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Support Able Muse/Eratosphere

Thank you all, especially those who've responded to the call for support (quoted below from Eratosphere's GT post here.) Still, the response has been lukewarm, hence this follow up in the blogs in the hope that more will see this note and contribute something, no matter how small. Every little bit helps, and little bits from more members especially so.


Able Muse's Best of the Net nominations

I am pleased to announce that the following six poems and two stories that appeared in the current and previous issues of Able Muse have been nominated for Best of the Net —


The Light Verse Bake-Off is On

The Eratosphere Light Verse Bake-Off is now in full swing. The host, John Whitworth, has chosen a baker's dozen of the best submissions received and is posting them on Eratosphere at the rate of two daily. Don't miss out the fun at the Distinguished Guest forum, here.

Light Verse Bake-Off: Submission Deadline almost here

The submission deadline for the Light Verse Bake-Off for Able Muse / Eratosphere is August 28 — this Friday.
John Whitworth, who is in charge of the event this year, is looking forward to your submissions. Details are available at .

Turner Cassity Tribute - Call for Submissions

Those of us who know Turner Cassity or his work were stunned stunned by his sudden departure a couple of weeks ago. The next issue of Able Muse will feature a tribute to Turner Cassity. Suzanne Doyle will be editing this special feature. In addition to Suzanne's prodigious virtues as a writer, she probably was as close a literary friend/confidante as Turner had.

Translation Bake-Off: Submission Deadline almost here

This is a reminder to those who wish to participate in the Translation Bake-off as announced at the Distinguished Guest Forum that the deadline is almost here. Submit BEFORE THIS THURSDAY or lose your chance to participate!


Translation Bake-Off: Clarification on the Call for Submissions

Some of you want to know if previously published translations are accepted for the translation bake-off as announced at, the Eratosphere Distinguished Guest Forum. The simple answer is, yes!

As with our recently concluded and highly successful sonnet bake-off, your translation may be unpublished or published (however, do not send translations published in anthologies or trade press books). You may also acknowledge the journal of initial publication.

Call for Translations submission for the Able Muse / Eratosphere TRANSLATION BAKE-OFF

The Able Muse / Eratosphere Annual Translation Bake-off is here. Our very own Eratosphere classicist, Dr. Chris Childers, has just kicked off the event with a call for submissions. Chris will be screening the material for the our Distinguished Guest for translataion and Final Judge, Rachel Hadas (see bio below). I'm appending Chris' announcement next for those interested in submitting and/or participating. -- Alex.

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Chris Childers's picture

Carissimi Eratosphericals,

As you may know, in August the Distinguished Guest forum will be hosting a reprise of last year's wildly successful Translation Bakeoff, headlined by Charles Martin. This year, Alex Pepple has done us the great service of procuring a similarly accomplished guest to comment on your poems, namely, Rachel Hadas (see biography below), who, if I'm not mistaken, is currently engaged with Edmund Keeley and others in editing (and translating for) a massive edition of Greek poetry from antiquity to the present.

Bake-off Begins Tomorrow

Catherine Chandler's picture

Dear Fellow Poets,

In choosing the finalists from the sixty-one sonnets submitted to me for this year’s bake-off, I relied on the wisdom of poets, the expertise of scholars and, of course, my own gut feelings, what I call the “goose-bump factor,” which may or may not be wise, but there it is.

My decision matrix was based on the following four main criteria (weights in brackets), all of which had sub-criteria as well:

(A) craft, sound, mechanics, images, mood (2)
(B) true to the spirit of the sonnet (3)
(C) universality/transcendence (2)
(D) goose-bumps (3)

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