Call to Pioneer Valley Writers for Contemplative Poetry & Prose Pieces
Three cancer survivors are creating a journal for Cancer Connection. Entitled “Contemplation,” the intention is to create a personal journal for those affected by cancer which will help them find a path of hope and inspiration through the unfamiliar wilderness that is the cancer journey.
Cancer Connection will make “Contemplation” available to its clients and to the general public for purchase as a fund raising mechanism to support its various programs.
The “Contemplation” journal will marry poems and short prose pieces by writers from the Pioneer Valley with photos by award-winning nature photographer Keith Carver. The left hand page will present the poem or prose piece and the right hand page will be a blank journaling page. Pam Roberts, who facilitates the Spirit of the Written Word workshop at Cancer Connection and who is the creator of One in Eight: The Torso Project will provide editorial guidance.
The journal project is being produced by John Bos, co-founder of the hospice choir Eventide, a columnist for the Shelburne Falls and West County Independent and collaborator with Pam Roberts on a book of writings from the Spirit of the Written Word workshop entitled “Words to live by…”.
They are seeking poems and prose pieces that may invite cancer patients, their families and their caregivers into contemplative consideration about the path to recovery and to write about their experience.
The submission guidelines are below:
1. This call for submissions is open to all poets and writers whether published or not. Previously published poems and prose pieces are welcome as long as permission can be granted by you and/or the publication.
2. You may submit more than one poem or prose piece for consideration. Please include a brief biography with your email and/or web site for acknowledgement purposes.
3. Poems must be 25 lines or less, including stanza breaks but not including the title, and lines may be no more than 60 characters across, including spaces.
4. Prose submissions should not exceed 300 words. All entries must be original works.
5. Submission deadline is October 18, 2014. Content decisions will be emailed no later than Nov. 15.
6. Submissions may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: CC Journal Project, P.O. Box 54, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370