Open Call for Poets and Writers in Education: Publish Your Poems, Short Stories, and Nonfiction

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The Teacher's Voice, a new literary magazine, is calling for submissions from poets and writers in the field of education. Deadline for first issue: March 21, 2005.

“Is reform needed? is it through you? The greater the reform needed, the greater the Personality you need to accomplish it.” “To a Pupil” - Walt Whitman.

The Teacher’s Voice is a small press literary magazine with a deep sense of purpose and a very specific focus. At a time in U.S. history when education, in spite of all the political rhetoric about “No Child Left Behind,” is in distress, it is self-evident that we should hear at every turn and in every way possible from the chalk-wielding front lines.

This literary journal was created to provide an inviting well-respected space where poets and creative writers in education can express their unique, meaningful, and necessary perspectives. Most often when a teacher's viewpoint takes the shape of a good poem, short story, or piece of creative nonfiction, no one sees it but the author and perhaps a handful of family and friends. There are also too many moving stories that over years or dramatic moments become sharp and textured in mind, but simply never get written.

These are frenetic troubled times where in the smallest of schools (forget the concrete city mammoths) colleagues rarely discover just how much emotion and insight sits beside them in the teacher's cafeteria. It is extremely sad that the majority of teachers come and go and never get heard at their most human and creative frequencies. These are times when students and colleagues are relying on the strength, truth, and creative vision of poets and writers that have answered the calling of American education. The time to write it down and publish it is now.

We seek to establish a running dialogue within the pages of The Teacher’s Voice that reckons with a broad range of aesthetics and also demands serious consideration from any thinking person that cares about education, the human condition, and the power of language.

Spring Issue Deadline: March 21, 2005

How to submit work: Send 5 to 10 pages at a time. We accept previously published and simultaneous submissions by email (only in the text box) and by mail. Authors should immediately contact us if a submission is accepted elsewhere. We acquire first rights and they revert to authors upon publication. Submissions are not accepted from anyone connected with the production of the magazine. Cover letter preferred, but not necessary. We may post accepted work on The Teacher’s Voice web site with the author's approval. Responses are mailed in one to six weeks. Include a SASE (appropriate postage) with your submission for the response and return of work. Otherwise, submissions will be recycled. We can't always give personalized feedback, so please do not be disappointed. Authors are paid in 3 to 5 copies depending on print run.

Advice: Don’t be afraid to try. Read the poetry and creative writing that is out there and express or find your own voice. We would like to collect the best available writing from emerging to established poets and writers.



The Teacher's Voice

P.O. Box 150384

Kew Gardens, NY 11415

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