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Retro woman behind steering wheel
Most of us have a story (or stories) about how/when/where/why we learned to drive. We want to hear about your experiences as a neophyte driver in a poem or story (fiction or nonfiction), and invite you to submit your work to our LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry and Prose Series. (Non-drivers can also participate by explaining why they’ve never learned to operate a vehicle.)

PROMPT: Tell us about learning to drive in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer). If you’ve never learned to drive, tell us why in poetry or prose.

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 LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry and Prose Series on our blog starting in March 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. Please put all this information in one MSWord document and title the file with your last name (and only your last name). Write “Drive” in subject line of email. If available, please send a photo of yourself around the time you learned to drive and provide a caption for the photo (when, where). Photos with cars encouraged!

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

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., Mary Jones lives in Ohio…”).

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 DRIVE in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

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S-O-S
by Michael Shay

My dying father found comfort in morphine and Abba. Same thing, I thought as I listened again to “when you’re near me darling can’t you hear me? S-O-S.” The song ended. “More” he said from the bed. More morphine? More Abba? He once hated our Hendrix and Morrison. “Turn off that noise,” he yelled, bobbing like a fishing lure in the backyard pool’s shallow end. He never learned how to swim. Lived half of his 78 years in Florida a block from 100 billion gallons of sea water. Turn it off, Dad, I thought about the band that soon would become “Mamma Mia” famous. “More,” he muttered. This man who once crouched frozen in Ardennes mud trying to raise someone anyone S-O-S on his Army Signal Corps radio as the Bulge collapsed. This lonely boy who built crystal radio sets in his Denver basement, played trombone in the marching band. This father who built his own hi-fi set in a Kansas basement, hiding from his rowdy kids. This devout Catholic who, at the end, yelled for Abba. Not a shout-out to his heavenly father. His plea to crank up the volume, dammit, hear me – S-O-S!

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I write longer-length short fiction. I now challenge myself to condense 5,000-word stories into much shorter lengths.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New Flash Fiction published Michael Shay’s “Welcome to Zan Xlemente” in its December 2014 online issue. His book of short stories, The Weight of a Body, was published by Denver’s Ghost Road Press in 2006. One of those stories appears in the 2010 anthology from Coffee House Press, Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking out the Jams. An essay about his son’s ADHD, “The Great Third Grade AIDS Scare,” is featured in a 2011 DRT Press anthology, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise. An essay about rock climbing with his son is included in a new MIT Press anthology about families in the outdoors. His fiction and essays have been published in Northern Lights, High Plains Literary Review, Colorado Review, Owen Wister Review, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, Visions, Manifest West: Even Cowboys Carry Cell Phones, and In Short, a Norton anthology of brief creative nonfiction. He was co-editor of Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming, published in 2003 by Wyoming’s Pronghorn Press. A Colorado native who grew up in Florida, Michael now lives and works in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

AUTHOR PHOTO: Michael Shay, Ormond Beach, Florida  (November 2013).

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For many of us, some of our most memorable times revolve around the fall/winter holidays (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s). We want to hear all about your holiday memories in poetry or prose. If available, please send a photo of yourself at any age taken during the holidays.

PROMPT: Tell us your holiday recollections 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 on social media and in a potential print edition.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems and prose in the Silver Birch Press ME, DURING THE HOLIDAYS Series on our blog starting in late November or early December (actual dates to be determined, based on number of submissions). We’ll also feature 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. Please put all this information in one MSWord document and title the file with your last name (and only your last name). Write”Holidays” in subject line of email. If available, please send a photo of yourself — at any age — taken during the holidays, and provide a caption for the photo (when, where).

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

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. Scrooge.doc or Kringle.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., Clara Claus lives at the North Pole…”).

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 taken during the holidays as a SEPARATE jpg attachment (not in the MS Word document). Title the photo with your last name (e.g., Frost.jpg).

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

PHOTO: Holiday photo from the 1960s purchased on ebay.

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the garden
by George McKim

swirls and eddies
of voices
and words

in the garden
I was roaring drunk

SOURCE: “the garden” is based on page 42 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Scribners paperback edition, 2004).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George McKim has an MFA in Painting. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Dear Sirs, Shampoo, Diagram, elimae, Ditch, Cricket Online Review, Blaze Vox, The Found Poetry Review Pulitzer Remix Project and others. His chapbook Found & Lost is forthcoming from Silver Birch Press in late 2014.

NOTE: “the garden” by George McKim will appear in the Silver Birch Press The Great Gatsby Anthology (April 2015).

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April 10, 2015 will mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — a book that many people believe is the best novel of all time. To celebrate the occasion, we are planning ahead — and getting started with our latest anthology: The Silver Birch Press The Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry, prose, art, collage, photography, and other work that celebrates this remarkable novel.

WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by The Great Gatsby.

TYPES OF WRITTEN MATERIAL:

Poems (up to three — either original work or found/erasure poetry based on The Great Gatsby)
Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
Essays (up to 1,500 words)
Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
Short plays or screenplays (approximately 5 typed pages)
Other literary forms (up to 2,000 words)

TYPES OF VISUAL MATERIAL (send jpg files of approximately 1MB):

Photographs
Collage
Paintings
Drawings

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2014

RELEASE DATE: April 2015

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email written entries as MSWord attachments and visual entries as a jpg attachments to silver@silverbirchpress.com along with your name, mailing address, email address, and one-paragraph bio. (If submitting an erasure poem, provide the edition and publication date.)

PAYMENT: All contributors will receive a copy of the Silver Birch Press The Great Gatsby Anthology.

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We have received an unprecedented response to our March 15th call for submissions for the upcoming Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology — and even though the deadline is nearly six months away, we’re already receiving entries.  In case you missed the post, we’re repeating it again today with a few clarifications (see below).

April 10, 2015 will mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — a book that many people believe is the best novel of all time. (I agree!) To celebrate the occasion, we are planning ahead — and getting started with our latest anthology: The Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry, prose, art, collage, photography, and other work that celebrates this remarkable novel.

WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by The Great Gatsby.

TYPES OF WRITTEN MATERIAL:

  • Poems (up to three — either original work or found/erasure poetry based on The Great Gatsby)
  • Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
  • Essays (up to 1,500 words)
  • Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
  • Short plays or screenplays (approximately 5 typed pages)
  • Other literary forms (up to 2,000 words)

Note: 1 entry allowed in each prose category.

TYPES OF VISUAL MATERIAL (send jpg files of approximately 1MB):

  • Photographs
  • Collage
  • Paintings
  • Drawings

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2014

RELEASE DATE:  April 2015

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email written entries as MSWord attachments and  visual entries as a jpg attachments to silver@silverbirchpress.com along with your name, mailing address, email address, and one-paragraph bio. We also prefer entries that include a note that describes the creative process related to preparing the submission (why you created what you created, the choices you made, etc.).

PAYMENT: All participants will receive a copy of the Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology.

gatsby cover June 2015

April 10, 2015 will mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — a book that many people believe is the best novel of all time. (I agree!) To celebrate the occasion, we are planning ahead — and getting started with our latest anthology: The Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry, prose, art, collage, photography, and other work that celebrates this remarkable novel.

WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by The Great Gatsby.

TYPES OF WRITTEN MATERIAL:

  • Poems (up to three — either original work or found/erasure poetry based on The Great Gatsby)
  • Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
  • Essays (up to 1,500 words)
  • Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
  • Short plays or screenplays (approximately 5 typed pages)
  • Other literary forms (up to 2,000 words)

TYPES OF VISUAL MATERIAL (send jpg files of approximately 1MB):

  • Photographs
  • Collage
  • Paintings
  • Drawings

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2014

RELEASE DATE:  April 2015

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email written entries as MSWord attachments and  visual entries as a jpg attachments to silver@silverbirchpress.com along with your name, mailing address, email address, and one-paragraph bio.

PAYMENT: All participants will receive a copy of the Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology.

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For a limited time, the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology is selling for $10.28 on Amazon.com (reduced from $15) and on Amazon.co.uk for £8.79 (also reflects a price reduction). The book also appears on Amazon sites in: CanadaFranceGermany,India, Italy, Japan, and  Spain, 

The 272-page collection features poetry and prose about Charles Bukowski as well as portraits of the author by over 75 writers and artists around the world. Contributors include people who knew Bukowski — friends, fellow poets, and people he met along the way — as well as those who feel as if they knew Buk.

(Cover art by Mark Erickson and Birgit Zartl)

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We’re celebrating the first anniversary of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology (Silver Birch Press, November 2012) with a free gift — and feel free to spread the word by reblogging this post or emailing your friends.

From Thursday, 11/7 through Monday, 11/11/13,  get a FREE Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology –  a 240-page collection of poetry, short stories, essays, novel excerpts, and stage play scenes from over 60 established and up-and-coming writers in the United States and United Kingdom. The writing ranges in style and subject matter — but all the work touches on “silver” in a variety of creative, original, and compelling ways.

From 11/7-11/11/13, get your free Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology at Amazon.com.

If you don’t have a Kindle, download free reading apps at this link.

If you are in the UK, find  at Amazon.co.uk.

Other countries, check your local Amazon site — the Kindle version is available for free there, too.

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We’re celebrating the first anniversary of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology (Silver Birch Press, November 2012) with a free gift — and feel free to spread the word.

From Thursday, 11/7 through Monday, 11/11/13,  get a FREE Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology –  a 240-page collection of poetry, short stories, essays, novel excerpts, and stage play scenes from over 60 established and up-and-coming writers in the United States and United Kingdom. The writing ranges in style and subject matter — but all the work touches on “silver” in a variety of creative, original, and compelling ways.

From 11/7-11/11/13, get your free Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology at Amazon.com.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Barbara Alfaro / Jena Ardell / Melissa Berry / Jane Buel Bradley / John Brantingham / Rachel Carey / Chiwan Choi / Billy Cook / Barbara Dahl / Walter de la Mare / Colleen Delegan / Gillian Eaton / Barbara Eknoian / Merrill Farnsworth / Syed Afzal Haider / Andrew Hilbert / Donna Hilbert / Gaia Holmes / Zack Hunter / Diane Eagle Kataoka / Ruth Moon Kempher / Linda King / Thom Kudla / Moriah LaChapell / LeeAnne McIlroy Langton / Vickie Lester / Ellaraine Lockie / Gerald Locklin / Amy Lowell / Sandylee Maccoby / Tamara Madison / Clint Margrave / Daniel McGinn / Marcia Meara / Ann Menebroker / Jack Micheline / Ben Myers / Jax NTP
 / Hank Perritt / Meghan Pinson / Jackie Pledger-Skwerski / Kathy Dahms Rogers / Conrad Romo / Luke Salazar / Joan Jobe Smith / Clifton Snider / Dale Sprowl / Kendall Steinle / Adelle Stripe / Paul Kareem Tayyar / Kati Thomson / Jeri Thompson / Winston Tong / Margaret Towner / Mary Umans / Dirk Velvet / Melanie Villines / Fred Voss / Mark Weber / Tim Wells / Steve Williams / Pamela Miller Wood

If you don’t have a Kindle, no worries — download free reading apps at this link.