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NinaAlvarez.net is a poetry site founded in 2007 with over 380,000 views and 1,000 subscribers. Cosmographia Books is a publisher founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. This is a conjunction of the two projects coming together.

THE BASICS

Any poetry style is fine, including prose poems, hybrid, multi-media, and experimental.

Length doesn't matter. As long as it is ready to publish (edited, complete, formatted how you want it).

NEW: Please submit only 1 poem per document. You can submit up to 3 documents.

Ongoing submission timeline: Submissions are open on a rolling basis. On the 25th of each month I will decide winner from previous 30 days. Winning poem will be published on NinaAlvarez.net on the first of the following month.

Once a month I will choose one poem to be published at ninaalvarez.net. That poet will receive $50.

Even if you don't win this month, you might next month, so keep submitting. Every round is a new group of submissions, a clean slate. 

No previously published poems. 

No simultaneous submissions. You will notified within the month if your poem is chosen or not. 

CUT-OFF for the October Poem of the Month Contest is 9/23. Poems submitted after 9/23 will be in the November Poem of the Month Contest.


THE IDEA

We've reached a time in our collective history when we need, more than ever, art that transcends the small and meaningless and mundane. Art that carries silence and searching and wisdom. Think "Ithaca" by K. P. Kavafis, or "The Journey," by Mary Oliver, "The Lost Son" (my favorite poem of all time) by Theodore Roethke, or "Deathless Aphrodite of the Spangled Mind," by Sappho, or "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning," by Adrienne Rich, or "For the Young Who Want To" by Marge Piercy, or "Brothers" by Lucille Clifton.

Guidelines

I am open to all styles and approaches, including prose-poems, hybrid, multi-media, and experimental.

No length requirements. Just don't send me The Iliad. On second thought, if you've written The Iliad, PLEASE DO send it to me.

Subject

No limitations on subject matter, and you certainly don't need to drive home a moral. I'm looking for the experience of transcendence. Not a forced joy, but an allowed opening into something we might call spirit, meaning, love, compassion, transcendence, even if it's through a subterranean dark night of the soul.

Again, any subject is fine, but here are some subjects I tend to love:

  • spiritual ecology
  • transcendence of life after death
  • tarot
  • energy
  • healing
  • mysticism
  • the mysteries of existence
  • the search for meaning
  • peanut allergies (just kidding)
  • the mysteries of childhood, aging, mortality
  • philosophies of life, creativity, and the workings of the universe.
  • humanity/humanism
  • Undertones of the spiritual, strange, surreal, supernatural, sacred: all good.
  • The secular, small, sanctimonious: not so much.

    If you have any questions, please email editor@cosmographiabooks.com
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