Sapling Grove Press, a small, independent publisher of poetry, literature and art, is inviting southern Appalachian photographers to submit photographs for possible publication in a book. 

According to the press website, the book will be an anthology to showcase current, innovative photographs being produced by photographers and artists/photographers residing in and around the southern Appalachian mountains, including all of West Virginia and parts of Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. 

Photographers from those areas are asked to submit five of their own photographs made from 2001 to the present for consideration. Subject matter can be of any subject, taken anywhere around the world. 

“The book will celebrate and share this photographic work and help to expand the dialogue about the rich and diverse culture of the region,” according to the website.

Sapling Grove Press started in 2014 in east Tennessee with a goal of elevating and sharing the important literary and artistic culture of the southern Appalachian region by publishing a handful of books each year, showcasing authentic and deserving voices of the rich region. 

By the end of 2014, two books of poetry will be published by two east Tennessee poets and the photography competition will result in the third published book, which should be released in spring 2015. 

One or two photographs by accepted photographers will be published in the anthology, along with website or contact information of the photographers, so readers will be able to discover more of the photographers’ work. Approximately 100 to 120 photographs will be published by approximately 50 to 60 photographers, depending on quantity and quality of submissions. 

A nonrefundable entry fee of $20 is required of each photographer, which permits the submission of five photographs. 

Photographers may submit only their own original work, produced from 2001 to the present, which has never been published in print form previously.

To enter the contest and to read additional instructions, visit and click “Photography Competition.” 

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