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Poems Written by Children
When most people think of Children’s Poetry, they think of poems written by adults for kids. They don’t think of children themselves as poets, and it’s very difficult to find any anthologies of poems written the other way—by children for adults, as well as those their own age. But the early years of language development are magical. No other time in life is full of such wonder, such imagination, and such linguistic experimentation. Young poets don’t write out of habit; they haven’t even learned yet how to be cliche. They write with a natural spontaneity that adults can only hope to achieve.There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.
—Sharon Olds, from Rattle #17
Poetry is never more fun than when you’re young, and young poets should be encouraged as much as possible.
Way back in 1998, Rattle published an issue featuring poems written by children. Unfortunately it is now out of print. Starting in 2013, we would like to extend that idea, and place a submissions call for an annual anthology of young poets. The books will be available both in print and as ebooks, with a portion of the proceeds going to a relevant charity. Every poet contributing will receive a free copy.
Please keep in mind that we will not be able to publish every poem, or even a majority of the poems submitted. Our goal is to make this anthology something that’s genuinely worth reading for both children and adults alike.
Young Poets Anthology Guidelines
1) Poems must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian. We would be happy to have teachers encourage their students to submit work, but the submission itself must come from a parent.
2) The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written.
3) The poets may use their whole name, first name, or a pseudonym at their parents’ discretion. We will not publish any contact information.
4) Submit up to five poems at a time. What until we’ve replied to the first submission before sending more.
5) Upon acceptance, a parent or legal guardian must sign a release allowing us to publish the poem. We will also request an audio recording of the poem by the child for inclusion in the ebook version and/or on our website. Recording may be done yourself, or over the phone (we will provide details).
6) Only email submissions will be accepted. Include the parent/guardian’s name and mailing address, and the child’s age when the poems were written. The poems may be pasted into the body of a single email, or attached in a single file (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf). Send the submission to:
September 15, 2013