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“This Thing Called Life”

He believed in Jazz,
Rhythm and Blues,
and this thing called Soul.

He believed in Rock and Roll.
Prince, “Rock n Roll Love Affair”


"This open call for poems will reach a broad audience and is expected to generate interest from poets who have previously published with us as well as those who may be unfamiliar with our journal."

Jeffrey Coleman, editor

Open Call To Poets:

"This Thing Called Life"

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince


Prince Rogers Nelson was a prolific and experimental studio musician and a dynamic, improvisational live performer whose career spanned nearly forty years (1978-2016). During that period, he mastered multiple instruments, explored various genres of music (from Jazz to Rock and Roll), created his own unique “Minneapolis Sound,” fought for the publishing rights of artists and attracted a diverse and passionate fanbase.

In addition, his seemingly endless fount of creativity and disciplined work ethic (he released no fewer than 39 albums) inspired artists of all walks of life, including those of us who express ourselves in lines and stanzas.

Delaware Poetry Review invites writers to submit previously unpublished poems inspired by some aspect of Prince’s music, genius and eclectic creative spirit. Writers are also encouraged to interpret this theme on a broader level and address how other factors relate to Prince, including but not limited to, the music industry, concert culture, Paisley Park, media (mass and social), fellow artists, etc.




Authors may send up to 5 previously unpublished poems to Delaware Poetry Review ( no later than midnight (EST) July 15, 2016.

All poems must have the author’s full contact information on each poem. Poems must be sent in a single Word or Text file, as an attachment. The email subject line should give the poet’s last name and number of poems (Smith 4 poems, for example), and the email must include a one-paragraph bio of up to 150 words.

Incomplete submissions, or those received after the deadline, cannot be considered.


Email with any questions.

Deadline is midnight, July 15, 2016



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