Saturday, February 11, 2012

Call for Poetry and Prose: VONA and Thread Makes Blanket Press

This is a call for submissions of poetry and prose by alumni of the Voices of Our Nations Art Foundation (VONA), an annual writing workshop for writers of color in the Bay Area. Thread Makes Blanket Press, in conjunction with VONA, seeks to publish a perfect-bound anthology of writing from past workshop participants.

VONA nurtures both writers and community; VONA encourages perspectives too seldom found in dominant literary venues. In this spirit, the editorial committee, composed of a few, brave VONA aluma, aims to consider each submission carefully, respecting the diversity of stories and poetics. It is our hope that our selections may inspire and entertain others. As VONA does for so many.


For publication in July/August 2012


Poetry submissions: 10 pages

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: 5000 words

Submission website.

While the submissions will be anonymously selected by other VONA alum, the publication of this anthology is approved by VONA founders and will be created with the spirit of VONA. There may be input and final editing and selection from VONA teachers and founders.

Both unpublished and previously published pieces are welcome. If a piece was published elsewhere, you will need to obtain relevant permissions for it to be reprinted. For all selected pieces, copyright will revert to the authors.

Excerpts of books may be submitted, however they will be judged on how well they stand alone.

If your selection is chosen, you will receive one free copy of the book. All profits from the sale of these books go to VONA. Additionally, copies of the book will be made available for free, or low cost to schools and books to prisoners programs.

Any other questions? Please email us at:

info(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

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