This is a one of a kind submission call. You need to be really and truly connected to Barak Valley to be able to write poetry on the subject. In case you are wondering what or where Barak Valley is, and in that case this submission call is not for you, Barak Valley is a lush and serene place nestled in Southern Assam. Take a look at Wikipedia
I am copy-pasting the editors’ submission call for those who are connected and interested:-
Call for poetry submissions
Barak Valley Express : Memorials in Text
(Editors: Arjun Choudhuri, Deborshi Brahmachari)
Barak Valley Express : Memorials in Text is an anthology of narratives that commemorate the region called Barak Valley, and the many ways in which its intrinsic, particular identities have come to be configured in the personal memory of those people whose lives are inextricably tied to this place, and to its pasts, its present and its future. Since when the Sylhet Referendum and the Radcliffe Award caused a primary upheaval in the geopolitical character of this region, the valley, known popularly as an “island of peace”, has steadily moved towards becoming an island in the most literal sense of the term, with ruptures and disconnections affecting almost every sphere of its social and cultural existence. Naturally, these ruptures have affected exoduses of many varied origins throughout the last few decades with generations and families leaving this island never to return again. Which is why, all across the world now, there is always a Barak Connection waiting to made.
But wherever these children of the valley go, the constant cultural nostalgia that lives in their hearts for a home in the past, for a familiarity that no longer is in the present seeks expression. Some of them end up writing, uttering this nostalgia, this need for rememoration, and are named as poets and authors. Others end up simply living with that and never expressing it. But, the past doesn’t really disappear, and even when forgetting takes its toll on the character of the present, the inherent desire to recall, for the act of rememoration to manifest itself as commemorative practice and as memorialisation holds sway over it all. And between the two poles of remembering and forgetting, a negotiation is reached in the psyche of the individual. The resultant is a selective narrating of the past in the present, an intertext of sinuous proportions.
The narratives in this anthology are such memory texts in the form of essays, memoirs, prose tracts, translations and poems which present an intersection of personal and collective memories of the valley. Since each of these narratives commemorate, and memorialise a different image of Barak Valley, one which may, or may not be culturally predominant, we have seen fit to name them all memorials in text. Memorials which utter, and narrate diverse versions of a multifarious past. The first part of the title of the anthology is a play on the name of the railway service that runs across the valley, and the idea of mnemonic expression about the valley besides being the title of an iconic Bengali poem by Amitabha Dev Choudhury.
For purposes that are obvious, only invited contributors were listed for the prose section. However, we have decided to place an open call for poetry submissions in English since, as we see it, the practice of English writing in Barak Valley has gathered a somewhat heartening momentum over the last few decades. We feel that even that bit of narrative practice needs to be represented in this proposed volume. Please look at the submission guidelines below for more details.
Submission Guidelines :
1. Who can submit? Anybody, actually. But if you read the concept note, you’ll see that we’d prefer to publish writers who can, and will write about their connection to, and the role that the valley plays even now in their lives. Regardless of where they live, and where they’d been born.
2. All submissions must be in English. A minimum of three and a maximum of five poems may be submitted. Only email submissions will be considered. These should be sent in a separate MS Word document and not pasted in the body of the email. Formatting should be 12/ Times New Roman/ Single spaced. The subject line should read: “BVE_Poetry_Your Name”.
3. Submissions close on 31st August 2013. Copyright for all selected submissions, and all inclusions in the anthology shall rest with the authors with first anthology rights to the editors. If the authors want to republish these at any time in the future then a no objection statement must be obtained from the editors. In that case the publication must be cited as an extract from the present anthology.
4. The editors will not benefit in the least from the future sales of the anthology. All proceeds from such sales shall be forwarded to charities and the statement of any donations shall be publicised duly. No individual royalties will be assigned to any contributor, therefore. Authors’ copies of the publication may be forwarded at the discretion of the publisher. The editors do not have any say in that matter.
5. Please adhere to the submission guidelines. Unformatted submissions will not be considered. All submissions must be sent to Deborshi Brahmachari at firstname.lastname@example.org.