Poems, prayers, and prose are used on a non-exclusive basis: You retain all
rights. Please see end of section for terms.
We're grateful for every submission received.
The projects for which I'm seeking
submissions are listed below. You are welcome
to email no more than
submissions: each as a separate Word document, all inside one email message,
and your full contact info on each document.
If your submissions are exactly what I'm seeking,
you will be invited to submit more.
NAME OF THE BOOK as
your subject line followed by your last name. If your piece
would fall into one of the chapters listed above, please mention
You will only receive
a response (along with a permission form) if your submission is
given final acceptance for the book.
Email submissions to
submitting via USPS, you will receive a response if you enclose a
self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) along with sufficient return
postage. Please mail submissions to June Cotner, PO Box 2765, Poulsbo, WA 98370.
EVERYDAY INSPIRATIONô Series
Iím creating a gift book series that will function as an
extended greeting card. One mini-book, Because I Love You, Mom,
will celebrate mothers; one will celebrate grandmothers; another
will celebrate the bond between sisters; and the last one will
celebrate the bond between friends. Your submissions should be
short (ideally 12 lines or less) because the book will have a
small trim size. The submissions need to be both universal
enough to appeal to someone other than your own relative or friend
and specific enough that the recipient feels the piece was
written for her or him. Your words should help nurture a strong bond
between the buyer and the recipient of the book. Please mark the
lower left-hand corner of your envelope, "Mothers," "Grandmothers," "Sisters," or
"Friends." Submission date is open.
FAMILY TRADITIONS: The 100 Best Ideas for Creating a Legacy of
Love Does your family have a certain tradition that you
feel is unique? Something that other families might appreciate
knowing about? Was there a fun or meaningful activity in your
childhood that brings back warm feelings? Here are some categories
of traditions to consider: weddings, anniversaries, new babies,
christenings, birthdays, graduations, family reunions, housewarmings,
memorial services, family vacations, and retirement, as well as
all of the holidays. You can also submit any idea not related
to the above categories, such as a mother/daughter or father/son
activity. The book will likely have the same trim size as Family
Celebrations. I am looking for prose submissions (not poetry), limited to approximately 180-word
and ideally no longer than 360 words, which represents two pages
in the book. If you can limit your description to 180 words (one
page), so much the better! Submission date is open.
PARENT BLESSINGS (previously titled
PARENT PRAYERS) is geared specifically
for parents and will have the same spiritual tone as BABY BLESSINGS.
The intention of the book is to provide insight, joy, and support
for parents throughout their parenting journey. Parents will read
PARENT BLESSINGS when they feel like celebrating the simple joys of
parenting and will also turn to the book for comfort and insight
when they feel discouraged in their role as a parent. The primary
market will be a gift book for new moms and dads. The secondary
market will be parents buying it for themselves for encouragement
and inspiration. The chapters include: 1) Pregnancy; 2)
Babies; 3) Toddlers; 4) Children; 5) Teens; 6) Leaving Home;
7) Adulthood; 8) Reflections; and 9)
Inspiration. Please avoid standard "Please help me be a better
parent" submissions. I particularly need submissions for
chapters printed in bold. As always, I appreciate freshness and
originality. The selections will reflect upon the spirituality of
parenting and day-to-day family life. Parents whose children have
passed beyond the first few chapters will enjoy the book for the
emotional recollection of the precious early years in a childís life
and appreciate the later chapters that pertain to them.
Submission date is open.
WISDOM OF WOMEN: Thoughts and Poems for Every Stage of Your Life
(Previously titled Girls Night Out and A Woman's Book of
Poetry for the Soul) Over the past decade Iíve received
from female writers that never quite fit the particular theme of my
general "inspirational" books. These are poems and prose about womanhood, stages of life,
memories, and everything in between. I would love to add a few more
high-quality selections--poetry or prose. Unlike most of my
other anthologies, there are no prayers in the book, but there is a
chapter on Spirituality. The content of
WISDOM OF WOMEN is much "edgier" than my
other books. Chapters include: 1) The Strength of Us; 2)
Relationships; 3) Motherhood; 4) Ordinary Life; 5) Self-Image and
6) Aging Gracefully; 7) Heartache and Healing; 8) Joy and
Gratitude; 9) Friendships; 10) Shared Experiences;
11) Spirituality; 12) Reflections; and
I particularly need submissions for chapters printed in bold.
The submissions should not have an "I am woman, hear me roar" tone,
but more "this is my experience as a woman." The collection will be
for women to turn to when they need encouragement, understanding,
inspiration, and to reflect upon the great blessings of being a
woman. This book easily spans two generations and is geared to women
in their early adulthood to later years and beyond.
Submission date is open.
365 BLESSINGS: A Year of Inspiration
Comfort, and Gratitude
(previously titled 2007 EVERYDAY BLESSINGS Calendar).
Sourcebooks published my 2006 EVERYDAY BLESSINGS Calendar. They have
decided not to publish a 2007 calendar because the market for
boxed calendars is "trending down." However, my agent thinks we
could take the same concept and make it a book. I
cannot pay a permission fee for this particular project, but you would receive one book for each
piece published. Since I need 300+ pieces for the book vs. 100+
pieces for one of my regular anthologies, your chances of being
published in this book are a good 300% higher than in one of my
other books. When writing submissions, picture a 365-day book with
the title "Everyday Blessings" - how would you like to be inspired
throughout the day? Keep your submissions to 24 lines or less
including stanza breaks. If your submission would work for a specific
date (such as a holiday) or seasonal match, please mention this in
your cover letter or attach a sticky note to your selection.
Submission date is open.
*TERMS: Terms are one
complimentary copy of the book for each piece published for
rights, which you means you retain all rights. In the past, I used
to pay $25/piece, but due to the vast changes in publishing over the
last 4-5 years, the advances have been quite small now and, unless
stated above, there has been no budget for permission fees.