Oct 12, 2012

A Poetry Anthology for Malala Yousafzai: submissions call

Poetry Anthology for Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl was, on October 9, 2012, shot by a Taliban gunman as she was returning home from school. See article here. Malala is a blogger and education activist who has been speaking out against the unjust treatment of women in her own country.

Diane Kistner, editor of FutureCycle Press, has invited Conrad DiDiodato and I to co-edit a poetry anthology honoring the life and values of Malala Yousafzai. All proceeds will go to a cause Malala would wish to support. The final book, tentatively to be published in 2013, will appear in both print-on-demand and Kindle ebook formats.

We will now be accepting no-fee poetry submissions here. Feel free to submit up to three poems. We can accept only poems in English, though English translations of poems originally written in another language are welcome.  Previously published poems are acceptable as long as you include the relevant details about their publication. Allow up to three months before inquiring about the status of your submission.

Thank you for your support and interest. More information to come as the project develops!


  1. Malala,

    The turbaned fighters sweep down
    on the smooth poetry of your face,
    the clarity of your eyes, the precision
    of your vision for women of Pakistan,
    whom you see as free as visions arising
    from your unfettered soul, but, oh! Now
    you shall be a doctor to them all as they
    recall your hope, your strength, your
    unblemished beauty – undone by the
    wounds of a gun fired into your head,
    your neck, your previously perfect skin.

    by Mary Harwell Sayler

  2. Thanks for this one, Mary! I encourage you to submit it for anthology consideration through the submission link in my post above. Cheers!

  3. Oh, I got distracted by a writing project and forgot to check back. Thank you for your encouragement to submit the poem. I didn't see the hotlink on "here" above, but do now! Thanks.

  4. My blog with poetry on Malala http://thinkloud65.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/5511/

  5. Joseph, are you still accepting submissions?

    1. Yes! The press hasn't set an official deadline yet. That will appear as a Poets & Writers announcement and, of course, on this blog and the FutureCycle site itself....


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