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Belle Point Press: Mid/South Sonnets Anthology Call for Submissions

One of the defining characteristics of both Southern and Mid-Southern experiences involves paradox: the sense of being tethered to deep community, traditions, culture—while also resisting those boundaries or finding ways to make them our own. The places we call home can simultaneously provide a sense of belonging while forcing us to make them new again.

For Belle Point Press‘s next anthology, we’d like to explore these ideas through poetic form. Mid/South Sonnets will be a shorter collection that brings together writers and themes from our eclectic region. We welcome both traditional and experimental approaches to the sonnet form. This anthology will be co-edited by C.T. Salazar and Casie Dodd.


  • Reading period: January 15-March 15
  • Publication Date: August 2023
  • Please send all submissions to
  • You may send up to five poems for us to consider; any number up to five is fine, but please include them in a single file.
  • In your email, include a little information about your work and your connection to the region as well as a short author bio.
  • .doc/.docx files are preferred, but you may send a PDF if formatting is a concern.
  • Poems may be previously published as long as authors retain the rights to reprint them.
  • We will respond to all submissions by mid-April. The full lineup will be announced during National Poetry Month.
  • Contributors will receive 2 copies of the anthology + 1 other Belle Point chap of their choice.