The Polk Street Review

PSR Announcement

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

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.

Emily Wasonga of Love’s Hangover is again sponsoring an International Section for the 2018  edition of The Polk Street Review

 Our International Section is for people from around the world to submit AND for our “local” friends to submit images, poems/song lyrics, and prose about any International  experiences!


Online Directed Patronage Donations via secure Square Market here:

2018 edition WORKSHOPS:

2018 The Polk Street Review’s Walk, Photograph, & Write Noblesville Workshop

Hosted by The Polk Street Review, this workshop on November 18 (2017) is from 2p – 5p at Logan Street Sanctuary. Join us for a workshop where you will create two submissions to the upcoming 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review! The only tools you’ll need are your legs (and weather-appropriate clothing!), your cell phones, and whatever you like to write on ~ paper or laptops/tablets. We’ll guide you in setting your cell phone cameras to their best resolutions and then we’ll walk a few blocks over to the heart of Noblesville to take photographs of whatever catches your artistic eye! Then, back at Logan Street Sanctuary, where the rest of the workshop will focus on writing something ~ paragraph, poem, short story, song lyrics, memoir ~ inspired by your favorite cell photo from the walk ~ and viola! You will then have created TWO submissions to the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review ~ an image and a written piece! Part of the workshop will also guide you in downloading a free app to transfer your image files to us directly from your cell phones in their original high resolution format, so they’ll look their best in the published book. If you’re familiar with Noblesville, this workshop is a great way to “see” something new in a familiar place! If you don’t already have a connection to Noblesville, the workshop automatically meets the “Noblesville connection” criteria for submitting to The Polk Street Review.                                                                                                                                                                       Workshop Fee(s):
Workshop & Reserve Copy of 2018 TPSR = $45
Workshop Only = $25
Secure online payments via Square:
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Your emailed receipt from Square is your confirmation.
Workshop attendees also receive free admission to that evening’s Cari Ray @ Logan Street Sanctuary concert!

2018 The Polk Street Review’s Songwriting & Arranging Workshop

Hosted by The Polk Street Review, this workshop is on November 25 (2017) from 1p – 4pm at Logan Street Sanctuary.  One of the submission categories for The Polk Street Review anthology is “Song Lyrics/Poetry” and this workshop will 1) sharpen your songwriting skills, and 2) give you the chance to create a complete song lyric and submit it to the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review for publication and presentation at the popular book launch on February 24th 2018!! Songwriters Chris WilsonJohn Gilmore, and Zach Craft will guide you through the three hour workshop: about an hour for class, an hour for a writing session, and then everyone will have about an hour to present what was written in sessions. Chris, John, and Zach will focus a little on writing about “your hometown,” as The Polk Street Review is a collection that celebrates Noblesville, and they will also discuss other songwriting subject matter. Song lyrics can be submitted for publication in the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review at the end of the workshop!
ALL LEVELS of songwriting experience are welcome! Bring your talents and your musical instruments (we have a Baby Grand Piano on site).
You can register using our secure Square Market here Take advantage of  Early Bird PLUS reserve a copy of the book ($35) and Early Bird registration ($20) now through Nov. 20th.
After November 20th, Regular registration PLUS a reserve copy of the book is $45 and Regular registration and walk-ins are $25 . Each link takes you to our secure Square Market checkout. Your emailed receipt acts as your Workshop Registration.
NOTE: the 2018 books will be handed out at the February 24th 2018 book launch at Logan Street Sanctuary.

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.

Prose Category:

First Prize

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.

Second Prize

Powerless by Gail Mehlan

Gail’s story is featured in the International Connection Section of the  2017 The Polk Street Review.

Third Prize

A Pivotal Moment by Enoch Gamoian

 Honorable Mention

The Fairy Way (or the Highway) by Sandy Stewart

 Honorable Mention

Camp Delight, a Recollection of Childhood by Joe Ottinger

Honorable Mention

The Wine Shopper by Steve VandeWater

Poetry/Song Lyrics Category:

 First Prize

“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.

 Second Prize

When I Die by Mike Stewart

Mike’s original song is both hilarious and poignant, and well-deserving of this award.

 Third Prize

The Conversation by John Gilmore

Honorable Mention

Montana Mountains by Emily Crapnell

 Honorable Mention

White by DeMaris Gaunt

Honorable Mention

Horizons by Joe Ottinger

Images Category:

First Prize

Poland ~ Houses by John Caviness (photograph)

John’s photo is featured in the International Connection Section of the  2017 The Polk Street Review.

Poland ~ Houses (John Caviness)

Second Prize

Untitled 3 by DeMaris Gaunt (freehand drawing)

Untitled III (DeMaris Gaunt)

Third Prize

Untitled by Sharon Clarke (painting; acrylic on silk)

Untitled (Sharon Clarke)

 Honorable Mention

Indiana in Paris by Valentin Petit (photograph)

Valentin’s photo is featured in the International Connection Section of the  2017 The Polk Street Review.

Indiana in Paris (Valentin Petit)

 Honorable Mention

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.)

Near the Louvre with Grandpa
(John Caviness)

 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

Smith’s Jewelers

Mr. G’s Liquors

MacInnis Construction

Kurt Meyer ~ Tucker Realty

Emily Wasonga ~ Love’s Hangover Creations

Linda Tyler

Sharon Clarke

Adam & Nikki Cloud

Jason & Emily Compton

David & Stacy Corwin

Susan Crandall

 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:

Donations directed to The Polk Street Review

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
(317) 774-9658

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