Holiday Cheer: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: Closed out

  • 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):  Anything relating to the holidays:  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Valentine's Day or fall/autumn or winter. 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 (this includes title, spaces, and author's name) flash fiction may not exceed 325 words . 
  • 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


Upcoming Anthologies


About the book

Anything relating to the holidays:  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Valentine's Day or fall/autumn or winter

Sample of the work TBP:





About the Authors


Sam Barbee has a new collection, Uncommon Book of Prayer (2021, Main Street Rag). His previous poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (2016, Press 53), was a nominee for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016. He received the 59th Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for his poem "The Blood Watch"; and is a Pushcart nominee.

Dorothy Barrow was born in Zebulon, NC and loved to write from an early age. She graduated from Wakelon high school at 16 and from Duke University at 20. She wrote her college senior paper, thoughtfully, about the strengths and weaknesses of Mormonism. A longtime moderate Democrat, she registered as a Republican two decades ago because she realized the country was becoming too lax, too liberal, and was not valuing daily work. She hopes for the return of the principles and values our country was built upon.

Fred Bassett, a retired academic, turned to creative writing late in life. His poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. His revised and expanded edition of The Old Stoic Faces the Mirror was published in November, 2019. He has two published novels—South Wind Rising and Honey from a Lion—and is editing the third novel of this trilogy—The Winter is Past. Widowed, Bassett currently live in Greenwood, SC, near his son Jonathan and family.

Kerri Habben Bosman is a writer in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a graduate of Peace College and North Carolina State University. Her work has been included in the News and Observer and regularly appears in publications throughout the United States and Canada.

Harry Brown holds degrees in English from Davidson College, Appalachian State University, and Ohio University. He has published six poetry collections and co-edited an anthology of KY writing.  After teaching for over forty years in the EKU English Department he has returned to NC and lives with his wife Alice in Burlington, NC.


Steve Cushman lives in Greensboro and has published three novels and the poetry Collection, How Birds Fly.


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 & 2021. He’s 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.

Nancy Jo Dederer lives in Greensboro, NC. She is a Presbyterian pastor serving a church in Lexington, NC. While most of her writing is for sermons and prayers, this is her second submission to Old Mountain Press Anthology.

Suzanne Delaney is a Retired Registered Nurse certified in Med/Surg. She began writing poetry  in 1998. Originally from Australia, Suzanne ne now lives in NC.  Has previously contributed  to OMP and has her own Anthology together, with Carol Mays titled, Poems of Nature, Enchantment and Mystery, available in Paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

Bob Demaree is the author of four book-length collections of poems, published by Beech River Books. He is a retired educator with ties to North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. He resides in Burlington, NC, and Wolfeboro, NH.

Nancy Dillingham’s poetry, short fiction and commentaries have appeared in many venues including The Asheville Poetry Review, the “Poetry in Plain Sight” project, News and Observer, Mountain Xpress, and Asheville Citizen-Times. She is coeditor of four anthologies of WNC women writers.  Her latest works include Like Headlines: New and Selected Poems and the chapbooks Revelation, I Can’t Breathe, and Vantages. Her collection of poems HOME was nominated for a SIBA.  She lives in Asheville.


Kathy Ellis was often nagged by the universe to pick up the poetry pen. Decades later and just seven years ago, Kathy listened to her internal whims. To Kathy’s surprised delight, she received recognition for her wacky poetry and has published two books listed on Amazon. In Kathy’s real life, she is an ESL language coach and cross-cultural communication trainer. Kathy is a Motown girl that resides in Atlanta with her two multilingual cats.

Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of six collections of poetry, including A Sun Inside My Chest (Press 53), winner of the 2021 International Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including “American Life in Poetry,” The Sun, and The Writer’s Almanac. Her awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and a Nautilus Silver Book Award. She lives in Pfafftown, North Carolina.


Dena M. Ferrari is a regular contributor to OMP. Dena’s poetry are featured in Westchester Community College of NY Phoenix (1975), Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide anthologies has many of her published works. Dena’s own books, Poems From the Hearth (2010) Come Closer My Dearies (2013), Charmed Times Three (2015), and her newest book Wyld Earth Magick (2018) shows diversified writing styles, leaving a Living Legacy for her grandchildren. She and her husband, Peter live in Vass, NC.

Joanne Kennedy Frazer is a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based organizations at state, diocesan and national levels. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, journals and e-zines. Five of her poems were placed into a song cycle, titled Resistance, by composer Steven Luksan, and performed in Seattle and Durham. Her chapbook, Being Kin, (Creation Rising) was published in 2019. She lives in Durham, NC.


Bob Garrett lives in Sylvester, GA. He is a nurse practitioner with Phoebe Ortho and Sports Medicine, and also Urgent Care. He is an avid outdoorsman, with a certain affection for hunting and fishing. I have previously entered works in previous Old Mountain Press Anthologies The Unforgettables and Old Tales.

Michael Gaspeny is the author of the novella in verse, The Tyranny of Questions (Unicorn Press) and the chapbooks Re-Write Men and Vocation. He has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and the O. Henry Festival Short Fiction Contest. His novel, Postcard from the Delta, is forthcoming from Livingston Press.

James Gibson, private pilot, scuba diver, and retired corporate manager, writes from Northville, Michigan. His first five novels featured Native American culture in the epic “Anasazi Quest” series. His eighth novel, To Live or Die in Taiwan was published in 2018, and a sequel, To Live or Die in Panama is drafted. Review all his published books at Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available as E-Books on

Marian Gowan is author of Notes from the Trunk, published by Old Mountain Press. Her work has appeared in many Old Mountain Press anthologies and southern regional publications.   She retired to the NC mountains from western NY in 2001, but in 2017, returned to western NY to be near family.  (

Farley Granger thinks more than he writes, and he writes more than he sees other people. He grew up in a depressed country town and understands the struggles of poor, heartland folks. But he has a lot of hope. Farley lives in La Grange, NC.


Gloria Harrington has been a member of both the Georgia Poetry Association and John's Creek Poetry Group for over ten years. Her poems have been published six times in the yearly anthology: Reach of Song. Also, she placed 3rd in a national poetry contest several years ago. She lives in Tucker, Georgia, and is a retired teacher. 


Jill Jennings’ work has appeared in Atlanta Review; Oberon; Calamari; and Please See Me journals. Her 3 full-length books include The Poetry Alarm Clock; Dead Man’s Flower; and Pineapple Wine: Poems of  Maui.  She has received numerous awards including the U.S Congressional Commendation. A GA native, she now lives in Fort Myers, FL.

Grayson Jones lives in Young Harris, GA, and teaches biology at Young Harris College there in the north Georgia mountains. Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Corn Creek Review, Poetry South, Slant and The Healing Muse and in anthologies by Old Mountain Press.

Janet Joyner’s Waterborne won the Holland Prize in 2016, and was followed by her Yellow, from Finishing Line Press in 2018. Wahee Neck was published by Hermit Feathers Press in 2019, which also released her fourth collection, Now Come Hyacinths, in 2020, and plans to publish her fifth, Omohundro’s Siding, in 2022. Janet lives in Winston-Salem, NC.


K. D. Kennedy, Jr. has published Eight Books (8) books of poetry, short stories, and essays: Our Place On Time, Waiting Out In The Yard, For Rhyme Or Reason, Progenitors: A Kennedy Genealogy, The Works Of K. D. Kennedy, Jr., Poems Worth Remembering, Family...Forever’s Lovesong, and Truth Instead. He has also published works in over forty anthologies and periodicals.


Patsy Kennedy Lain resides in Hubert, North Carolina and recently released her first book, BACKROADS.  She continues to paint as well and is working on a second book.  Patsy is truly inspired by her surroundings as well as everyday life. 

Brenda Kay Ledford lives and writes in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in all of the Old Mountain Press anthologies and other journals. Her children's picture book, The Singing Convention was published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia. She blogs at:


Barbara Tate is an award winning artist & writer and long time contributor to the Old Mountain Press Anthology Series is currently a member of the British Haiku Society, The Haiku Society of America and the Australian Haiku Society. Her two latest books of haiku, tanka and haibun FAR MORE THAN I EVER WAS and DARKNESS IN A NOONDAY NIGHT were published this year.


Preston Martin has published poems in New Ohio Review, Iodine, Tar River Poetry, Chaffin Journal, Kakalak, Broad River Review, Appalachian Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel and other journals. He has poems in Every River on Earth: writings from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press) and other anthologies. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

Celia Hooper Miles is a Jackson County native who lives, writes, edits, and travels from Asheville, NC. A retired community college instructor, she has published nine novels, and is working on the fourth “grist mill” mystery; she has co-authored a college textbook and co-edited four anthologies of western NC women writers.

Mona Miracle has lived in Kentucky, California, Michigan, Tennessee, and Florida; and since 1989, Asheville, N.C. Mona was a featured presenter at South Florida Poetry Society, and a four-category winner in Florida Freelance Writers Annual Competition. Enjoy sample pages of her publications, including the novel Wesley’s Gift at The character Wesley deals with challenges of race, obsession with cats, and modern technology, and a wife pressing for equality. Amazon provides her ebook and print formats.


Beverly Ohler has spend most of her life in the theater, mostly at Warren Wilson College, where she designed, taught and directed festivals. She has published five books, written for magazines, anthologies, playbills, programs, pamphlets and other publications. Her artwork has been widely published as well. Having grown up in the Northeast, she loves living in Black Mountain.

Martha O’Quinn has been a contributor to OMP anthologies since 2007. She concentrates on poetry and non-fiction prose. Her work has appeared in many regional publications, including four anthologies edited and published by Nancy Dillingham and Celia Miles. After retirement, Martha and her husband moved to WNC where they lived for 22 years, and in 2018 moved to the Atlanta area to be nearer family. 


Bill Petz had careers in ministry, higher education, public health, and criminal justice. He has used poetry as a bridge to awareness and understanding with folks with chronic illness, men facing prison time, health care providers, and men’s groups. Bill teaches poetry at the College for Seniors of OLLI at UNC-Asheville. He is a long-time resident of the Asheville area.


Mary Ricketson lives in Murphy NC, works as a mental health counselor and a blueberry farmer.  Her poems often reflect the healing power of nature, surrounding mountains as midwife for her words.  Her published collections are I Hear the River Call My Name, Hanging Dog Creek, Shade and Shelter, Mississippi: The Story of Luke and Marian, Keeping in Place, and Lira, Poems of a woodland woman.

Dwight Roth is a retired elementary school teacher of 29 years, who grew up in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He enjoys writing poetry, painting, and music.  His work appears in several OMP anthologies. He has self-published four memoirs and several books of poetry, as well as children’s books.  Nine books or booklets are published on Amazon Kindle. Dwight and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on his blog: .


Paul Sherman reads and writes poetry from the north side of Mt. Mitchell and works in Little Switzerland, NC at a retreat center where he meets artists and writers, musicians and others from around the world. His most recent collection of poetry, Executive Sweets, a rough draft, was stolen by hurricane Fred but found face down in the creek close by weeks later.

Shelby Stephenson’s recent books are More and Shelby’s Lady: The Hog Poems. He lives near Benson, NC.

Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items/ photos/memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian. The Smithsonian selected her photo to represent all teens from the 1940's-50's


Carroll S. Taylor’s publishing credits include young adult novels, Chinaberry Summer and Chinaberry Summer: On the Other Side, as well as a children’s book, Feannag the Crow. Feannag teaches children the importance of making diverse friends. Carroll’s novels emphasize generational storytelling and anti-bullying. Her stories and poetry capture her love for nature, including reptiles and amphibians. She retired after teaching for more than forty years, from kindergarten to university classes. She lives in Hiawassee, Georgia.

Rebekah Timms has regularly contributed to OMP anthologies since the beginning of 2016. Since then she has published two poetry collections to add to the memoir of her mother, Effie, Her Life, Her Legacy, which she published in 2014. Her contribution to this anthology expresses well the contemplative, peaceful pleasures of life she enjoys in her lengthening autumn years.


G P Whelan is a full time dreamer, and part time wanderer. He is the author of two self published works: In Search of a Spanish Kiss (a novel) and Tales of a Boy’s Heart (short stories and poetry). Both are available on Amazon Books. Comments on this or any other stories are welcomed: G P Whelan resides in southwest Florida. 

Barbara Ledford Wright is inspired to write her stories through research. She has visited libraries and cemeteries far and wide, which led her to Ireland and Scotland. She's a frequent contributor to the Old Mountain Press anthologies. Barbara resides in Shelby, NC.


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