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Call for Papers - Prose Poetry Symposium

Start date: 13 Dec 2019

Prose Poetry Symposium and Anthology Launch 

deadline for submissions: 

February 25, 2019

Leeds Trinity University / Prose poetry UK

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To mark the publication of The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry, edited by Anne Caldwell and Oz Hardwick, there will be a one-day symposium at Leeds Trinity University (UK) on Saturday 13th July 2019.

The symposium will consist of talks, panels, the official launch of The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry.  Further details may be found below. We welcome non-traditional modes of presentation and welcome panel proposals. 

If you don't wish to take part in the symposium, there is the option to attend the book launch and then take part in a prose poetry workshop, run by Anne Caldwell. It will involve exploring how to edit prose poems, what makes a good prose poem and different approaches to the form. Places are limited, so please book early. (The workshop runs from 2-4pm), followed by wine. 

The organisers invite proposals from scholars and practitioners (with 150-word abstracts) for 20-minute presentations which may address – though need not necessarily be limited to – one of the following topics:

  • Prose Poetry: International Currents. The UK has arguably been more reluctant to embrace the prose poem than the US, Europe and, more recently, Australia. How has the prose poem flourished around the world?
  • Formal Boundaries and Border Crossings. The prose poem is a notoriously contested form. Can it be defined, or is its unique strength in part due to its mercurial formal transgressions? Is it, in turn, particularly suited to address topics that question boundaries?
  • Influences and Explorations. How does the prose poem relate to – and engage with – other forms, both literary and otherwise.  

Please send 150-word abstract proposals to anne.caldwell@open.ac.uk  including name, short biog, email address. Deadline 4th February 2019.

Once we have received your proposal, we will let you know if it has been accepted. 

If you are a writer featured in the anthology it is possible to just come to the launch of the book. Please see Eventbrite for this option below. 

Booking details: Please Visit Eventbrite here 

Outline of the Day

9.15am                                 Coffee 
10.00am                              Welcome 

10.15am - 10.45am         Keynote speakers – Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington

Cassandra Atherton is an Australian prose-poet, critic and scholar. She is an expert on prose poetry, contemporary public intellectuals in academe and poets as public intellectuals, especially hibakusha poets. Paul Hetherington is an award-winning Australian poet and academic, who also worked for 19 years at the National Library of Australia.  He is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra.  where he heads the university's International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI)  which he co-founded.  He is an editor of the international journal Axon: Creative Explorations and co-founder of the International Prose Poetry Project.

11.00am – 12.15pm        Panel One           three  speakers

12.15pm - 1.00pm           Book Launch and Readings 

1.00pm-1.45pm               Lunch 

2.00pm – 3.15pm            Panel Two           three speakers

short break

3.30pm – 4.45pm            Panel Three        three speakers

4.45pm – 5.30pm            Wine and Chat


Or Outline of the Day Two 

If you do not wish to attend the symposium, you can come to the book launch and take part in an afternoon prose poetry workshop with Anne Caldwell. The workshop will involve exploring how to edit prose poems, what makes a good prose poem and different approaches to the form.

1.00pm-1.45pm                Lunch

2.00pm – 3.15pm             Panel Two           three speakers

short break

3.30pm – 4.45pm             Panel Three        three speakers


4.45pm – 5.30pm             Wine and Chat







Photo of the beach at Bridlington

Prose Poetry by the Sea (for young writers 18-25)

Start date: 27 Jul 2018

This was an opportunity to spend the weekend writing prose poetry with writers Anne Caldwell and Beverley Ward. The weekend included 3 workshops with some free time to explore and socialise with other writers. Accommodation was mostly catered and free of charge thanks to funding from Arts Council England. Participants were required to pay their own travel and Saturday lunch.

Facebook Event: click here.