Call for Submissions: 

                                                The 2019 Aline B. Carter Poetry Prize for Young Poets

In the spirit of San Antonio poet and philanthropist Aline B. Carter who sought to champion young writers, Maverick Carter House and Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s Literary Arts Center, are hosting a poetry contest for 11th and 12th graders throughout the city of San Antonio. 

As Texas Poet Laureate (1947) and the founder of Poetry Day in Texas, Aline B. Carter sought to not only promote poetry as a means of self expression, but to foster a strong poetic tradition rooted in her hometown of San Antonio and Texas culture. With that in mind, this poetry contest calls on San Antonio’s 11th and 12th grade poets to write poems that capture the essence of the River City. 

Award-winning poets from San Antonio will judge this contest and select winners in the following categories: 


1st place - $1,000 prize

2nd place - $500 prize

3rd place - $250 prize


Best poem written in form (haiku, sonnet, etc.): $100 prize 

Best free verse poem: $100 prize

Best bilingual/ Spanish poem: $100 


San Antonio, My City. What does San Antonio mean to you? What is its essence? Can you capture the spirit of the city, your neighborhood, your street with words? Will you give a voice to the sound of crickets by the riverside at night or the chatter of your family around the dinner table? Can you capture the lights of the cityscape after dark or the scorch of a San Antonio heatwave? If this city was a flavor, what would it be? These questions are just a starting point. Let your experience of San Antonio guide and inspire your contest entry. Send us your original sonnet, haiku, free verse poem, or any other poetry style you prefer. 

Deadline: Friday, March 22nd

Winners will be contacted on Friday, April 12th and will be invited to a celebratory reading for contest winners on Saturday, April 20th at Maverick Carter House. 

Submission Guidelines: Submissions must be received or postmarked by 11:59 pm (CST) on March 22nd.

  • Contestants may submit up to TWO unpublished poems (75 lines max each) in any style, with one poem per page. 
  • This contest is open only to 11th and 12th graders throughout San Antonio. 
  • Poems in English and Spanish are welcome.
  • All poems must CLEARLY reflect San Antonio in topic and/or setting. 
  • Poems may not contain inappropriate or offensive language or subject matter. 
  • All poems must be single-spaced and written in black, 12-point font in Arial, Times New Roman, or Helvetica. 
  • If submitting electronically, include all poems in one Word Doc or PDF file.
  • Poems exceeding one page must have each page clearly numbered with the poem’s title (or partial title if the title is too long) and page number appearing on each page in the upper right corner. 
  • Do not include any identifiable information (i.e. writer’s name, school, etc.) on the poem. All submissions will be read blind.
  • Please submit poems previously unpublished in literary magazines, anthologies, or full-length collections of poetry. Work published only on social media/ personal pages is also eligible. 
  • Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines or to the contest theme will not be considered. 
  • Poems may be submitted electronically through Submittable on Gemini Ink’s submission page. Just follow the prompts below or mailed in to Gemini Ink at this address: 

          Att: Aline B Carter Poetry Prize

          Gemini Ink

          1111 Navarro St. 

          San Antonio, TX 78205

  • Mailed-in submissions must include a cover page and be postmarked by the submission deadline. The cover letter must include name, address, email, phone number, titles of submitted poems, school, and grade.  

For further questions, contact Florinda Flores-Brown at You may also call Gemini Ink at 210.734.9673. 


Call for Panel Submissions

Panel submissions are now open for the 2019 Gemini Ink Writers Conference: Negotiating Place

As artists, we ask ourselves “where do we do our best work?” 

As humans, we wonder “where do our words fit into the larger conversation?” 

As literary citizens, we are called to live and write in ways that represent ourselves, our languages, our communities, our cultures. 

The idea of ‘place’--and the conversations that surround it--continues to evolve and present new challenges. It can mean the chair we sit in to do our writing, the various settings that our words seek to evoke, or the way we engage with our perception of this beautiful, turbulent world. As we explore the internal and external landscapes that shape our stories on the page, we sometimes need a guide to help us find our way.

We invite students, teachers, writers, and literary scholars of all disciplines to submit panels that connect in some way with this conversation.

The conference, which will be held July 19-21, at San Antonio’s historic El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel and various offsite locations throughout the city, features three days of innovative panels, workshops, readings and more! Our featured writers include Analicia Sotelo, Andre Dubus III, Ira Sukrungruang, Camille Acker, and Pablo Miguel Martinez, with a keynote address by Andrea VOCAB Sanderson. 

Each panel will last one hour and ideally consist of two to five panelists offering a range of perspectives on the theme or topic addressed. We welcome a range of approaches to the conference theme. See our website for more details on panel submissions, which close on May 15th. Reconnecting with the dialogue that began at the 2018 Writers Conference on writing the new century, Gemini Ink invites you to join us as we seek to reconcile the writer’s sense of place.

Gemini Ink will review and accept panels on a first come, first served basis. 

A maximum of thirty proposed panels will be accepted.

Once you have developed your proposal, you may upload it as a PDF or Word Document through the Submittable link provided below. 

To be considered, panel proposals must be uploaded to Submittable by 11:59pm PST, Wednesday, May 15th.



In order to submit your panel proposal, provide the following information in a PDF or Word file:

1. Title of panel

2. Length of presentation

3. Submitted by

4. List of panelists names

5. Emails for each of the panelists

6. A brief description of your panel, at a maximum of 75 words

7. A brief bio for each presenter, at a maximum of 50 words

8. Participants availability during conference hours, Sat July 20–Sun, July 21 (9-5pm each day) 

9. A complete list of technical needs: Keep in mind that we have limited space for presentations requiring a laptop, projector, and screen set-up. Only request this if it is absolutely essential for your panel. Tabletop mics will be available as needed.

If your panel is accepted, panelists will receive:

· a discounted conference attendance rate and reduced early bird registration--prices coming soon!

· the option to attend a writing workshop with one of the featured writers for an additional discounted price.

· reduced hotel rates for presenters and attendees at a nightly rate of $112 at El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel,  which includes a free buffet breakfast. This special conference rate is available through July 5th, 2018.

For questions, please contact Patrick Stockwell, Literary Programs Director, at or (210) 734-9673.

Gemini Ink