Today’s post is all about submissions. I’ve received three emails recently that may be of interest.
The first news is from C. J. Laity of Chicago Poetry Press, which is pleased to announce its intention to publish Journal of Modern Poetry, Volume 15 (JOMP 15), to be released in the spring of 2013. Those selected for inclusion in the upcoming Journal of Modern Poetry 15 publication will have a chance at a featured spot to read the selected poem on the main stage of the Chopin Theater in Wicker Park (in Chicago) on the evening of Wednesday, June 5, during a huge book release party for the publication.
The Grand Prize for the poetry contest has been raised to whichever is greater, $250 or 20% of all entry fees. One manuscript has already been chosen to receive a JOMP Book Award and ChicagoPoetry.com is still accepting and reviewing manuscripts into that category. The JOMP 15 Poetry Contest deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 5, 2013. This will be the FINAL deadline and there will be no extensions. For complete guidelines and submission instructions please visit this site.
Another email I received is from Timothy Green, who is editor of Rattle. Here’s what he had to say: “I’m writing for two reasons—most importantly to make sure that everyone knows about our current call for submissions. Between now and April 15th, we want to see as many poems written by Single Parents as possible for our Fall 2013 issue. The poems don’t have to be about parenting, but simply must be written by those who identify as single parents. As always, the criteria is self-selecting; just be honest about how you feel. If you’ve been a single parent for a time, but have since remarried, for example, that counts if you think it should. Joint custody counts if you think it should, and so on—it’s not our place to judge. We are also looking for personal narrative essays that are about parenting, and how it relates to and influences poetry. There’s no length limit—we just want to enjoy the read. We still have plenty of room in this issue, so if you have friends who are single parent poets, please help spread the word. To submit, all you have to do is follow our regular guidelines and mention that you are a single parent.
I also received an email from Jen Cullerton Johnson. We were in Kiss Me Goodnight together and Jen has gone on to write the award-winning book Seeds of Change: The Wangari Maathai Story (Lee and Low). In 2009, Jen and Michelle Duster and Trina Sotira formed MuseWrite a literary arts organization based in Chicago. Here’s the scoop on the anthology MuseWrite has planned:
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Alice Walker famously argued that a “woman is not a potted plant.” Whether we choose our paths or plant our own “seeds of change,” women strive to fit in to the skin we are given. In our own words, writers, teachers, and speakers share their stories of finding themselves through shifts–from great to small.
We are seeking submissions for an anthology that will focus on stories about major life shifts regarding unspoken needs, social change, community, and defining self. This book will be written by and for women about change.
Submissions can be short stories, essays, plays and poems. 3,000 word maximum. Submit to musewritecommunity at yahoo.com by June 1. 2013.