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Boundless – The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival’s Anthology for 2020 is now accepting submissions!

Boundless – The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival’s Anthology for 2020 is now accepting submissions!

Boundless will be published as a perfect bound edition with an ISBN and will be available on amazon.com.  As always, poets do not have to register for or attend our festival in order to submit work for publication. A free copy of the anthology will be gifted to the included poets that are present at the Festival. Those anthologized poets not present, may request to receive a copy through the US mail however, shipping costs will be the responsibility of the poet.

Previous editions include poets from across the U.S., China, India, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Bangladesh, and England, Scotland, Ireland, etc.

Become a part of this exciting anthology!

GUIDELINES:

Submit up to three typewritten poems in a legible font. Poem may be on any topic, and any style—although visual/shape poems can be difficult due to margin restrictions, so please be sure that your poem fits or is formatted for a book of 6×9 dimensions. 

Poems may be in any language. (However, we ask for a translation if it is not in English.) Strict 35-line limit per poem, not including title and spaces. Only work submitted to this Submittable page will be accepted for consideration.

No previously published poems–or translations of previously-published poems–please, except from self-published chapbooks with limited distribution. DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on the poems themselves.  Please submit ONE document with your poems.

Add a cover letter that must include:

Your Name – as you wish to it appear on your published work.
The Title(s) of your poem(s), or the first line for an untitled poem.
E-mail address AND phone number.
A short bio – 50 words or less–  written in third person and
focusing on your life as a writer.

If you change your e-mail, please let us know immediately. 

A limited amount of perfect-bound copies of the anthology will be available for purchase at the anthology release event and potentially thereafter.

Youth Section Submissions Are Welcome from High School Students–Same Guidelines (Bio must denote Youth Submission)!

https://redearthproductions.submittable.com/submit/141884/rio-grande-valley-international-poetry-festival-boundless-anthology?fbclid=IwAR0UzcMmFGJqmggoqqZzvCQd4v5TAzABhNgIfdu1HKnYIFXxoh6ElcxjMyc

LET A NEW EARTH RISE: RIO GRANDE VALLEY YOUTH ANTHOLOGY (2019)

Called To Rise: Rio Grande Valley Youth Anthology (2018)

Here, from the caldrons of the South Texas borderlands, we behold the truth, many truths — made of desired love, family loss, “raspa stands,” the delight of art and the “Irony that Dreamers can’t dream,” as Golbanoo Sateyesh writes. And there is wisdom, as Luis E. Godinez provides, “Healing is the only rare face/ that needs to spread the news.” Yet, at the core of this dawn-eyed Río Grande Valley collection, we are checked by the heated question of our times —Valeria D. Lorm, unpacks the burn, “ Are you a Citizen of the United States?” To rise, to survive, to find the path of total being in teen zones where the fears of school shootings coexist with expansive possibility – these are the streaming elements that flourish in these poems. Let us salute each poet, each teacher and school, each familia and neighborhood for nourishing these poets busy with the creative tasks of re-imagining Texas and a nation undergoing critical change. Let us salute, Edward Vidaurre and Rodney Gomez, our City of McAllen Poet Laureates. A rare, most needed, and illuminating  set of heart-flamed and soul-chiseled verse — ¡Bravo!
     – Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States 2015-2017
Edited by Rodney Gomez and Edward Vidaurre.
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Forthcoming: Selena Anthology

** SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED **

Are you that person who always plays “Como La Flor” on your cellphone late at night when you are sitting around drinking with friends? Do you sing “Si Una Vez ” at Karaoke night? Do you load up the jukebox with “No Me Queda Mas” on repeat and dance by yourself? Do you always get sad sometime in March and you don’t know why? Because Selena died on March 30th, 1995! That’s me, that’s you. And we can all tell our stories about hearing the news, twenty three years ago, that, possibly, she was dead.

Since then, Selena has been enshrined in tableaus in Mexican restaurants, on candles, in graffiti, in our writings, and in our corazones. Her music is as popular as ever, and so many Tejan@s, Chican@s, and others have been influenced by her.

We are looking to collect fiction, nonfiction, poetry and basically anything else that can be printed on the page, as long as it in some way reflects the spirit of Selena. You will know as soon as you read this if you are someone who should contribute and probably what you should contribute as well. I’ll need all of your contributions by Jan 31, 2019. Don’t hesitate!

No real publication requirements, but try to keep longer pieces under 2500 words. Send all submissions to FlowerSongBooks@gmail.com.

– Editor