For the past two years, we have released one issue per quarter. Although this gives the readers a rich tapestry of written arts, the readers want more. Based on the feedback we received, we decided to publish one poem and one flash fiction story once a week on the blog. The quarterly magazine is thriving, and we will continue to publish it.
So, starting today, I am opening the submissions for the weekly feature. Let the excitement begin.
Thanks to Ani Poet and Poetrywitch Magazine contest, this week, I discovered an interesting poetic form, ‘Bop.’ It’s a relatively new format invented by Afaa Michael Weaver.
The basic rules are:
- Three-stanza poem
- First six-line stanza presents a problem, followed by a refrain.
- Second eight-line stanza shades more light on the problem by elaborating the problem. The same refrain, as stanza one, follows.
- Third six-line stanza offers the resolution to the problem. The same refrain, as stanza one and two, follows.
Here is the complete form definition.
And here is the contest information.
Here is the well-known poem, Rambling,” by Afaa Michael Weaver.
The new deadline is Midnight PST March 31st , 2015.
The inaugural issue will be online on April 15th.
The winners will be announced at that time, and the winning entries will be published in that issue.
Please see the contest page for the details.