From M. Kei:
We’re happy to announce that Atlas Poetica is seeking submissions for a collection of 25 Arthropod tanka and kyoka to be edited by Grunge to be published at AtlasPoetica.org.
Love them or hate them, every human lives alongside these creepy, crawly creatures, no matter geographic location or culture. And their forms are as varied as their habitats, whether they’re beetles, roaches, ants, scorpions, butterflies, spiders or even millipedes. There is a long tradition of insects and arachnids as the subjects of poetry, but even if you’ve never written about the buzz of a honeybee’s wing, we encourage you to take a moment to consider the world in which our tiny neighbors live.
Thank you to everyone participating. We’re looking forward to seeing your many-legged creativity!
Submissions: Poets may send up to twenty poems each, but only one poem will be chosen from each poet. Original poems are being sought, however, tanka previously published on personal social media accounts will also be considered, as long as publication information is provided. We are not accepting tanka prose, nor poetry that has been published in journals, books or other collaborative websites prior to being submitted to the Arthropod special feature.
All submissions must adhere to the general guidelines listed on the Atlas Poetica website. Therefore we ask that all poets be 16 years of age or older, and that all poems are sent in the body of the email. If you have a relevant file that needs to be sent as an attachment, please query the editor before sending.
To see the full list of guidelines, as well as our special features from the past, head on over to our main webpage.
Deadline: All submissions to the Arthropod Special feature must be sent in no later than May 31. Our planned publication is scheduled for this fall.
Email address for submissions: ap.arthropods (at) gmail (dot) com – subject line: 25 Arthropod Tanka and Kyoka
~M. Kei, editor, A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka