Local writers urged to submit their works for anthology “Chinaberries and Crows”

Solomon and George Publishers are seeking submissions for an anthology of works by writers in the Auburn/Opelika area to be published in a collection titled “Chinaberries and Crows.” Bert Hitchcock, Auburn University professor emeritus of English, will serve as editor of the new volume of creative work.

Hitchcock suggests that chinaberries and crows, along with the “blinding, blistering summer sun,” are more emblematic of the American South and Alabama than the stereotypical, romanticized magnolias, mockingbirds and moonlight.

Works in any genre, including short stories, poems, essays and memoirs, will be considered for the volume. Previously published works are welcome and established and emerging writers are encouraged to participate. The deadline for submission is May 1.

“Bert Hitchcock is widely respected as an expert in Southern and Alabama literature,” said Jay Lamar, director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

Hitchcock’s own works include Richard Malcolm Johnston for the “Twayne’s United States Authors Series.” He co-edited “American Short Stories” and “De Remnant Truth: The Tales of Jake Mitchell and Robert Wilton Burton.” His most recent publications are on the work of Joseph Glover Baldwin and Erskine Caldwell, 19th and 20th century Southern writers. In 2001, he received the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinguished Alabama Literary Scholar and in 2006 the Humanities Award from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

For more information about “Chinaberries and Crows,” call the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at (334) 844-4946 or email SandGPublishers@gmail.com.

(Contributed by Maiben Beard.)

Contact: Jay Lamar, (334) 844-4946 (lamarja@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)