Open Call for Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry

"A Mother's Love" by Lynde Mott

“A Mother’s Love” by Lynde Mott

We’re Seeking Poems about Heavenly Mother

Peculiar Pages is seeking submissions for a poetry anthology titled Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. This anthology will consist of historical and contemporary poems that address, reference, or otherwise reflect upon Heavenly Mother. We will accept both previously published and unpublished poems and welcome a variety of approaches that incorporate Heavenly Mother in terms of form and content. General portrayals of motherhood, childrearing, or womanhood do not qualify and will not be considered.

Poets may submit up to five (5) poems to the editors via The submissions deadline is August 15, 2015. Poems can be of any form or length and can be in a language other than English as long as an English translation is included. All submissions should be sent in DOC/DOCX, ODT, PDF, or RTF formats. The subject line of your email should follow this pattern: “YourLastName Heavenly Mother Poetry Submission.” Emails should include your full name, your phone number, a brief biographical note (100 words max), titles for your entries, and a statement assuring your poems are original. We will acknowledge receipt of your submissions within 48 hours and will send acceptance notices by November 15, 2015. Please do not contact us regarding your submission(s) before that date.

About the Editors

Tyler Chadwick edited the award-winning poetry anthology, Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-first Century Mormon Poets (Peculiar Pages, 2011), and is the author of Field Notes on Language and Kinship (Mormon Artists Group, 2013), a collection of poetry and meditations on poetry. He lives in Ogden, Utah with his wife, Jessica, and their four daughters.

Dayna Patterson is the editor of Psaltery & Lyre. She received the Dialogue Award for Poetic Excellence for her poem “Eloher,” which won first place in the A Mother Here Art & Poetry Contest. Her chapbooks, Loose Threads and Mothering, are available from Flutter Press. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, Charles, and their two daughters.

Martin Pulido has researched Mormon belief in Heavenly Mother extensively. He co-authored the 2011 BYU Studies article, “‘A Mother There’: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven” and he has presented at academic conferences on the doctrinal development for belief in Heavenly Mother in Mormonism. He also organized the A Mother Here Art & Poetry Contest. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Lindsay, son Liam, and daughter Evelynn.

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