Stark Soup, Stark Knights, Book Store and More: The Bard Newsletter #15

By Writing Knights Press

So there has been some development in Writing Knights in the past few months. We have some plans in the works.

First and foremost, We’ve just opened up submissions for Chapbooks (with specific submissions for Form Poetry and Slam Poetry), Full Length books and Mixed Media & Visual books. These submissions will be open until December 31st. Everyone who submits something will be sent our Author Guide (as soon as I finish it).

Next, we will be starting up a Free Book Archive to get into WK circulation some of the out of print archives that we don’t want to charge for, but that we want to make available. These will mostly be anthologies, like the 2011 & 2012 Best Ofs (released in the same file) and the Hands, Seasons, Warriors anthologies (again released in the same file). There are a couple others I think. Contact will be made with contributors.

As some of you know, Writing Knights and Skycycle (or Skyified Crochet) have a gallery at Avenue Arts in Downtown Canton. We have taken to the last three months with having an “Add a Line” poem to get people from the community to add to the board. All to often we get rejections. We’ve come up with a solution. Click here to read about it.

Without going into too many details, we are getting really close to a solid set of rules for the Grand Tournament VII: Stage before Page. A bit of a warning, there will be a fee to enter, but we’ll make it worthwhile. More details later.

For Stark County, OH residents, you know about the Stark Knights tour Writing Knights did for three years straight, 2014, 2015 and 2016. We skipped 2017 because we weren’t getting a lot of interest and we were spending more money in preparation than we were making. Since we’ve started asking for donations we’ve noticed we ARE still getting people in the door. So…

We plan to put in an application to the thrice yearly Stark Soup microgrant program in January to get the Stark Knights tour funded in April. Basically, we want to be able to pay our performers at all of our events and in the cases where we perform at libraries, donate the collected money to the libraries themselves. We may even work in some workshops throughout the month.

I bring it up now, because we will need some support and for people to purchase tickets in advance so they can get in the door so they can vote for us if we make it to the presentation round. Keep an eye out for that!

Last, but not least for this newsletter: Writing Knights will be working on starting an actual, really real brick and mortar book store! We got some really great advice from another local book seller. After which we have started acquiring used books to sell at our Gallery, mostly fiction and some home and garden books, but we will be accepting donations of books from people. We need to find a couple shelves to help better organize the books. The eventual goal will be to get our very own brick and mortar store where we will be able to sell new and used books as well as working out consignments with local artists as well as other presses. It’ll be a process, but I think something will really come of this as long as we have you behind us, helping us out.

That’s it for now, thanks for reading!
Azriel Johnson
Director

PS – Don’t forget new opportunities to Write for WK.

Source:: Writing Knights Press