The Downtown and West Oakland Centers Creative writing programs announce the upcoming publication of Word Movers, a professionally published anthology containing creative writings of seniors. The anthology is scheduled to be released in June of 2014. We want to provide senior writers, whose voices are not normally heard, a chance to express their ideas through their poetry, short stories and essays. We are currently seeking submissions from creative writing seniors (age 50 and over) in the following categories: poetry, short stories and essays. There is a $15 fee per entry to assist us in the editing and printing costs. Please be aware that your payment does not guarantee that the material will be selected for publication in Word Movers.

Entries must be received at the Kingsport Senior Center no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2014.

All entries must be submitted both on paper and on a CD. The entry must be created in Microsoft Word. We are not able to process entries created in WordPerfect, or other software formats. Please use 12 point type, and double-spaced lines. The author’s name should appear on each entry.

The CD must not contain any files except the entry, and the file must be in a MicroSoft Word format. No entries will be accepted without a CD. Sorry, CDs will not be returned. No handwritten, faxed or emailed submissions will be accepted.

Writers may submit up to five pieces. The fee for each individual submission is $15. Checks should be made payable to the Downtown Oakland Senior Center. Submissions must be accompanied by a completed form and payment in full. Forms may be picked up in the Kingsport Senior Center’s front office.

Maximum length of submissions: Poetry = 70 lines; Short Stories = 2,000 words; Essays = 1,000 words.

All articles published will be edited for content, clarity and space at the full discretion of the editor/publisher. If you wish to have your entries returned to you, you must provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope (large enough to hold your CD) containing the correct postage.

Disclaimer: Our creative writing programs assume no responsibility for lost, misdirected, or stolen entries, or for printing errors in the final publication.

For more information, call 423-392-8404.