Viva Editions will be publishing TOASTS: The Essential Collection of More Than 500 Toasts, Graces, and Blessings.
The main purpose of TOASTS is to offer inspiration and confidence to those who will be giving toasts. Readers should be able to find toasts that will be appropriate and enjoyable for every occasion. While the book will include several tried and true toasts, the desire is to find new and creative toasts that will appeal to a broad range of readers, including those in their 20s and 30s. TOASTS will be the primary book consulted when a toast is expected at an event.
Viva Editions publishes "Books for Vivacious Living!" and was founded four years ago by Brenda Knight at a pivotal point in time, as the stock market plummeted, the economy softened, and businesses tightened and cut back. Viva focuses on expansion, courage, and joy in life. In short, Viva is about the very best in the human spirit. Please visit them at www.VivaEditions.com
I am co-authoring TOASTS with one of my long-time contributors, Nancy Tupper Ling. While we are seeking submissions for all categories, we are particularly eager to receive submissions for those categories listed in bold. Since this is a book of TOASTS, submissions should be anywhere from 4-6 lines and easy to say out loud. Submit only those selections that can be spoken easily in a group setting. Graces and Blessings should also be short--no more than 10 lines. All Graces and Blessings should be interfaith. We encourage the submission of humorous toasts, too!
The categories will include the following: Adventures, Anniversaries, Art, Award Presentations, Babies, Best Wishes, Birthdays, Bon Voyage Parties, Business Events, Celebrations (general), Charity, Children, Christenings, Class Reunions, Creativity and Imagination, Family, Family Reunions, Fortune & Prosperity, Friends, General Blessings, General Toasts, Good Luck,Graces, Graduations, Gratitude/Joy, Guests, Happiness, Health,Homecoming, Host & Hostess, Housewarming, Inspiration, Love & Romance, Memorial/Funeral Gatherings, Military, New Job, Patriotic Toasts, Retirement, Roasts, Weddings, Wisdom. Plus holiday toasts, including: New Year's, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, April Fools' Day, Passover, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
Submissions must be emailed or postmarked no later than April 30, 2013. For those submitting via email:
Please email no more than three submissions, each as a separate Word document and all inside one email message. If your submissions are exactly what we are seeking, you will be invited to submit more.
All submissions must be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 with all of your contact info single-spaced on the upper left corner.
Use TOASTS as your subject line followed by your last name.
You will only receive a response (along with a permission form) if your submission is given final acceptance for the book.
Email submissions to
For those submitting via USPS, you will receive a response if you enclose an SASE along with your submissions. Please mail submissions to Fine Line Poets, Executive Center #247, 1600 Boston Providence Highway, Walpole, MA 02081.
Payment is one copy of the book for each published selection for non-exclusive rights.
Feel free to forward this Call for Submissions to writers' groups, friends, and colleagues.
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