Call for South Sudanese Poetry by August 15, 2016

Published August 11, 2016

Unknown Sky is providing a space for the voices of South Sudan

Unknown Sky Journal is a new journal of fiction and poetry working to present writers from a variety of perspectives. The journal will also be supporting Rebuild South Sudan and has a special heart for the South Sudanese perspective. We think that poetry is one way to share the perspective.

To this end, we are looking for South Sudanese Poetry. Especially in this hard and painful time in South Sudan, if anyone has been writing, we want to find a way to honor that.

Details for Submissions

  • Submission Deadline: August 15, 2016
  • Email submissions to to the attention of David and Eric.
  • Poetry should be formatted as:
    • Times New Roman, 12 pt font
    • Single spaced
    • As an attachment
  • Unknown Sky retains 1 time publishing rights.
  • Published authors receive a free hard copy of the journal and access to additional discounted copies.
  • Ten percent of journal profits will go to education in South Sudan through a 501c3, Rebuild South Sudan.

The Vision of Unknown Sky Journal

Unknown Sky is a new literary journal that explores the mystery of being human, the way we all have to face into that realm of the unknown in some form or another; and we all do it under the same sky – at least so far.

Unknown Sky is presenting the mysterious process of “to be” in poetry and short stories. We’re not trying to be original, sleek, or disruptive. We seek to join and contribute to the long, rich legacy of being human from multiple perspectives. The sky over this earth is after all vast and expansive covering tea growers in China, incarcerated Americans, many refugees in Africa, victims of religious and political violence in the middle east (and America), those committed to leadership development in India, and everyone who has what they need physically but still has to deal with the pain and joy of being human.

We’re obviously not the first people to explore this concept. The ancient Hebrew texts that refer to God as “I AM” and Shakespeare’s famous question by Hamlet, “to be or not to be?” are, at a minimum, examples of writers exploring the mystery of being human. Indeed, anyone who has ever been a human has been faced with the unknown, with uncertainty.



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