Call for submissions: Nombono: an anthology of speculative poetry by BIPOC creators

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Sundress Publications announces an open submission call for NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators, a collection that asks us earthers, terrans, the identified sentients of this planet to reconceive how we perceive our doings and being in this world.

Reaching far beyond a generic exploration of visionary and speculative possibilities, NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators asks: are we on a bright threshold or at the edge of a dark precipice? Are we about to take flight and evolve, or plummet into an abysmal abyss? BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, poets of color) word-wielders are invited to share their visions, invocations, foretellings, and alterations in this new anthology of speculative poetry entitled NOMBONO (the Zulu word for “visionary”). The range of speculative poetry’s engagements are sought: aliens, alternate history, cryptids, cyberfunk, cyberpunk, dystopia, fairy tales, fabulism, fantasy, folklore, futurism, horror, magic, monsters, mythology, occult, paranormal, post- apocalyptic, robots, science fiction, shifters, slipstream, solar punk, space opera, steamfunk, steampunk, superheroes, supernatural, sword and sorcery, sword and soul, time-travel, and weird. All poetic forms and scifaiku are welcome.

Interested poets should submit up to 5 poems, a short bio (max. 100 words) along with your preferred email address, phone number, and physical mailing address as a single DOCX or PDF file to anthology@sundresspublications.com, by April 30, 2021. Previously published work will be considered as long as you retain the right to reprint it and note where it first appeared. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as they are noted as such and the author notifies the editor that the work has been accepted elsewhere, before notification of acceptance in the anthology. Failure to conform to these guidelines means your poems will go unconsidered for the anthology. Early submission is recommended, as work will be assessed as it arrives. Publication is slated for the second half of 2021.

Artwork by BIPOC artists is also sought for consideration for this anthology. To submit, please send high-resolution JPEGS and a short bio (max. 100 words) along with your preferred email address, phone number, and physical mailing address to anthology@sundresspublications.com.

This anthology will appear both in a print and digital format. All contributors will receive one print author copy plus any additional copies at cost. Any additional funding from the project will be paid to authors.

The poet Akua Lezli Hope will serve as the editor for this anthology. Akua Lezli Hope’s awards include the National Endowment for the Arts writing fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowships, a Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association prize, and Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominations, among others. She is the author of the award-winning collection, EMBOUCHUREPoems on Jazz and Other Musics (ArtFarm Press), and THEM GONE (The Word Works). A lifetime member of the SFPA, she created Speculative Sundays, a biweekly, online, speculative poetry reading series. Her speculative poetry chapbook, Otherwheres (ArtFarm Press, 2020), is available on Amazon.

Akua Lezli Hope wins the 2020 contest for anthology pitches.

The press release from Sundress Publications:

Knoxville, TN—Sundress Publications is thrilled to announce the results of the 2020 contest for anthology pitches. The winning selection is editor Akua Lezli Hope’s Proliferating Possibilities: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators, described by Hope as a collection of the “visions, invocations, foretelling and alterations” that “BIPOC wordwielders” have “to offer.” The anthology is slated for publication in 2021 as part of Sundress’s e-chapbook series.

portrait of Akua Lezli Hope wearing a black knit hat tortoise-shell glasses, dangly white earrings of 3 disks and red lipstick.

Akua Lezli Hope is a creator and wisdom seeker who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, sculpture, adornments, and peace. She wrote her first speculative poems in the sixth grade. Published in numerous literary magazines and national anthologies, she’s been in print every year, except one, since 1974. A first-born, third generation, African Caribbean New Yorker, her honors include the National Endowment for the Arts writing fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowships, a Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association prize, Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominations, among others. She has twice won Rattle’s Poets Respond.

Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer’s Digest book award. A Cave Canem fellow, her collection, THEM GONEwas published in 2018 (The WordWorks). She’s launched Speculative Sundays, a biweekly online poetry reading series. She is completing her Words on Wheels 2020 artist grant project, poetry art cards sent monthly to the frail elderly. An avid hand papermaker and crochet designer with over 130 patterns published, she exhibits her artwork regularly. A paraplegic, she founded a paratransit nonprofit. Her speculative poetry chapbook, Otherwheres (ArtFarm Press, 2020), is available on Amazon. She sings songs from her favorite anime in Japanese, practices her soprano saxophone, and prays for the cessation of suffering for all sentience.

Congratulations also to this year’s finalists:

Finalists:

Sarah Clark, Divergent Evolutions: Flesh, Bark, Bone
Mushba Said, Leave A Message: Transmissions From Our Futures Aaisha Salman and Maeda Zia, The Nine Lives of Sultana

A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is an entirely volunteer-run press that publishes chapbooks and full-length collections in both print and digital formats, and hosts numerous literary journals, an online reading series, and the Best of the Net Anthology.

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