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Call for Submissions: Animals in the City

September 1, 2012

Submissions are open for the next issue of qarrtsiluni, edited by Sherry Chandler and David Cazden (see bios below). They’re asking for submissions on the theme of animals in the city:

Squirrels, pigeons, cockroaches, bats, rats, hawks: these are a few of the animals that have adapted themselves to urban and suburban life. Skunks and raccoons have been seen walking city streets. Even bears raid city garbage cans in hard times. Song birds have adapted to the noise of the city by singing louder than their country kin. They make themselves heard over the semis and the sirens.

We are looking for poems, essays, stories, images, and multimedia works that deal with the city’s wildlife, both in harmony and in conflict with their human neighbors. But please don’t send us works explicitly about evil human predators. If humans inhabit your pieces, let it be in relationship to our cousins in the kingdom Animalia.

As always, please use our submissions form (via Submittable) and be sure to study the general guidelines there. Submissions close September 30, and the issue will begin to appear on the site after the Fragments issue is concluded in late October or early November.

The editors

David Cazden (website) has recent poetry in Fugue (2nd Place, Ron McFarland Poetry Award), Nimrod (Semi-finalist, Pablo Neruda award,) Passages North, Kestrel, William And Mary Review and Talking River Review. He is the former poetry editor of Miller’s Pond magazine, print edition. His second full length collection, The Lost Animals, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. David received an Al Smith Fellowship for poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2008.

Sherry Chandler (website) lives and writes poetry on 60 unkempt acres on the edge of the well-groomed Bluegrass plateau of Kentucky, the territory of horse farms and antebellum mansions. As @BluegrassPoet, she posts micropoetry based on close observation of the wildlife that share this space with her. She is the author of Weaving a New Eden, a history of her native state told in a tapestry of women’s voices, and is currently circulating her second collection, a book of nature lyrics and love poems called The Hearth and the Woodcarver. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (once by qarrtsiluni), and she has had awards from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She lives with her husband, T. R. Williams, a woodcarver. She has twin sons.

Categories: Animals in the City
  1. Carolyn Holmes Gregory
    September 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Will DEFINITELY send you some poems before September 30th deadline. I have lived in Boston for thirty one years and am an animal rights activist. Terrific theme!!

  2. September 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

    How many poems are you looking for per submission?


    • September 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      The upper limit is three. (Sorry, yes, we could’ve been clearer about this — submission limits aren’t given until you click on the submit form.)

      • September 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

        No worries! I’ll see what I can put together over the next few days.

  3. Anonymous
    October 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Oh, no, I thought it was October 15th, the deadline. bummer. had submission all ready to go:-)

  4. October 10, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Oh, no, I thought it was October 15th, the deadline. bummer. had submission all ready to go:-)

  5. November 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Looking forward to this!

  6. Daniel Hales
    April 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    When is this issue coming out? I thought it was supposed to go live back in November…

    • April 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Yes, sorry about the unplanned hiatus. I’m starting it today. Depending on the rate of release, it should be complete in 6-12 weeks.

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