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Poems about Travel or, specifically, the experience of being in transit

Deadline: 28 May 2017

There, through the last of the sentences, just there—
through the last of the sentences, the road—
– Carolyn Forché, ‘Travel Papers’ (2011)

Whether local or global, by foot or by ferry, we tend to look upon journeys in terms of departure and arrival. However much we enjoy or endure it, travel from one place to another is often understood simply as a means of getting from A to B.

But what happens en route? How are our thoughts set in motion during these journeys? What is the relationship between our inner selves and our surroundings? How do we interact with or ignore our fellow passengers? How does the mode of travel affect our perception of the environment? Do journeys change or confirm us? Are we different beings while travelling? And what happens when we are forced to travel, or when we no choice but to stay put?

In Transit is a collaboration between the Emma Press and the Centre for Travel Writing Studies at Nottingham Trent University. We invite submissions of poems that deal with the experience of being in transit; poems may describe journeys undertaken on foot, by bicycle, motorcycle, wheelchair, ambulance, bus, train, plane, boat or other mode of transport.

We welcome both formal and experimental work but are especially interested in contributions that employ poetic form to convey the sense of motion.

Editors: Sarah Jackson, Tim Youngs.

How to submit to In Transit

* You must be a member of the Emma Press Club, which means you must have bought a book or ebook from the Emma Press website in this calendar year (i.e. since 1st January 2017), or already have been accepted into an Emma Press book.
* Place a maximum of three poems (each no longer than 65 lines) in a single Word/PDF/ODF document (i.e. the file name will end .doc/.pdf/.odt) and name the file with your name (e.g. Emma-Wright.doc). Please only include text in the document – if the file size is more than 1MB then something weird is going on.
* Fill in the Google form on the website – it will magically tell you everything you need to know!

We will reply to everyone who submitted – please sign up to our newsletter to see updates on our progress. Please consult the website to read our frequently-answered questions about submissions, especially before emailing us with questions.

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Last updated: 18 Apr 2017



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