In the words of Salman Rushdie, “A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep.” As we follow the news in Ferguson, Missouri, The Southeast Review values and supports those who are raising their voices to participate in the ongoing conversation about race in America. Speak about change, justice, perspective, power, violence and peace–and send us the poetry you have written that touches on these issues, raised recently in Ferguson but also throughout America’s history.
Email submissions of up to three poems (50 lines maximum per poem) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, December 10th at 11:59 p.m. EST if you would like your work considered for a special online feature to be published mid-December. Poems submitted will also be considered for our next print issue, Volume 33.2. Include a brief bio in the text of your email, contact information, and poems in a .doc or .docx attachment.
We want to hear from all people, especially those who have been silenced, to speak up for change and what is right. As always, we will consider simultaneous but not previously published submissions, and poets whose work is included will need to sign our standard publication contract.
Make your words count, always.