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 Three 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.

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The second volume was released Nov. 15, 2013. It has been expanded from Volume One to include photography and interviews with veterans.


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

  • Essay: Jay Harden for “My Metal Mama”
  • Fiction: John Mort of “Pitchblende”
  • Poetry: Ryan Smithson for “Babel”
  • Photography: Sheree Nielsen for “Dear Kindred Spirit”
  • Interview: Jay Harden for “Interview with a Land Girl”

This year’s panel of contest judges included: Missouri poet laureate William Trowbridge, judging poetry; author Thomas Cushman, interviews; author and editor Mary Troy, fiction; assistant curator at the National Veterans Art Museum Destinee Oitzinger, photography; and military historian John McManus, essays.

Where to Buy Your Copy

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

Order Volume Two
Order Volume One

Proceeds from book sales will help to fund veterans’ writing and publishing programs.