Currently, Sowing Creek Press is accepting submissions for its anthology with a working title: Natural Wonders.
Submission Guidelines for Anthology
Natural Wonders: Time in Nature Can Change Your Life
Submission Deadline Extended: July 15, 2017
“Of the essays received, the best so far are accessible in terms of feelings. They relate to family and relationships, jobs or illness. They hit universal human themes people can identify with or enjoy,” says Sheri McGregor, the volume’s editor. “One of my favorites involves a grandparent’s joy and relates it to birdsong. Another visits a timeless tree, but talks about aging and the passage of time.”
Guidelines: Stanford psychological researchers recently reported that those who are anxious benefit from regular visits to natural settings. People who exercise in natural spaces seem to focus outward, thereby freeing themselves of the self-obsessed thinking that magnifies problems. Nature increases beneficial serotonin and reduces depression. There’s something about walking along a trail, a tiny dot on a landscape framed by formidable mountains, ancient trees, and blue sky that clears the mind.
Out on the trail, when the mobile phone is silenced and only the soft rushing of wind or the trill of birdsong fills the air, the mind grows calm. It’s at those times we can do our best thinking, reach decisions, or come to conclusions about the puzzles of our lives. We might think of other people too, and feel connected to something much bigger than ourselves. That sort of connection fosters resilience and calms anxiety. Studies show that children who live near fields and trees have better memory function and are more attentive. Nature can foster childlike spirit in adults. That exuberant attitude can flow into everyday life.
The focus of this anthology will be finding peace about an issue, learning about yourself and others, connecting with your family, etc—while in nature or watching nature, etc. If you’ve had an epiphany while in the wilds or relating to the natural world, share your eye-opener or conclusion reached while in nature by writing an essay for this anthology. Your experiences can help others gain insight too. The book will provide a tranquil escape. Readers can enter the serenity of nature even on a lunch break, and feel a kinship with fellow nature lovers who also do their best thinking in the great outdoors.
Here are a few tips for sharing your story:
- Action, emotion and description about your location and surroundings will draw in readers. Tell stories where readers can walk the path along with you. Let readers feel your pain and experience your dilemma. Humor has a place, too.
- Tell your story from your own perspective. “As told to” stories are not accepted.
- Revise your work to get the most from your words. Essay lengths will run between 1,200 and 2,000 words. If yours runs a little longer or shorter, we’re willing to take a look.
By submitting your essay, you declare that it is your original work, that you own the rights, and that it has not been published elsewhere. The only exception to this first publication note is if the essay or poem has been published in a local newsletter or other small publication with limited readership. You also agree to editing, at the publisher’s discretion.
Writers with accepted stories will be notified in or before the third quarter of 2017. Rejection letters are typically not sent. Please do not contact us about the submission unless you wish to withdraw it for submission to another publisher. Those whose essays are accepted will receive a one-time fee of $50 (U.S.), which represents first worldwide rights and covers one year exclusive use by publisher in all forms, whether digital or in print, and use of the work in future editions or online.
Essays will be collected and edited by Sheri McGregor, M.A., who has authored books including popular hiking guides for the San Diego County area. McGregor will also contribute to this touchy-feely, thought-provoking volume.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the subject line of your email. Type: Nature Anthology Submission
- Write a brief email that includes your name and address, as well as a short bio that may be edited/used in the anthology.
- As stated above, by submitting your work, you declare that it is your original work, that you own the rights, and that it has not been published elsewhere. The only exception to this first publication note is if the work has been published in a local newsletter or other local publication with limited readership. If this is the case, please note the specifics of where/when in your email.
- Cut and paste the text of your essay into the email. Do not include attachments. Attachments WILL NOT be opened.
Thank you for your interest in submitting to this nature anthology. We look forward to reading your work.