Fun in the Surf: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: Tentative Date June/July/August 2018

  • 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)
  • 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):  Anything about rivers, oceans, lakes, water activities, costal people,  the coast, etc. or summer in general. 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, but not in an OMP anthology). 
  • 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 45 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

Submit Your Work


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

About the book

Any work that has anything about the oceans, rivers, ponds, any thing aquatic, places, people, activities or summer as its theme.

Sample of the work:

The Great Blue Heron

     Tom Davis


glides with wings six feet tip to tip

along the winding river

flairs and lights on the bank

among the mountain rhododendrons.

There he stands on stick legs

yellow tipped beak

sleek blue-gray body


still as death


neck coiled snake-like


The cold water ripples

he strikes

bringing up supper

he stretches his neck

shakes his head

then swallows.

The rainbow trout

bulges in his neck.

He looks left

then right

still as death

he stands


as life on the river

flows by.

TOM DAVIS’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observers Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special Warfare a professional journal published by the US Army Special Forces School. He’s authored a collection of short stories, The Life and Times of Rip Jackson; a children’s coloring book, Pickaberry Pig; a how to book on writing a ranger patrol order, The Patrol Order; an action adventure novel, The R-complex, and his memoir The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March from Private to Colonel. See eBooks by Tom at the OMP eBook Site. Tom lives in Webster, NC.


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