Western Press Books is now accepting poems, stories, and creative nonfiction for the next anthology in our series, Manifest West. This year we're calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme of the contemporary cowboy (or cowpoke, if one wishes to use the gender-neutral term). This includes but is not limited to the following cowboy/cowpoke variations, breeds, and assorted stereotypes:
the modern day working cowboy
the rodeo cowboy
the urban cowboy
the weekend warrior cowboy
the arena riding cowboy
the investing-in-ranchland cowboy
the wheeler-and-dealer-at-every-auction-sale cowboy
the country music star cowboy
the I-played-cowboys-and-Indians-as-a-kid cowboy
In addition to focusing on the cowpoke in all her/his glory, remember that our anthology series features literary writing with a distinct Western regional flavor, so that element should be present in your submission. Please send one submission per author at a time. We will accept up to five poems, as well as essays or stories up to 7,000 words. We will also consider previously published works, but prefer unpublished pieces. Authors selected for the anthology will receive one contributors' copy in payment for your work.
Submissions will be accepted from August 20th 2012, through February 20th, 2013, at our Submittable web site.
If you have any questions regarding the anthology, please contact Teresa Milbrodt, editor of Western Press Books, at:
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