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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:06 AM



Waterline Writers announces a call for submissions, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, for a blues-themed literary event at 7 PM, Sunday 5/20/18, at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. We welcome your submissions of poetry, prose, essays, and other written creations that evoke or celebrate blues music, this uniquely American art form with African roots.

This collaboration with the Fox Valley Music Foundation, Kiss the Sky Records and Water Street Studios sets the stage for area blues festivals on:

June 9, 2018: Blues and Roots on Water Street, Batavia IL

June 15-16, 2018: Blues on the Fox, Aurora IL

We’ll consider works of various lengths – from brief riffs on the blues to longer pieces. We seek diverse voices, styles and approaches.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

· Poems that bring to life the feel of blues music

· Stories that feature blues music in the setting or characters

· A fusion of blues and spoken word

· Explorations of a blues song or a specific blues style

· Personal perspectives on blues music

· A portrayal of a blues musician

· Lyrics to your own blues song

· We’re open to writing that includes musical performances

Follow Blues Event Submission Guidelines below or at

Blues Event Submission Guidelines for writers:

· We’ll accept submissions until 3/30/18

· You must be available Sunday night 5/20/18

· Length may be from 1-15 minutes

· You may submit work previously read at Waterline, or work that’s been previously published if it doesn’t violate agreements with your publisher

Send your submission to Paula Garrett at and:

· Attach the work to be read

Maximum length for prose is about 2000 words
Poets, attach no more than 8 poems, all in one document
Musicians & spoken word poets, please send video or audio
Attach a short bio, maximum 75 words
Attach a photo in JPG or PNG format—a head shot works best
We’ll confirm submission receipts promptly & announce decisions after April 15th.

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