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FlowerSong Press

FlowerSong Press nurtures essential verse from, about, and through the borderlands.

The voices of those from Latin America the United States, and all over the world.

We are Literary, Lyrical, Boundless, and we welcome allies that understand and join in the voice of people of color and our struggle, truth, and hope.

We will publish novice, emerging, and established writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and children´s books. We are open to submissions all year long and will make it a goal to have a rapid response to every submission.

Check out our catalog of published works at: www.flowersongpress.com

Thank you,

Edward Vidaurre, Editor-in-Chief

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FlowerSong Press is now accepting submissions for poetry, prose, short stories, and more for 2022-2023

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The Speaking Shape: A Visual Poetry Anthology Free Tip Jar Option

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Speaking Shape
A Visual Poetry Anthology

FlowerSong Press invites submissions for a full-color anthology of visual poetry from BIPOC writers.

Visual poetry—poetry that is primarily expressed through line, shape, and color, and sometimes represented by poetry comics and erasures—has seen a recent surge in popularity driven by the need to escape the traditional constraints of line-based text, reflecting a willingness to explore new modes of poetic expression, and continuing a tradition of protest through image. However, the medium is not often representative of the concerns, needs, and foci of BIPOC writers. This anthology will focus attention on the work of BIPOC writers and allow space for their own voices.

Please submit up to five (5) pieces of visual poetry which can consist of or include the following:
• Photographs
• Erasures
• Video stills and other moving images that can be represented on the page
• Collage
• Comics
• Paintings
• “Info”graphics
• Charts/graphs
• Creative illustration
• Other exercises in visual poetry.

Please send high-quality submissions of at least 300 dpi to [email protected] with the Subject Line: Speaking Shape. If pieces are too large to attach, include a link in the body of the email to a drive where they can be downloaded. Also include titles of each piece and a short bio. The expected size of the printed page will be 7” by 9”. We invite experimentation, risk-taking, the ineffable, and the strange. If you aren’t sure if something fits, please send it to us.

Accepted submissions will be published in full color by FlowerSong Press, a BIPOC-centered publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and childrens’ books: https://www.flowersongpress.com/.

Each contributor will receive two printed copies of the anthology. Distribution via Ingram, online sellers, and the FlowerSong Press website. FlowerSong retains first serial rights. Contributors retain all rights after publication.

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2021
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: FALL 2022

About the Editor: Rodney Gomez serves as the Poet Laureate of McAllen, Texas. His collections include Geographic Tongue, winner of the Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series; Arsenal with Praise Song; Ceremony of Sand, winner of the Discovery Prize from the Texas Writers’ League; and Citizens of the Mausoleum. His work appears in Poetry, New England Review, The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, and other journals. His chapbook Mouth Filled Night was awarded the Drinking Gourd Prize from Northwestern University’s Poetry and Poetics Colloquium. In 2020 he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellowship.

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