Poems wanted on theme of ‘generations’

Landing Press are asking for poems from anyone even if they've never written one before. Photo: File.

A  New Zealand publishing company is calling for poems based on the theme of 'generations' for its next unique anthology.

‘Generations’ is a big idea,” says Landing Press publisher Adrienne Jansen. “We want poems about grandparents, parents, grandchildren, changes in generations across countries and cultures.

"[Also poems on] history, tough stories - generations of unemployment for instance, knowledge passed through generations – at home, on the marae, in the church or temple – continuity through generations, change between generations.

"We want poems that reflect the diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand," says Adrienne.

“And we don’t just want poems by experienced poets. We want poems from people who maybe have never written before. If you’re a first-time writer, keen to get involved, but in need of a little help getting started, please get in touch.”

For those interested in taking up the challenge, submissions of up to three poems - each a maximum of 40 lines - should be emailed to Landing Press by August 31 2022.

Each poem should be in a Word document, not as a pdf,  and on a separate page along with name and contact details - email address, postal address and phone number. Poems can be submitted in languages other than English, accompanied by an English translation.

Poems and requests for help should be emailed to landingpressgenerations@gmail.com.

Poems, including handwritten poems, can also be posted to: Landing Press, 97 Tireti Road, Titahi Bay, Porirua 5022.

Landing Press plans to publish this anthology in late 2023. All writers included in the anthology will get a complimentary copy of the book.

Landing Press is a small not-for-profit Wellington publisher of poetry that can be enjoyed by many people. It also aims to give a voice to people not often heard. Its most recent books are 'More than a roof' (2021): poems and small stories about housing, and 'Somewhere a cleaner' (2020), a collection of poems by cleaners. Both anthologies feature writers from across New Zealand.

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