Saturday, August 24, 2013

Call for Poetry Submissions

Sappho's Corner is now accepting poetry submissions for Delectable Daisies: Sappho's Corner Poetry Series, Volume 4. The theme continues to be lesbian love in the tradition of Sappho, that ancient Greek poetess, from whence came the terms "lesbian" and "sapphic" as applied to women-loving-women. This means that the poems are about seducing readers rather than graphic, in-your-face sex. Sex is okay within the context of a love poem, of course, but think R rated, rather than X.  X-rated poems are not desired because that would require me to slap an adult content label on the books, thus disqualifying the book for ranking on Amazon. It also changes the category for GCLS Goldie Awards. Sexy is welcome, but erotica is not in this particular series. Only poems that stay on topic will be considered.




Poetry Submissions Guidelines: 

I need all poetry submissions to be sent as follows:

You may send up to 12 poems for consideration, although no more than 10 will be published in any single anthology. ALL poems need to be emailed to: sapphoscornervol4@yahoo.com by November 15, 2013. I should get a single email from each poet sending submissions. ALL poems should be included in that one email either in the body of the email itself OR as a single attachment in Word that includes ALL poems. Opening individual attachments for each poem is time consuming for me because I have to copy and paste them into the text after reformatting them so they don't tamper with the manuscript template. If you don't know if this is how you sent your email, please refer to your Sent box in your email program. Your poems will be put in the rejected poems file until they are sent in the correct form. If they are then resent in the correct format, then they will go back in the queue to be reviewed for content suitability. You should receive an auto reply message back immediately indicating that your email has been received. If you do, please do not email me to ask if your email was received. The point of the auto reply to tell you, "yes, your email went to the right planet and did not get lost in cyberspace in some unnamed nebula." Depending on the submissions deadline for the particularly anthology, you may not hear back from me for months. Or I might be in between tasks and have time to peruse some poems to see if your poems are indeed on topic and of the ilk we are seeking.

What I need from you for your poetry to be considered:

No more than 12 poems that are on topic--see below for topic/theme info
The name you want to be published under--your real name is optional.
A poet's bio (look in your favo(u)rite author's books to see examples of this)
Include in your bio any website URLs or blogs you use publicly if you want to promote your related work. Also include any publications, including this series, in which you have already been published. Do not include the current volume I am considering.

Further Clarifications:

It needs to be very clear where one poems stops and the next begins. Please separate poems in the body of an email by inserting *************  or something equally obvious so I'll have a clue. If you are using a PC and Word, you may simply BOLD the title. Mac Word may not translate correctly. Sometimes in the copy and paste and/or email process, spacing and formatting is lost, so while it may be perfectly clear when you send it, what I receive may not look anything like the original file. The translation from Mac to PC does interesting things too. If you send the poems in a single Word file, please insert a page break in between breaks. If a poem runs over onto another page, please wait to insert a page break until the end of the poem.

The way it's easiest for me to get these poems is if they arrive all together in the body of the text of the email. However, if you already have a Word file or find it easier to create one for the submissions poems, that is fine as long as I get a single attachment with all poems with page breaks suitably inserted.

 Also, no poems in caps please. I never thought I'd have to say that, but seriously, typing in all caps is like shouting at the recipient. Please use your inside voices when submitting poetry. Please note that this is not the time to get coaching about writing poetry. Right now I have my editor/publisher's hat on, and I will not be doing any coaching. Please join the following private groups on Facebook if you want coaching and/or encouragement from your peers: Sunday Salon at Sappho's Corner, Lavender and Gray (run be Sappho's Corner poet, Jaynes Pehney), or the Poetry Journey (run by Sappho's Corner poet, Helen-Robin Watts). I get paid when I coach people on their writing, so you may want to start there if you need help or encouragement, and you don't have the money to invest in a professional writing coach.

Examples:


Waves of Passion

I watch as the waves of passion
     wash over your body,
transforming the expressions
     on your countenance.
I study your replies to the many
     ways I find to touch you,
ways that lead you to new levels
     of pleasure and excitement.
I smile as your body responds
     in such a total way
to the love that flows from my heart,
     through my hands, into you.


© Beth Mitchum
                 **********


candlelight flickers

shadows frame your face
form intricate patterns
fingers long to trace

your eyes like embers smolder
passion leaps like flames
soft and rounded shoulders
play erotic games

breasts so soft and tender
nipples like my touch
fingers long and slender
love your hands so much

your arms, strong and firm
hold me close at night
curved hips sway and squirm
love's fire, hearts ignite

gentle squeezes, warming kisses
pleasure in your thighs
knowing touches, never-misses
secret signals, blissful sighs

© Beth Mitchum
               ***********

Soft flesh the color of Lesbos sand
breasts shaped like dunes along the shore
eyes as blue as the ocean's depths
lips as startling as the lovely coral

Sappho's successor, you are my poetess
hiding your treasures in a tangle of words
enticing others to search their subtleties
for the nuggets offered to those who seek


© Beth Mitchum


Waves of Passion

I watch as the waves of passion
     wash over your body,
transforming the expressions
     on your countenance.
I study your replies to the many
     ways I find to touch you,
ways that lead you to new levels
     of pleasure and excitement.
I smile as your body responds
     in such a total way
to the love that flows from my heart,
     through my hands, into you.

                 **********


candlelight flickers

shadows frame your face
form intricate patterns
fingers long to trace

your eyes like embers smolder
passion leaps like flames
soft and rounded shoulders
play erotic games

breasts so soft and tender
nipples like my touch
fingers long and slender
love your hands so much

your arms, strong and firm
hold me close at night
curved hips sway and squirm
love's fire, hearts ignite

gentle squeezes, warming kisses
pleasure in your thighs
knowing touches, never-misses
secret signals, blissful sighs

               ***********

Soft flesh the color of Lesbos sand
breasts shaped like dunes along the shore
eyes as blue as the ocean's depths
lips as startling as the lovely coral

Sappho's successor, you are my poetess
hiding your treasures in a tangle of words
enticing others to search their subtleties
for the nuggets offered to those who seek

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