants to be invited to submit chapbook manuscripts to be considered for publication by Orchard Street, a press that has established a reputation for presenting books that are both intellectually-emotionally engaging and aesthetically appealing. In 2019, Orchard Street chose twelve chapbooks for publication.

How to Enter

Submit four previously unpublished, original poems (typed, single-spaced, no one poem longer than two pages), the $14 entry fee (check to The Orchard Street Press), and a SASE for results to:

The Orchard Street Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040

Contest deadline is postmark of April 29, 2020

We look forward to the privilege of reading your work!

If you have questions, you can contact Orchard Street via email
at or call us at 330-264-7733


The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of poems or prose (including fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essay, and prose hybrid manuscripts). Entries should be between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner will receive $500 and publication.
Recent winners include: Meghan Privitello, Ruth Baumann, Jacqueline Doyle, Nancy Reddy, Amy Sayre Baptista, Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier, Alan Chazaro, Christopher Locke, Veronica Montes, and Danielle Rose.
Entry deadline for the Spring Competition:
May 31, 2020
Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($15) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. All entries are read blind by our panel of judges and editors.
Visit us online for complete submission guidelines. Submissions are accepted via Submittable now through May 31. We look forward to reading your work!