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Call for Submissions:

COVID Spring (Vol. II)

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Poets will be notified of the editor's decision by July 6. 

We invite you to submit your work for consideration in volume II of COVID Spring. The poems published in last year's anthology were written at the very start of the pandemic. With an unprecedented year gone by, this is a great opportunity to reflect; case numbers are starting to come down, the vaccine rollout is picking up speed—how has your viewpoint changed? 

Poems should address the COVID-19 pandemic in some way: how Granite Staters are experiencing and responding to isolation, job loss, changes in community, family and relationship, school, technology, personal values, sickness, grief, loss or changes in security, freedom of movement, identity, and health. 

This follow-up to last year's COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems will be edited by New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary and will be published by Hobblebush Books in the summer of 2021.

We are excited to announce that we will be including a youth section in this year's COVID Spring anthology. Please indicate on the submission form if you are 18 years of age or younger. (If you are under 18 years of age, please seek permission from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before submitting.)

Submission Guidelines
  • We encourage you to draw inspiration from Alex's daily writing prompts and attend one or both of the virtual workshops, but please note that participation in these activities is not required for publication, nor is it a guarantee. Likewise, inclusion in last year's COVID Spring does not guarantee inclusion in this year's anthology.

  • Submissions are open to New Hampshire residents only.

  • You may submit up to three poems in one Word document. We are not able to accept multiple documents.

  • Submissions are blind—please ensure that no identifying information appears in your document.

  • UPDATE! Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2021.. Writers will be notified of the editor's decision by July 6.

  • Publication will be contingent upon writers responding in a timely way to editorial suggestions.

  • Around fifty poems will be included in the published book. Authors who are selected will receive one copy of the anthology upon publication and will be able to purchase additional copies at a discount.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


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We are excited to be including a youth poetry section in this year's anthology. Please check this box if you are 18 years of age or younger. (If you are under 18 years of age, please seek permission from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before submitting.)

As in last year's COVID Spring anthology, we will be including short vignettes beneath each poem. This year's prompt is below. Please note: your response does not need to be related to your poem.

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Submissions for the 2021 COVID anthology are now closed.