Fall 2018

Prompt: Versatility

Submission Period: August 1 - September 10, 2018
Guest Editor: Ronnie Hess

We are open to all forms & styles of poetry; however, please consider the prompt below from our Guest Editor. 

When former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall died this past summer (June 23, 2018), we were reminded of how versatile a writer he was: essayist, memoirist, biographer, editor and children's book author, as well as poet.  His final work, Mortality Mansions: Songs of Love and Loss After 60, was a recording of a poem-song cycle with music by composer Herschel Garfein. Hall's "Ox-Cart Man" was first published as a poem but with some tweaking became an award-winning picture book, receiving the prestigious Caldecott Medal. 

In the next issue of Bramble, and in honor of Hall, we are especially interested in reading poems that could just as easily become a children's picture book as a stand-alone poem for mature readers. Besides Hall's "Ox-Cart Man" take a look at poems by Robert Louis Stevenson (such as a Child's Garden of Verses), or Shel Silverstein, Theodore Geisel/Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Nikki Giovanni, Naomi Shihab Nye, or almost anybody. Submissions can be in rhyme or free verse, lyrical, humorous or serious. They can explore life cycles and growing up, changing seasons, history and current events, neighborhoods and the natural world.

 Ronnie Hess

Ronnie Hess

Journalist and poet Ronnie Hess began her broadcasting career at Wisconsin Public Radio. In the 1980s, she was a reporter/producer for CBS News in Paris, before returning to public radio in the Twin Cities and Chicago. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks and two culinary travel guides, Eat Smart in France (2010) and Eat Smart in Portugal (with Joan Peterson, forthcoming), and blogs regularly for MyFrenchLife.org. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Her webpage is www.ronniehess.com

Submission Guidelines

  • We will only consider unsolicited submissions from WFOP members. Please send one submission of 1-3 poems (of any length and style) to bramble@wfop.org. Please put your last name and "Bramble Submission" in the subject line. In the body of the email please include a cover letter, poet pic, a 50 word bio, and your poems. Please do not submit poems as a separate attachment unless your poem requires special formatting, in which case please send a PDF version.
  • Poems are read blind. Submissions are collected and sent to our guest editor scrubbed of any identifying info.
  • No previously published poems; no simultaneous submissions.
  • Please make only one submission to Bramble per issue.
  • If your work was accepted in the last issue of Bramble, we ask that you wait out a cycle before you submit again.
  • If you submitted but your work did not appear, we would welcome an opportunity to consider your work for the next issue. Our guest editors will often choose poems to include based on narrative arc or cohesiveness, so keep trying!
  • Quarterly issues include: Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018.
  • Contributing authors and artists will receive one contributor's copy of the print issue.
  • If you are interested in providing original artwork for the cover, please query at bramble@wfop.org.

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