On April 19th of this year six participants from Miller Terraces submitted poems to the 16th annual Periscope Creative Writing Contest. This contest is organized through the Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center here in Bangor, ME. The contest was open to anyone living in Maine who self-identified as being in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Any participant that was interested in submitting a poem had to meet the April 19th deadline for submission. There was no specific theme required, and the only guidelines were that the entries had to have a title, had to be original unpublished works, and had to be less than 1750 words. Other than that, the participants had free rein to be as creative as they wanted to be.
Prior to this deadline several groups on poetry were held here at Miller Terraces for interested participants at their request. On July 2nd four of the six participants that submitted entries into the creative writing contest found out that they were going to be published in this year’s edition of the Together Place 16th Annual Periscope Creative Writing Chapbook!
The periscope chapbook is an anthology of the winning and outstanding entries that were chosen by the panel of judges for the contest. Miller Terraces is extremely proud of the participants that submitted their works into the contest as it takes a great deal of strength and courage to do something like this. The participants that were published received a free book and were invited to read their poems aloud at the Together Place. The event took place on July 23rd at 3pm and nerves ran high as the participants prepared to share their intimate writing with their peers. The staff members that were able to accompany the participants took pictures and cheered on as the participants stood at the podium and read aloud to the attentive crowd.
Each participant’s poem was met with applause, and all of the people that attended the event sat down to eat a well-deserved dinner. Below are the participant’s published poems and some of the pictures that were taken at the event. Not all of the participants were able to share their poems at the event but Miller Terraces is very proud of the work that was done by all of our participants and all of the work that was done by Direct Care Counselor Stephanie Mattsen in order to get them to this point. Staff are currently working on creating a resource binder of creative writing contests and potential publishers for the future. Participants of Miller Terraces are already writing more and looking forward to these future contests.
Please enjoy the wonderful poetry submitted by our participants: