Moment Poetry is a new poetry press publishing poems in a unique printed visual format, signed by the author. Their “ultimate goal is to help spread good poetry and support aspiring poets. That is why 25% of the sale price of each sold poem goes directly to its author.” You can check out their store to see what type of work they publish and support this unique press by purchasing their first edition. They are always open to submissions of previously unpublished poems to feature in this print-run series.
Of course, I needed to know more about how this poetry press was created and what they’re looking for in submissions, so I asked founders Ivan and Sonja a few questions to find out. See my interview with Ivan and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Moment Poetry.
I/J: We publish carefully selected poems in a unique visual format. Each of the poems is printed in a limited run of 100 numbered prints and signed by the author. The idea for the format was born when we were listening to LPs at home. The print is inserted in an elegant cover sleeve (the size of a 7-inch vinyl) and it features a short quote from the poem in the author's handwriting and an original artwork to accompany it.
Our goal is to help promote and support aspiring poets (25% of the sale price of each sold poem goes directly to its author) and also introduce the magic of poetry to a larger audience. Our experience is that many people are reluctant to pick up a poetry book or magazine (as they feel they need some “special” knowledge to understand poetry). We wanted to create something more accessible, but still able to demonstrate how powerful poetry can be. Poetry captures those unique moments that reveal the essence of life, that is why we chose the name Moment Poetry.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Moment Poetry originally started?
I/J: The idea of a poetry project has been on my mind for some time. I’ve been following the local English language poetry scene here in Bratislava, Slovakia. Hearing Gabrielle Clover reading one of her poems during a poetry evening at our small bookstore provided the decisive spark. It still took over two years for everything to fall into place but we’re glad that we were able to turn this idea into reality.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
I/J: Since we have been involved in the local English literary community, we’ve decided to stick to English. So basically it’s anyone able to read in English with an interest in the written word.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
I/J: We are looking for previously unpublished poems in English language, up to 300 words (or less, depending on the poem structure). We are open to all forms, subjects and styles. It is important that the poem has those hard-to-define moments that make it stand out, make people remember it or think about it. We are looking for poems that are not easily forgotten…
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
I/J: We have launched Moment Poetry with our first poem only a few weeks ago. We’re in communication with a few poets but we haven’t received enough submissions yet to be able to answer. We would like to publish six more poems until the end of this year.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
I/J: To mention just a few – among the traditional ones, The Paris Review rarely disappoints. However, I mostly try to follow interesting initiatives in our region, such as The Panel Magazine, which specializes in fiction, poetry, non-fiction and the arts, produced in Central and Eastern Europe and originally written in English or translated into English. When it comes to poetry, I try to follow people who are coming up with new ideas and projects that help spread good poetry and build new communities (online or offline) – that is also how I discovered this blog.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the Moment Poetry?
I/J: The entire team consists of me and my wife Sonja. So my favorite part is being able to work together on another project that brings us joy.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
I/J: We will welcome all submissions at email@example.com. Please send up to three poems that will best fit our format as an attachment or in the body of the email.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
I/J: Using the same email, or through our Facebook page.
DEADLINE: Always open
FORMAT: print, single poem features
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: 25% of poem sales + one contributor copy
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook