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First Annual Gathering of the Bards

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Click here to visit the Gathering of the Bards website

The First Annual Gathering of the Bards is a poetry, prose and songwriting contest. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Winning contestants in the poetry and prose contests will be published in the Gathering of the Bards Anthology. Winners in the songwriting category will have their works published on the Gathering of the Bards album. Both the CD of the album and the anthology will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most major media outlets.

The First Annual Gathering of the Bards competition will take place on October 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on State Park Road in Greenville, SC.

About the Gathering

When

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where

Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1135 State Park Road, Greenville SC

1st Annual Gathering of the Bards

The Gathering of the Bards is a fundraiser for the Mindful Ecotherapy Center. Proceeds from the Gathering help to fund our land project for the center. This event is sponsored by Elder Grove Publishing.

A Gathering of the Bards is a poetry, prose and music contest. We will be offering prizes in three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Songwriting. We will begin accepting submissions in each category on May 1, 2017. All selected competitors receive free admission to the event, and there will be 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place prizes in each of the three categories. Top contestants in the poetry and prose categories will have their works featured in the First Annual Gathering of the Bards Anthology. Top contestants in the songwriting category will have their works featured on the Gathering of the Bards 2017 album/CD. Both the CD and the book will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most other major media outlets through Elder Grove Publishing.

We will also have vendors, entertainers, performers, and workshops, including fire-spinners, stilt-walkers, roving minstrels and magicians, and maybe even a fortune-teller or two! If you are a performer check out our Entertainer page to see how to have your act included in the event. If you are a vendor, we are also interested in having the opportunity to make your wares available at our event! For more information, check out our Vendors page. And finally, if you are interested in being a contestant, check out our Contestants page for more information and submission guidelines for getting your works to us. We will begin accepting submissions on May 1, 2017. If your work is selected, you will get free admission to the event and a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes in your respective category.

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Gathering of the Bards
Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of the event

Interested in being a contestant at the First Annual Gathering of the Bards? Beginning on May 1, 2017 we will be accepting submissions in each of three categories: Poetry, Prose and Songwriting. Submission guidelines are as follows:

Poetry

Poems must be original works, previously unpublished. Winners will be published in the First Annual Gathering of the Bards Anthology. Authors retain all rights to their works. If your work is selected you will be invited to read your poem at the Gathering of the Bards.

Prose

Short stories and other prose must be original works, previously unpublished. These short stories may be fiction or non-fiction, preferably with a Celtic or Bardic theme. Winners will be published in the First Annual Gathering of the Bards Anthology. Authors retain all rights to their works. If your work is selected you will be invited to read an excerpt from your story at the Gathering of the Bards.

Songwriting

Songs must be original works, previously unpublished. Preference will be given to compositions with a Celtic or Bardic theme. Winners will be published on the First Annual Gathering of the Bards album. Authors retain all rights to their works. If your work is selected you will be invited to perform your song at the Gathering of the Bards.

Submissions

We will begin accepting submissions for consideration on May 1, 2017. After May 1 look for further submission guidelines on this page. All contestants receive free admission to the event, plus vendor space for CDs, books, and other media-related materials.

Vendors

We’re currently accepting applications for vendors. If you are interested in vending, please reserve your spot(s) early, as space is limited, and these will go quickly!

Vendor spaces are $35 each for a 10′ by 10′ space if you reserve your space prior to May 1, 2017. After that date they will be $40 each.

The venue for this event is in Greenville, South Carolina. Although this is our first year holding the Gathering of the Bards, similar events at the same location routinely attract 500 to 1000 visitors.

Each 10×10 space is on the main thoroughfare for the event. Many spots are under shade trees. Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, and awnings. Sorry, no electricity is available for any of our vendor spaces!

Food vendors are responsible for acquiring all of the necessary health and safety permits from the City of Greenville and the state of South Carolina. Vendors are responsible for their own insurance. Gathering of the Bards is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Get a $5 discount on your vendor space

If you are planning to vend with us, and you have your own website, Etsy account, or Facebook page, here’s an easy way to get a $5 discount on each 10×10 vendor space:

Simply place a link to this Gathering of the Bards website (www.gatheringofthebards.com). Once your link is verified, you will receive a $5 discount on each 10×10 space you purchase! Additionally, your website will be listed here on the vendor page.

Entertainers

Any great event is only as good as its entertainers!
We’re looking for wandering minstrels, street magicians, cosplayers, faeries, knights, hoop dancers, poi spinners, and various and sundry other entertainers to perform at our event.
While we can offer no compensation for entertainers, all approved entertainers get free admission to the event. We also allow you to set up tip jars or pass around the hat. It’s also a great way to gain free exposure to your act!
Complete the Contact Form to the left for further info! If you are interested in vending or entertaining, you will be sent a Vendor Application or an Entertainer Application with further instructions.

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First Annual Gathering of the Bards 2017

fairyWe are currently in the process of organizing a Gathering of the Bards as a Fall Fundraiser for October 2017! If you are interested in attending or participating, read on…

Gathering of the Bards
A Gathering of the Bards is a poetry and prose contest. For our first annual Gathering of the Bards we will be offering prizes in three categories: Poetry, prose, and songwriting. We will begin accepting submissions on May 1, 2017. You may submit your entry using the contact form below.

If your work is selected for inclusion into the contest, you will be invited to present it at the gathering. If your work is selected you will receive free admission to the event and will be eligible for the prize in your particular category.

The Gathering will be a day-long event on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on State Park Road in Greenville, South Carolina.

Although the event itself will be a one-day event, it will be held in or near a campground so that those who would like to stay for the weekend may do so. Attendees will be responsible for making their own camping arrangements.

Entertainment
This Gathering of the Bards will feature music and live poetry and prose readings from all contestants as well as vendors and other entertainers, including fire spinners, hoop dancers, wandering magicians and minstrels. We’re currently forming a list of vendors and entertainers who would be interested in attending, so if you’d like to be added to the call-back list, please use the contact form below.

Volunteer
In order to make this a successful Gathering, we need volunteers! Volunteers agree to work one 2-hour shift before, during, or after the event. Volunteers get free admission and access to the VIP tent, and a free event t-shirt! If you’d like to volunteer, please contact the Gathering of the Bards.