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The Emma Press Anthology of Dance is the next in our series of themed (but not Ovid-inspired) anthologies, following on from The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood and Fatherhood (May 2014), and Best Friends Forever (Dec 2014). It will be edited by Rachel Piercey and myself, and rules for submissions are similar to previous calls, except now you have to be a member of the Emma Press Club. I'm tremendously excited to be publishing a book about dance, and I can't wait to see how people respond to the brief.
Six anthologies in, I'm developing a sense of the challenges as well as advantages of our genuinely open submissions policy. We have to create the best book we can from the poems we receive, and while we can indicate the character of the book we want to produce, we can't control how people respond. I quite wanted to have a lot of poems about historical and fictional parents in our Motherhood and Fatherhood anthologies, but the response was overwhelmingly personal and first-person. I thought we'd get enough poems about emigration to fill our Homesickness and Exile book, but instead we had more about a general sense of alienation and detachment. So, for the Dance anthology, I've resisted the urge to write an exacting brief, as well as the urge to construct an image of what the finished book will feel like. I want it it be joyous and to somehow evoke the exhilaration of dancing, but as for the specifics I am more than happy to be pleasantly surprised.
The Emma Press Press Anthology of Dance is open for submissions until 1st June 2014. Read the full specification here.