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Call For Poetry – No Achilles [Waterwood Press]

WaterWood Press, a publishing consortium with editorial offices in Texas, New York, London, & Paris will be accepting war poetry beginning April 15, 2014, and ending August 1, 2014 for its upcoming soft cover anthology entitled No, Achilles: War Poetry.  This new anthology is the sequel to the critically acclaimed  WaterWood Press war poetry anthology Against Agamemnon: War Poetry 2009.  Against Agamemnon was called “a crucially important anthology” by cultural theorist Douglas Shields Dix, and a “dynamic collection” by American poet and essayist Kazim Ali.

WaterWood Press is managed by a worldwide editorial staff, including faculty from top universities, who have been published by leading houses such as Peter Lang Publishing, Reed Elsevier Publishing, Thomson Reuters, Times Mirror Books, West Group, LEXIS NEXIS, and others.

American poet James Adams, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize nominee for his poetry collection Noble Savage (St.-Lukes Presse), which featured themes of American Indian genocide and African civil war, has again agreed to serve as editor.  Noble Savage was called “a substantial achievement” by Houston poet-research physician Michael Lieberman. Adams’ war poetry has been called “original and moving” by American poet-humanitarian Carolyn Forché. Adams has edited over five dozen books and treatises.

Complete submission guidelines:

1. Seeking original poems/poetry translations on war from any poet in any style.

2. No reprints or previously published work.

3. Non-English originals must be accompanied by English translations.

4. Mail to: WaterWood Press, 47 Waterwood, Huntsville, Texas 77320, Attn: 2014 War Poetry Editor

5. Snail mail submission only. No email submissions will be considered, unless the author is located in a foreign country, and regular U.S. mail is impracticable or overly expensive.  Foreign submissions may be made to:  For non-U.S. submissions, Please place the poem in the body of the email and ALSO as an attachment. Note whether any attached poems are virus checked prior to sending by indicating in the “RE:” line: VIRUS CHECKED. Email submissions without such notice will not be opened.

6. 1-3 poems per poet. Three copies of each poem, each poem identified with author’s name only.

7. Length: no more than 30 lines per poem. Will consider one poem of two pages length maximum.

8. Include a separate one-page cover letter containing a list of your poems submitted (or poems and translations), a one paragraph biography (no more than 6 sentences), your mailing address, your email address, and SASE.

9. The Editor will read every submission and may comment upon each submission. Preference will be given to what poet Carolyn Forché has termed “the poetry of witness.” Please do not send poems about 9/11, as these will not be considered.

10. WaterWood Press will begin receiving submissions during National Poetry Month, April 15, 2014. Submission ends August 1, 2014. All entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2014.

11. The Editor has suggested that poets may wish to refer to American War Poetry, edited by Lorrie Goldensohn (Columbia University Press); Against Forgetting (Norton), edited by Carolyn Forché (also as translator); Brian Hunter’s Here, Bullet (Alice James Books): as well as the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Chinua Achebe, Guillaume Apollinaire, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Walt Whitman, and other well-known war poets.

12. There will be no fees charged to poets for submitting their work. Those poets selected for publication will receive a copy of the anthology as payment. All rights revert to poets except future reprint rights for further “Best Of”-type anthologies from WaterWood Press.


This entry was posted on January 28, 2014 by in Writer's Blog.
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