call for submissions: deadline June 1

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Dear Writers and Poetry Lovers:

Check out the new writer’s corner on the Patrick Heath Public Library of Boerne, Texas where you’ll find links to all of the events and happenings mentioned below: 

While you’re there you can:

  • submit to the forthcoming milagros anthology (deadline June 1): Everyday miracles is the theme. Submit to boernepoetry@gmail.com. See guides below.
  • register to attend the June 3rd Miracles open mic reading 6:45PM CST via zoom. Anyone, from anywhere may read or attend, but registration is required and poems are juried. (every first Thursday evening on zoom)
  • sign up to read at a future miracles open mic
  •  listen to past Miracles open mic readings on youtube.  It’s fabulous!

No matter what else you do, please do share this, especially the call for submissions, with your list and on social media!

Ciao Bellisimos!

Call for submissions:

Milagros:  everyday miracles (working title)

The Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, Texas, seeks submissions of poetry or prose, for publication in an anthology to be published by the Friends of the Boerne Public Library. d. ellis phelps will serve as managing editor. All profits from the sale of the book will benefit the Patrick Heath Public Library. 

Distribution:  This perfect-bound anthology will be distributed to local book sellers, sold at local readings and online and placed in the Patrick Heath Library collection.  Contributors (within the Continental US) will receive one complimentary copy and contributors outside the continental US will be sent a digital copy unless the contributor agrees to pay for shipping charges.  All contributors wil be given the opportunity to purchase copies at a discounted rate.  Select contributors may be invited to read work from the anthology at the Boerne Book & Arts Fest, October 2021.

Submissions:  We seek writing that uplifts, encourages and inspires, work that tells the story about the best that human beings can be, stories and poems that showcase the good and the true, stories and poems about the best things life has to offer us, writing especially focused on the miraculous, the wonderful, the beautiful, the compassionate things that happen every day, right under our noses, the world that often goes unnoticed amid chaos and unrest. 

Our goal in this effort is to bring about awareness of everyday miracles happening everywhere so that those who write about it, those who read that writing and those who hear the words may experience the resonating presence of compassion, love, tenderness, hope, joy, calm, harmony, peace and other strong, healing emotions associated with compassion and thus be more willing to act in compassionate ways.

Submit previously unpublished poetry, prose, or creative non-fiction, Work previously posted on a blog is considered published.  As an attachment and not within the text of the email, submit writing in a Word Document (not PDF) in Times New Roman 12 pt. font using single spaces, except in the case of line breaks and spacing needed for creative emphasis in poetry.  For poetry, submit 3-5 poems of any length within one document, using page breaks between poems; for prose, etc., please limit submissions to 1,500 words. 

Please remove all personal identifiers from the submitted document as well as the file name, as editors will use a blind review process.  Please no simultaneous submissions. Include all submitter contact information, the title of your submission (using the same title as your file name), and a short bio (100 words or less) within the body of the email.

Deadline for submissions:  June 1, 2021. 

Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2021.

Publication date:  Oct. 1, 2021.

Send queries and submissions to boernepoetry@gmail.com.  Please do not query regarding your submission until after Sept. 1, 2021.

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