Piyyutim Book Submissions

Piyyutim Book Submissions

The themes of the 5780 Piyyutim Book are
“Optimism in Times of Adversity and Challenge”
and “Reimagining the Prayers in the Machzor”

The original piyyut, which comes from the Greek word for poet, was a liturgical poem meant to be chanted or sung during religious services. These poems were composed to add variety to the service and enhance the experience of worship.

Each year around the High Holidays, Beth Shalom compiles a small booklet of creative work (poetry, prose, and artwork) by CBS members for thoughtful contemplation during the Days of Awe. This year, the themes are “Optimism in Times of Adversity and Challenge” and “Reimagining Prayers found in the Machzor”- and we would love to see YOUR interpretation of these themes!

Art, photography, short stories, essays, and poetry are all welcome! Submit yours by September 13th!


Submission guidelines:

  • Please ensure that your submissions are appropriate for shul.
  • Your submission must beĀ your own work. Plagiarism or submission of others’ work are not allowed, even with attribution. (i.e. don’t just send us a Yehuda Amichai poem you think would be nice to have in the book). Fan work–art or writing created in homage to an existing work–is allowed.
  • Your work can be entirely new or something you’ve published/posted online before. However, please don’t repeat submissions from previous years.

Image guidelines:

  • Accepted formats: .jpeg, .png, .pdf. Please do not send your image embedded into a word document or email body.
  • To ensure good printing, larger images are recommended. (Smaller images will appear distorted when printed). 300 dpi is the recommended resolution.
  • The Piyyutim books will be printed in color. CMYK images are appreciated but not required.
  • Please provide a title or caption for your image.

Text guidelines:

  • Accepted formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf. Google doc links are also acceptable. We will accept plain text via email.
  • All text will be printed in Calibri font in the final book; we cannot accommodate specific font requests.
  • Our software has considerable difficulty formatting Hebrew. Small inclusions of Hebrew words are permitted, but please do not submit work entirely in Hebrew.

We reserve the right to turn down submissions that are inappropriate or do not fit the themes. Our editor, Jeremy Alk, will be in touch with you to suggest any changes that may need to be made.

Ready to submit your work? Use the form below!

Use this form to send your work directly to our editor, Jeremy Alk. If you have trouble submitting your work using the form, please call the front office at 206-524-0075. You can also send your work to Jeremy by email – if you don’t have his email, call the front office and we will provide it.

The deadline to submit is September 13th; this will give us enough time to organize, compile, and print the book in time for Rosh Hashanah.

Unsure what to do? Need ideas? Check out the past few Piyyutim books!

If you have any questions, contact Lauren at the front desk.


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