One Poem Competition & Grace on a beautiful Sunday

Jasper was pretty psyched to visit the mailbox yesterday and find all those last minute entries for the Jasper Magazine One Poem Competition. It was heart-warming to think of all those folks who remembered just-in-time to print out their poems, write a quick check, and rush to the PO to submit their poetry. And, looking through the entries, it was also inspiring to see that, mixed in with some familiar names of friends and professional poets in the area, there were also many, many new names.*

But then we got to thinking about all those folks who, for one reason or another, had intended on posting their submissions at the last minute but weren’t able to. Who knows why? They got stuck in traffic, their daughter came down with the chicken pox, the in-laws dropped by, they were hung over, whatever. And then, we felt sad.

But then, we do what we do when we feel sad.** We listen to music. And what did we hear but the Sunday morning sermon of Pastor Bono urging us to practice probably the most worthy of all attributes, grace.

So on those lovely notes, Jasper is pleased to announce — the One Book, One Poem Competition Grace Period!

For all you poets and people with poems just bursting from your heads and hearts who let the March 31st deadline slip by*** — no worries! As long as we receive your submissions by Saturday April 7th — it’s all good.

And what could be more evocative of the themes and images from the book Saints at the River than a beautiful afternoon like this one? Nature, family, growth, rivers, death, fathers, friends, photography … any of these themes and more are eligible for the contest.

So, pull out that Steno pad and Ticonderoga #2 and show us what you’ve got, Columbia. We look forward to hearing from you by the 7th.

*It’s OK if Jasper sees who the entrants are because we’re playing secretary and sending the coded but nameless entries over to our literary arts editor Ed Madden, who will winnow them down before he sends them off to our judge, Saints at the River author Ron Rash.

**Besides eat ice cream & drink rich, full-bodied cabs.

***As well as for any of you (and there are some of  you) who forgot to put that little checkie in the mail with your entry and therefore won’t actually be eligible for the competition. ($5 entry covers three poems, $10 covers six, $15 covers nine …)




About Jasper

What Jasper Said is the blogging arm of Jasper – The Word on Columbia Arts, a new written-word oriented arts magazine that serves artists and arts lovers in the Columbia, SC area and its environs in four ways: Via Print Media – Jasper is a bi-monthly magazine, releasing in print six times per year in September, November, January, March, May & July, on the 15th of each month. Jasper covers the latest in theatre and dance, visual arts, literary arts, music, and film as well as arts events and happenings; Via Website – Jasper is an interactive website complete with a visual arts gallery, messages from Jasper, an arts events calendar that is updated several times daily, bite-sized stories on arts events, guest editorials, local music, dance & theatre videos, community surveys, and more; Via Blog – What Jasper Said -- you're reading this now -- is a daily blog featuring a rotating schedule of bloggers from the Jasper staff as well as guest bloggers from throughout the arts community; Via Twitter – Jasper Advises is a method of updating the arts community on arts events, as they happen, with more than a half dozen active tweeters who live, work, and play inside the arts community everyday ~ Jasper Advises keeps the arts community abreast of what not to miss, what is happening when it is happening, and where to be to experience it first hand.
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