Ends on August 31, 2018

Call for Poems for 2018-19

In partnership with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc selects poems for Deep Water, a weekly poetry column for the Maine Sunday Telegram. Each edition of Deep Water includes a brief introduction by Fay-LeBlanc contextualizing the week’s poem.

Like a beach with a sudden drop-off, the best poems put you in the cold ocean without warning: the sand under your feet falls away, your heart thuds in your chest, and it’s all you can do to stay afloat. This column will focus on poems with deep water in them, in their sudden change in temperature, in their ability to grab a reader’s attention, and in their marriage of form and content. Please note that "deep water" is meant metaphorically: there are no water themes or imagery needed in the poems selected. 

Poems submitted to Deep Water should be written by Maine poets or non-Mainers writing about Maine. Previously published poems will be accepted but please note the date and place of publication with your submission. 


+ Previously published poems may be submitted but must be noted as such. 

+ Most poems chosen will be 35 lines or less, including stanza breaks.

+ Please submit 3-5 poems.

+ Poems may be by Maine poets on any subject matter, or by non-Mainers writing about Maine, or poems published by Maine publishers.