The PoArtMo Anthology is a new project of Auroras & Blossoms poetry journal and is “a digital anthology celebrating the most creative and inspiring art that has been produced in 2020.” They are currently open for submissions of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, photography, drawings, and paintings.
You can learn more about their publishing endeavors here. They have an interesting business model and offer single poem submissions for no fee, additional submission for a nominal fee, as well as offering book reviews, book promotion, and interviews at a very reasonable, I’d say even low cost.
I wanted to know more about what they are up to, so I asked founders/editors Cendrine Marrouat and David Ellis a few questions to find out. See my interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the PoArtMo Anthology originally started?
CM/DE: Our PoArtMo Anthology stemmed from the creation of Positive Art Month (which Auroras & Blossoms launched in June 2020) and Positive Art Moves (a year-long initiative where we want to encourage the creation of inspirational art!)
We created PoArtMo as an invitation to artists in every discipline to create positive art, give them the opportunity to meet like-minded people, encourage more unity between artists, and ultimately greater visibility for indie art in general.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
CM/DE: We want to reach out to people that are looking for something that will give them a positive boost in their lives. All too often, we have found a lot of things focusing on negativity and we want to connect with people to give them happiness, hope, encouragement and to come away feeling creatively inspired whenever they read our anthology.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CM/DE: Anything that shows visually or describes joy, passion, inspiration, positivity, enlightenment, and upliftment.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
CM/DE: Art, drawings and photography that are correctly formatted to our digital publishing requirements. We have had some excellent entries but sadly they have not followed our submission guidelines when it comes to the resolution quality that we need to publish their work. Visual poetry too would be greatly appreciated, in the form of instapoetry or poetry-graphy. We even have a poetry form that we invented and would love to see some submissions relating to this too (The Kindku).
We actually would love to be inundated with entries, as we also have three magazines (Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, Auroras & Blossoms Creative Journal & FPoint Collective Photography Magazine) that could do with some submissions too!
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CM/DE: Any magazine or journal that seeks to give artists, no matter who they are and where they come from, an opportunity to shine.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the PoArtMo Anthology?
MARROUAT: The opportunity to work with one of the most talented, kind and marketing-savvy artists in the business. I have partnered with many people in different fields in my 17-year career, and David stands out as a man of value, integrity and incredible professionalism. I am happy to call him a friend and a business partner. Auroras & Blossoms would certainly not be what it is today without him.
ELLIS: I am sincerely blessed to be working with Cendrine. We are both producing content together that years ago I could have only dreamed of and now as a team, we are making it all a reality! She is a wonderfully inspirational business partner, whose creative ideas and endeavours make working with her a very pleasurable, engaging experience. We have achieved so much together in such little time. I look forward to all of our future projects and collaborations, which are sure to inspire a whole generation of artists and writers for many years to come.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
CM/DE: You can find out more about the PoArtMo Anthology and submit here: https://abpoetryjournal.com/poartmo-anthology/
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
CM/DE: If anyone has any queries regarding the PoArtMo Anthology then they should first check out our FAQ section on our PoArtMo Anthology Submissions Page. If they cannot find an answer to their query then they can reach us via our Contact Form here: https://abpoetryjournal.com/contact/
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 23, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None for single poem submission
FORMS: poetry, flash fiction, short stories, photography, drawings, and paintings
SUBMISSION METHOD: email