Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nirala Book of Chicagoland Poets

Nirala Book of Chicagoland Poets
Call for Submissions
Nirala Publications, (New Delhi, www.niralapublications.com) has announced the forthcoming publication of Chicagoland Poets.
The 300-page anthology, edited by Illinois poets Robin Metz and Nina Corwin, will be launched in Chicago, New York, London, New Delhi, and Kathmandu for worldwide distribution. The Series Editor is Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma.

Named after the great Indian poet, Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’, Nirala Publications is a significant South Asian publishing house featuring best known as well as little known authors from India, Nepal, and rest of the world. Over past two decades, it has featured scores of internationally known writers like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Jayanta Mahapatra, David Ray, Cathal O’ Searcaigh, Rishikesh Shaha, Larry G Peters, Yuyutsu RD Sharma, Murari P Regmi, Ronny Someck, Gopal Prasad Rimal, Ramanand Rathi, Laxmi Devkota, and Evald Flisar.

Over the years its focus has been Nepal, Buddhism, shamanism, and the Himalayan studies. Today it remains the largest publishing house in the world to publish maximum books on Nepal. It also aspires to bring to the Asian readers the best known literature from all over world, especially poetry.

Nirala also collaborates with several foreign publishers and institutes and in future hopes to present to its readers the healthy literature and original research from all over the world. In addition, it supports Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing edited by Yuyutsu RD Sharma and has been instrumental in making publication of the magazine’s several special issues.

Among many of its Special issues, most recent remains the Special British issue featuring the very best of contemporary poetry from the UK including Moniza Alvi, Ruth Padel, Robin Robertson, Sean O’Brien, David Constantine, Mimi Khalvati, Fiona Sampson, Alice Oswald, Daljit Nagra, Patience Agbabi, Selima Hill, Matthew Sweeney, Robert Minhinnick, Gwyneth Lewis, Les Murray, Tim Liardet, George Szirtes, Pascale Petit, John Kinsella, Polly Clark, Nick Laird, Colette Bryce, John Haynes, Carol Rumens, Penelope Shuttle, and W.N. Herbert. Pascale Petit, leading British poet and Former Editor of Poetry London remained its Guest Editor.

For the forthcoming Chicago Anthology, poets born or currently living in Chicago (or environs) may submit up to five poems of any length on any subject (including, especially, poems about Chicago and environs, or southeast Asia).

Poets not born or currently living in Chicago may also submit up to five poems on any subject related to Chicago (or environs).

While unpublished poems are preferred, previously published poems are welcomed. A statement indicating that the poet retains reprint rights should accompany each submission of previously published poems.

A brief biographical statement of 100 words (indicating the poet’s ties to Chicago, if applicable) should accompany the submission.

Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2009 and should be emailed to: treehouse523@sbcglobal.net in a single .doc or .rtf file with Chicagoland Poetry in the subject line OR addressed to: Chicagoland Poetry c/o Nina Corwin 523 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60605. Please include SASE for reply only. MSS will not be returned.

Poets included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy.

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