We are delighted to announce that we will be working with the newly formed Marsden Community Poetry group to bring you an anthology that promises to be one of the most entertaining reads of 2023.
Celebrating art and poetry from the diverse and inclusive communities of Kirklees and the South Pennines, Village Voices will be an inspiring collection of poetry and art that celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and equality. This is a post-pandemic anthology – a book that gives a voice back to our communities.
It’s often said that people just don’t read poetry. Well, Marsden Community Poetry want to prove them wrong. Remember, Marsden was the place where Poetry Pubs found fame and where the windows of village shops are often adorned with posters of poetry from all age groups, so perhaps it’s not a bad idea.
And if you didn’t already know, Marsden was home to our current Poet Laureate and also happens to be where Maytree HQ is based.
The anthology will be edited by a panel of acclaimed authors and poets selected by the group – please note that Maytree are not involved with the editorial process.
So, if you are a poet or an artist and you either live in the towns or villages of the South Pennines or have been inspired by lives, landscapes and stories of the area then now is the time to be part of this amazing new collection
To submit please follow these guidelines:
The anthology is aimed at a general audience.
Submit one original poem. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged as the editors and publishers are all volunteers and simply do not have time to change things once your poem has been accepted. Previously published poems are welcomed so long as the author retains copyright.
Although there is no specific theme, the editors are particularly interested in poems that promote and celebrate the diverse and inclusive communities of the towns and villages of the South Pennine.
Maximum line length not including title or breaks is 25. Longer poems may be considered, please send a cover note if this applies.
Black and white only – sorry but we are unable to accept colour illustrations. The illustration should be Portrait, with space around. Do not draw a border.
Please do not sign – all images will be credited to the artists separately. Please send a high-resolution JPG of the image – original work is not required.
Please contact the project team if you are unable to produce a high quality image.
Copyright remains with the author and/or artist.
By submitting you agree to inclusion into the anthology and its publication and the selection process.
Please send your best poem. All work will be considered by the Marsden Community Poetry working group with final selection by our editorial team.
By submitting your work, you agree that the Editors reserve the right to publish or arrange broadcast of selected works. The right to use any included poems to further publicise the anthology is also retained.
Marsden Community Poetry are looking forward to receiving your work. Submissions will not be considered after midnight Sunday 22 January 2023
Send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org