Personal essays and personal thoughts for public consumption

Call for submissions: Seeking personal essays about transitions
February 9, 2017
Whimsical wasps
May 1, 2017

Hi writers and readers.  I am just back to our Arkansas cottage after a quick road trip to see the Manatees in Florida.  On a dark, cold Jan. morning I walked  to Manatee Springs from our campsite to find four manatees in  shallow water. They were warming themselves in the relative warmth of the springs. Baby hugged mom. Mom nudged her calf to the surface every 5-10 minutes. Two other manatees seemed to be positioned to protect the duo.  In the morning light I could see their massive curvy bodies and they loved and breathed. I watched for a hour, and the rhythm of their respiration calmed my nervous head and heart. That was their lesson to me: love and breathe. Those actions are not passive.

We have all processed many feelings in the last few months.  Ready to write?  Jack Walker Press themed anthologies are ready to partner with you and respected organizations to deliver artful personal essays and do the important work of art.

Our first collection will explore the theme of transitions.  The essay need only be loosely connected to the theme in whatever way you see the connections.  We will partner with the University of Wisconsin Madison and assemble and promote this collection during the Write By the Lake class in June. Learn more at  You do not need to take the Madison class to submit to the anthology. Submit by June, 15, 2017–the earlier the better!

Our second anthology will explore the theme of exclusion and the other.  This theme seems even more pertinent to today’s political climate than when we selected it last summer. The essays don’t have to be political.  Marian Fredal and other activists and writers have agreed to participate in the editorial selections for this collection.  Profits will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center or a similar charity. Submit by Dec. 31, 2017,

Submit through Green Submissions; you will need to register there first (free).

On a personal note, I am seeking reviewers for the first two volumes of a children’s book series. If you have kids or love kids literature (picture book for early readers–seven or eight and under–let me know via email if you would like a review copies and will post honest reviews on Amazon.

Thanks for reading, and don’t you have some writing to do?  Let’s get our voices out there!

With love and admiration in anticipation of your thoughtful work,

Amy Lou

Amy Lou Jenkins

Award-winning author Every Natural fact

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