A new concept in poetry
Poetry on Planes is a project currently in progress, the first in a series of anthologies that will feature the work of 99 poets -- both established and emerging -- from around the world.
Buckle your seat belt and write a poem
We are soliciting original works that were, ideally, written while the author was travelling on a commercial airliner. And each work – be it serious or whimsical – should reflect the sort of thoughts people have while looking out the window at clouds and the earth below. People on planes will be reading Poetry on Planes, and it helps if they can relate to what's on the page.
A closer look at what we're looking for
We'd rather not wade through hundreds of poems about the “thunder of the jets’ or the ‘majesty of flight.’ The world beyond that small window is vast... explore it. Poems must be in English, or your native language accompanied by a translation. Submit as many as you'd like (within reason), in any style, and (so long as you own the rights) we don't mind if its been published elsewhere, our audience will be unique. As will the poems we choose.
Why "Poetry on Planes?"
This focus allows us to work toward distribution through airport bookstores like WH Smith, Waterstone's, Hudson's, etc., as well as a special edition marketed to a major airline for inclusion in seat-back pockets, alongside their usual in-flight magazine.
The deadline for your muse
Publication of Poetry on Planes is targeted for the Spring of 2020, hence the deadline for submissions is set at September 1, 2019. Please send submissions via e-mail to [email protected]. For paper submissions, please mail to: Marianville House, Summercove, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland P17 KV79. Include your name and contact information, a short biography, and, if the story behind your poem is unique or interesting, please let us know.
The nature of the reward
The usual... fame, glory, adoration, validation, vindication, revenge, etc. Poets whose work is selected will additionally receive 50 euros, or the equivalent in dollars/ pounds/ lira/ yen/ rupee/etc., as well as a copy of the book. But we think this is a good idea that hopefully will sell better than the usual book of poetry. If so, you'll get... more. But it's also an experiment, so how much more is yet to be determined... with all 99 contributors getting an equal share, of course