Ends on October 25, 2018

Submission Guidelines--SUBMISSIONS NOW DUE OCT. 25

The New Mexico Highlands University Telepoem Project®a phone kiosk that one can dial-a-poem on the payphone, is now accepting submissions for poems and micro-essays to include in the Telepoem Directory from poets in New Mexico. Each piece submitted must be an original piece and preferably under two minutes. Submissions will be chosen based on their “poetic” merit as well as the quality of the reader’s interpretation, (i.e. “does it translate well as an audio piece for the Telepoem phone?”) All languages, experiences and types of poetry are considered. The accepted pieces will be available to dial and listen to in the NMHU Telepoem Project, as well as other Telepoem Booths and Kiosks nationally, including two locations in Santa Fe, one in State College, PA (home of Penn State) and beyond.

The Telepoem Booth is dedicated to providing representation of voices and perspectives from all humans and all walks and paths. Submitters are encouraged to use sound effects and audio enhancements in their submissions, as long as the audio does not detract from the poetry.

There are currently 600 poems in the Telepoem Directory, located online at telepoembooth.com. Well-known published poets, burgeoning authors, and schoolchildren are included in the Telepoem listings. An average of over 120 poems are dialed every day. More information about the project is available at www.facebook.com/TelepoemBoothor www.telepoembooth.com.

Free recording sessions will be provided by the Telepoem Booth organization in Las Vegas, NM. To schedule a recording session, contact us or stay tuned for announcement of dates.


Please submit:

· your original work as an audio file in mp3 format 

· a word document of the poem(s)

· cover letter including where you live in New Mexico, your age if you are under 18, titles of the poems and any relevant background information about the poem(s). 

· a maximum of five poems per submission 

· Deadline to submit is midnight on Oct. 25, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Current telepoets may submit new material, but preference will be given to poets new to the Telepoem Project. (Please do not resubmit any materials already entered in a Telepoem Booth Call for Submissions.) Your submission is free. Notification of jurors’ decisions will be given a month after the deadline.

Recording Guidelines

We ask that you attempt to provide the highest quality recording for the listeners. Please note that you are also welcome to contact the Telepoem Booth Organization (elizabeth@telepoembooth.com) to schedule a recording timeslot. 

1. Practice your poem. Expression and meaning are paramount when recording for the Telepoem Project. Remember, your poem will now become an audio experience heard by hundreds of listeners, not just words on a page. The reading should be smooth and compelling, with no stumbles or awkward pauses.

2. You can record audio on most smartphones, through the freely downloaded computer program "Audacity", or through a number of other applications. 

3. Record your poem in a quiet room. Make sure there is no street noise, television, telephone or computer noises on the recording.

4. Start your recording with the first line of the poem (unless the title is considered the first line.)

5. Do not state your name or the title (these will be listed in the Telepoem Book.)

6. No mic drops, coughs or paper rustling. If the cat meows, start over. If there is a static hum in the background, find a quieter environment.

7. Please convert to an mp3 file before submitting.

The NMHU Telepoem Project is juried by Elizabeth Hellstern, Tyler Mills and Aaron Rudolph.

-Elizabeth Hellstern

Hellstern is a writer and artist who lives off-grid on 44 acres in Cerrillos, NM. Her multi-genre writing work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Slag Glass City, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Tusculum Review and New World Writing.  She is the author of a forthcoming chapbook, How To Live: A Suggestive Guide, and the editor of the forthcoming Telepoem Booth Anthology. Hellstern is the creator of the Telepoem Booth Project. elizabethhellstern.comtelepoembooth.com

--Tyler Mills

Tyler Mills is the author of Hawk Parable, winner of the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize (forthcoming in 2019) and Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Poetry, and NER, and her creative nonfiction won the Copper Nickel Editor’s Prize in Prose and has also appeared in AGNI, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is editor-in-chief of The Account, an assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University, and lives in Santa Fe. 

--Aaron Rudolph

Aaron Rudolph is a Las Vegas, NM native. He is the author of two poetry collections, Sacred Things and The Sombrero Galaxy, and a children’s nonfiction book, The Bermuda Triangle. He has lived in four states and teaches on the adjunct faculty at NMHU and Luna Community College.