Nancy Tupper Ling is seeking submissions of poems that would serve as toasts, graces, and blessings for an anthology that she is co-editing with June Cotner.
The main purpose of TOASTS: The Essential Collection of More Than 500 Toasts, Graces, and Blessings is to offer inspiration and confidence to those who will be giving toasts. Readers should be able to find toasts that will be appropriate and enjoyable for every occasion, from anniversaries to funerals to all holidays to weddings. The list is very broad.
The editors’ desire is to find new and creative toasts that will appeal to a broad range of readers, including those in their 20s and 30s. TOASTS will be the primary book consulted when a toast is expected at an event.
The categories will include the following: Adventures, Anniversaries, Art and Inspiration, Award Presentations, Babies, Best Wishes, Birthdays, Bon Voyage Parties, Business Events, Charity, Children, Christenings, Class Reunions, Creativity and Imagination, Family, Family Reunions, Fortune & Prosperity, Friends, General Blessings, General Celebrations, General Toasts, Good Luck, Graces, Graduations, Gratitude/Joy, Guests, Happiness, Health, Homecoming, Host & Hostess, Housewarming, Love & Romance, Memorial/Funeral Gatherings, New Job, Patriotic Toasts, Pets, Retirement, Roasts, Weddings, Wisdom. Plus holiday toasts, including: New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, April Fools’ Day, Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
Submissions must be emailed or mailed no later than April 30, 2013, following these guidelines:
Please email no more than three submissions, each as a separate Word document and all inside one email message. If your submissions are exactly what we’re seeking, you will be invited to submit more.
All submissions must be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 with all of your contact info single-spaced on the upper left corner.
Use TOASTS as your subject line followed by your last name.
Submissions should be anywhere from 2-6 lines and easy to say out loud. Submit only those selections that can be spoken easily in a group setting. “Graces” and “Blessings” should also be short. All Graces and Blessings should be interfaith. The editors encourage the submission of humorous toasts, too!
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If submitting via postal service, you will receive a response if you enclose an SASE along with your submissions. Please mail submissions to Fine Line Poets, Executive Center #247, 1600 Boston Providence Highway, Walpole, MA 02081.
TOASTS: The Essential Collection of More Than 500 Toasts, Graces, and Blessings will be published by Viva Editions. They publish “Books for Vivacious Living!” and they were founded four years ago by Brenda Knight at a pivotal point in time, as the stock market plummeted, the economy softened, and businesses tightened and cut back. Viva focuses on expansion, courage, and joy in life. In short, Viva is about the very best in the human spirit. Please visit them at Viva Editions .
Payment is one copy of the book for each published selection for non-exclusive rights. You retain all rights.
For full information on submissions, feel free to visit Toasts Anthology.
She draws her inspiration from the multicultural background of her family and the interwoven fabric of familial culture which is, on the surface, seemingly everyday. She is the author of My Sister, Alicia May (Pleasant Street Press) and the founder of Fine Line Poets. Currently she resides in Walpole, Massachusetts with her husband, Vincent, and their two girls.