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Posted by : cj on Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 03:23 PM
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Now Accepting Submissions for Journal of Modern Poetry Volume 21
Final Deadline is 11 PM Central Time, Sunday, March 18, 2018
JOMP 21 is scheduled to be released on Saturday, April 28, at Harold Washington Library

Dear Poets,

Chicago Poetry Press is honored to announce an open call for submissions of poetry and short prose, for the 21st, thatís right 21st volume of Journal of Modern Poetry. In 2018, I will be sending your poetry to a big white house located in Washington, DC.

My Dear Poets, over the past year one voice has dominated the national discourse, usually at a rate of 140 characters at a time. Now itís time for the poets of this country to offer a rebuttal. This is why Chicago Poetry Press is announcing its intention to publish JOMP 21: Dear Mr. President, a politically and socially charged issue of JOMP that is scheduled to take this country by storm in the spring of 2018, starting at the annual Poetry Fest at Harold Washington Library on Saturday, April 28.

Chicago Poetry Press is seeking ďSocial and PoliticalĒ poetry designed to respectfully educate the Commander in Chief (whoever that might be at the time of publication) about the world that exists outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Seems our fellow Americans in the administration just might have gotten a little lost in a universe of alternative facts, and itís our duty as citizens to set the record straight for them; so, send me your best socially conscious or politically infused poetry or short prose. If your work is selected for publication, it will be delivered directly to the White House so that the President of the United States has an opportunity to read it. It will also be made available to the public through online bookstores, Amazon.com as well as right here at PoetryAward.org.

This is your chance to give POTUS something else to read as heís fiddling around with Twitter in the wee hours of the morning. Off the top of my head, some of the subjects you might want to touch upon may include: gun control, social media, cyber bullying, racial relations, sexual harassment awareness, alternative facts, narcissism, democracy, elections, foreign relations, disasters and disaster relief, taking a knee, health care, mental health, crowds, a wall, immigration, maturity, grieving, or any other covfefe you might have written about or plan to write about. These are just a few examples of possible running themes, but Iím not suggesting you need to choose any of them. This is YOUR chance to offer your rebuttal and perhaps even enlighten the Head of State with your poetry. What you want to write about is up to you.

Guidelines to Getting Your Poetry into the White House
Please take the time to read and understand the following about the submission process.

--Journal of Modern Poetry (JOMP) is celebrating its lucky 21 with a volume of poetry that is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrow. I am seeking to showcase some of the best social and political poetry written today, whether it is traditional or experimental. All form, style and length will be considered from published as well as previously unpublished poets. Your poetry can address the theme directly, or it may take a more abstract approach. If you feel your work touches upon the theme in any way, shape or form I want to see it.

To clarify: the word "President" or "Trump" doesn't have to appear in your poem anywhere. I'm looking for quality poetry that you would like the President to read, something that might enlighten him. It doesn't have to be directed to him or be about him. It just has to be good poetry.

--Q: Does my entry donation guarantee that I will be published in JOMP 21?

A: No. Your non-refundable entry donation is considered a subscription to JOMP 21. You will receive a copy of the Dear Mr. President Anthology whether or not your work is accepted for publication. I will attempt to include as much work as possible so that the anthology represents a wide diversity of voices, but letís be honestóno publication accepts every single submission it receives.

--Q: What if I support the President? Will I still be given a fair shot? Will my work still be considered for possible publication?

A: Absolutely. The mission of Journal of Modern Poetry 21 will be to enlighten our leadership. Even if you voted for and support your leadership, you have to admit there is still room for improvement. I was a supporter of previous administrations as well, but if given this same opportunity, I could have easily come up with a dozen shortcomings about which to enlighten them. So if youíre a supporter and submit poetry in support of your leadership, good poetry that is honest and with good intentions, it will be considered along with all the other poems. Hereís your shot to express whatís on your mind.

--All poets 18 years old or older will be given equal consideration. You do not have to be from Chicago to get published by Chicago Poetry Press. In the past we have published poets from all over the country and even some from across the globe.

--What kind of poetry has a chance? All types. I'm looking for quality work. The best way to get a sense of what writing I have honored in the past is to purchase one of Chicago Poetry Press' publications, all of which I have edited (see buttons to the upper right of this page for ordering information). The only way you wonít have a chance at getting published is if you donít submit your work.

--Please send only original work written by you. Poetry (or short works of prose) must be primarily in the English language. Previously published work is okay for consideration into JOMP 21 (please cite previous publications and make sure copyright has reverted back to you).

--Poets may submit up to five poems for consideration. You do not have to make additional entry donations for each poem; just make the one donation. I highly encourage all poets to send more than one poem if you have it, in order to increase your odds of getting published.

--You may update your entry prior to the final deadline. What does this mean? It means if you have rewritten your poem, or if you have a new poem that you want to add to your submission, you can send me an update to your file at no additional cost as long as I get it before the final deadline. This is something unique to JOMP. It gives you a lot of flexibility to tweak your submission as the final deadline approaches. This is expected to be particularly useful given the theme at hand and how quickly our political landscape is changing. I want the submission I have from you to be the strongest and most relevant submission possible, so I will work with you if you feel the need to improve it along the way.

To clarify: once your submission donation has been received, I will create a file for you. When you submit your poetry by email, I will add it to your file. You may add or subtract poems from your file, or send updated or rewritten work, at any point, all the way up until the final deadline. Once the final deadline has expired, whatever is in your file will be considered your final submission and no alterations may be made after that point.


To submit to Dear Mr. President, first use PayPal to contribute your $21 entry donation, which entitles you to a copy of the 21st Issue of JOMP, shipping included, whether you are selected for publication or not.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR ENTRY DONATION. You can use a credit / debit card or e-check if you do not have a PayPal account.

Once you have subscribed with your entry donation, a file will be created for you and you will have until the final deadline to submit up to five of your best poems (review the theme above) to Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com.

The best way to submit your poetry is as an attachment in Microsoft Word or Works (no pdfs please) with all your poetry included in one SINGLE document (not five separate documents please). Use a standard font and do not attach any images as they will not be used. Use your own name as the title of your document.

Please include a cover letter introducing yourself, as well as a three or four sentence biography, and include all necessary contact information. Make sure your current mailing address is included. Updates about this project will be sent to you by email so make sure to include your current email address.

All materials must be received for your entry to be considered, so here is a checklist.
1. Entry donation made through PayPal.
2. Submission of up to five poems emailed as attachment in Word.
3. Short cover letter introducing yourself.
4. Short bio. about yourself to be included in book if accepted.
5. The mailing address where you want your copy of the book to be shipped, and your email address where you want to receive updates.

DEADLINE: The FINAL deadline to send your poetry is Sunday, March 18, 11 PM Central Time.

If you have any questions do not be shy. Contact me at Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com and I will personally reply back with any clarifications.

Journal of Modern Poetry Volume 21 is determined to start an important public discourse with yet another chapter in Chicago Poetry Press' tradition of publishing the freshest and highest quality poetry. I hope you are as anxious about this as I am, and I can't wait to read your submissions.

Yours in poetry,

CJ Laity
Editor, Journal of Modern Poetry
Chicago Poetry Press

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