VAN GOGH’S EAR: VOLUME 9 (Submission Guidelines)

Founded by Ian Ayres, Van Gogh’s Ear: Best World Poetry, Prose & Art is an annual anthology series devoted to publishing powerful works by major voices and innovative new talents from around the globe. The goal of Van Gogh’s Ear is to make each volume stir people’s emotions and ignite their imaginations. Experimental work is warmly embraced. Taboos extremely encouraged. The more daring, the better. “INTENSITY” is the key. Without affiliation with specific movements or schools of poetry/prose/art, we seek only to publish the best work being created. We’re open to all styles. We never limit anyone in any way whatsoever. We believe that by limiting others, we’d be limiting ourselves. Therefore, we equally embrace work that shows mastery of versification alongside wild work inspired by Rimbaud’s “derangement of all the senses.” We not only encourage the exploration of every possible approach to poetry, creative writing and all forms of art (tattoos, graffiti, videos, etc), but going beyond anything yet imagined. And we are very open to poets, writers and artists of all kinds who haven’t been published before. Being published isn’t as important as the work itself. Submissions should be accompanied by permission to publish the work(s) in Van Gogh’s Ear, a brief bio of up to 120 words, and a photo would be cool. Submit up to 6 poems or 2 prose pieces or several works of art at a time. Poem length shouldn’t be more than 165 lines and prose length no more than 1,500 words. Previously published work is okay if awesome. 
Same for simultaneous submissions. All selections will immediately appear on The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology site. Actual publication is planned for Autumn, 2014. A friendly cover note of introduction is always appreciated. Please send submissions or any questions to Tina Hall at

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Ian Ayres at the grave of Vincent Van Gogh

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