Calling all water artists!

Water and poetry, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico, December 2010.

This call for submissions from The Blue Rock Review, an annual journal about the creative process, was right up our waterway.

A Call for Submissions
The Blue Rock Review, Volume 7

Think of a long journey over water. No land in sight. Your handmade raft drops into the swells. You have not slept for days. You ride the WATER.

Memory lingers of Katrina—a broken levee at the mouth of the Mississippi, small boats attempting rooftop rescues. WATER does what water wants.

Moonlight on the water. Still water. WATER reflects, and hides. The deep pools of her eyes.

Consider the lack of WATER. The land is dry and cracked. Animals are confused. All are thirsty. Thunder stirs in the distance, but showers do not come.

Certain artists find inspiration like a rainstorm–standing drenched, holding out a little cup. Others are more familiar with drought. Some dream of water and all that lives below the surface: Leviathan. Atlantis. Shipwrecks. Freud knew WATER to be symbolic of the subconscious and its hidden stories, instincts, songs and emotions. Of course, water is tears, water is cleansing, and sometimes it is transforming.

Come gather ’round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’. ~ Bob Dylan

Does water compel your creative life? Do you look at it, think about it, dream it, tell stories with it? Does water talk to you? Frighten you? Mystify you?

Please join other exceptional poets, songwriters and visual artists in print. We are now accepting submissions for The Blue Rock Review, Volume Seven, WATER. Stories, paintings, photography, interviews, poetry and other original works are welcome. Submissions will undergo a juried selection process. This volume will include 15 features and will be released in November of 2011. Essays and stories should be 1500 words (related images are welcome). Photography and images of paintings should include original text (300 words) on theme and process. Poetry submissions should be 40 lines or less, with a 5 poem limit. Final submissions are due September 1.

Selected work will be licensed nonexclusively. Distribution is typically free to artists, patrons, universities, coffee houses, retreat centers, students, educators and music industry. We will also sell copies at Blue Rock events and online to help defray print costs. You may see archives of previous volumes online here.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,
Billy, Connie, Nathan, Don and Chris
Editorial Board

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.” ~ Toni Morrison

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” ~ Isak Dinesen

Billy Crockett
Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio


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