Paragram began in 2011 aiming to offer publishing opportunities for new writers.
Its first anthology was Toe in the Water, a mixture of poetry and short prose by the eight founding members of Paragram.
In 2012 Paragram took the enormous step of holding its first open and free submission. A theme was chosen, which resulted in an anthology of the same name, Connections.
2013 saw the inauguration of the Paragram Poetry Prize. This focussed on poetry inspired by an Emily Dickenson phrase ‘a certain slant of light’ and the winning poems appeared in the anthology Slants of Light.
As well as featuring some amazing poetry, the judge, Adrienne Dines, generously allowed the inclusion of her notes and comments.
This slim volume offers a great insight into the judging process – a must have for any aspiring poetry competition winner.
Remember was both the theme and title for 2014, as Paragram returned to the popular and successful free global submission format for poetry and short prose.
Whilst Remember was inspired by the commemoration of the start of the First World War, the range and quality of the interpretation of submissions, reflected the growing Paragrammer profile. The community had developed from the original eight UK based founding members to many hundreds of writers across the globe.
Paragram continues to offer writers a wide range of publication ventures. Returning the focus to poetry this year, the all new Chapbook Challenge offers an amazing opportunity for one talented poet to realise an ambition to publish their short collection.
Paragram will add to the prize by giving the winning poet 20 copies to distribute and set them on the road to success.
Their collection will be published as a perfect-bound slim volume, complete with ISBN, which means it is a registered monograph available for order and purchase from any bookseller (including Amazon).
and there is more…
If you do not become the Chapbook Challenge champion, your poem is still eligible for publication in the 2015 anthology, Paragram Spotlights
…and in addition
there will be a UK book launch event for both the chapbook and Paragram Spotlights in 2016 with readings from both volumes.