Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors

The Anthology

“Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors” is a creative writing anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews and photography submissions by and about veterans from across the nation and spanning generations—from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an annual series first released in November 2012.

It is critical that American veterans have an outlet in which to experience the process of self-expression. Secondly, it is essential for the good of our society and our nation that we appreciate what these men and women have to share.

“Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors” is published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press  in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council and the Warriors Arts Alliance.




Volume Four Call for Submissions

All military personnel, veterans, their families and military writers are invited to submit their writing to the anthology and/or contest for the third volume. Contest categories include poetry, short fiction, essay, photography and interviews. Visit the Southeast Missouri State University Press’s website for more submission details.

Volume ThreePTB3

The third volume was released Nov. 15, 2014.


As part of the Volume Three submission process, the Missouri Humanities Council sponsored a writing competition with winners announced in each category. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Essay: Lisa Miller for “Still Falling Snow”
  • Fiction: Jay Harden of “Bramble Fire”
  • Poetry: Dominika Wrozynski for “Retrieval”
  • Photography: Sheree K. Nielsen for “jimmie (pier)”
  • Interview: Earl W. Norwood/S. Lorraine Norwood for “D-Day, Korea, Vietnam: An Old Warrior Lives to Tell the Tale”

This year’s panel of contest judges included: World Literature Today editor-in-chief Daniel Simon, essays; author John Mort, fiction; historical consultant Geoff Giglierano, interviews; professor of photography at Southeast Missouri State University Bradley Phillips, photography; and poet Colin Halloran, poetry.

Where to Buy Your Copy

Copies of “Proud to Be” are available at the following vendors: