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The Carriage House Poetry Series was established in December of 1998. The initiative began as a project funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

The series features some of the finest contemporary poets each year in the Kuran Arts Center (a nineteenth century carriage house, formerly known as the Fanwood Carriage House and for which the series was named). The Arts Center is located on the grounds of Borough Hall, facing Watson Road off Martine Avenue (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue) in Fanwood, New Jersey. Readings are held at 8PM on the third Tuesday of each month from February - July and from September - November.

All readings are free and open to the public. Most readings include an open mic after the feature, and audience members are invited to share their poems.

The Carriage House Series is pleased to feature a wide range of both nationally-known and local poets. Past readers have included (among numerous others), Gerald Stern, Mark Doty, Stephen Dunn, Alicia Ostriker, Patricia Smith, Taylor Mali, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and Laura Boss.

The Series has been funded by the Borough of Fanwood with additional grants from such generous organizations as the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (HEART Grants), the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Carriage House Poetry Contest 2018

The 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize

Sponsored by The Carriage House Poetry Series
The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission (Arbor Day Observance 2018)

 $300.00 Prize & Publication in Tiferet Journal


·      $5.00 entry fee. Check or money orders only, made payable to Borough of Fanwood. “Poetry Contest” must appear on the subject line.

·      Poets are invited to enter two poems—40 lines or less each.

·      Each poem must be single-spaced on a separate sheet of paper.

·    Submit 2 copies of each poem, one copy with the poet’s name, address, phone number, and email address in the upper right corner. Judging will be “blind” (no names).

·      Poems must be previously unpublished and must contain reference to a tree or trees (not necessarily poems about trees). Any style or form.

·    Poems will not be returned, so keep a copy for your files. Please do not include self-addressed, stamped envelopes for notification. We regret that the large volume of entries we receive makes it impossible for us to reply to individuals other than those who win.

·      The winner and possible runners up will notified by email and will be posted on Facebook and via print media.

·      Deadline: In-hand by March 15, 2018.

·      Send entries and entry fee by snail mail only to:

Carriage House Poetry Prize
Fanwood Borough Hall
75 North Martine Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023

Final Judge: Donna Baier Stein

Donna Baier Stein Donna is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Finalist in Foreword Reviews 2017, Book of the Year Award in General Fiction and Historical Fiction categories, and Finalist in Paterson Prize for Fiction), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Short Fiction), Sometimes You Sense the Difference (poetry), and Letting the Rain Have Its Say (poetry). She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and is founding publisher of Tiferet Journal.

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