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!
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
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
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 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
for contest submission guidelines.
If you are already familiar with Gulf Coast's general
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
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.
Gulf Coast prefers that you use the online submission
manager. But if you need to submit via post, please note the
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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 email@example.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
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
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
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
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
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