Friday, July 24, 2009

Prose & Poetry on Grandparents by Sept 15

Grandma's Quilts/Grandpa's Attic

Silver Boomer Books seeks submissions for an anthology tentatively identified as Grandma's Quilts/Grandpa's Attic. Submissions of prose and poetry should be submitted pursuant to these guidelines by September 15, 2009. The emphasis is on grandparents, not on quilts and attics. Tell us stories of your grandparents or those of other people, events you remember, character sketches, tales they spun – wisdom handed down from your grandparents, or what you as a grandparent want to communicate to your grandchildren. Send poetry or prose, and consider our earlier anthologies, Silver Boomers, Freckles to Wrinkles, and This Path for examples of style.

How We Want It:

Electronic submission is preferred, with the manuscript or poem pasted into the body of the email. We are giving first preference to poetry of less than 50 lines, and prose not exceeding 1500 words. Poetry shorter than 12 lines tickles the editor in charge of formatting and stands a good chance of being used if the quality's there. We ask for one-time rights. If the submission has been previously published, cite each prior publication. If prior publication history is not included (including "This piece has not been published") the piece will not be considered. We require that a 50-100 word biographical sketch, written in third person, be included with the submission. See the authors page for sample bios. Entries not meeting this requirement will not be considered. Please don't submit material you sent previously for a Silver Boomer Book as we have that and will be contacting authors if we feel the work would fit in future anthologies.

Electronic submissions:

  • Email us at
    • In the subject line type "Submission -- Prose: Name of Entry" Substitute your title for "name of entry" and for poetry substitute "poetry" for "prose."
    • In the body of the email type this information:
  • Your name
  • Your pen name if you desire to use a different name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your email address
  • Your telephone number
  • Previous publication history of your submission
  • Word count for prose, line count for poetry. In counting lines for poetry, start with the first line and count each line to the last including blank lines.
  • A 50 to 100 word biographical sketch of yourself written in 3rd person. See the Silver Boomers authors' page for style.
  • Cut and paste your entry into the body of the email.
    • Multiple submissions are welcome but must be in separate emails with all information listed above in the email with each entry.
    • In submitting your entry, you represent:
  • The work you are submitting is your work.
  • You have the rights to the work and have not previously conveyed exclusive rights to any other publisher.
  • You agree to the terms and conditions set out on this page.

Postal Mail Submissions:

We STRONGLY prefer electronic submissions. PLEASE consider using that method. Use good standard formatting rules and send the same materials required for electronic submission. You may include a self-addressed stamped postcard for notice of whether or not your manuscript has been accepted. If you prefer to be notified by email a postcard need not be sent. If you include a second self-addressed stamped postcard, we will use that to inform you we have received the manuscript. This is optional. Manuscripts will not be returned to the author, and will be shredded after publication of the book. Mail to: Silver Boomer Books, 3301 S 14th Suite 16 - PMB 134, Abilene Texas 79605. Do not decorate your manuscript or envelopes with happy faces, lip prints, perfume, cookies or other gimmicks.

What You Get:

Payment is $5 for poetry and $10 for prose plus a contributor's copy. If you label it prose but we think it's poetry, we'll pay the poetry rate. In addition, contributors will be allowed to purchase copies of the work at an author's price for two years following the initial release. All payments are upon publication. Your name and story/poem title will be listed on the website for two years. You will be allowed to post to the authors' blog on the Silver Boomers website so you can publicize signings and speaking engagements as well as comment on the experience.

Silver Boomer Books
3301 S 14th Suite 16 - PMB 134
Abilene TX 79605

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