This is an open call for poetry submissions for “A Poets’ Siddur” poetry anthology to be published by Ain’t Got No Press in 2017, and edited by Rick Lupert.
The Siddur is the Jewish prayer book used for daily worship services as well as on Shabbat (the Sabbath) by Jewish communities all over the world. The idea is to fill this unique book with reinterpretations of the themes and original text of the siddur, written through the lenses of poets, and using a Friday night Shabbat evening service as the template.
1) Send no more than three pieces of any style or length which specifically relate to one of the themes / prayers or liturgy of a Friday evening Shabbat service. We’re open to all styles and forms of poetry, but particularly would enjoy those that:
- use accessible language and imagery
- use humor (not a requirement, but don’t shy away from it either.)
- would appeal to both poets and those who don’t normally identify as likers of poetry
- provide a modern context / setting for the theme in the prayer/liturgy
- are shorter (yes, we’ll read any length, but generally we’re of a “less is more” sensibility)
Here’s an outline of the Shabbat evening service: http://www.reformjudaism.org/shabbat-worship-services (click on the prayer title for the text/translation)
Here’s a list of some of the general themes in the prayers/liturgy: http://www.bnaitorah.com/worship/shabbat/sse
2) Please indicate which prayer or liturgy from a Friday night service you have in mind with each piece you send.
3) We will consider work by anyone, regardless of religion (or lack thereof) but the work submitted must connect with a specified piece or theme from the Jewish Friday night service.
4) Previously published material is ok, but we’re eagerly looking for pieces which specifically relate to the themes, prayers and liturgy of a Friday evening Shabbat service. (If previously published, please indicate where and when so we can properly credit if selected.)
5) Please include a maximum 75 word bio. (For your reference, 76 words is more than 75 words. Please stick to our guideline here.)
6) Work may only be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (Word .doc/.docx, Apple Pages Document, or text pasted into an e-mail)
7) The deadline to submit your work is December 31, 2016.
8) If your work is accepted for publication in A Poet’s Siddur, you will receive one physical copy of the published book, signficant discont on purchasing additional copies, and we may call on you to participate in live (virtual or in person) events revolving around the publication of the anthology.
9) Submission does not guarantee publication.
10) You will be notified by March 31st, 2017 whether or not your work was accepted for publication.
Ain’t Got No Press is a publisher of uniquely themed poetry anthologies such as A Poet’s Haggadah (Passover themed poetry), Ekphrastia Gone Wild (Poet’s respond to art) and The Night Goes on All Night (Noir poetry).