Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New Poetry Journal for Catholic Youth

A homeschool dad and school teacher has started a new poetry journal for Catholic students. It looks like a great opportunity. The first deadline is Sept. 26th so get your submissions together and email Mr. Richardson ASAP. You'll also want to email him for the subscription address.

Finally! Announcing the call for poetry submissions for the premier issue of Signs and Wonders: The Young Catholics' Poetry Journal.

As a teacher, a Catholic, and a poet, I have decided to launch a small poetry journal for Catholic students. The idea is to give young people of different ages a chance to read the work of other young people who share their same values and a chance to have their own work published.

The poetry will be selected for publication according to age categories to provide for differences in experience and ability. Tentative groups will be: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-16. Some work will be selected from each group, as the submissions allow.

As Gerard Manley Hopkins expressed it, "The world is charged with the grandeur of God." That idea captures the spirit behind the poetry journal and is reflected in the journal's name. Our talented young writers should be looking for the many ways-large and small-that the world around us gives glimpses of grace.

The journal will be published monthly with an annual subscription rate of $25 (payable by check).

The subscription costs are meant to cover a portion of the costs for production, mailing, etc. Any additional donations offered are more than welcome in order to help develop and grow the journal (free copies to selected authors, adding a website, bringing in guest editors, sponsored workshops, and so on). Please note: the editor is working for free; so the donations aren't for him.

1st Submission Deadline:
In order to be eligible for the first issue, poems must be received by Friday, September 26.

Submission Guidelines:
-- Poetry should be free verse form (not rhymed, not formally metered, etc.).
-- There is a limit of up to 20 lines per poem, and you may submit up to three poems.
-- The author's name and age should be included on each page.
-- Use regular mail and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive a reply.
-- Logically enough, the poems should fit in with the spirit of the journal mentioned above.
-- The author will retain copyrights to his/her work, while Signs & Wonders will have first publication rights as well as use of the poems for promotion / advertisement of the journal (and possible posting to the journal's future website).

I look forward to seeing our children's best work! In the meantime, please feel free to ask if there are any questions.

Erik Richardson, Editor
Signs and Wonders

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