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Hue Are You
Submissions are now closed for the first round: Red, Yellow, and Blue
We will reopen for more colors, so check back later in 2023!
Hue Are You is a forthcoming anthology series celebrating color in our world. Each book will feature a particular color in all its varied shades, tints, tones, and names. So by YELLOW, for example, we also include canary, gold, daffodil, flaxen, lemon, mustard, dandelion, etc.
One of the many things that excites us about this project is the fact that color doesn’t really exist! What we see and label as colors are created by our brains (with light, an object, and our eyes). We could elaborate on the amazing science behind color, but suffice it to say that our perception is processed by subjective minds, unique eyes, and changing light . . . and what better ingredients for human expression?
Interpretation of how color comes into play in your work is an open field, but the chosen color must play a central role somehow in your piece, whether physically, emotionally, culturally, politically, symbolically, or even metaphysically. We suspect, given the nature of the creative mind, that there will be interweavings of some of these — maybe all!
In poetry, think of red in the iconic The Red Wheelbarrow (William Carlos Williams); or green in Oread (H.D.) as a catalytic, mythic force in nature; or the color of food tied to the ache of adolescent memory in Oranges (Gary Soto); or how Flower (Jericho Brown) bends yellow into unexpected realms.
We seek poems, very short prose (500 word maximum), mixed genre, and art for each collection. We’ll start with the three primaries in paint — red, yellow, and blue — then expand from there as the series unfolds. Previously published work will be considered, but please include acknowledgment (publisher, date) in your submission file.
We embrace all creative forms and seek well-crafted submissions. The books will be in a 8" x 8" format; shorter lines in poems are favored to avoid multiple wrap-arounds. Excerpts from prose pieces are welcome if they still work well despite their separation from the original context. Art submissions will be considered for cover art and for limited interior pages in full color.
We are very enthusiastic about this new series and look forward to seeing your work. Contributors will receive one copy of the book and substantial discounts on book orders.
So go ahead, ask yourself: "Hue Am I?"
Ferlinghetti Tribute Anthology
Light on the Walls of Life - a tribute anthology to Lawrence Ferlinghetti
is now available from our distributor, Small Press Distribution
Jambu Press seeks submissions of poetry, short essays (500 word max), art, and photography for a tribute anthology to poet, publisher, artist, and insurgent extraordinaire Lawrence Ferlinghetti. With blessings from Ferlinghetti himself (whose work has appeared in two previous Jambu Press anthologies), we invite submissions inspired by the legacy of this iconic man. Submissions may be done in any style but must directly embody the impact of Ferlinghetti in some way. Some suggested approaches and themes are:
A cento (or collage poem) composed entirely of lines by Ferlinghetti.
Use of an epigraph from Ferlinghetti to frame the theme of your work.
Integration of Ferlinghetti line(s) into your piece.
Artful imitation of a Ferlinghetti poem.
An ekphrastic inspired by a Ferlinghetti painting.
Writing based on an interaction with Ferlinghetti.
An experience you had in City Lights Bookstore or another Ferlinghetti haunt.
Or any other mode of tribute—surprise us!
Please include notes (title of work) citing all borrowed text and / or clearly describe with your submission how the work pays direct tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Previously published work will be considered with proper acknowledgment.
All languages are welcome if submitted with English translation. Selected contributors will receive one copy of the anthology (domestic U.S. shipping only) and a significant author discount on additional copies.
Proceeds from the book will benefit a cause of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s choice. Jambu Press titles are broadly distributed by Small Press Distribution.