Southeast Missouri State University Press

Southeast Missouri State University

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors

All Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families: Call for Submissions and Contest for Volume 6

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors

Deadline: June 1, 2017 (postmarked)
No entry fee, 5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each:

Short Fiction


Interview with a Warrior



Theme: Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history.

Writing must be by veterans, military-service personnel, or their families. Include the connection in your short bio.

Two types of entries: 1) anthology only; 2) contest and anthology

1. Anthology-only entry: mail your previously unpublished work with self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification to Warriors Anthology, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

2. Contest and Anthology entry: email previously unpublished work to

With your submission, please include your contact information, a brief bio, mention of your military connection, and the genre of your piece(s) (essay, fiction, etc.).


· $250 first prize and publication in each category; all entries also considered for anthology.

· Entries must be sent electronically as Microsoft Word docs (or .docx).

· Keep poems in one document (with 1st poem as title).

· Put your name, short bio, and contact info on 1st page and nowhere else on the manuscript.

· Writers may win in any category no more than twice, but may always submit their work for consideration in the anthology.
For both mailed and electronic submissions:

· Limit one submission in each category per person.

· Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).

· Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit. Interviews are with military or veterans.

· Photography: up to 3 good-quality photos (will be printed in the book as b&w).

· Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.

· Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission. It must include your military connection.

· Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us via email at if your submission is accepted elsewhere.


· Winners & contributors will be notified by November 1. Results will be posted online. Due to the high volume of submissions, separate email notification of rejection will not be sent.

· Questions: contact Carrie at the University Press at