Western Press Books
Call for Submissions
Western Press Books is now accepting poems, stories, and creative nonfiction for the next anthology in our series, Manifest West. This year, we're calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme DIVERSITY IN THE WEST. Submissions should deal with the interaction and/or collision of various elements that make up the area of the country known as The West.
The Center of the American West at the University of Colorado reminds us that “Americans hold dearly to old ideas of the region as a wild place of majestic space, mountains and deserts, hard-working cowboys and stoic Indians. We think of a ranching, mining and logging economy, enlivened here and there with urban centers and outback resorts, but still a bastion of small-town life, individualism and opportunity.
“And so it is sometimes - but rarely. The West’s most telling reality nowadays is its new set of social layers: a thriving recreation and tourism industry, an amenity region attracting migrants faster than anywhere else in America and a postindustrial, high-tech economy…”
Your submissions may include, but are not limited to, works dealing with topics such as the following:
- Geography and weather.
- People - gender, race, occupation,education, immigration, etc.
- Politics and/or ideology.
- Wildlife - impact on society, society’s impact on wildlife.
- Tourists - their interaction with the West, Westerners’ attitudes toward tourists.
Remember that our anthology series features literary writing with a distinct Western regional flavor, so that element should be present in your submission. Please send one submission per author at a time. We will accept up to five poems, as well as stories and creative nonfiction up to 8,000 words. We will also consider previously published works, but we prefer unpublished pieces. Authors selected for the anthology will receive one copy of the publication in payment.
Please include with your submission a cover letter explaining why you believe your work fits our guidelines.
Submissions will be accepted from Aug. 19, 2013, through Feb. 21, 2014, at http://westernstatepress.submishmash.com/submit. Writers will be informed of final decisions following the Feb. 21, 2014, deadline.
Send questions or comments to Larry K. Meredith, editor of Western Press Books, at firstname.lastname@example.org.