Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Beltway Poetry Quarterly ISO Poems for "Poets in Federal Government" Issue

Poets + government job = this call for submissions!

Call for Entries:  Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Beltway Poetry Quarterly seeks poems for a special Poets in Federal Government Issue, Volume 13:3, to be published July 2012.  We will be accepting submissions online during the month of March 2012.

Any poet who is a current or past employee of the Federal Government of the United States is eligible.  Contractors are not eligible, but part-time or seasonal employees are.  Poets may live anywhere in the world.

We seek poems on the theme of government work.  Poems may address: borders, bureaucracy, colleagues, commuting, conflicts of interest, the coast guard, cubicles, efficiency, evaluations, flagpoles, fluorescent lights, the forest service, hierarchy, income, infrastructure, the military, national parks, office equipment, paperwork, per diems, public service, the law, requisitions, security, sick leave, taxes, water coolers, welfare, or other related topics.

Submit from one to five poems in the body of a single email, along with full contact information, and a one-paragraph bio that includes your federal job experience. No attachments will be read.  Poems may be previously published, but only if copyright has reverted to the writer, and the poems do not appear anywhere else on the web (including on blogs and list serves).  The deadline is March 31 at 11:59 and 59 seconds. Poems submitted outside the March reading period will not be considered.  Submit to:

Poets will be notified of editorial decisions by that all-important federal date of April 15.  This special issue will be compiled by Kim Roberts, with guest co-editor Michael Gushue, publisher of Beothuk Books and Vrzhu Books, co-director of Poetry Mutual, author of Conrad and Gathering Down Women, and a member of the federal workforce for 28 years.


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