To the casual driver passing through,
the hills might still look green.
But I see yellow in the poplar,
brown in the sumac,
tinges of rust around the oak.
The chestnut and ash are absent.
There used to be music,
but the summer songbirds
have all gone.
The cacophony now of
cricket chirps and katydid trills,
the fluttering wings of
dragon and horse fly.
Calendars claim it is summer still,
Indian Summer they say,
those warm days and cool nights.
Nothing blooms now but goldenrod,
ragweed, and untrained morning glories
the hummingbird no longer visits.
A crow calls out what’s coming in
the distance, and several friends reply.
The breezes are far too slight
to make the wind chime sing,
but plenty powerful enough to
loosen withered leaves who,
dance their way to death.
Stumptown Publishing, LLC currently seeks poems, stories and essays for Mountain Ink, a new print literary journal featuring West Virginia Writers. Submissions will be evaluated for literary quality, cultural and universal significance and emotional power.
The current submission period runs through March 1, 2016. A $50 first place reward will be given for each genre—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. All authors published will receive payment in copies.
This call is open to current West Virginia residents with a submission fee of $5 per piece. Submissions should be mailed with a brief cover letter that includes a short biography and author’s current West Virginia address. Author’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the submission itself. Identify genre in top right corner.
Poems should be no longer than 30 lines; fiction & essays should be double spaced, no more than 2,000 words.
The Creative Nonfiction editor is Dr. Marjorie Stewart, Assistant Professor of English at Glenville State College. Dr. Stewart got her Doctorate of Composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A. in English/Fiction Writing at University of Pittsburgh; B.A. in English from Duquesne University. She received the The Ninacs Innovative Researcher in Composition Award and is a reader for Creative Nonfiction Magazine.
The Fiction editor is West Virginia author and musician Mack Samples. Mack currently has eight books on the market including Dust on the Fiddle, 23 Shots, Hippies & Holiness and Sasebo. His first novel, Doodle Bug Doodle Bug Your House is on Fire, was just republished by Quarrier Press. Mack is active in traditional music with the Samples Brothers Band.
Poetry editor is writer and musician Virginia Rachel. Virginia received her MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia Wesleyan and is currently an adjunct writing and English professor in several southern WV colleges. Virginia is a recipient of the Blanche Davis Sampson Prize for Poetry and the International Library of Poetry Editor’s Choice Award and is a member of WV Writers and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She is the author of And The Trees Hug Each Other, a poetry anthology.
Mail submissions and make fee payments to:
Stumptown Publishing * 2287 Rosedale Rd * Stumptown WV 25267
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.