Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Apr. 26--29, 2018

Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival

The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, established in 2008, is a four-day poetry festival in deep South Texas held concurrently in two countries on the last full weekend in April. You don't need to register in order to submit to our anthology, Boundless. We feed you dinner on Saturday night as part of the Poetry Pachanga--the event that started it all. V.I.P.F. is a program of 
Art That Heals, Inc., and  El Zarape Press, with sponsorship from by Creative Alignment Consulting and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and welcomes poets from around the world.

 

Call for VIPF 2018 Submissions Has Opened! (Closes March 23)
Boundless: The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology 2017 is now accepting submissions!

Youth Section Submissions Welcome from High School Students--Same Guidelines (Bio must denote Youth Submission)!


Deadline: Mailed payment postmarked by March 23, 2018
Submissions: E-mail Submissions Only: rgvipf@gmail.com

Boundless will be published as a perfect bound edition with an ISBN and will be available on amazon.com. As always, poets do not have to attend our festival or register for our festival in order to submit for publication. 

Previous editions include poets from across Texas, New York, India, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Bangladesh, and England, etc. Be part of this exciting edition!

GUIDELINES: 

Submit up to three typewritten poems in a legible font. 
Poems may be of any topic, any language. (We ask for a translation if it is not in English, however.)
Strict 35-line limit per poem, not including title and spaces.
E-mail Submissions Only. Mailed Submissions Will NOT Be Accepted! 
E-mail submissions to rgvipf@gmail.com
No previously published poems--or translations of previously-published poems--please, except from self-published chapbooks with limited distribution. 
DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on the poems themselves. 
Submit ONE e-mail with ONE attachment (with all three poems). Do not e-mail three separate attachments

The cover letter as the message of the e-mail must include:
Your Name
Title of poem(s) or first line for an untitled poem
E-mail address AND phone number
A short bio – 50 words or less –  written in third person and focusing on your life as a writer
Include a check for $7 payable to "Art That Heals, Inc."

You must supply an e-mail address for contact.

IF YOU WILL NOT COLLECT YOUR ANTHOLOGY IN PERSON, YOU MUST MAIL A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE LARGE ENOUGH FOR A 6" by 9" BOOK--not a flat 6 by 9 paper; so the envelope must be larger than those dimensions! (PAYABLE FOR $3.25). If you will pick up your copy in person, or have a friend pick one up for you, the $3.25 fee is NOT required. We will not purchase envelopes or postage for you. Should the postage cost more, we will cover it.

We strongly prefer to communicate by e-mail: rgvipf@gmail.com
If you change your e-mail, let us know immediately. 
NOTE: You must still mail your check, or money order (made out to ART THAT HEALS, INC.):

Boundless Editorial Committee
1413 Jay Ave. 
McAllen, TX 78504

Why is there a reading fee?

We are not a vanity press. Not all submissions will be accepted. This is a grassroots festival. Our fee has actually dropped! The fee helps offset the cost of publishing the anthology. Whether your poems are published or not, you will receive a copy of the publication if you follow our guidelines.

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