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In support of the Friends of Theodore Roethke, Temenos,  a literary journal run by the graduate students at Central Michigan University, will publish a special print edition celebrating the work of the poet Theodore Roethke. The Friends of Theodore Roethke is a ten-year old organization currently working on capital funding to renovate the Roethke Home Museum in Saginaw, MI, restore the adjacent Carl Roethke residence into a cultural/educational center with classrooms, and add a greenhouse pavilion for arts events. For more info about this organization, please visit

Temenos is holding a contest for the best poetry and prose mirroring the form, content, or language of Roethke’s writing. Poetry and prose submissions dealing with Roethke’s life, work or impact will also be considered. There is a $4.00 fee per submission (multiple submissions are allowed but will require individual submission fees), and all proceeds will go to the Friends of Theodore Roethke.

To submit, go to and submit via our submissions management system (Submishmash). Be sure to submit via the contest link to be considered for the special edition. Please include a brief cover letter, contact information, and a brief third person bio. All documents must be submitted as .doc or .rtf attachments (not .docx).

The deadline for submissions is September 7, 2011. Selections for the special edition will be made in October 2011, and winners will be invited to read at a Roethke event on the Central Michigan University campus in November. All submissions for this special edition will also be considered for the regularly scheduled Spring edition of Temenos.

“Temenos” is a Greek word that refers to a sacred space where people can be themselves without fear. Temenos magazine publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art by new and established writers and artists.  The magazine has no philosophical or esthetic allegiances, but instead tries to recognized excellence in all of its forms. Our mission is to bring readers work that is engaging, memorable, and, of course, fearless.

Amee Schmidt
Editor-in-Chief, Temenos