Tis the Season: A Poetry and Prose Anthology

Status: Accepting Submissions

  • 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 Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, or Valentine's Day, or fall/winter 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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About the book

Anything about Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, or Valentine's Day or winter in general.

Sample of the work:


     Shelby Stephenson


Now summer weighs the balance of the year,

And fall seems more than a swirling of leaves;

From the Plankhouse on the hill three rooms breathe

Different light, a darkness crystal clear,

Like blanket-cover beds wear to sleep warm

And promote sweet dreams the whole night long.


I’ve felt the turning of the seasons draw

The dogwood to April’s rain where it grew

And bloomed in white as Jesus in that coup

Which pierced the springtime through to climb the cross;

Braved on the wood in anguish of Hanged Man,

He was its own most suffering Serviceman.


There was resurrection in Cow Mire’s ferns

Which shed their fringy fronds against big oaks

Long time ago. Wild turkeys do not poke

Their heads in composure to make us yearn

For throw-downs, picking parlors, the old-time

Ways the cultural gains sway to hold tight


The big red fox jumped to run dogs come fall,

All thirty-five, yow-yowing, padding feet

Finding fallen leaves complete, and with neat,

Slobbery music with open eyes all

Red to keep the hunters blowing their horns

Like orchestras, fabulous sunny morns.


The season’s end for sure does make the cause

We seek along the climate changes now,

But for the past’s always imagined prowl.

"And comes that other fall we name the fall."

It can come out of a preacher’s sermon

In pulpits with grace to be determined.


Shelby Stephenson, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, lives on Paul's Hill, about ten miles northwest of Benson, NC. Stephenson's latest book is Nin’s Poem (St.Andrews University Press).



O Christmas Tree

Barbara Ledford Wright


IT WAS THE third Tuesday before Christmas. In the kitchen we peeped around the red gingham curtains. Snow sprinkled the ground on Swaims Road. It clung like a dusting of powdered sugar on the magnificent pyramid-shaped hemlock trees that resembled large Christmas trees. Even the brown cones that hung from branches looked like small ornaments. These beautiful trees contributed greatly to the enjoyment of all of us. Some of them, on the ridge behind our house, reached 200 feet.

     But the hemlocks were in danger, and Swaims Road neighbors intended to do something about it. That evening the Master Gardeners would meet at my parents’ home. Velma Moore was to speak about saving the hemlocks. She was Clay County’s extension agent. She wanted to make the public aware of what the county would look like without our favorite trees. The trees were dying because of an infestation of an invasive insect that had been accidentally brought in from Asia.

     By all means Mama said we should bake Christmas cookies for the meeting, and have spiced tea. So my sister, Brenda Kay, Mama, and I went through the recipes and pulled out the ingredients. We created our own snowstorm. White flour, baking powder, and soda sifted all over the place, but enough into the mixing bowl. Brenda Kay robbed the hen house and added fresh eggs to the batter. Scents filled the air: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, lemon and vanilla. The electric mixer hummed. Mama instructed us, stopped some missteps, such as when I started to pour salt into the mixture instead of sugar. Cookies baked like a production line.

     Meanwhile, a car crunched on the snow. Velma Moore threw open the door, and followed her nose. She chomped several cookies, and brought good news. She said, "As a consequence of this meeting, we’ll save the hemlocks." We joined in singing "O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches’"

BARBARA LEDFORD WRIGHT’S work appears in several Old Mountain Press anthologies (two Pushcart Prize nominations: Looking for Santa and Holiday Celebrations.) Her work is in several anthologies and journals, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol 2 For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs, Yesterdays Magazette, Carolina Country, Field Mules and Buttermilk Cornbread ,Guidepost: Angles on Earth, and others. Barbara presently resides in Shelby, NC.



About the Authors 


Penny L. Arrowood is a paper artist, art instructor, event designer, and poet residing in southeastern NC among the whisper of pine trees and the rustling of paper. She routinely examines the world around her through the lens of “handfuls of haiku.” Penny is a regular contributor/reader at local Open Mic events, and has an eternal gratitude for the home crowd at The Coffee Scene. Her art and words can be viewed at her website:  www.artpaperlove.com


Frederick W. Bassett found a new life in creative writing after retiring from academia. In addition to writing a few new poems this year, he has finished the third novel of a trilogy he started years ago. His current plan is to publish the second and third novel (Honey from a Lion and The Winter is Past) under the title A Time to Love Anew. Together, they extend the story of the coming-of-age protagonist of South Wind Rising into middle age. Yes, it’s a love story but much more in a number of ways.



Marcie Behm-Bultz is a population scientist who bases her poetry in human geography and exotic locations.  Her literary work has been featured in multiple publications, including seven Old Mountain Press anthologies, Borderlines, and the South Carolina Writer’s Association 2018 Petigru Review.  She resides near the Savannah River in SC.


Vicki Collins teaches English at the University of South Carolina Aiken where she is the director of the writing center. Her passion is Appalachian literature, and she is currently working on a book about the work of Charles Frazier. She lives in Graniteville, SC.


Phebe Davidson’s most recent book, What Holds Him to this World,(96 Press, 2013) is the winner of that year’s South Carolina Poetry Archives Prize. She is a contributing editor at Tar River Poetry and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review. She holds a number of poetry awards, among them the Kinloch Rivers, Amelia, Soundpost Press and Ledge Press manuscript prizes. Still up to her neck in poems, she lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Nancy Dillingham’s poetry, short fiction, and commentaries have appeared in many publications. She is the author of eleven books and chapbooks, co-editor of four anthologies of WNC women writers, collaborator on Reflections in a River: Photographs by Joan Medlicott Haiku by Nancy Dillingham, and a fictional memoir Buried Lives: Memoir of a Survivor.  Her latest book is Like Headlines: New and Selected Poems.  Her poetry book Home was nominated for a SIBA.  Nancy lives in Asheville, NC.


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.


James Gibson, Northville, Michigan, featured Native American culture in the five novels in his “Anasazi Quest” series. His eighth novel,  To Live or Die in Taiwan was published in February, 2018. Review all his books at www.PentacleSPresS.com .  Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are now available as E-Books on Amazon.com.


Kerri Mai Habben is a writer in Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of Peace College and North Carolina State University. Her work has been has been included in the News and Observer and regularly appears in publications throughout the United States and Canada. She enjoys writing fiction and creative nonfiction in addition to her love of poetry.


Catherine Murphy Smith Haymore is a native of Columbus, OH. She attended Whitehall-Yearling HS and Ohio State U. She presently lives in North Carolina where she is active in the Writers' Ink Guild. She devotes most of her spare time to quilting, rock-hounding, and poetry.


Joseph Haymore is a wannabe poet near Fayetteville, NC. His inclusion in this anthology cleverly uses the haiku format for the title and the poem is a sonnet. These are his attempts at illustrating his poetic acumen to the Old Mountain Press.


Blanche L. Ledford resides in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in many Old Mountain Press anthologies and other journals. Her book, Planting by the Signs, won the Paul Green Multimedia Award from NC Society of Historians.


Brenda Kay Ledford resides in Hayesville, NC. Her work has appeared in many journals and 37 Old Mountain Press anthologies. Her latest poetry book, Red Plank House, is upcoming with Kelsay Books.


Bev Ohler’s life has been focused on the theater—teaching, designing, producing festivals, creating art in one form or another. She grew up in the Northeast, but most of her life has been spent on the campus of Warren Wilson College. She has written five books. Her stories have been included in many anthologies, magazines and publications, including this one. She lives in Black Mountain.


Karen O’Leary is a writer and editor from West Fargo, ND. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, bear creek haiku, Shemom, Creative Inspirations and NeverEnding Story. She edited an international online journal called Whispers http://whispersinthewind333.blogspot.com/ for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.


Michael Potts is Professor of Philosophy, Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina. A native of Smyrna, Tennessee, he has published three novels, two collections of poetry, and two nonfiction books as well as two short stories and numerous poems. Michael, his wife, Karen, and their eight cats live in Coats, North Carolina.


Lisa Rodriguez works in the marketing department of, Triad Financial Services of Jacksonville, FL. She is of Puerto Rican descent, speaks, reads and writes in both Spanish and English. Her long-time hobby has been committing her thoughts into poetry. This is her first published poem.


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. He had his work in several OMP anthologies. He has self-published four memoirs and three books of poetry and three children’s books. He has nine books or booklets on Amazon Kindle. Dwight and his wife Ruth live near Monroe, NC. He writes daily on his blog:



Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, of Burlington, NC, a former college president and a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015, has published 5+ academic books and 72 articles, edited 22 books and 3 national journals, and written 3 newspaper columns (1 now). Her creative writing publications are 11 poetry chapbooks and 5 full-length collections, 125+ short stories, 4 novels, a novella, 5 short story collections, and 2 nonfiction collections. Volume I (of 41 plays) was just published.


Marian Kaplun Shapiro, a previous contributor,  is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988),  a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and  two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). A Quaker, she is a practicing psychologist, specializing in the treatment of trauma. A resident of Lexington, MA, she is a five-time Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.

Rishan Singh, a South African, is recognized internationally as a poet. As a writer of poems, he has contributed poetry to journals and books in South Africa and overseas. He received the Golden Key International Award for his outstanding academic accomplishments in 2008. He has also written essays, one of which made him win an award at the 2014 eThekwini Municipality Library Awards held in Durban, South Africa. He has also had science articles published.


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. She lives in Pittsford, New York.


Barbara Tate is an award winning artist & writer. She has won the Gulf Coast Writers Assoc., (poetry division), 2nd in the United Haiku and Tanka Society’s Samurai Haibun Contest, finalist in the United Poets Laureate International Alexander Fui Sak Chang Award for free verse in Chinese or English, and most recently had a Haiku selected as one of the 6 runners up for the Museum of Haiku Literature Award and was included this year in old song The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku.  She currently resides in Winchester, TN.


Barbara Ledford Wright’s work appears in several Old Mountain Press anthologies (two Pushcart Prize nominations: Looking for Santa and Holiday Celebrations.) Her work is in several anthologies and journals, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol 2 For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs, Yesterdays Magazette, Carolina Country, Field Mules and Buttermilk Cornbread ,Guidepost: Angles on Earth, and others. Barbara presently resides in Shelby, NC.

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