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Anthology of Out Loud Poetry and Prose, Volume III 



Contributors Mike Bayles, Ann Boaden, D. W. McMillen,
Katherine Searle, Dick Stahl and Joanne Wiklund

A special thank you to our editors Brenda Brown, John McBride,
and Dick Stahl.

Thank you also to  Deborah Doehler (cover design) and Nora VanSpeybroeck (formatting).

 We couldn't do it without you all!

Submission guidelines below

The Midwest Writing Center will showcase the poetry and prose of its Out Loud participants in its
fourth annual anthology. All Out Loud participants are invited to participate (See
guidelines below).  The Anthology of Out Loud Poetry & Prose, Volume 4, will be a tribute to the Midwest
Writing Centerís Out Loud participants, their talents, and their love of writing.

If you have questions, contact Brenda Brown at (Anthology in subject line)
or call 309-781-5685.

Anthology Guidelines:


1. Entries will be accepted starting October 1, 2010 and will continue until February 15, 2011.
The submissions will be reviewed by our selection panel.  If your work appears in the
Anthology, you will receive a submitterís copy at no cost.  We are looking for a sponsor to
help with the costs of the publication.  If you know of someone, please let us know.


2. All entries must be submitted in a Word document format with each entry on a separate
 page within the document.  One poem/prose may be submitted per document.  Each
document must contain entrantís name, address, telephone number, and email address. 
Email entries to with Anthology in subject line. If it is not possible to
email submissions, please contact Brenda Brown, 2911 26th Ave., Moline, Illinois 61265.

3. Each applicant is allowed up to three submissions (poems or prose).  Prose must be
limited to 1,000 words or less.


4. All poetry content must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

5. Poets eligible to participate in the Out Loud Anthology are those who have actively participated
in either Out Loud or Out Loud Plus since its inception in 2002 and those invited by special invitation.

6.  Submissions must be unpublished and original works of participants.

7.    Each participant must mail to the Midwest Writing Center a signed copy of the Statement
of Authenticity Form that can be found below.   

8.   All submissions will be considered for publication by the Out Loud Anthology Committee,
and that committee will be responsible for selecting the poems/prose that will be included. 
 In addition, with the permission of the poet, all Out Loud poems/prose of the month will be
included in the anthology.

9.   The anthology will include an ISBN.

10.  Each author included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy of the Anthology.

11.  Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase by Out Loud participants and the
general public at the Midwest Writing Center and through


12.  Each participant whose submission is published in the Out Loud Anthology IV (along with
 the Out Loud poems of the month) will have their name placed in a drawing for free tuition
to the 2011 David R. Collins Writers' Conference (a $200+  value).  The winner will be
drawn at MWCís annual meeting on May 12, 2010 at the Deere Wiman House.  You must be present to win.


13. All contributors will be invited to read their submissions at the Out Loud Anthology Launch Party (Date TBA)

This publication is partially sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority.

We thank them for their support!



You must include the completed form below with your submission and send to Midwest Writing Center,
225 E. 2nd St., Suite 303, Davenport, Iowa 52801.

Statement of Authenticity


Name __________________________________


Address __________________________________


Email Address ___________________________________


Phone _______________________


Please describe your participation in the Out Loud and Out Loud Plus Programs:







I, ________________________________, affirm that the poems submitted to the Out Loud Anthology,
Volume 4 are my original, unpublished work.



__________________________ Signature


________________  Date




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