About The Polk Street Review:
The Polk Street Review is an annual anthology that celebrates Noblesville with three categories: images, song lyrics/poetry, and prose. There is one simple rule for submissions: they must be either submitted by people with a connection to Noblesville or the submission content must be connected to Noblesville.
The book was founded by two Noblesville authors, Kurt A. Meyer and Bill Kenley, who continue to be involved as consultants, authors, and fundraisers; LSS took over publication in 2017. The popular book launch in February is one of LSS’s annual Signature Events, and we look forward to the 2018 The Polk Street Review book launch celebration on February 24, 2018, where Ribbon Prizes will be awarded for: Merit Award (Best in Book), 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and (2) Honorable Mentions.
The theme for the 2018 edition is
Fact or Fiction ~ YOU Decide
note: the “YOU” is YOUR READER ~ keep ‘em guessing!
Deadline for submissions ~ December 31, 2017
Download the 2018 The Polk Street Review Callout for Submissions and 2018 The Polk Street Review ENTRY FORM
Have you ever had a dream or a nightmare so vivid that when you awake you aren’t sure if it really happened or not? Or have you ever watched a move and wondered, “I wonder if that was based on true events?” or “I can’t believe that’s a true story!” You’ve heard the saying “truth is stranger than fiction”, right? Well, Poets, Memoirists, Essayists, Songwriters, and Storytellers ~ we want YOU to write something that will leave our readers feeling just like that ~ not really being sure if what you’ve written is true (fact) or not (fiction).
For image submissions, meeting this year’s theme might be a real challenge ~ after all, who but the artist or photographer could really know if their work is based on fact or fiction? Nevertheless, this callout is also for artists and photographers! Please, submit your images ~ of Noblesville itself or of anything you feel is related to “fact” or “fiction”, and let us publish them amidst the pages of the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review!
Either the Submitter or the Submission(s) content must have a Noblesville connection. No exceptions.
Pre-order payment $20 (covers ALL submissions in categories of Poetry/Song, Prose, and Images) paid via Square at https://squareup.com/store/LSS/item/pre-order-editon-the-polk-street-review
OR payable by check made out to Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. and mailed to us with your 2018 The Polk Street Review ENTRY FORM. The pre-order payment guarantees you will receive ONE book at the book launch.
Online Directed Patronage Donations via secure Square Market here: https://squareup.com/store/LSS/item/the-polk-street-review-1
Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural arts organization, with annual and monthly Signature events, concerts, workshops, and more. At all of our concert events, 100% of the money collected “At The Door” in the basket ($12/2 for $20) goes directly to the musician(s)! We put out light refreshments and a small glass bowl for cash donations for our organization, and we offer annual Supporting Memberships, Signature T-Shirts, our all-natural Signature Scent “Sanctuary”, and we usually have an art raffle at every event ~ all to raise funds to keep LSS going. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to host wonderfully talented singer-songwriters and offer other community arts-related events. Check our Upcoming Events to see what’s happening at LSS! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter at @LSS1274!
The 2017 edition of The Polk Street Review was a wonderful experience ~ it was our first-time publishing the annual anthology.
The February 25, 2017 book launch was amazing!
We were “live on Facebook” for almost the entire evening; check back often for more videos of the night’s presentations (we are working on making them available).
Ribbon Prizes were awarded for: Merit Award (Best in Book), Special Award, and 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and (3) Honorable Mentions in three categories (Prose, Poetry/Song Lyrics, and Images)
Our 2017 prize winners are:
Award of Merit (Best in Book)
Films About Ghosts by Sam Watermeier
Sam’s memoir hits every note we were looking for, with a purity and clarity that is unmistakable, and reflects a truly unique transitional moment.
Walking In Auschwitz by John Caviness
John attended a German University for an academic year (2014-2015) and had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz; his memoir expresses that life-changing experience in a way that allows the reader to feel they are right there with John.
John’s memoir is featured in the International Connection Section of the 2017 The Polk Street Review.
Powerless by Gail Mehlan
Gail’s story is featured in the International Connection Section of the 2017 The Polk Street Review.
A Pivotal Moment by Enoch Gamoian
The Fairy Way (or the Highway) by Sandy Stewart
Camp Delight, a Recollection of Childhood by Joe Ottinger
The Wine Shopper by Steve VandeWater
Poetry/Song Lyrics Category:
“Nick on the Big Two-Hearted River” by Greg Richards
Greg’s poem, a pantoum, is inspired by an Ernest Hemingway short story, but Greg evokes darker musings, exploring remnants of a damaged psyche lurking just below the surface.
When I Die by Mike Stewart
Mike’s original song is both hilarious and poignant, and well-deserving of this award.
The Conversation by John Gilmore
Montana Mountains by Emily Crapnell
White by DeMaris Gaunt
Horizons by Joe Ottinger
Poland ~ Houses by John Caviness (photograph)
John’s photo is featured in the International Connection Section of the 2017 The Polk Street Review.
Untitled 3 by DeMaris Gaunt (freehand drawing)
Untitled by Sharon Clarke (painting; acrylic on silk)
Indiana in Paris by Valentin Petit (photograph)
Valentin’s photo is featured in the International Connection Section of the 2017 The Polk Street Review.
Near The Louvre w/Grandpa by John Caviness (photograph; John, wearing his late Grandpa’s shoes, walked in his Grandpa’s footsteps, visiting places in Paris that his Grandpa had visited on shore leave during his Navy days. Their two visits to Paris were separated by 60 years.)
Our Special Award ~
Special Award ~ Mark Wilkinson
Mark received our Special Award for his longtime commitment and support of The Polk Street Review. He has contributed to every volume of The Polk Street Review, he has many times entertained us at past editions’ book launches with readings of his submissions. Additionally, even after The Polk Street Review‘s two-year publication hiatus, he was one of the first people to submit to the 2017 edition of the book. We’re particularly pleased that we could include Mark’s 2015 Open Mic piece in this volume, titled, Out of Luck.
Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors and Patrons:
Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim
Mr. G’s Liquors
Kurt Meyer ~ Tucker Realty
Emily Wasonga ~ Love’s Hangover Creations
Adam & Nikki Cloud
Jason & Emily Compton
David & Stacy Corwin
David & Kelly Dircksen
Bob & Leann Faust
Bill & Casey Kenley
Luke & Sally Kenley
David & Laurie Kimmel
Kurt & Andrea Meyer
Larry & Sue Rider
Mary Risher & Lisa Spangler
Matt & Kelli Yates
Steve Younce & Anne Kenley
Vernon & Dottie Young
About The Polk Street Review:
The Polk Street Review is an annual literary review founded by Noblesville authors, Kurt A. Meyer and Bill Kenley, who are both Members of Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. and continue to be involved in the publication as consultants and fundraisers. The popular book launch is one of our annual Signature Events, and we look forward to the 2018 The Polk Street Review book launch celebration on February 24, 2018 (doors open at 6:30; presentations and readings 7:00 – 9:00pm).
The Polk Street Review is comprised of stories, poems, essays, and artwork by writers/artists/photographers both professional and non-professional. The main “rule” of The Polk Street Review is that the subject matter or the author must have a Noblesville connection.
Special note: Love’s Hangover Creations is our sponsor for a special section in the book, the International Connection Section, for writings that include a global connection to Noblesville!
Not an author or artist, but you love Noblesville?
Order 2017 books here: Order 2017 The Polk Street Review
You can support the annual publication of The Polk Street Review and the book launch with directed donations made via our secure Square Market online store:
Our 2018 edition is in the works!
Our grateful thanks to Wann Air Systems, our very FIRST Patron for the 2018 (yes, 2018!) edition of The Polk Street Review! Please support them for all your air system needs!
Wann Air Systems Inc
1650 Maple Ave,
Noblesville, IN 46060