UPDATE: 1/30/2015

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for receiving over 680 submissions of beautiful bird poetry from all over the globe! Congratulations to the following poets who's work has been chosen for this international bird-themed poetry anthology we call Poeming Pigeons:

Alexa Mergen, Alisa Golden, Allegra Silberstein, Annie Lighthart, Ariana Kramer, Arturo Desimone, Beth MacFarlane, Bobbi Sinha-Morey, Brenda Taulbee, Brigit Truex, Carolyn Martin, Catherine Ayres, Chris Jarmick, Christa Kaainoa, Christopher Leibow, Claire Feild, Connie Post, Cynthia Gallaher, Darren Donohue, David Butler, David M. Harris, Davnet Heery, Deborah Meltvedt, Dianne Avey, Donna Schwender, Doug Draime, Douglas Spangle, Eileen McGurn, Elizabeth Reninger, Elizabeth Schultz, Fern GZ Carr, Fred Zirm, G. Murray Thomas, Gary Beck, Genea Brice, Georgette Howington, Gerald Yelle, Irene Bloom, Jack Little, James B. Nicola, Jane Yolen, Jennifer Kemnitz, Joan Colby, Joan Leotta, John Grey, John Saunders, Judy Darley, Karen S. Córdova, Karla Linn Merrifield, Kate Wells, Katy Brown, Kimberly White, Larry Schug, Laurie Kolp, Lillo Way, Linda M. Crate, Linda Strever, Lois P. Jones, Lori Loranger, Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen, Lylanne Musselman, Lynn Knapp, Lytton Bell, M, M.F. McAuliffe, M.J. Iuppa, Madeline Levy, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Maria Elena B. Mahler, Mariano Zaro, Marie Lecrivain, Martie Odell-Ingebretsen, Mary Jo Balistreri, Mary Kay Rummel, Mary Slocum, Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Matt Amott, Maureen O'Brien, Melinda Palacio, Mercedes Webb-Pullman, Michael Shay, Moya Roddy, Parker Bauman, Pattie Palmer Baker, Pete Mullineaux, Rachael Ikins, Ram Krishna Singh, Richard King Perkins II, Serkan Engin, Sharon Alexander, Sharon Chmielarz, Hannah Kate Elliott Heltsley, Sharon Lask Munson, Stephen Linsteadt, Steve Williams, Stuart A. Paterson, Susan G. Duncan, Sylvia Ashby, Taylor Graham, Tim Kahl, Todd Cirillo, Tricia Knoll, Vivien Jones

UPDATE: 1/11/2015

The deadline was Dec 31, 2014 and is now closed.
We have received over 670 submissions for this project, and are therefore NOT taking late submissions.
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Homing pigeons have been prized for their navigational abilities for thousands of years. They've served as messengers during war and as a means of long-distance communication. And then along came computers and cell phones. What’s a poor pigeon to do? We couldn’t help but notice the long line of red feet and beaks-nosing-forward for a better pecking order in the unemployment line. The time has come to help our feathered friends in finding new purpose, fulfillment and job satisfaction. It’s time for Poeming Pigeons!

For our next anthology project, we are calling on all poets to send in their best poetry on the topic of BIRDS. Ideally, we’d have a farm of free-range, happy pigeons awaiting their next assignment to deliver love poems to the forlorn, but alas, that wasn’t quite in the budget. So instead, we will pay tribute to the homing pigeons of yore with poetry.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking poems about birds. Don’t feel you have to limit yourself to pigeons, although we’d like to have a section of the book dedicated to pigeons, if we get enough quality poems about them. We also want poems about hummingbirds, chickadees, owls, finches, sparrows, cardinals, jays, penguins, dodo birds, pterodactyls, flamingos and of course the ever poetic raven. We want to read about your personal relationship with our feathered friends – do you love them, hate them, envy them or fear them? (I myself, am a recovering ornithophobic.) Share your bird-calling expertise or get your inner Hitchcock on. Think about the crazy-cat-lady down the street and imagine her lawn-flamingo-collecting counterpart. Surprise us! The sky really is the limit on this one.

Submission Guidelines:

Demographic Restriction: NONE.
We are accepting submissions from both established and emerging writers, from anywhere in the world.

Submission Period: Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2014

Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, Dec 31, 2014

Expected Print Publication Date: April, 2015

Poetry: Up to 3 poems, combined in one file (more details below), No Line Limit.

We only accept email submissions.

Please put submissions in a one single file attachment...NOT in the body of an email.

Please send your poem(s) to Submissions@ThePoetryBox.com.

Subject Line should be formatted as: Poeming Pigeons – {Last Name}
             (Example: Poeming Pigeons – Smith)

All submissions must be typed…not handwritten.

All poems should be combined into one file (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt are fine, but NO PDFs please).
Please put a page break between poems. If a poem is longer than one page, please notate whether or not there should be a stanza break, by putting { break} or {no break} at the top of the following page.

Include your name and email address at the bottom of each page, with page numbers. (We’re not selecting work based on “who”; this is just to help us stay organized.)

Please present your poems in the format you’d like them to appear. If some of the lines are wider than our margins, we will consult you regarding any necessary line breaks or indentations needed for formatting.

Please use a standard readable font such as Times, Arial, Gills Sans, in 12pt size (if we can’t read it, we won’t publish it.)

Please send a BIO in your cover letter (75 words or less) written in THIRD PERSON. Please include your publishing credits, accomplishments and something fun, personal to keep it engaging for our readers. Also, feel free to include one website or email address at the end of your bio. As a reader, I always love it when I can directly contact the poet/author about a piece that has moved me….so don’t be shy.

We prefer original, unpublished work, but if you have a piece that's a perfect fit for our theme, that has been published before, please send it with prior publication acknowledgement. If we accept the poem for this anthology, we want to make sure we credit the original publisher when applicable.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Only one submission (maximum 3 poems) per author.

We will not respond to submissions until AFTER the deadline of Dec 31st has passed, to make sure we give everyone a fair shot. If you haven’t heard from us by Feb 1st, feel free to drop us a line to inquire the status of your submission.

We will, however, send you an acknowledgement to your submission within 5 days to let you know that we received your submission.

Unfortunately, we haven’t reached the point where we can pay our contributors yet. But we will offer our contributing authors the chance to pre-order copies of the anthology at a huge discount 30 days before we go to print. If it becomes more economically feasible based on pre-orders and cost of production, we may offer free contributor copies to the authors.

Acceptance grants The Poetry Box one time publishing rights. Upon publication, all rights revert immediately to the author. If a poem published in Poeming Pigeons is later published elsewhere, we respectfully ask that you credit us as the original publisher.

We promise to read every submission and respond to every submission.

We welcome and encourage both established and emerging writers to submit.

This is The Poetry Box’s third published anthology. For a sample of our quality production, check out “Verse on the Vine: A Celebration of Community, Art, Poetry & Wine” or "Keeping It Weird: Poems & Stories of Portland, Oregon" in our Bookstore or on AMAZON.

If you have any questions, you can contact the editor, Shawn Aveningo via Shawn@thePoetryBox.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

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