Today, we sent out acceptances and rejections for The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast.
Some poets are celebrating right now. Some, not so much. Both editors understand the joys and woes of the submission process. Both editors of this anthology have had far more rejection in their writing lives than they have had acceptances. We both know the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, so to speak.
But we also know that rejection doesn’t necessarily equal defeat. We had tons of really strong writing submitted. Because the anthology is themed around the Gulf Coast, many poems covered similar topics. As such, we couldn’t accept, say, eight poems about Bourbon Street, even if we thought they were all well-written. In other words, we had to reject some poems that we otherwise thought were strong. We wish all the poets the best of luck in placing their work elsewhere. Given the quality of some of the submissions, that shouldn’t take too long.
We’ll work to keep you all apprised of the publication process. Thank you for your interest in The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast.
–Jeff Newberry, Editor
I’d like to apologize for the delay in publication of The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast. As writers, the editors understand the frustration of waiting to hear back about editorial decisions. Here a few things we can tell you:
1. The book will be published by Snake~Nation~Press later this year (probably early summer at this point).
2. The editors (Jeff Newberry and Brent House) have made the final decisions on who will be included in the anthology.
3. We will be sending out acceptances and rejections in mid-to-late April.
The editors apologize for this delay. Contributors will be contacted as soon as possible.
The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast
Writers, we’re still seeking submissions. We’ve already received numerous great poems, and we hope to see more. We’d also like to ask you for a little help. The link below will take you to a high-res .PDF poster about the The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast. Designed by Heather Newberry (who also designed the cover of The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast co-editor Jeff Newberry‘s new book, Brackish), this poster is a great way to spread the word about The Gulf Stream. Please consider printing it out and posting it for us. If you’re in a writer’s group, spread the word. If you’re in a creative writing program, post this poster somewhere. We’d be much obliged. You can download the poster by clicking here.
In the meantime, we still need your submissions.
Thanks so much. We’re enjoying your work, and we will be starting the arduous process of reading submission in late December, post-holidays (hey, we have families, too, you know!). Thanks so much for your support.
The editors of The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast are seeking poetry by poets whose lives and works have been shaped in some tangible way by the Gulf Coast region of the United States. For this anthology, we seek writers who came of age, have spent time in, or set foot in the Gulf Coast states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Each poet is asked to submit up to three poems. Unpublished work is preferable, but the editors will consider previously-published work if the poet owns the copyright. Poets are also asked to contribute a short “eco-narrative,” a 200-300 word discussion of how the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast region of the United States has affected or shaped the poet’s writing. This “eco-narrative” will not only firmly ground the poems in the actual regional space, but it will also provide an explicit link between the poet, the poet’s writing and the landscape, showing that even in poetry that doesn’t explicitly mention the Gulf Coast, the region has established/created/implied/etc. an aesthetic and imaginative anchor in a poet’s writing.
Direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012. The tentative publication date is February 2013.
To submit work, please visit the online submission manager at https://thegulfstreampoemsofthegulfcoast.submittable.com/submit
Our anthology has been accepted for publication by Snake Nation Press and will be available for purchase in early 2013. We are in the process of soliciting poetry; we will post occasional updates about contributors on this blog.
About the editors:
Jeff Newberry is a native of the Florida Gulf Coast. He is the author of Brackish (Aldrich Press, forthcoming) and the chapbook A Visible Sign (Finishing Line 2008). His work has appeared in a variety of print and online journals, including Anti-, The Florida
Review, The Cortland Review, New South, Memorious, Hobble Creek Review, Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, and Barn Owl Review, as well as in the online anthology Best of the Net 2008. His writing has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, where he serves as faculty adviser for Pegasus, ABAC’s literary magazine. He is the president of the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers. He holds as Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia.
Brent House is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he raised cattle and watermelons on the loamy soil of his family’s farm. He is the author of The Saw Year Prophecies (Slash Pine 2010) and his work has appeared in Bayou, Cream City Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Sandhill Review, storySouth, and elsewhere. A contributing editor for The Tusculum Review, he has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and was a Hinds Research Fellow at Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently, he teaches writing at Bloomsburg University. He earned his M.F.A. from Georgia College & State University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.