Deadline extended for Sacramento Poetry Anthology – April 30

Attention poets! Here’s an update from Sacramento Poet Laureate Bob Stanley regarding the Sacramento Anthology. In short–deadline extended! So come one, come all. I plan to submit! Happy writing and reading! ~Kate


“Fellow writers:

We’ve had an excellent response so far, but we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions for the
2012 Sacramento Anthology one more month, to April 30.

So please send up to three poems to, with a separate cover letter.

Instructions are below.

Here are answers to some recurring questions:

Previously published poems are acceptable. We are looking for both published and unpublished authors. There is no required theme for the poems, any subject or form is acceptable, but if you have poems that reflect the diversity of the Sacramento region, they would be most welcome.

Please share this with friends and students around the area – one more month!

Any questions, let me know!


Bob Stanley
Sacramento Poet Laureate 2009-2012
The Poet Laureate program is sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission



A Diversity of Poets


The 2012 Anthology of Sacramento Poetry

Call for Entries


With help from local arts, cultural, and literary organizations, a new anthology of Sacramento poets will be published this spring, and we’re looking for submissions from poets of all ages.



  • Open to writers and poets of any age who live in Sacramento County
  • Poems must be received by April 30, 2012.
  • Entrants may submit up to three pieces, and there is no charge to enter.
  • Poets whose work is accepted will receive one copy of the book as compensation.
  • Poets will retain the rights to their poems, but will need to fill out a form allowing the arts commission to publish their poems in the anthology.

(More details and entry information listed below)


The Sacramento Poet Laureate program, which is sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), is pleased to announce this call for entries for a new anthology of Sacramento County poets, the first such book since The Sacramento Anthology – One Hundred Poems, which was published in 2001.

This new collection will be a record, in many styles of verse, of what citizens of Sacramento have to say in 2012 – what we think and feel about this place – its cultural and arts scene, its politics, its people – the good and the challenging – in this decade as it rushes by.


There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of writers and poets in the Sacramento region. Thanks to SMAC, the Sacramento Poetry Center, and a new local publisher, iStreet Press, which is sponsored by the Sacramento Public Library, this book will provide an opportunity for local writers to see their work in print, maybe for the first time. It will also give writers, readers, and listeners a chance to connect with each other at a series of readings to celebrate the anthology’s release this summer.


We hope a wide range of writers will submit their work, especially writers who have not been published before. The panel of judges that will help select the poems consists of poets who work in many styles. SPC will cover the cost of publishing, and revenues from the book’s sales will support SPC’s work promoting poetry in the region. When the book comes out, we’ll have readings around the county to promote the writers and their art, as well as celebrate the multicultural composition of the Capital area.



There are no specific length or style requirements for the poems, but our hope is that the collection will in some way reflect the diverse culture of Sacramento County. While this isn’t a required prompt, entrants might consider the wide range of arts and culture in our region as a possible theme in the selection of their pieces.

Poets from all poetic traditions and poets of all ages are encouraged to enter!


How to enter:


To send poems via email (the preferred method), individuals should send up to three poems, plus a cover letter to:  Please attach the poems in one Word document, and the cover letter in a separate Word document. There should be no names or identifying information on the poems themselves.

The cover letter should have the poet’s name and contact information, plus the titles of the poems.


To send poems via US Mail: Mail up to three poems plus a cover letter to:

2012 Anthology

c/o The Poet Tree

1719 25th Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

There should be no names or identifying information on the poems themselves.

The cover letter should have the poet’s name and contact information, plus the titles of the poems.


Any questions, please contact Sacramento Poet Laureate Bob Stanley, who is coordinating the process. You can reach him at


Release Form

If one of your poems is accepted, you will receive notification that it’s been selected. Then you will need to fill out and sign a release form allowing us to use your poem in the anthology, and sell the anthology. (You do retain rights to your poem for future publication.) If you don’t get the release form signed and returned within two weeks, the committee reserves the right to not include your poem in the anthology, or replace it with another piece.



Time Line


April 30          Entries due

June 1             Winners will be notified

July 15            Book release date

August            Readings and book sales around the County


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