I stumbled on your blog while doing a search on New Zealand poet Elizabeth Smither (!) and have a—perhaps—unusual question for you.
I'm a U.S. writer and editor (Northampton, Massachusetts) compiling a proposal for an anthology of international writing, titled, Animals Speak Every Language: Writers Around the World Celebrate Their Pets and Other Animal Companions—personal anecdotes, essays, and poems by writers who are also animal lovers, illuminating and cherishing the human-animal bond.
Are there well-known writers you can steer me to in your part of the world who might be interested in submitting work, or websites you can suggest for posting a call for submissions? I'm seeking work that's both deeply personal and finely crafted.
There are, of course, many themes/relationships that can be explored for this collection, including the animal as: family member; companion; once-in-a-lifetime personality; physical helper for the disabled; colleague (working animal); dependent (ill, disabled, or wild but captive due to injury or loss of habitat); feral/elusive being; source of inspiration; fellow traveller; elder; beloved.
The deadline for initial submissions (those that will accompany the proposal) is February 14, 2009, but I will be reading all submissions until the collection is actually complete. While inclusion in the final collection can't be guaranteed, I hope, as the title implies, to include a very large range of voices and subjects. Length-wise, essays should be held to 3,000 words. Payment is subject to acceptance by a publisher.
Thanks very much for your time – I look forward to hearing from you.
50 Fairview Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Monday, December 22, 2008
Write About Your Pets
Eric passed on this email to me and we thought some of you might be interested :