Celebrate the Holidays: A Poetry & Prose Anthology

status: Accepting Submissions 1 Oct 2017
Estimated: 50 to 90 pages perfect bound 
  • Submissions accepted only via on line form (added to this page later). 
  • Only one submission per poet/writer.
  • Poem may not exceed 36 lines (includes title author's name and blank lines). Poetry lines that  exceed 55 letters and spaces will wrap and count as two lines.. Flash fiction should not exceed 325 words. (bottom line is that the short short must fit on a 5.5"x8.5" page)
  • NOTE: Contributors may purchase the book at a reduced rate upon publication.
Old Mountain Press  will publish a collection of poetry and short shorts by a number of writers.  Our goal is to gather enough quality poems and short shorts for an estimated 50 to 90 page book with the theme Anything relating to:  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Valentine's Day or Winter. Would like to have as many writers 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, but not in an OMP anthology).  
  • Only one poem/short short per writer, so give it your best shot:-)
  • Sample title and first line below

Title of Poem/Short Short
Author's Name
blank line
Begin poem/short short



About the book
About the authors

Publication is dependent on receiving sufficient quality poems for inclusion in the anthology.

This work is dedicated to Katherine “Katie” Russell Barnes who left us on June 2, 2017 at the age of 91. She was a wonderful poet and person. We are all less fortunate with her passing. Katie kindly contributed to sixteen OMP anthologies.

Cover photo: Sylva, NC old courthouse now our library is decked out in holiday trappings.

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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country, expressing their thoughts through their work for the  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, or Valentine's Day holiday season or winter in general.


Conversation with a Christmas Bulb
       Shelby Stephenson

A way inside O Christmas Tree’s branches,
The season’s Loveliness seizes reason.
Piety hangs the limbs with lots of toys
For little girls and boys; chimney’s not too
Tall for Santa Clause. Among snowflakes and
Snow-angels One White Star twinkles over
The Stable blanketed with flakes and a
Baaing Lamb. The world’s lit up within a
Tear-drop. Messages ribbon Joy bursting
With stocking-presents and a Dancing Cross.
The wind whistles Home around The Plankhouse.

SHELBY STEPHENSON is the current Poet Laureate of North Carolina. He lives about ten miles northwest of Benson, NC, where he was born.



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