Call for Submissions + Announcement: 1st Anniversary Party

Prose|Poem has been bringing St. Louis’s writers, poets, and lit-loving community together for almost a year. To mark this occasion, we’ve invited back all the readers from this first year for a shindig on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The readers joining us are: Elva Maxine Beach, Stefene Russell, Dawn Dupler, Bill Foster, Fred Venturini, Jason Braun, Travis Mossotti, Justin Phillip Reed, Leigh Kolb, and Ben Moeller-Gaa. We’ll be taking over the Stone Spiral Gallery from 7-9 PM to share words once again, but also to celebrate our vibrant community.

That’s where you come in.

We’re opening a call for submissions for three poems or a story or essay of up to 500 words featuring St. Louis or the greater region. Selected pieces will be posted on Prose|Poem’s site and the authors will be invited to read their work at the anniversary party on May 26. Submissions may be e-mailed to (with a brief cover letter) until May 3, 11:59 PM.


  • Send up to three poems.
  • Send one story or essay.
  • Work submitted to Prose|Poem must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • We’ll read simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect decisions to be made mid-May.
  • The only compensation we can offer is the glory of participating in this joyous occasion and reading with some great, supportive writers and poets.

We can’t wait to see what you send us!


Stefene Russell’s Inferna Book Trailer

*Edited 4.24.14 to include attribution for the trailer.

Check out Kevin Belford’s trailer for Stefene Russell’s 2013 chapbook Inferna, and come hear her in person next week at Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios with writer Elva Maxine Beach.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7-9 PM – Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios, 2500 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143.

Maxine Beach’s “Can I Get a Hallelujah?”

Maxine Beach’s “Can I Get a Hallelujah?”

Check out Maxine Beach’s story “Can I Get a Hallelujah?” here, and come listen to what she’s been working on next week–Tuesday, 4.29.14, from 7-9 PM at Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios, 2500 Sutton, Maplewood, MO, with poet Stef Russell. 

I Wanna Tell You about My Friends, Pt. II

I Wanna Tell You about My Friends, Pt. II

Stefene Russell is representing the poem half of our first Prose/Poem reading. She’s generally a lady about town–what you’d expect from the culture editor at St. Louis Magazine. Check out the above link that details her last chapbook Inferna and tells you a bit more about Stef.