Here is a call for submissions that I came across today. I love the film analogy. The press looks very new, but it is in Minnesota - and that makes me think well of them. Really, I know nothing except what's here. I did send some poems today; I hope you do, too.
Benu Press Editors Steve Fellner and Phil Young are in the process of creating an anthology about social justice. These are the requirements for the poems:
1.) The poem deals with social justice, not simply a social issue. In other words there has to be some action or suggestion of resistance or dealing with a social issue, not just having a social issue somewhere in the background.
2.) The poem offers an element of hope. This hope can be somewhat ambiguous, but at least some level of hope has to be detectable to the average reader. Think “Daybreak in Alabama” by Langston Hughes.
3.) The poem is an “accessible narrative or lyric that contains elements of genuine drama or comedy.”
4.) If the poem were a movie, it would have to receive somewhere between a G and PG-13 rating.
They would really like to include a poem of yours in Love Rise Up. If interested, please send them a poem(s) for them to look at as a Word document. They would like it emailed it to
They would happily look at new work or previously published. They are responsible for paying all fees, so they would appreciate a waiver.
Contributorswill include D.A. Powell, Martin Espada, Denise Duhamel, Rigoberto Gonzalez,David Kirby, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Barbara Hamby, Cheryl Dumesnil, FadyJoudah, Rebecca Livingston, Alison Joseph, Laura Kasischke, Idra Novey, EliotKhalil Wilson, Martha Collins, David Baker, Jason Schneiderman, Minnie BrucePratt, among others.
When the anthology appears (in Fall 2010, tentatively), all contributors will receive one copy. Please call 585-637-4607 or e-mail if you have any questions.
The deadline is January 15. Tell anyone who might be interested.