Calls for Submissions
Please note that we will be adding various calls for
submissions as we go, with special attention to Texas
We will also be on the lookout for publication
opportunities that are unusual or just plain fun.
Your best chance for publication (in addition to writing
brilliant poetry, of course)
is to follow the guidelines
exactly, including the style and
format of the submitted
poetry. Good luck!
"Power" Poetry Contest
Late Submission Deadline: Jan
First prize is $1000.00 and an invitation to give a public
The top 25 entries will be published online.
Entry: $20.00 USD
This contest is being judged by Cyrus Cassells, Tony
Hoagland, Raina J. León and Sasha West.
See Judges' Bios
Anyone can submit, including outside the USA.
40 lines maximum per poem.
The contest is judged blind; name and other identifying
information cannot appear anywhere in the submission itself.
If your poem is "Untitled," include the first 3 words in
You can enter up to 3 poems.** Multiple entries are allowed.
Published poems can be submitted provided any permissions
required are obtained in advance.
Submissions may not be modified after entry.
Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in
your submission being disqualified.
**Public Poetry Members can submit a fourth poem free.
Memberships start at $8
Join Public Poetry
Winners will be notified in April 2018.
Submit through Sublittable
A Fire to Light Our Tongues (Anthology)
Deadline: Jan 3, 2018
The editors of A Fire to Light Our Tongues invite writers to
submit short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction
(including memoirs and short narratives), and poems that
explore the intersections among writing, spirituality, and
the landscapes and cityscapes of Texas.
Our focus is
primarily artistic, and we are interested in non-dogmatic
work from a range of perspectives including Christianity,
Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, humanism, and agnosticism.
Collectively, the works in this anthology (the title taken
from a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye) will represent the depth
and diversity of 21st-century Texas writers’ spirituality,
as well as their geographic and cultural grounding.
work will be written with an integral sense of place. The
work we include will reflect sustained engagement with
belief or lack of belief in a higher being and may reflect
grappling or ambivalence, as well as orthodoxy. While the
approach may be indirect or elusive, some connection to
spirituality must be present.
We are interested primarily in previously unpublished work
but will consider reprints.
Fiction and creative nonfiction
should be 3500 or fewer words.
Submit no more than five
poems in a single file with each poem beginning on a new
Send submissions as doc or docx attachments—with
“poetry,” “fiction,” or “creative nonfiction,” in the
approximately 100-word biography written in the third person
that connects in some way to the theme/s of your work. The
biography should be sent as a separate attachment.
A Fire to Light Our Tongues does not have a publisher
yet, but several presses are interested in seeing the book
once we have a complete draft. Like many other publications,
we wish we could provide compensation for those published in
the anthology, but we are not able to do so at this time. In
order to maintain the integrity of the book, we ask that
writers not place their names on submissions.
About the editors:
Rachel Crawford’s short stories and poems have appeared in
Red Rock Review, Mudlark, Lucid Rhythms, The Lyric, and
Figures of Speech. She co-edited with Donna Walker-Nixon
Texas, published by Wings Press. Her short story in that
book placed first in the National Federation of Press Women
Elizabeth Dell teaches creative writing fiction and American
literature at Baylor University. A graduate of UVA’s MFA
program, she is writing a story cycle set in Texas about
women who negotiate work, family, faith and love, and who
face moments of reckoning and seek reconciliation.
Donna Walker-Nixon is the founding editor of The Windhover
and The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. Her short
stories have appeared in descant, The Concho River Review
and other journals. Recently, she has started writing
narratives that reflect family history for her nieces and
Austin International Poetry Festival
di-vêrsé-city Youth & Adult Anthology
Deadline: Jan 15, 2018
around the world may submit. You do not have to attend the festival to
submit your poetry. The adult submission fee is $30, and
there is no submission fee for youth submissions (kindergarten
through 12th grade).
The editor selects
a panel of 3-5 readers to review and score each entry. Poems
are judged anonymously, making the reading and judging
neutral. Officials of the festival and others associated
with the Festival are prohibited from submitting to the
general pool. Poems accepted for publication are next
submitted to a judge, who selects the top winners and
honorable mentions. Cash prizes are awarded to the top
For more information and other fees, check out the AIPF
Third Wednesday Magazine
A Quarterly Journal
of Literary & Visual Arts
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Annual Poetry Contest:
Judged by Phillip Sterling
Three Prizes of $100
and publication in Third Wednesday's Spring Contest issue.
There is a
$6.00 entry fee.
As a thank you for your participation, every entry will
receive a PDF copy of the poetry contest issue (a $5.00
value), so the net cost of your entry is just $1.00.
Non-prize poems will be considered for inclusion in the same
or later issue of Third Wednesday as a regular submission,
which pays $3.00 per poem.
Submit up to three previously
unpublished poems per entry. You may enter as many times as
you like, but only three poems per entry.
Poems should be in a single .doc or .docx file with no
identifying information within the text of the file.
All entries must come through Submittable. If you are not
already a Submittable user, registration is free. No entries
by mail this year.
Submit through Submittable
Pay via credit card or Pay Pal by
selecting it as an option when you upload your file at
Submittable or, if you prefer, you can make a check or money
order for $6 payable to Joseph Ferrari and mail it to:
11316 Farley Street
Redford, Michigan 48239
Be sure the name on your payment matches the name on your
entry in Submittable.
White Stag Publishing
Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018
One manuscript will be chosen & the author will be
$500 cash prize
20% royalty per copy sold, paid quarterly
20 free copies, plus one free copy of the other
Minimum page requirement is 40 pages. There is no maximum
All manuscripts must include a title page, table of contents
and page numbers.
Please do not include any author information within the
Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us right
away if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
What we are looking for:
White Stag Publishing strives to publish only the deepest
emotion, the rawest of images, the most unique language &
syntax. We want manuscripts that take us into a whole new [sur]reality,
voices so strong they're engrained in us, perspectives from
people who may otherwise feel unheard. There is no theme for
the contest, but please review our previous themes/issues of
White Stag Journal to get a sense of what we like publish.
We do not tolerate any racism, sexism, womanizing,
homophobia, or animal cruelty so please don't send us any!
Chosen titles will be announced in the spring of 2018 with
publication releases at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019.
There is a submission fee of $10, but you may submit up to
two full length collections in one submission. Please
separate each manuscript with a blank page in the document.
Submit through Submittable
2018 Levis Prize in Poetry
Deadline: Mar 31, 2018
Submissions Open Jan 1 - Mar 31
The contest is open to all poets, regardless of publication
history, for a book-length collection of poetry. This year’s
contest will be judged by Dorianne Laux.
The award includes publication by Four Way Books, a reading
in New York City, and $1000.
For mailed entries: postmarked March 31, 2017. For online
entries: via submission manager by April 1 at 3 AM EST, to accommodate
poets in the Pacific time zone.
If you have trouble submitting past 6 p.m. (EST) on March
31, please email us and we will honor your attempt to submit
by deadline and help you even after the deadline has passed.
Someone will get back to you on Monday or Tuesday. Thanks
for your interest in Four Way Books.
GENERAL GUIDELINES (for all submitters)
Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript, in
Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a
chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must
Use a legible 12 point font.
Do not include art work.
Translations and previously self-published books are not
You may include a list of acknowledgements if you wish.
There are no length requirements save that book-length
collections of poetry usually run between 48 and 80
pages of text.
You may submit multiple manuscripts, but each must be
treated as an individual submission, submitted
separately, and each requires an entry fee of $30.00 per
submission. Each must have complete contact info, etc.
If you pay the entry fee but fail to submit your
manuscript by the deadline, your fee will not be
Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is
Your work will be disqualified if your name or
contact info appears on the manuscript. Follow our
guidelines for placement of contact info.
Link to instructions for online submissions.
Instructions for Mailed Submissions:
only. No Fed Ex or UPS, for example.
Please include a completed Entry Form.
Click here to download the Entry
Form (PDF format). (You will need Adobe Reader to view and print the Entry
Include one cover page with the title of your work and all of your contact
information, including your email address if you have one. Your name and
contact information should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
You must include a second cover page with just the title
of your work, no other contact info.
Include an entry fee of $30 with your submission, by check, made payable
to Four Way Books. A stamped self-addressed postcard may be included to
confirm receipt of manuscript.
Mail submission and entry fee of 30.00 to:
Four Way Books
POB 535 Village Station
New York NY 10014
The winner will be notified by email or phone no later than Labor Day.
Submitters will be notified by email only. The result will also be posted on
our website by Labor Day.
We do not return manuscripts. We do not offer editorial feedback to
Each manuscript is delivered to
the readers as a blind submission, stripped of identifying material whether it is submitted online or by
mail. Only the manuscript, inclusive of any text notes, is sent to the
readers and, if chosen as a finalist, to the judge who does not receive a
list of submitters or titles.
Please do not submit to this contest if you are close enough to
Dorianne Laux that her integrity, your integrity, and the integrity of Four Way
Books would be called into question should you be selected as the winner.
You may query Four Way Books if you have questions regarding this matter. Please query
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preliminary readers for the contest are selected by the director of the
press and are published poets, experienced editors and/or poets who have
received a graduate degree in creative writing or literature. Each
manuscript is read by at least two readers. Readers are regularly rotated,
and students are not employed to read manuscripts.
Readers select approximately 50 manuscripts as finalist selections. They
look for work that is beautifully crafted, manuscripts that feel whole and
well-shaped. They do not try to second-guess a judge’s preference. Rather,
they look to present a wide range of excellent work to the judge.
Finalists are notified in May or June that their work will be sent on to the
judge. On occasion, a judge may ask to see more work but the judge is not
allowed to ask for specific work by a specific writer, but may ask to see a
wider sampling of strong work. If that is the case, the press reviews the
submissions again and more manuscripts are sent to the judge as finalists.
Therefore, we do not inform the public of finalist selections since that
list may grow after the first culling.
The judge is instructed to notify the press of any indiscretions. If a
submitter contacts the judge regarding the contest, that person will be
disqualified. If the judge does not select a winner, the press’s director
and senior editors will select a finalist’s manuscript to publish.
Four Ways Books
Arte Público Press
Accepts submissions year-round
Manuscript Submission Guidelines:
Arte Público Press, affiliated with the University of
Houston, specializes in publishing contemporary novels,
short stories, poetry and drama based on U.S.
Hispanic (Cuban-American, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican,
and others) cultural issues and themes. Arte Público also is
interested in reference works and non-fiction studies,
especially of Hispanic civil rights, women’s issues and
history. Manuscripts, queries, synopses, outlines,
proposals, introductory chapters, etc. are accepted in
either English or Spanish, although the majority of our
publications are in English.
Response time is 2-4 months for queries and proposals and
3-6 months for manuscripts.
Please take time to familiarize yourself with our current
and previous titles, as well as specialized fields, and send
only the material relevant to our publishing needs. Due to
the overwhelming amount of submissions we get each year, we
would advise that the writer take time to distinguish
whether or not his/her work is appropriate for APP so that
response time is diminished. Arte Publico recommends
that writers include an introductory sample of the
manuscript instead of sending the entire manuscript.
Please submit your manuscript using the
Manuscript Submission Form. If you have any
questions or concerns, please email:
Arte Publico Submissions Email.
Arte Publico Complete Submissions Guidelines
See more at: https://artepublicopress.com/submissions/#sthash.de6gSdJ5.dpuf
Accepts submissions year-round
Harbinger Asylum is a quarterly print journal published by
Transcendent Zero Press. We accept submissions year round.
We are looking for poetry by newcomers, as well as academics
and established poets. We seek interesting black and white
photos that express serene or joyous moments, interesting
moments of friction, or have the appearance of abstract
entities. We also love to see art by contemporary artists
whose style is graceful, avant-garde, and/or modern.
Deadlines for each quarter:
March 15- Spring
July 15- Summer
October 15- Fall
December 15- Winter
Harbinger Asylum Website