Call for Submissions: Poems for Peace: Anthology

Some of you might be interested in submitting poems to this anthology. I know I am.

August 1, 2018 deadline!

poems for peace: an anthology to uplift encourage & inspire

This anthology, poems for peace (forthcoming, fall 2018), is the love-child of a group of poets and listeners who have been gathering quarterly in San Antonio, Texas since Nov. 11, 2017 in association with the San Antonio peaceCENTER.  This anthology will be published as a peaceCENTERbook, with all proceeds going to support the CENTER.

While we are aware that many horrors occur in our world and that, as a people, we seem to be in turmoil and conflict on many fronts, our aim is to provide respite from the apparent problems and to purposefully turn our attention to the good, the Whole, the Holy, that which is full of peace and comfort.

For this inaugural issue of poems for peace, we seek work that is metaphysical, celebratory, fun, funny, lighthearted, playful, thoughtful, warm, tender, beautiful, compassionate, heart-opening, or spiritual without proselytizing, nostalgic without being overly sentimental, empowered without being politically charged and rich with imagery and story but not with graphic insensibility or dealing with overtly, hot topics that may trigger anxiety or anger in the listener (like abuse issues, natural disasters, or tragedy in general).

Rather, we seek work that uplifts, encourages and inspires.  We are especially interested in the metaphysically broad; we look for the profound, real, fearless, gender-inclusive, curious voice.

Guidelines:

Please send 3-5 previously unpublished poems of up to ten pages in length and in any form in a single Word document, making sure that no identifying information appears within the document.  Include a brief, bio (100 words or less) in your cover letter.  Submissions are being hosted by Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press via Submittable only (see link below).

The book will be perfect bound and available online through the  peaceCENTERbook link and other online venues plus locally in bookstores TBA.  Poets included in the anthology may be invited to participate in future poets for peace events.  For more information or to ask questions about poets for peace or submissions, look for us on Face Book, or send us a message here:  fb.me/poetsforpeaceSA

Deadline: August 1, 2018

Click here to submit: https://moonshadowsanctuarypress.submittable.com/submit

41 thoughts on “Call for Submissions: Poems for Peace: Anthology

  1. Reblogged this on Tribalmystic stories and commented:
    Some of you might be interested in submitting poems to this anthology. I know I am.

    August 1, 2018 deadline!

    poems for peace: an anthology to uplift encourage & inspire

    This anthology, poems for peace (forthcoming, fall 2018), is the love-child of a group of poets and listeners who have been gathering quarterly in San Antonio, Texas since Nov. 11, 2017 in association with the San Antonio peaceCENTER. This anthology will be published as a peaceCENTERbook, with all proceeds going to support the CENTER.

    While we are aware that many horrors occur in our world and that, as a people, we seem to be in turmoil and conflict on many fronts, our aim is to provide respite from the apparent problems and to purposefully turn our attention to the good, the Whole, the Holy, that which is full of peace and comfort.

    For this inaugural issue of poems for peace, we seek work that is metaphysical, celebratory, fun, funny, lighthearted, playful, thoughtful, warm, tender, beautiful, compassionate, heart-opening, or spiritual without proselytizing, nostalgic without being overly sentimental, empowered without being politically charged and rich with imagery and story but not with graphic insensibility or dealing with overtly, hot topics that may trigger anxiety or anger in the listener (like abuse issues, natural disasters, or tragedy in general).

    Rather, we seek work that uplifts, encourages and inspires. We are especially interested in the metaphysically broad; we look for the profound, real, fearless, gender-inclusive, curious voice.

    Guidelines:

    Please send 3-5 previously unpublished poems of up to ten pages in length and in any form in a single Word document, making sure that no identifying information appears within the document. Include a brief, bio (100 words or less) in your cover letter. Submissions are being hosted by Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press via Submittable only (see link below).

    The book will be perfect bound and available online through the peaceCENTERbook link and other online venues plus locally in bookstores TBA. Poets included in the anthology may be invited to participate in future poets for peace events. For more information or to ask questions about poets for peace or submissions, look for us on Face Book, or send us a message here: fb.me/poetsforpeaceSA

    Deadline: August 1, 2018

    Thank you my friend Robert from O at the Edges blog for sharing this with us. Please submit your poems for peace to the link below the article.

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  2. I would have to see an example of this kind of poetry to understand what you are all getting at. It sounds like a recipe for Pablum. I don’t mean to be rude; I simply cannot get my head around poetry that does not challenge the reader in some way.

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              • Thank you. I will appreciate this. The only parallel I can make at this time—and I may very well have the wrong idea—would be poems that display a certain immediacy and mindfulness., complete in themselves and refusing to recognize the duality I think so important to a poem. Yes, I will appreciate your help.

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                • First, I must point out that I am not affiliated with the anthology – I’m neither a reader nor editorial staff member, so whatever I say has no bearing on what poems or types of poems the anthology will publish. But having read at two of their gatherings, I hope to have absorbed some idea of what they’re after.

                  The key statement in the blurb is “we seek work that uplifts, encourages and inspires.” This does not preclude serious work, it does not forbid strong emotions such as grief, and does not mean that only one-dimensional work will be taken.

                  I would focus on work that elicits responses (joy, wonder, awe, sadness, delight, etc.) from the reader. Examples of this could range from Jane Hirshfield’s emotionally drenched, beautiful “Not Moving Even One Step,” an eleven-line poem featuring an old horse in a pasture, to “Horizon” by Billy Collins. You might also read Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” or Camille Dungy’s “Ark,” and Neruda’s “Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market.” All of these poems, and many others, of course, by these same poets, inspire readers to think. You can find all of these poems online.

                  I hope this helps.

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            • My apologies for sounding curt in my first reply. That was not my intention. My philosophy is to never agonize over whether to submit work to a publication. I submit, or I don’t. If I have any doubts, I look elsewhere. But that’s just my approach.

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