You Ain't Gonna Believe This But...: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: Tentative 1 March--31 March 2024

  • Submissions accepted only via on line form (added to this page later). 
  • Submissions accepted from a former contributor or someone recommended by a former contributor.
  • Only one submission per poet/writer.
  • Poem may not exceed 38 lines (includes title author's name and a blank line prior to the poem) flash fiction should not exceed 325 words (bottom line is that the flash fiction must fit on a 5.5"x8.5" page with .5 top and bottom and .75 right and left margins)
  • NOTE: Contributors may purchase the book at a reduced rate upon publication. 
Old Mountain Press  will publish a collection of poetry by a number of poets.  Our goal is to gather enough quality poems and flash fiction for an estimated 50 to 90 page book with the theme to go with the cover (to your right):  The theme is any adventure YOU have had or something YOU did that was great fun. Or something exciting or dangerous that might have happened. Somewhere you have visited or a special event in your life. It could be a trip to a foreign country or somewhere here in the US. Would like to have as many poets involved as possible.  Requirements are below. Authors receive publishing credit and retain all rights to their work but agree to the inclusion of their poem in this collection of poetry.
  • Author must have rights to the poem (previously published OK). 
  • Poem may not exceed 38 lines flash fiction may not exceed 325 words (this includes title, spaces, and author's name). 
  • Poetry lines that  exceed 55 letters and spaces will wrap and count as two lines.
  • Initially, only one poem/flash fiction per writer, so give it your best shot:-)
  • Sample title and first line below

Title of Poem/Flash Fiction
Author's Name

Begin poem/flash fiction

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I received the anthology this week, and it looks great. As usual, a wonderful job...
Robin G

About the book

The theme is any adventure YOU have had or something YOU did that was great fun. Somewhere you have visited or a special event in your life. It could be a trip to a foreign country or somewhere here in the US or fall/ winter. 

Sample of the work TBP:



High Altitude Parachute Training in Denmark

Tom Davis

SHORTLY AFTER I graduated from the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) parachute course in Germany and took over a Special Forces HALO team a tasking came down through U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR), for the Special Forces Group to provide Military Free Fall training for the Danish Jaegerkorps. I would be returning to Augsburg, Denmark. Hey, it was a dirty job but. Somebody had to do it.

     When we got to Augsburg and met our Danish students, standing in the group was my old swim buddy, Preven Jorgensen. Preven and I had swum back and forth from one island to the other during a Flintlock exercise a couple of years before. Small world it was.

     We jumped from several different aircraft while conducting HALO training for the Danes. I particularly liked jumping from the old McDonnell Douglas C-47. However, most of our jumps were from an MC-130, a C-130 especially modified for Special Operations. Our highest jump was 25,500 feet (almost 5 miles), falling two minutes at 120 MPH with our rucksacks strapped below our parachutes before we pulled our ripcords at 2000 feet. I can remember seeing my shadow racing up at me as I plunged through cloud cover below. Weird.

     At the end of the course, the Danes awarded us their parachute badge, and we reciprocated by awarding them ours. We had recently conducted parachute operations with the Germans, and I had been awarded their parachute badge as well. I now had jump wings from four different foreign countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany,  and Denmark). And before I retired I’d added jump wings from Korea and Zaire.

     Again, due mostly to Donahue, my team sergeant, the training went exceptionally well. I received a letter of appreciation sent from COL Jensen, commanding officer of the Jaegercorps through the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Denmark, through Seventh Army Europe, and down to our command.

     It was the most fun I ever had with my clothes on!!

Tom Davis’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and Winston-Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program for 2013 and 2021. He has authored several books. Tom has completed his memoir, The Most Fun I ever Had With My Clothes On A March from Private to Colonel. He lives in Webster, NC.

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