Earth: Our Common Ground An Anthology of Tanka/ Skylark Publishing
Call for Submissions: Please share widely.
The Poetry of earth is never dead ~John Keats
Never has it felt more appropriate to announce this submission call for tanka on the subject of ‘Earth: Our Common Ground’ for an anthology slated for publication towards the end of 2016. In the light of the Planning Committee of North Yorkshire County Council voting yes to Third Energy’s proposal to begin fracking in Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire, it has brought home to me even more how tenuous our foothold is on this beautiful planet that asks nothing of us even as we make constant demands of its energy and resources. And when the time comes, and enough is enough, Earth will go on without us. It has been often said, we don’t merely inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our descendants. Never before has it been so vital that we honour and respect the legacy we have been granted and the one we will leave for generations to come. No matter our differences and the things that divide us, be they ethnicity, culture, politics, religion, wealth, gender, sexuality . . . we have one thing in common: Earth.
Poets are invited to submit up to 25 tanka/tanka sequences/tanka prose inspired by the title. (For example, you might choose to send 20 individual tanka and 5 sequences, or 18 individual tanka, 5 sequences and 2 pieces of tanka prose). Please do not send collaborative sequences, rengay, tanka art or tan renga, as these will not be considered. You are free to interpret the theme in any way you wish: you might consider topics such as earth spirituality; earth gods and goddesses; ancient sites and cultures; tanka of place; Gaia Theory; natural disaster; environmental concerns, protests and activism; inter-being and interconnectedness . . . the list goes on. Poets are encouraged to share their passions, to celebrate, commemorate and honour the existence of this, our common ground, from the smallest creature, backyard haven, or beloved vista, to the ultimate panorama: Earth’s special place in the universe as a pale blue dot in space.
Submissions will open on June 1st and will close on September 30th, 2016. Submissions to Skylark are also open through June and July, so please bear in mind that you may not be notified of acceptances for 6-8 weeks. However, please do not let this deter you from submitting early in the period as all work will be considered from the outset and competition is likely to be high.
Please send your submissions to email@example.com with the subject heading Earth: Our Common Ground/your name. You will receive an automated response, acknowledging receipt of your submission. If you don’t, feel free to inquire.
Please do not send previously published tanka, however poems that have appeared on social media platforms, personal blogs, or in private groups/workshops will be considered, although you must indicate this is the case and which poems it applies to.
Earth: Our Common Ground will be published by Skylark Publishing and will be available to purchase from Amazon and Createspace. 25% of any profits will be donated to frackfreeryedale.org as we continue to fight fracking here in the UK.
Thank you! I look forward to reading your work.
Founder and Editor of Skylark & Tanka Prose Editor for Haibun Today