3 Nations Anthology Submission Deadline Today!

Wednesday, March 15

3 Nations Anthology, a collection of writings by Native American, Atlantic Canadian, and New England writers. The anthology will be a conversation among writers of both prose and poetry.

The goal for the 3 Nations Anthology is to produce a lasting work of literary merit highlighting the many talented writers and spoken word artists in this region and beyond. The project was conceived in a much more hopeful time. The increasingly nationalistic tone of the new administration makes this call for dialogue among neighboring nations all the more critical. We must keep communication open.

I am seeking works of short prose and poetry for this anthology which conveys what living here is like where 3 Nations exist close together; what we share and what keeps us apart. Send works that describe a life or an instant. Subject matter can be very broad, from borders and bridges, the water that flows around-under-through, the solid ground we stand on, the tides that alternately obscure and reveal, kinships, animosities, heritage, geography, dawn, dawn land, northern lights, moose meat stew, poutine, ployes, lobster, pollock, lumber, boat-building, pregnant cows, art, music, literature—anything that makes up life in this region where three nations share space, history, and the future.

Please don’t feel that this is a required list of topics or ideas. As the editor of the literary journal Off the Coast over the course of eight years I came to expect surprises and new ways of interpreting ideas and also to accommodate different viewpoints.

Short Prose: Fiction or non-fiction, 5,000 words or less, flash and micro works encouraged. A single work greater than 1,000wds, 1-2 pieces less than 1,000 wds. Previously published work is OK if you hold the copyright.

Poetry: 1-3 poems, any style or format, less than 50 lines preferred. Previously published work is OK if you hold the copyright.

Ephemera: Hand written notes, recipes, and other items are welcome. Send scanned high resolution images in jpg, tif, psd, or pdf format.

Include a brief bio and a statement about your work. Query if you are unsure whether your work falls within the guidelines.

Deadline (online and postmark): March 15, 2017

Please submit online: https://offthecoast.submittable.com/submit/74805/3-nations-anthology

Email: 3nationsanthology@gmail.com

Or mail to:

Valerie Lawson
PO Box 14
Robbinston, ME 04671

Resolute Bear Press

resolute bear-stumpResolute Bear began as a chunk of log on the side of the road in Pennsylvania. Most books come from a similar source.

Michael and I stopped at the road side stand of a chain saw carver on the way home from a trip to Pennsylvania Dutch country, where Michael had lived as a child. There was a whole row of bears and a few other different carvings waiting to be sold. The bears had been burned lightly with a blowtorch to make them black where the fur should be. The carver was spraying his creations with linseed oil to help them last longer. The smell of wood chips, singed wood, and the oil was heavy in the summer air.

Most of the carvings were happy little bears resolute bear-oiledwith wide-eyed grins. One lone bear with his mouth set in a non-committal way waitied to be convinced to lean into a frown or brighten up to a grin. His eyes were smaller than the others, too, making him slightly myopic looking.

Naturally, Michael and I would be drawn to the odd bear. We chatted with the man, made a deal, and the bear came home with us. We call the bear “Resolute.” For the record, almost everything in our yard had a name. There was Melba the Peach Tree, Red Auerbach the Maple, Nathaniel the Hawthorne, and the trio of potted Christmas Trees we rescued from Home Depot: Luke, Bruce, and Blue. In the front yard was Stanley, the Blue Spruce, for Stanley Kunitz, the famed gardener poet who also lived on the Cape.

resolute bear wrapped for homeThe bear settled in, if a bit oddly, on the front steps of our home on Buzzards Bay, MA, a place where you are more likely to see mermaids or sea horses, even pink flamingoes on front steps and in gardens. The bear looked more like he belonged at a summer camp.

Resolute must have known he was going to fetch up on the front porch of our present home in the tiny town of Robbinston Maine, the last Downeast town on Passamaquoddy Bay. He definitely looks more at home here. Resolute has kin here. We share our property with a lot of critters, among them an elusive Mama Black Bear.

Within a year of moving to Maine, we were presented with the opportunity of taking over the helm of the literary magazine, Off the Coast. We decided to create a press to go with the magazine and Resolute Bear Press was born. Off the Coast is now in the capable hands of Ally Talbot, who interned with us and then served on our Editorial team for six years.

The original Resolute Bear Press logo

The 3 Nations Anthology will be the first book produced by Resolute Bear Press. In honor of this change, I decided to give Resolute a new look. The original logo was a more literal representation of the chain saw carving. The new logo is more whimsical. Resolute is in the same pose, but sitting a little taller, holding a book, and finally, has begun to wear glasses. I hope you enjoy Resolute’s new look.

Stay tuned for more news about the 3 Nations Anthology. The deadline is this Wednesday, March 15.