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Monday, July 16, 2012

Unusual Calls for Submissions

TV Poetry Anthology Seeks Submissions
Seeking work for an anthology of television poems for Poets Wear Prada, a NJ-based press. We're projecting release in 2013. There are anthologies of movie poems and music poems. As far as I’ve been able to determine, there are no anthologies of poetry about a medium that has affected our language, our perceptions of the world, our politics, our economy, our opinions, and our tastes and interests. We're seeking poems, prose poems, list poems and catalogues, hybrid forms, etc. about television in all its aspects: network and cable, the sit-coms, the news, the crime and medical dramas, The Sopranos and The Borgias, made-for-TV movies, actors and actres ses, personalities, characters, theme songs, advertisements, and, of course, the medium’s history. By “personalities,” I mean people like Johnny Carson, Dan Rather, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill O’Reilly. Please send up to three poems, five pages maximum, to tvpoems(at) replace (at) with @) (Doc or RTF format only). The deadline is Sept. 30. Please don’t s end work on the following topics, as we’ve already accepted poems covering them: the influence of TV on our lives, Bob Hope, The Tonight Show, the introduction of TV, Pan Am, commercial breaks during televised sports, shampoo commercials, Three’s Company, the laugh track, The Prisoner, Jeopardy, The Addams Family, I Love Lucy, the 1984 Apple Super Bowl commercial, My So-Called Life, Star Trek, The Honeymooners, Judge Judy, commercials for laundry detergent, local cable access, Ozzie & Harriet, Jerry Lewis, The Brady Bunch, Ernie Kovacs, the emergency test, Alan Freed’s TV show, Puerto Rican soap operas and St. Clare of Assisi (patron saint of television). Anthology editor: Joel Allegretti

Drivers Wanted!
Calling all Road Warriors: Issue nine of Workers Write!, tentatively titled Tales from the Concrete Highway, will contain stories and poems from the driver's point of view. We're looking for fiction from taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs, truck drivers, delivery drivers and couriers, forklift operators . . . anyone who uses a wheeled vehicle for work (even pit crews and stunt drivers). Drop us a line if you have a question. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 21, 2012 (until the end of the world or the issue is full). Submit your stories via e-mail to: concrete(at), or send a hard copy to: Blue Cubicle Press P.O. Box 250382 Plano, TX 75025-0382 Word count: 500 to 5,000 words Payment: Between $5 and $50 (depending on length and rights requested). We will consider previously published material.

Hiking the Grand Canyon
Vishnu Temple Press, in collaboration with editor Rick Kempa, is seeking well-crafted essays for an anthology that captures the experience of hiking in the Grand Canyon. We are interested in writing that conveys the sights and sounds, the texture and spirit of that place, and the richness of your immersion. We are open to all kinds of approaches, including writing that depicts: * the sensory experience of a Canyon hike * close encounters with flora and fauna, rock and water * the specifics of particular places * interactions with other humans, present or past * adventures and discoveries * physical and psychological challenges, and their surmounting * new or renewed perspectives that arise from a Canyon immersion No poetry or fiction please. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012. Send one or more essays totaling no more than 6,000 words as an attachment file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to canyonhikingessays(at) (replace (at) with @) Submissions may also be mailed to Rick Kempa, 504 Walnut St., Rock Springs, Wyoming, 82901. Please include a cover letter that briefly describes your Canyon connection and other relevant biographical information, and that gives your email, mailing address, and phone. Indicate in your letter if the work you submitted has been previously published, and if so, where and when, and whether you retain the copyright. Authors whose work is selected will be asked to sign a release form that guarantees manuscript availability. Authors retain original copyright. Editor will work with individual writers as needed to shape promising pieces for publication. Contributing authors will receive two copies of the book and may purchase additional copies at a 50% discount. Please email canyonhikingessays(at) (replace (at) with @) with any questions. Thank you in advance; we look forward to reading your work.

Poems About Florida
In honor of the 500th anniversary of Florida's discovery by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, Ryan G. Van Cleave and Virgil Suarez are co-editing FLORIDA: A POETRY CELEBRATION (publication date: 2013, specific publisher TBA). Payment will be one contributor copy. We are inviting submissions of poetry on the Sunshine State during June/July 2012. While there's a premium on work by current Florida residents, we are open to receiving poems from those not living here now but who have significant connections/experiences with this state. New work is preferred, though previously published material is fine if the author still retains publication rights. Florida is a lot more than just beaches, Mickey Mouse, alligators, and the Everglades, and we hope the range of poems reflects that diversity and sense of history. The #1 criteria for selection, however, is quality. Please send up to five poems as attachments (doc, docx, rtf, or pdf please) to: floridapoetryantho(at) (replace (at) with @) 

(Blue Light Press, 2013), a new anthology of American poets, seeks poetry submissions to round out the collection. The poets in this anthology intervene in the ways violence against women is perceived in American culture by deploying techniques to challenge those narratives and make alternatives visible. See description below. More information: There are two ways to submit: Submit 1-3 unpublished poems in the body of the email or as a doc to womenwriteresistance(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). This is the preferred submission. Or: Submit 1-3 previously published poems in the body of the email or as a doc to womenwriteresistance(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). For this submission, please also include the following: 1) the title of your poem; 2) the name of the book, journal, or anthology where it originally appeared; 3) the name of the press or journal who published it; 4) the year or issue it was published. Please double check to make sure that you as the author retain the rights to this poem(s) or that it can be reprinted at no cost other than acknowledgement to the original source. Please also include in your submission a bio (50-100 words) and a mailing address. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2012.

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