"I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing": Ohio's Appalachian Voices
A “call for poetry” focused on the unique culture of Ohio's Appalachian population–located in Central Appalachia, with roots steeped in traditional southern ways. A one-of-a-kind collection, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
A copy of the anthology will be sent to all 732 libraries throughout Ohio and to selected Ohio Appalachian school libraries.
Those who submit poetry to this anthology must have strong ties to Ohio and have Appalachian roots, which include those who currently live in Ohio, who have lived in Ohio sometime in their lifetime or had relatives/ancestors (cousins, aunts uncles, grandparents) from throughout Appalachia who migrated, live(d) and/or work(ed) in Ohio and have/had amazing stories to tell through poetic form;
OR poems may be written about or in honor of an Ohio Appalachian (friend, neighbor, co-worker or historical figure);
OR poems may be written about Appalachian lore, landmarks and/or the land.
Poets may submit up to 3 poems. At least two poems must be previously unpublished. One poem may be previously published if the poet owns the rights. (Documentation may be required.)
Include a 100 word first person bio, focused on your Ohio Appalachian connection. No publication or award information please, just narrate how you are connected to Ohio's Appalachia.
TEEN POET AND EMERGING POET SUBMISSIONS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED
The anthology will be published in partnership with Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Contributors will receive one copy of the anthology.
THE SUBMISSION PORTAL WILL OPEN
August 1, 2021 – October 30, 2021
Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted free verse poetry. We especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice.
Please submit THREE previously unpublished
poems as one file (.doc, .docx) via the Submittable link. Include a
brief bio in the cover note field.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If
you need to withdraw submissions, please just add a note under the
“activity” tab in Submittable.
Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes
quarterly. Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1, and May 1
yearly. Each volume will contain up to 30 poets. Editors will select up
to six poems yearly from each volume to nominate for the Pushcart Prize
and The Best of the Net.
Sheila-Na-Gig online acquires
First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert back to authors
upon publication. If your work is later republished, please acknowledge Sheila-Na-Gig onlineSheila-Na-Gig onlineSheiSheilaSheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted free verse poetry. We especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice.
Please submit up to THREE previously unpublished poems as one file (.doc, .docx) via the Submittable link (top right-hand corner of our website). Include a brief bio in the cover note field.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If you need to withdraw submissions, please just add a “message” under the “activity” tab in Submittable. Please do not ask to EDIT submissions. If your work is accepted, you may make changes at that time.
We have retired our Quarterly Contests. We now offer one Editor’s Prize of $100 for each issue. All poems accepted for publication are eligible for this prize. No reading fee.
Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes quarterly. NEW Reading Periods
June 1– August 1 for Fall issue, published in September
September 1 — November 1 for Winter issue, published in December
December 1 — February 1 for Spring issue, published in March
March 1 — May 1 for Summer issue, published in June
Sheila-Na-Gig Under 30 (for poets age 30 and under) now publishes once annually. Reading Period: March 1 — July 1.
Each volume will usually contain 30 to 45 poets. Editors will select up to six poems yearly (drawn from all of our issues, not each issue) to nominate for the Pushcart Prize and/or The Best of the Net.
Sheila-Na-Gig online acquires First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert back to authors upon publication. If your work is later republished, please acknowledge Sheila-Na-Gig online in subsequent journals.