In collaboration with the MWPA, Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc launched Deep Water, a weekly poetry column for the Maine Sunday Telegram. Each edition of Deep Water includes a brief introduction by Fay-LeBlanc contextualizing the week’s poem.

Like a beach with a sudden drop-off, the best poems put you in the cold ocean without warning: the sand under your feet falls away, your heart thuds in your chest, and it’s all you can do to stay afloat. The column focuses on poems with deep water in them, in their sudden change in temperature, in their ability to grab a reader’s attention, and in their marriage of form and content.


Deep Water launched in September, 2016. A complete archive of the poems can be found HERE.


+ Most poems chosen will be 35 lines or less, including stanza breaks.

+ Please submit 3-5 poems.

+ Submissions will only be accepted online via Submittable from August 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018.

*Submissions must be made via Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will be required to register, which is free and only requires your name and email.

+ Poems may be by Maine poets on any subject matter, or by non-Mainers writing about Maine, or poems published by Maine publishers (see below).

+ *For this submission cycle, Deep Water also allow submissions from Maine publishers who publish poets outside of Maine, such as the Alice James Books, Beloit Poetry, Cafe Review, Deerbrook Editions, Maine Review, Moon Pie Press etc.

+ To submit, please click HERE.

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