Good Old Days: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: Estimated: 50 to 90 pages perfect bound. Tentative 1 July--31 July 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 37 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):  Anything  about memories/events from the past good, bad, funny, sad, etc or Summer time. 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

Submit Your Work

Cover photo by Carolyn York. On the corner of Bracken and Steele Streets in Sanford, NC, this house is a fascination to Carolyn each morning as she walks to volunteer work at HAVEN in Lee County or at the Arts Council office a few blocks from her house. When all the world cleans clothes with washing machines and dryers and laundry pods, one of her neighbors remembers the good old days.

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About the book

Anything about memories/events from the past good, bad, funny, or sad, etc or Summer time.

Sample of the work TBP:



Memories Clipped to a Clothesline

C. Pleasants York


It was a labyrinth of cat briers and brambles—the backyard of the house where I grew up in Sherwood Forest. Branches had fallen in the years since my parents died, and leaves were piled high. I poked with my toe to find rusted poles and wires wrapped each other—plastic-coated cords and cables, the remnants of my mother’s clothesline.

     Suddenly I was 14-years-old again, leaning over an oval wicker basket, pulling out handfuls of damp clothes. Hanging on the clothesline beside me was a canvas bag, printed in red with a smiling lady, a box of soap flakes, and a wreath of clothespins around her head. The bag overflowed with wooden clip clothespins, spring loaded to attach at the corners of the clothes to keep them flapping in the breeze in the warm sunshine.

     I remember when Pappa’s weather radio squawked out a weather report,. sixty per cent chance of rain meant we had a job to do! The whole family would run outside and grab the clothes. Carefully we would drape the wet clothes over the cans and boxes on the shelves in the utility room waiting for them to dry.

     My brother Frankie’s blue jeans were hung on stiff metal stretchers, adjustable to fit numerous sizes. With stretchers, Mom made sure that the seams were straight and the denim had absolutely no wrinkles.

     More memories of long ago are telegraphed by the wire. If I close my eyes, I can see my mother coming around the corner of the house, her hair crisp and curly from the heat of the laundry room. She stops at the muscadine grape vine and grabs a few grapes, popping them into her mouth. She carries a basket of wet laundry balanced on her hip. She smiles, "Hey, Sweetie. Do you want to hang out?"

C. PLEASANTS YORK of Sanford, NC, saw songs she sang while hanging out clothes in the 1956 edition of "The Girl Scout Songbook". "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Dona Nobis Pacem" and her version of "This Is the Way We Dry Our Clothes," were delightful. At Old Town School, York wore polka dotted blouses dried in the sunshine. Her brother, Frankie, wore jeans without a wrinkle. It was years before the Stearns Family bought a dryer.

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