Call for Submissions

26 Jul

After several months of pondering, ruminating and thinking I am finally ready to send out the first call for submissions for Marvelou.

As you may all remember Marvelou is a collaboration between myself and my cousin Gillian Jack.  Gillian brings her book binding and general paper pedantry skills and I bring words and a strange enjoyment of typesetting.  Marvelou will be producing small, limited edition art books with a focus on poetry, and of course, quality.  As such we can not pay you, we can’t give you a subscription and I’m very sorry but a free copy is pretty much out of the question when our run only extends to fifteen at the most.  Our emphasis is on producing art books rather than being poetry publishers so if you are looking for publishing glory – please, go elsewhere.

Now that is out the way, if you are still reading I can explain the call for submissions.  The little edition I will be working on later in the year will be a collection of found poetry.  Regular readers will know that I am interested in experimental forms and found poetry is one of my personal favorites.

I am looking for found poetry that is both treated and untreated.  You could take words or phrases from several sources and re frame them to create something with a profound new insight, or you could leave the syntax in tact letting the original sing out.  I doesn’t matter where it comes from, a road sign, a cookery book, a dress label, something you found at the back of a second-hand store:  what matters is how it sounds when it’s read out loud, how it sizzles on the page.

How to submit

The closing date is 31 August 2010, any submissions received after this date will be deleted.  Please email with the title Submission:  Found Poetry – your name.  Please include a short biography of no more than ten words plus one web site, if you have one.  It is very important that you ALWAYS CITE YOUR SOURCES.  It is expected that the poet will make sure all sources are cited, and any failure to do so will result in a deletion of your submission.

I leave you with a quote from Michael Angelo to assist you in your quest – good hunting.

A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.

4 Responses to “Call for Submissions”

  1. Claire A July 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Mairi, I am beyond excited about this! Expect some poems from me very soon! x

  2. Gay Cannon July 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Found behind the grocery store on a utility box

    Who understands the reason
    Certainly not me

  3. alumpinthethroat August 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Claire – thanks, I’ll look forward to them.

    Gay – thanks for posting that, but could you please submit through the email address given as it saves confusion. Thanks again.



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