The editors of Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry has recently put out a call for submissions:
“In women’s literature, myth and magic easily co-exists with domestic concerns; indeed it often amplifies the drama of the ordinary. Many contemporary poets take that familiar domestic scene—a kitchen, a laundry room, a vegetable patch—and distort the details to reveal the actual nature of the situation through fabulism. Folk tales may have given birth to this exciting new genre, poems that move towards speculative writing, dark poetry, fairytales, myths, magic realism, origin stories, or divination.”
For today’s poem, write a poem about the domestic realm that incorporates elements of the real and surreal. No matter if you are male or female–we all have a domestic realm if we live in a house. Do goblins live in your garabage can? Gnomes congregate behind your compost bin? Maybe whenever you do the dishes you see into the future.
It’s an excellent prompt that allows you to pull from a lot of imaginative spaces. And if you are a female-identified poet, you can submit your poem to this call for submissions after you revise it:
“Please submit up to five poems in one document, no more than one poem/page. We are open to varying lengths, total pages: 10. Submit all poems in one .doc, .docx, or .rtf. No more than five poems per submission. Please format your works in 12 point Times New Roman or Garamond font.
Simultaneous submissions okay. Please make sure to withdraw any piece accepted elsewhere as soon as possible by email with your name and the title of the piece(s).
Unpublished poems are preferred, though previously published work from periodicals will be considered only if you own the rights. Please provide all publication information for any previously published pieces, and be prepared to acquire written permissions for previously published work.
Deadline: June 15, 2016.
Planned publication date: 2017.
Include a cover letter with brief 3rd person bio (no more than 50 words, no more than 5 previous publications listed), and contact information. Anything else you tell us is strictly up to you, but we’d love to know what you’re reading or what inspires you.”
Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry