APSU Goldsmith Press

The Goldsmith Press offers free fun for Rivers & Spires attendees on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the APat90 tent. (Cassidy Graves, APSU)

Zone 3 Press in collaboration with Austin Peay State University’s Art + Design department is launching an annual poetry competition, and the winning poem will be featured on a broadside poster printed on the University’s letterpress.

Poets have until Dec. 1 to submit their work to the Zone 3 Press Broadside Competition. Zone 3 will announce a winner in early 2020.

The prize is $100, and five copies of the custom, limited-edition broadside will be designed and printed by APSU’s Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. The winning poem will be published in Zone 3, a literary magazine.

The broadside poster will be revealed at the 2020 Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference and later available for purchase at the Zone 3 Press marketplace.

All submissions will be considered for publication in Zone 3. Full guidelines can be viewed at the broadside competition submission page.

“The Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at Austin Peay State University is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, typesetting materials and antique printing presses,” Cindy Marsh, founder of the Goldsmith Press, said.

The wood type was originally created for a New England advertising company, Metropolitan Showprint, established in 1890. The collection was purchased in 1997 with a grant from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU.

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