Word Weaving No. 1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse – The Moons of Autumn

Today is launch day! As of yesterday, Amazon listed The Moons of Autumn as the number one NEW Release in Asian Poetry and number six in American Poetry. Many thanks to everyone who ordered early. The Kindle version is available on 10/1/2021, and the print version should be available today or the next day. Amazon controls the release of the print version. I’ve stressed about the release date all week!

Many congratulations to the poets and the outstanding poetry we received from new and established voices in our poetic community. It’s been a pleasure to put together this collection. Many of you have never had poetry published before, so Jules and I offer our congratulations to you!

Word Weaving is a yearly poetry journal, and for our first issue, we bring you poetry crafted from a broad mix of new and established voices across the spectrum of Japanese and American syllabic poetry forms. Enjoy this collection of poems that celebrate the Moons of Autumn. Contributing Poets:

Annette Rochelle Aben, Mona Bedi, Nancy Brady, Colleen M. Chesebro, Goutam Dutta, Bill Engleson, Elizabeth F., Andreea Finichiu, D.L. Finn, Jeff Flesch, Ken Gierke, Franci Hoffman, Thom Kerr, Sujata Khanna, Ruth Klein, Jules Paige, D. Wallace Peach, Gwen M. Plano, M. J. Mallon, R.V. Mitchell, Elaine Patricia Morris, Lisa Smith Nelson, Pat Raffington, Susmita Ramani, Kerfe Roig, Aishwarya Saby, Akhila Siva, Merril D. Smith, Willow Willers, and Cheryl Wood.

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Jules and I had a hard time picking only one poem to feature as the ‘Best of Issue.’ After many deliberations, we broke the list out to our three favorite poems by D. L. Finn, “Moon’s Magic,” a haibun Idyl; Merril D. Smith, “Harvest Moon,” a shadorma sequence; and a gogyohka by Ken Gierke.

In the end, we chose Ken Gierke’s gogyohka as The Best of Issue poem.

As a bonus, we featured the best of issue poem on the back cover of the print book.

We wish to thank all the poets who submitted poems. Now that the book is published, we encourage ‘you’ to post your accepted pieces on your blogs. All rights revert to the respective author/artist upon publication. If you republish your poem, we would appreciate a mention that Word Weaving was the first place of publication. Thank you in advance for posting a link to the Word Weaving Poetry Journal and/or Amazon.com. Feel free to copy any of the images on this post.

In early 2022, we will update everyone on the proposed date for the first Word Craft: Prose & Poetry Contest. The proceeds from the sale of this journal will go towards funding a first prize, and two honorable mentions. By then, we will have established rules and forms for the contest. Stay tuned to the Word Weaving poetry blog for more information.

We will post on the Word Weaving blog throughout the year. Have you subscribed to our newsletter? It’s the best way to stay in touch.

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Thank you again for being part of this poetic journey.

All our best,

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

Updates: Word Weaving #1 (digital) & The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse (print)

It’s been a stressful couple of days… I can only attribute it to Mercury RETROGRADE! I’ve had numerous issues with everything connected to technology—especially Amazon! On top of all this, my husband took a fall down the steps into our garage and fractured his scapula. He spent the day in the ER (in a hallway—the hospital is full) after an exciting ride in the ambulance. Because of Covid, I couldn’t come inside to be with him. No one told me anything until I finally got a call at 8:00 pm to pick him up! So… it’s been an interesting few days.

I’ve never had so many problems publishing a book as I’ve had with this journal. After five days, Amazon kicked the first version of the print journal back, saying I needed to change the cover and the title, but published the Kindle version with no issues. I’ve now updated the cover on the Kindle & print versions to match, but this has created two versions with different names. I can’t change the titles because once they are published, it’s all set in stone. Here is what Amazon says:

  • Linking. The detail pages of your paperback and eBook should link within 48 hours, but it can take up to 5 days.
  • Product description. It can take 24-48 hours to appear on the detail page.
  • Look Inside the Book. This feature will be available in 7 business days.
  • International marketplaces. It takes 3-5 business days for your paperback to show as in stock.
  • Updates. Changes to contributor, series name, series number, page count, description, keywords, and browse categories take up to 72 hours to appear.

Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse is the digital (Kindle) version found HERE

The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse is the print version of the book and found HERE

If you want a digital copy of the book search on Amazon for Word Weaving # 1.

If it’s the print version of the journal you’re after, search Amazon for The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse.

I’ll have links on the front of the blog here at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com, as well. This journal has been a huge undertaking, and I appreciate all the poets who contributed to its success. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely,

Colleen M. Chesebro & Jules Paige, Editors

Word Weaving: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse: #1 New Release in Japanese Poetry & Haiku

Jules and I are pleased to announce that Word Weaving (still in preorder status) is listed as the number ONE new release in Japanese Poetry & Haiku on Amazon.

Friday, October 1st, 2021, is fast approaching! I have submitted the print version of the book for review to Amazon. It will be available for purchase on October 1st.

Here is the KINDLE PRE-ORDER link

Many thanks to all the dedicated poets who submitted poetry to this first edition. The best of issue poem and poet will be featured on the back cover of the print book! Thanks for making this first issue something for all of us to be proud of.

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

“Word Weaving, No. 1” is Available for Pre-Order

Jules and I are excited to announce that today, September 1, 2021, the first edition of Word Weaving is available for pre-order! Customers who pre-order the Kindle book will receive the content on the release date of 10/01/2021.

Creating the Kindle version of Word Weaving was important to us because we wanted to make the poetry journal affordable for everyone. We kept the costs low on the print version of the book, as well. The print book will be available on October 1, 2021.

Royalties earned from the sale of this journal will be used to fund a syllabic poetry contest with cash prizes (Amazon Gift Cards) on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry to be determined at a later date. The syllabic poetry contest will be held in 2022.

Many thanks to the poets who made this first issue a success. We’re proud to showcase your work. The theme of the “Moons of Autumn” is exactly what everyone needs to get into the spirit of Autumn.

Best Regards,

Colleen M. Chesebro and JulesPaige, Editors

Cover Reveal: First Edition of the Word Weaving Poetry Journal

Jules and I are happy to share the cover reveal for the first edition of the Word Weaving Poetry Journal:

The Moons of Autumn

It’s been an exciting time for the two of us. We’re almost finished with the ebook and print book creation. Just in time for Autumn, the books will be available for purchase on October 1, 2021. We’ve submitted the Kindle for pre-order and will update you on the date of availability.

Photo by Kristina Paukshtite on Pexels.com

The proceeds from the sale of this journal will be used to sponsor a yearly poetry contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com to be announced in 2022. Prizes will be determined at a later date.

Thank you for being part of this wonderful poetic journey with us.

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

Thank you for your submissions…

Image by June Laves from Pixabay

Many thanks to everyone who submitted their syllabic poetry to Word Weaving. Jules and I are currently reviewing all the submissions. If we’ve accepted your poetry, you will receive an email from us in the next week.

We do not send out rejections. You will only hear from us if we have selected your work for publication. We store submissions for two months unless otherwise stated. Please refrain from publishing your submitted poetry on your blog or other social media outlets until you have heard from us.

Remember… All rights revert to the respective author/artist upon publication. Word Weaving keeps the right to publish this edition either digitally and/or in print. No work featured in the journal may be used, copied, sold, or distributed elsewhere without the copyright holder’s permission.

If you republish your work on social media, we would appreciate a mention that Word Weaving was the first place of publication. But please wait until we publish the journal before you share your poetry published in this edition.

Once again, thank you for making this first edition of Word Weaving a memorable publication.

Kindly,

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

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Submissions close TODAY

Well, folks… this is it! Today, July 15, 2021, Submissions close at midnight for the first edition of the Word Weaving Poetry Journal!

Get your syllabic poetry entered! It’s free… and don’t you want to see your poetry published in the first edition? There’s still time… check out how to subscribe below!

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Jules & I can’t wait to see what you create!

July 15th is the Last Day to Submit!

Time moves quickly when you’re having fun! On May 15, 2021, JulesPaige and I introduced poets to Word Weaving, A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse.

This first edition’s theme was dedicated to the Moons of Autumn. We asked for submissions of haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, and Diatelle syllabic poetry forms.

But wait! There is still time to submit!

You have until midnight, July 15th, to submit your poetry! Read the submission guidelines HERE.

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Time is Running OUT!

It’s not too late to get your submissions in! The Word Weaving Poetry Journal is accepting submissions until July 15, 2021! Mark your calendars!

We publish haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, and Diatelle syllabic poetry forms. We would love to see your work. If accepted, we will strive to present your work in such a way as to make you proud.

We accept submissions from May 15 through July 15 for our first October issue. There is no submission fee. You MUST use the theme of our journal in your poetry.

Check out our sample poetry page: https://wordweavingpoetryjournal.com/sample-poetry/

We can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

Colleen Chesebro & Jules Paige, Editors

The Countdown is On!

Time is growing short. Have you submitted your poetry to the Word Weaving Poetry Journal?

We publish haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, and Diatelle syllabic poetry forms. We would love to see your work. If accepted, we will strive to present your work in such a way as to make you proud.

We share a broad view of what makes up haiku and senryu. We are not hostile to 5-7-5 but expect to publish more poems with fewer syllables. We are open to 1, 2, & 3 lines and other configurations.

We accept submissions from May 15 through July 15 for our first October issue. There is no submission fee.

Read our submission guidelines HERE. Be sure to check your syllable count before submission. We use the sodacoffee.com syllable counter to verify your syllables.

Show us your poetic creativity!

We’re looking forward to reading your poetry.

Colleen Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors