“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven . . .”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th 2018!
We have already received some fine submissions but believe we can find more range to give this project the greatest impact. if you have already submitted but have not exceeded the number of individual pieces permitted (see below) please send in more work. My schedule is such that I sometimes take a while to respond. Please be assured of my commitment and dedication to all Skylark projects. Thank you for your patience!
A second anthology of tanka from Skylark Publishing. Call for Submissions. Please share widely.
We spend much of our lives trying to find the perfect state of mind and that is no easy task. Children seem to instinctively inhabit that heavenly world that is at one and the same time mindful and mindless; they reside wholly in the now. As we mature, being mindful seems to take on a new meaning: we must take care, make note, be aware, alert, vigilant. And to be mindless suggests a lack of attention, selfishness and diminished feeling. In an age when more and more children are suffering from anxiety and depression, it seems that we are becoming servants rather than masters of our own minds. Many people believe that the smartphone, the world wide web and the have-it-all, have-it-now mentality of society as a whole have a lot to do with the younger generation’s lack of peace of mind. Similarly, and inexplicably, the number of children and adolescents who will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is predicted to climb in the next few decades. With increased awareness, we can only hope that there will be fewer adults 'falling through the net', struggling to live in an unsettling world that has failed to recognise their uniqueness and understand it for what it is.
However, we must not forget ‘the happy place’ in which we all lodge from time to time, doing what we love, in the company of those we love -- or blissfully alone! -- and the simple pleasure of being. Nor can we dismiss the sheer brilliance of the human mind and how often we are left spellbound by its creativity; as poets we often find ourselves in the thrall of a Muse who can be a demanding, yet fickle, mistress.
Poets are invited to submit up to 25 tanka/tanka sequences/tanka prose inspired by the title:its own place: a mindscape of tanka. (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 anxiety, depression, post and prenatal depression; PTSD, psychosis, bipolar, schizophrenia; autism, Aspergers, learning disability; mid-life crisis, the ‘Crone’, menopausal depression, premenstrual syndrome; creativity, the Muse, dreaming, mindfulness, meditation . . . the list goes on. May the mind wander where it will . . .
Submissions will open on December 15th 2017 and will close on April 15th, 2018. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th 2018. Submissions to Skylark are also open through December and January, 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. For this anthology previously published high quality poetry WILL be considered, although preference will be given to new work. Please provide full citation details of previously published works. 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 the poem to which it applies.
Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: its own place/your name. You will receive an automated response, acknowledging receipt of your submission. If you don’t, feel free to inquire.
25% of any profits from the Anthology will be donated to a related charity/charities.
Archived 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