In an effort to support writers during this time of uncertainty and reading cancellations, Poets in Pajamas (PiP), a biweekly Sundress Publications reading series, would like to offer to support even MORE readers than we already have slated for 2020. Submissions for this call will focus solely on those whose book is slated for release between February and April, 2020 and/or those who are most at risk due to COVID-19.
Poets in Pajamas is an online reading series run through Facebook Live, which prides itself on producing high-quality poetry readings for an online audience. Readers read from their own work for fifteen minutes and then field questions for an additional ten or fifteen.
We are interested in hearing from ALL writers (we accept both poetry and prose readers) but we also particularly want to welcome writers who identify as being a part of disenfranchised communities (such as but not limited to, people of color, immigrant populations, Native and indigenous people, LGBTQ+, D/deaf and Disabled, non-binary people, members of non-dominant religious groups, current or former sex workers, all women, Dreamers, formerly incarcerated, and more). We want to host you and promote your work.
To apply, send three poems or up to five pages of prose and a short video clip of you reading (NOT a recorded reading in front of a crowd, this should be an ad-hoc and recent video that shows your presence and your work in a good light). Please send a new video of you reading at home or in your garden, in front of your computer, or in your living room. (Again, this is NOT a call for produced sessions). Read for no more than 1 to 3 minutes (less is more), and please also attach a bio and author photo in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions close March 26, 2020, and new readings will be scheduled shortly thereafter.
Note: We are NOT concerned with audio/video quality here, nor your appearance—don’t stress, just use your phone or a laptop and show us that you have a good audio/video presence, and a good sense of a digital audience. We are NOT judging you based on your appearance or what you’re wearing or whether you did your hair. We are looking for that magical combination wherein the poet writes wonderful words we want to hear AND is willing to engage with a camera AND knows how to give a good reading. Really, one to three minutes, read as you would at any reading, one poem, or one paragraph, don’t overthink. Please apply!
A 501(c)(3) non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is an entirely volunteer-run press that publishes chapbooks and full-length collections in both print and digital formats, and hosts numerous literary journals, an online reading series, and the Best of the Net Anthology.