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Calls for Submissions

Please note that we will be adding various calls for submissions as we go, with special attention to Texas publishers.
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!


White Stag Publishing
Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

One manuscript will be chosen & the author will be awarded:

  • $500 cash prize

  • Book publication

  • 20% royalty per copy sold, paid quarterly

  • 20 free copies, plus one free copy of the other published title


Minimum page requirement is 40 pages. There is no maximum page requirement.
All manuscripts must include a title page, table of contents and page numbers.
Please do not include any author information within the actual manuscript.

​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

Gulf Coast: A Journal
of Literature & Fine Arts

Open Call: Writers Respond to Harvey

Ends on March 1, 2018

From its founding, Gulf Coast has been lucky to keep its home in Houston, Texas, and its mission to elevate diverse voices from across the globe has always been inspired by the multiplicity and vibrance of the community here. As Houston begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey, Gulf coast looks to the many artists and writers who have already begun the difficult work of rendering the storm and its aftermath. Gulf Coast wants to provide a platform for these voices and invites submissions in response to Harvey.


There is no reading fee and accepted work will be published on the Gulf Coast blog.

Poems (up to 3 per submission) should be typed with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address in the header on each page.

Stories and essays (up to two per submission, no more than 1,200 words per piece) should be typed, double-spaced and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page, title on subsequent pages. Submissions of more than 1,200 words are less likely to be accepted.


Gulf Coast: A Journal
of Literature & Fine Arts
Open Submission Period

September 1 though March 1

NOTE: This notice is for poetry only. Gulf Coast also publishes stories, essays, interviews and reviews. For submissions guidelines for those genres, go to the Gulf Coast Website.


Gulf Coast is committed to supporting the authors who publish in our journal. This support takes many forms, including offering editorial guidance, exposing new work to the widest possible audience, and providing competitive honorariums for that work. To this end, Gulf Coast has instituted a small reading fee ($2.50) for regular submissions, 100% of which will go toward increasing the honorariums for the authors whose work is published in the journal and on the website. Gulf Coast is now able to pay $50 per page for poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

General submissions e-mailed directly to the editors, postmarked outside of the September 1 through March 1 period, or unaccompanied by the $2.50 reading fee will not be read or responded to. Please visit our contest page for contest submission guidelines.

If you are already familiar with Gulf Coast's general submission guidelines, click here to proceed with Submittable. Otherwise, please read the details below.

Submission Guidelines From Gulf Coast:

Submit only previously unpublished works. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us promptly if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple submissions of the same genre are not accepted and will not be read or responded to. One submission per genre may be entered. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

Poems (up to 5 per submission) should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the header on each page.
Georgia Pearle is our Online Exclusives Poetry Editor.

Translations of poetry (up to 5 poems per submission) should include a brief bio of the author and indicate whether the translator has been given permissions. For poetry, we encourage authors to include the departing language in their submission.

Gulf Coast accepts submissions through Submittable. This is our preferred method of submission, though we continue to accept postal submissions. Before submitting, make sure you paste your intended piece(s) and cover letter into a single .rtf, .doc or .pdf document.

Postal Submission:
Gulf Coast prefers that you use the online submission manager. But if you need to submit via post, please note the following:

Specify genre (poetry) on the outside of your envelope and send submissions addressed to Poetry Editor. Submissions without the genre indicated on the envelope will be delayed in their processing.

Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with your submission. We cannot respond to postal submissions without an SASE. Manuscripts will not be returned, and Gulf Coast cannot be held liable for lost or damaged manuscripts. Because of past complications, Gulf Coast no longer accepts international reply coupons; if you are submitting from outside the US, please use the online submission manager.



Frontier Poetry Chapbook Contest
$2000 Prize

Deadline: Mar 15, 2018

Chapbooks are a huge milestone for emerging poets, and we’re always looking forward to the Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest—where we get to find that one electric bundle of poems that rocks our world in less than 30 pages.

The winner of the FDCC will receive $2000 and publication of the free, downloadable chapbook on Frontier. Most exciting of all: the chapbook will also be distributed to tens of thousands of readers, influencers, editors, agents, and magazines through our newsletter. Don’t underestimate the power of this reach to empower your career as a poet.

The editors of Frontier will select the winning chapbook.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Contest is open for international poets, but the poems must be in English.
  • Poets with more than two book-length collections published or forthcoming are ineligible.
  • Manuscript should be 10-30 pages.
  • Manuscript should be on the whole unpublished, although individual poems can be previously published.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if the chapbook is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but each chapbook must be submitted individually.
  • Do not include bio information in the manuscript itself.
  • Opens January 15, 2018. Deadline is March 15, 2018.
  • Submission Fee: $20
  • We will announce the winners early summer 2018.
  • To view a list of the most commonly asked questions about submitting to us, please see the FAQ page.




Mutabilis Press
The Enchantment of the Ordinary

Deadline: Mar 31, 2018
Submissions Open Jan 20 - Mar 31

Along with guest editor John Gorman, Mutabilis invites submissions from poets with a connection to Texas for its forthcoming anthology, The Enchantment of the Ordinary.

We are looking for poems that express joy in the solidity and value of everyday objects—or their power to denote pathos and tragedy—and /or the poet’s power to transfigure elements of the everyday world by seeing them in the light of closest attention. Does the spell of the ordinary change the viewer? Or does the viewer’s concentrated focus super charge and transform the ordinary?

To help you get started, the following list of poems demonstrates the broad interpretation of the theme the press wants to capture in the anthology. They include:

Guidelines for Submitting:

  • 1-3 poems, in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, with a max of 120 lines for all three poems submitted (This count includes titles and spaces between stanzas).

  • Poems should be single spaced, with a double space between stanzas. Our publishing format requires that you have no more than 70 characters (including letters, spaces, and punctuation) in each line.

  • No simultaneous submissions or previously published poems—print or online, including poems posted on personal websites or social network websites. Do not submit more than once.

  • Non-English poems must include an English translation to be considered.

  • For all submitters, please include a brief bio of no more than 100 words. Bios that exceed that limit are subject to editing should your work be selected. Please include your connection to Texas in your bio.

  • Poems will be accepted only from JANUARY 20, 2018 TO MARCH 31. No late submissions.

  • All poems must be submitted online through Submittable. If you don’t have a Submittable account, click on the link, and you will be walked through opening one. There is no charge. Poems will not be accepted via email, postal mail, or hand delivery.

  • In the Poet’s Name box, put your name exactly as you want it to appear in print.

  • Each poem must appear in a separate attachment (acceptable file types are doc, docx, pdf, rtf). The title of each uploaded document should be the same as the title of the poem.

  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information in the title of the attached file or on the poems themselves. Our judges read all poetry submissions without knowing who wrote the poem.

  • There is no entry fee. Payment for accepted poems is one copy of the anthology. Poets will be notified of results no later than the end of June 2018.


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 English.

  • Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.

  • Use a legible 12 point font.

  • Do not include art work.

  • Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.

  • 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 returned.

  • Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

  • 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:

  • USPS 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 Form.)

  • 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 submitters.

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 editors@fourwaybooks.com.

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


Panther City Review 2018

Deadline: Apr 29, 11:59pm

Panther City Review 2018 is now open for submissions. The theme for this issue is "Wisdom."

  • The submission fee is $5 per entry (Poetry may submit up to 5 poems for $5).

  • Make sure to include the type of entry in the title of your document file (nf=nonfiction, ss=short story, etc.).

  • Make sure your file is an editable file (docx or rtf).

If you are an artist and interested in submitting for the cover art, please make sure to include a document describing the art you are submitting and how it relates to the theme of "Wisdom." Please make sure that your submission is a vertical image (the journal is printed 5.125" X 8"), and submitted as a .jpg file no smaller than 300 dpi.

Types of Entries:

Cover Art (Up to 2 entries to 4,000 words)
Novel Excerpt (up to 4,000 words)
Poetry (up to 5 entries may be submitted for one fee of $5)
Short Play/Screenplay (ues and two descriptions per submission
Creative Non-Fiction (upp to 15 pages)
Short Story (up to 4,000 words)

All submissions chosen for Panther City Review 2018 will receive a complimentary copy of the 2018 issue as well as wholesale discounts on any additional 2018 copies. Any submissions not accepted will receive critique notes as a thank you for your interest. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Pilcher.




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


Harbinger Asylum

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