While in my college years, I was surprised to find a Caribbean Literature class available on the curriculum. I jumped at the chance to take it, because I was ashamed to say I did not know of any writers from the islands. When I opened the textbook, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, I was surprised to see so many authors from Trinidad included. The work of V.S. Naipaul and Earl Lovelace captured my attention. Their stories stirred memories I left behind. I never spoke much about my culture unless someone asked, but these authors made me realize how much more I had to give in my writing.
Victory started his scissors clicking again, but did not touch it to Pascal’s head, ‘No. Serious. I mean it. I could just plug in that machine, that clipper and put it on your head, and you will give me the same three dollars and bzzzz! Your head will be clean.’ He touched the scissors to Pascal’s hair, ‘Everything in the world losing taste, everything quick, quick, quick.
…And you know how I get this clipper? A pardner send it from the States for me.
-Earl Lovelace, “Victory and the Blight”
Many other college courses I took used anthology collections. Teachers are able to explore the diversity of writers in each one. It is a way to discover many authors you may have never heard of. It is how I came to appreciate the work of Edwidge Danticat, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Anne Bradstreet, and Gwendolyn Brooks…to name a few. I kept each anthology for my personal library and will often refer to them for inspiration.
If you are a new writer, anthologies are a great way to get your foot in the door. You just have to do some research to find the publication that is right for you. Some literary magazines and independent publishers will often have legitimate contests or submission periods, to give aspiring writers a chance to display their work. Read all the rules of submissions carefully, follow them, and check your work thoroughly before turning it in. Remember, they may be reading hundreds or thousands of submissions and are usually looking for work they don’t have to edit.
If an anthology is looking for work in a specific theme, it can be your chance to get a little more creative. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books appeal to very wide audience. Their success stems from giving each book a particular subject, and allowing authors to submit inspiring and entertain stories and poems. They are always looking for submissions and publish several books a year.
There are a lot of scammers on the web and you don’t want to give away all the rights to your work, so read all specific guidelines clearly before submitting anything. Submitting to independent publishers like Creative Talents Unleashed guarantees your work will remain yours, and we give each writer a fair share of publicity. All the proceeds for the anthology go into a “starving artist” fund, in order to give new authors a chance at publishing their very own book at little to no cost.
Explore our site and our talented authors. The anthology contest has three weeks left. It might just be the opportunity to get your name into the writing world.
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Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia – a poetry collection about the struggles we face, the state of the world and how to see beauty in the simplest things, and Cardboard Signs – poems to bring awareness about homelessness, mental illness, self-esteem and the injustices many face.
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