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We often feel an affinity with people who have the same first or last name (or both) as ours.  This thought gave rise to  our latest call for submissions — SAME NAME, where we write about a well-known person (living or dead, real or fictional)  and describe how we identify with that person or how we differ from that individual.

PROMPT: Select a well-known person (living or dead, real or fictional) with the same first or last name (or first and last names) as yours and describe how you feel connected to or disconnected from that person in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer).

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or prose. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish the piece on social media and in a potential print edition.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems and prose in the Silver Birch Press SAME NAME Poetry and Prose Series on our blog starting in January 2016 . We’ll also feature the work on Twitter and Facebook.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem or prose piece to SBPSUBMISSIONS@gmail.com as an MSWord attachment — and in the same file include your name, contact info (including email address), one-paragraph author’s bio (written in third person), and any notes about your creative process or thoughts about your piece. Also identify the well-known person that served as the basis for your piece. Please put all this information in one MSWord document and title the file with your last name (and only your last name). Write “Same” in subject line of email. If available, please send a photo of yourself, and provide a caption for the photo (when, where).


To help everyone understand our submission requirements, we’ve prepared the following checklist.

1. Send ONE MS Word document TITLED WITH YOUR LAST NAME (e.g. Smith.doc or Jones.docx).

2. In the same MS Word document, include your contact information (name, mailing address, email address).

3. In the same MS Word document, include an author’s bio, written in the third person (e.g., John Jones lives in Fargo, North Dakota…”).

4. In the same MS Word document, include a note about your poem/prose or creative process (this is optional — but encouraged).

5. In the same MS Word document, include a caption for your photo (including where, when and/or date taken).

6. If available, send a photo of yourself at any age as a SEPARATE jpg attachment (not in the MS Word document). Title the photo with your last name (e.g., Jones.jpg).

7. Email to SBPSUBMISSIONS@gmail.com — and put SAME in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 31, 2016

PHOTOS: Actress Elizabeth Taylor (left) and Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and Other Commonwealth Realms.

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  1. pseudonymous says:

    I was told my name
    means healer
    but I was named
    after that guy
    on TV
    how could it be true
    a medicine man
    in the land
    of the dead
    knowing who I am
    for no one
    with a hood on

  2. tlhopkinson says:

    Reblogged this on Trish Hopkinson and commented:
    Another excellent prompt and series coming up on Silver Birch Press…

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