Ends on September 16, 2017

$2.00 USD

Finishing Line Press (FLP) is proud to announce An Anthology of Poetry by Young Adults with Cancer. Edited by Kathleen Henderson Staudt

Finishing Line Press and the Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund are curating an anthology of poetry featuring work by young adults diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.   

We welcome submissions of poems on any topic – whether acutely cancer-related or not.  In this anthology we hope to highlight work by published writers as well as those who are just finding their voice, for whom life has been altered by cancer.

Please submit between 1-3 poems per entry, with multiple entries permitted.  Please submit online using the link below  Note: there is a small processing fee of $2 for each entry.  Please also be sure to include a bio, acknowledgements and cover letter.  Our preference is for new work, but previously published poems will also be considered. 

Deadline:  September 15, 2017

Background:  Brendan Ogg, an aspiring writer, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 19 during his sophomore year at the University of Michigan.  Just before Brendan passed away at the age of 20, we learned that a collection of his poems, Summer Becomes Absurd, would be published by Finishing Line Press.  While acceptance of a chapbook is quite an accomplishment for any writer, for Brendan it took on additional significance.  He took comfort in knowing that he would be leaving a professional legacy that acknowledged his gifts and hopes for life cut short.   


The Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund focuses on issues related to young adults with cancer.  From diagnosis to death, Brendan experienced much of what we have come to learn is the typical journey of a young adult with cancer – somewhere betwixt and between the pediatric and adult medical worlds.  In recent years there has been a growing effort to shine a brighter light on the needs of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer.  


·        An estimated 70,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year - the AYA cohort, as defined by National Institute of Health

·        This is 6-7 times the number of children aged 0-14 diagnosed with cancer and represents 5% of total cancer diagnoses in the US

·        Navigating cancer includes addressing needs more pronounced for this age group:  independence, identity, managing career and family, dating, fertility and friendships among others

·        While impressive gains have been made in survivorship rates for pediatric and adult patients, the overall survivorship rate for adolescent and young adults has not improved since 1975

·        We lose roughly 10,000 young men and women on the cusp of adulthood each year. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related deaths for this age group.  Only accidents, suicide and homicide claim more young lives.


With this anthology, we hope to include moving poetry by excellent poets and also to capture and amplify the experiences, voices and art of this age group.

Kathleen Henderson Staudt has worked as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary, Wesley Seminary, the University of Maryland and Washington National Cathedral.  She is the author of three books of poetry:  Annunciations:  Poems out of Scripture; Waving Back:  Poems of Mothering Life and Good Places.  Kathy and Brendan collaborated on Brendan’s book of poems, Summer Becomes Absurd.


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