Call for Poems 2024

Second Call for Poems 2024

The Mountain Troubadour 2024!

Submissions

PSOV members may submit one to three previously unpublished poems to the General Submissions (Selected Works) category, and one previously published poem to the Previously Published Submissions category.Please help us by following the submission guidelines as listed on the PSOV website page here: TMT Awards & Submissions. The guidelines are also found in this link to the printable PSOV TMT Submission Guidelines Google Document.

  • Submissions will be open until February 1st.
  • Submissions are only open to members of the Poetry Society of Vermont. If you have not yet renewed your 2024 dues, please do so by January 1, 2024. Learn more here.

Cover Photos

Member photos, including photos of your own art, will be considered for the journal cover. The photo must be high resolution, 1MB or more, JPG file. Please send your photos to editor as an attachment, include the words: Photo & [your name] in the subject line.

News & Notes and Tributes

Please note that News & Notes and Tributes will be published on the PSOV website rather than in The Mountain Troubadour. Submit any poetry news or tributes by completing the PoetryNewsform or email it to news.

Thank you,

Erika Nichols-Frazer, Editor

Robyn Joy, President

David Hartnett, Executive Secretary

Bianca Amira Zanella, Past President

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Vermont Writers’ Prize

free to Vermont writers, deadline January 1, 2024

sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine

ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR 2024

We look forward to reading your essay, short story, play or poem. It must be on one central topic – Vermont! Whether it is about its people, its places, its history or its values — the choice is yours!

There will be a winner for prose and a winner for poetry, and each will receive a cash prize of $1,250. The winning pieces will be published in Vermont Magazine.

~Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine

Submit your poem by midnight, January 1st here: https://vermontwritersprize.submittable.com/submit

Note: This is not a Poetry Society of Vermont contest but we are pleased to share this Vermont supported writing opportunity.

Call for Poems 2024

First Call for Poems 2024

Poems

Submissions now are open for 2024 The Mountain Troubadour. Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2024. Poems will not be accepted after this date. Please help us by following the submission guidelines as listed on the PSOV website page,TMT Awards & Submissions as linked below.

TMT Guidelines are also available in this printable document.

Cover Photos

Member photos, including photos of your own art, will be considered for the journal cover. The photo must be high resolution, 1MB or more, JPG file.  If an image is less than 1MB, it’s likely not suited for printing. Please send your photos to ed****@po********************.org as an attachment, include the words: Photo & [your name] in the subject line.

News & Notes and Tributes

Please note that News & Notes and Tributes will be published on the PSOV website rather than in The Mountain Troubadour. Submit any poetry news or tributes by completing the PoetryNewsform or email it to ne**@po********************.org.

Thank you,

Erika Nichols-Frazer, Editor

Bianca Amira Zanella, President

George Longenecker, Executive Secretary

David Hartnett, Executive Secretary-Elect

Final Reminder

Workshop RSVP & Poem Submission

September 30th is the deadline to signup for the Poetry Society of Vermont’s October 14th Fall Workshop and to submit a poem for the Fall Workshop critique and contest. Your poem will be sent to all members who will vote for the top 5 poems, winners will be published in next year’s Mountain Troubadour. Please note that you don’t have to attend the workshop to submit a poem for consideration in the Fall poem contest, nor do you have to submit a poem to attend the Fall Workshop.

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Fall Workshop & Submission

Attend the PSOV’s Fall Workshop

with JUDITH CHALMER

SATURDAY, OCT 14, 2023 (11:30 am – 4:00 pm)

Zoom & UU Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St, Bennington, VT 05201

Judith Chalmer will join us as PSOV Workshop Guide. Judith Chalmer lives with her wife in Burlington, Vermont. Her poems have been published in anthologies and journals, most recently, Birchsong, Stone Canoe, Apex, Goblin Fruit and Quiddity. She is co-translator of 2 books of haiku and tanka with poet, Michiko Oishi, Deepening Snow (Plowboy Press, East Burke, VT 2012) and Red Fish Alphabet (Honami Syoten, Tokyo, 2008). Her first collection of poems, Out of History’s Junk Jar, was published in 2015 (Time Begin Books, St. Louis).

Continue Reading Fall Workshop & Submission

Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award 2023

the story I’m telling myself is . . .

after Brené Brown

no one intervenes.

call me a dead thing.
only then will you find
          no flaws.

steal my voice box. stuff it in
a letter like you’re spinning wildly
in a high slit. how dangerous.
send the lexicon spiraling
into satin luxury, won’t you
stalk me to silence

              until anthem turns dirge.
raise the statue of my mistakes
discarded pointe shoes and pink ribbons, then grab
a mirror, a hammer, and a dream with your teeth
it is you who refuse the dentist’s tricks.

     I’m sorry. I require more mistakes.

                             you’re too good
too good to dodge this dress rehearsal of tragedy
really how sad to squander even a second of joy

     I don’t deserve it.
     I denounce myself.

            you may have this dance.

poem by Bianca Amira Zanella


The Corinne Eastman Davis Award and the Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award are given for the best poem in the current issue of The Mountain Troubadour.

Corinne Eastman Davis Award 2023

Fox

She sat calmly on the neighbors’ porch
after two feet of snow. That was enough
to bring the whole street outdoors.

We’d glimpse her in the secret
of her own pursuits—a smudge of rust
at the wood’s edge. Now she sat there,

so much more intimate than myth—
almost too small to be real.
No evidence of cunning, as though

she would gladly come inside
out of February’s storm. Stand back,
we said, don’t let the pets out.

Make sure the children stay away.
Police were summoned. Fish
and Wildlife was besieged with calls;

soft hairs bristled on our necks.
Before she left, she paused in front of me;
full coat soft russet, legs delicate,

black-stockinged. She stood inside a distance
my body had been taught to keep,
squinting at me, neither offering nor asking—

then trotting down the path a neighbor
had dug to come see for himself—disappeared
in the snow’s deep before officials came.

poem by Scudder Parker


The Corinne Eastman Davis Award and the Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award are given for the best poem in the current issue of The Mountain Troubadour.

Vermont Summer Chairs

Summer Contest Results

Thank you for participating in the 2023 Summer Contests sponsored by the Poetry Society of Vermont. This year we received 180 entries, a record number. Many of our judges remarked on the quality of the poetry and the difficulty of selecting winners. The winning poems are listed below, along with the names of the poets. Also included are the winners of the Davis and Peach awards; these awards are given for the best poem in the current issue of The Mountain Troubadour.

Yours in Poetry,
Juliana Anderson, Contest Co-Chair
Carol Milkuhn, PSOV Vice President


Carol and Arnold Abelson Award
Judge: Baron Wormser
Winner: The Sparrows of Mariupol by Philip Coleman
Second Place: Judged by Judith Janoo

Mary Margaret Audette Memorial Award
Judge: April Ossmann
Winner: Word Salad by Matthew Dickerson
Honorable Mention: Eve Sues Apple for Trademark Infringement by Sarah Snyder

J. Richard Barry Memorial Award
Judge: Sydney Lea
Winner: This Poem Wants a Home by Sarah Snyder
Honorable Mention: The Black Van by Judith Janoo

Marian Gleason Memorial Award
Judge: Angela Patten
Winner: The One at the Wheel by Mary Donnelly
Honorable Mention: Gambling by Cindy Hill

Goldstein Memorial Award
Judge: Dianalee Velie
Winner: Liberty New York 1977 by Cindy Hill
Honorable Mention: Fran’s Hands by Mary Donnelly

Laura J. Spooner Memorial Award
Judge: Nancy Richardson
Winner: Spring by Ann Cooper
Honorable Mention: Still There by Sarah Snyder

Chris White Memorial Award
Judge: Neil Shephard
Winner: The Biopsy by Cindy Hill
Honorable Mention: Wanting to Defy Gravity by Sarah Snyder


The Corinne Eastman Davis Award and the Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award are given for the best poem in the current issue of The Mountain Troubadour. Click on the links to read the winning poems.

Corinne Eastman Davis Award
Judge: Joan Aleshire
Winner: Fox by Scudder Parker

Arthur Wallace Peach Memorial Award
Judge: Bianca Stone
Winner: the story I’m telling myself is . . . . by Bianca Amira Zanella