Military Anthology


Call for Submissions

SouthWest Writers in partnership with New Mexico Arts & the Military  is creating an anthology of short stories, art, essays and poetry. These will be perspectives of military life in general, and/or insights into the broad scope of events, feelings and viewpoints of veterans and their families.

New Mexico Arts (NMA) [part of the State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs] has approved a grant of $2,000 to SouthWest Writers to sponsor publishing this anthology that supports healing through the arts, creates more opportunities for military and veteran audiences, and builds capacity among New Mexico organizations to offer art programs for military-connected participants.

Eligibility : Authors must be: active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, their families, and live in caregivers who live in New Mexico. Active duty service members currently stationed outside the state are eligible if their home of record is New Mexico. Family members include significant others and children of military or veterans.  Membership in SWW is not required, but a current tie to New Mexico is.

Timeline: Submissions are due between March 1 – April 1, 2023. Submissions may not be sent early since the State mandates project work cannot start before March 1st.    Authors, photographers, or artists whose work is accepted will be notified by mid-April 2023. Publication of the anthology is expected in July 2023 or shortly after that.  There is no entry fee.

Submission Process & Information

Each author is allowed up to 2,000 words.  Authors may submit multiple pieces in English in multiple genres as long as the total words submitted do not exceed 2,000 in total.  For instance, an author may submit two poems, a memoir, and an essay, as long as the cumulative total does not exceed 2,000 words.

Submissions should be fully edited and ready for publication. Anything which has been previously edited and published is allowed as long as the author has the right to republish the work. Certification of the right to publish any previously published material will be requested on the submission page.

  • Submissions do not need to be about the military.
  • Examples of writing done as a part of healing are encouraged.
  • Submissions can exemplify what goes on inside the minds of military members, veterans, or their families.
  • Suggested topics include: Articles and stories based on military life in general, life on a military base, things people learn and incorporate in their lives through association with the military. Insights into training or relationships that endure long after service ends or how a person’s experiences in the military carry beyond their service.
  • Photographs or artwork that are the author’s property or in the public domain are encouraged if they illustrate the author’s poetry, prose, or essay submitted or are candidates for the cover. Certification of the right to publish any previously published photographs or artwork will be requested on the submission page.  All artwork must be titled.

Writing, photography, or artwork that disparages our country or military or primarily focuses on violence and/or sexual situations will not be acceptable.  SWW reserves the right to decline any writing or photo/artwork it deems inappropriate.  Submissions are to made exclusively through this website – the link to submit is at the bottom of the page.

  • All entries must be in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
  • The text must be in New Times Roman 12pt font, black font, with white background.
  • Single-spaced, left justified, each new paragraph indented on the first line.
  • No extra lines between paragraphs.
  • The first page must include the Title and the author’s name.  These should be centered at the top of the first page of each entry.
  • Page numbers must be centered at the bottom of the page.
  • At the end of the piece, and not included in the 2,000 words, the author’s name and a 50-word bio that must contain whether the author is active-duty military, a reservist, a National Guard member, a veteran (specify service), or a family member (specify relationship) or caregiver of one of the preceding.
  • Photos or artwork should be in .jpg 300dpi. Photographs or artwork must be able to be published in Black & White.

Compensation: Participants whose entries are accepted will be provided with at least one copy of the published anthology and the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a special author’s price. Authors/photographers/artists will not receive any monetary payment for their submissions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  JIm Tritten  – or 505-453-6795

For a printable flyer about this opportunity Vets Flyer.

To Submit a story, essay, poem, or artwork click HERE between March 1, 2023 and April 1, 2023.

Link will not be active until March 1.

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