Call for work from Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase

Acentos is a community-based organization fostering audiences for Latino/a literature through the discussion, promotion, teaching, performance, and publication of work by Latino and Latina writers. In our various incarnations, we have been a reading series, an online journal, and a poetry workshop.

This book will document the history of the organization and showcase the depth of Latino poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in the years since Acentos was founded. The writers represented in the archive of Acentos participants—in its readings, workshops, and public events—represent the deepest possible cross-section of genres, styles, and ethnicities; from the academic to the non-academic; from text to ear; to all schools of creative writing. The book will seek to complicate and deepen the narratives that make up the labels Latino and Latina literature; it will provide an alternative piece of scholarship for students and teachers of literature to (re)consider the American literary canon; and it will remind its readers that pan-Latino/a identity and solidarity in the literary world and the world at large has a home in Acentos.

If you have been a featured reader for the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase from 2003 to the present, if you have written poetry in the Acentos Writers’ Workshops, if you have been a participant on an Acentos reading or panel, or if you have been published in The Acentos Review, we invite you to send your work to the editors, Rich Villar, Oscar Bermeo, and Raina Leon, at the email address acentosanthology@gmail.com.

Deadline for all submissions is DECEMBER 23, 2011.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

-For your work to be considered for publication, you must have a) been a featured reader at the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase between 2003 and the present; b) published work in The Acentos Review; c) attended at least four sessions of the Acentos Writers’ Workshops or been a fellow in one of its two intensive workshops, OR d) been a participant in a public reading or panel sponsored by Acentos.

-Your cover letter is the body of the email you use to submit work. In it, please indicate where you fall in the above rubric.

-All submissions must be emailed, submitted as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats only.

-In the subject line, please indicate the genre you are submitting to, followed by a comma, followed by your full name. (Example: POETRY, John Doe)

-Submissions in multiple genres are okay, BUT please send your submissions to each genre in separate emails.

-Please include your name, snail mail address, email address, and daytime telephone number on the header of each page of the submission, and number each page.

-Though we definitely prefer unpublished work, we will consider previously published work, as outlined below:

FOR POETRY: Three to five poems in a manuscript no more than ten (10) pages in length. Poems submitted may either be unpublished poems, or poems previously published with the Acentos Review, or work published within the last two years from the date of this call, properly attributed.

FOR FICTION: One or two pieces, 500-7500 words in length. Pieces may either be unpublished pieces, or pieces previously published with the Acentos Review, or pieces published within the last two years from the date of this call, properly attributed.

FOR NONFICTION: One or two pieces, 500-2000 words in length. Pieces may either be unpublished pieces, or pieces previously published with the Acentos Review, or pieces published within the last two years from the date of this call, properly attributed.

Thank you all in advance for your time and talent, and we look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the editors anytime at acentosanthology@gmail.com.

Saludos,

Rich Villar, Oscar Bermeo, and Raina Leon

Editors

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