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Submission Calls — November 2023 and beyond...

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November 15: Rattle Young Poets Anthology

As Sharon Olds remarked in our interview years ago, “There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.” Each issue of the RYPA proves that, and we want to keep honoring the great insights these natural poets seem to pull out of the air. Poets age 15 and under or their parents and teachers are welcome to submit work for 2024.

*Poems sought for Convergence: Poetry on Environmental Impacts of War, an
innovative ecopoetry anthology that responds to war's destruction of
the non-human environment (flora, fauna, waters, landforms, air, climate)
forthcoming from Scarlet Tanager <> Books
<>. All styles of poetry are welcome, including
previously published poems with first publication acknowledgments noted
after the poem. If accepted, the poet must submit a prose statement of one
to three paragraphs noting the war or battle, location, circumstances and
other details that background the poem. Prior to submitting, please review
guidelines and a sample of accepted poems with their prose statement
<> and topics
for consideration
Translations into English accepted. Payment: 1 hard copy of anthology for
poet and translator, e-book for international poets where possible.
Otherwise, a hard copy will be sent. Anticipated publication is 2025.
Submit between July 15 and Nov 15, 2023. Submitters will be notified of
acceptances by the end of May 2024. *
*One to four poems per submission with a total of eight pages maximum, on
separate Word Docs, as attachments. Save each document as "AUTHOR'S LAST
*Format: Times New Roman, 12 pt., Name at top with title bolded. *
*Brief bio format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. Not to exceed 100 words. Save
*Submit to: <>*



Nov 19: themed submission call

Moral injury: Due November 19th.


Nov 24:

Brittle Paper Festive Anthology


November 26:

Blue Villa
This season, we're looking for all things Fall-related! We want to hear
stories about harvest fests, hayrides & Halloween. Send us your poems about
the leaves changing, essays about Thanksgiving and everything in between.
Due 11/26
Write on, poets!

November 30:(3)

The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet's first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions.The winner will receive $1,000. Matthew Shenoda will judge.
Deadline: November 30, 2023


Green Linden Press will award the Prize for an unpublished book-length manuscript in any genre translated from any language into English. The winner will receive $1,000.
Deadline: November 30, 2023


The Wishing Jewel Prize honors an innovative manuscript that challenges expectations of genre, form, or mode while engaging the rich possibilities of lyrical expression. Named for an essay in Anne Carson's innovative book, Plainwater, we look forward to work that questions the boundaries of what poems and books can be.The winner will receive $1,000.
Deadline: November 30, 2023


also Nov 30:

Night and haunting:


Uncensored Ink: A Banned Book Inspired Anthology
*Lead Anthologist:* Amy Nielsen
*Coordinator:* Ian Tan <>
*Submission Window – August 29 -November 30, 2023*
*Description:* An anthology centered around the topics of intellectual
freedom, censorship, and book bans, according to the Dewey Decimal System
*Introduction:* Here at Wild Ink, we are appalled and saddened by the
censorship we see now and the censorship we have seen throughout history.
To combat this intellectual outrage, we are issuing a call for submissions
to speak truth to power: to tell book banners how dangerous their efforts
are, and to encourage those who fear their stories being silenced.
According to the American Library Association, 2022 has seen more
censorship attempts than any year since the organization began collecting
data twenty years ago. Additionally, 90% of censorship attempts today
target lengthy lists of titles, some well over a hundred books. Prior to
2021, most censorship attempts targeted one title. And with our country in
an all-out culture war, it should come as no surprise, books featuring
BIPOC and LGBTQ characters and themes are at much greater risk of being
Highly educated instructors, media specialists, and public librarians are
no longer entrusted to make selections that their readers can see
themselves in, as well as books that challenge the status quo and give
readers a different perspective. The very thing they were educated in. The
very thing politicians were not. And in some extreme cases, politicians are
accusing these same individuals of committing crimes simply by providing a
title they disapprove of to a reader.
Book banning is the floor for authoritarians and their supporters. They've
yet to define the ceiling. What other forms of creative expression will be
next on their hit list—music, theater, paintings, sculpture? When we lose
our intellectual freedom, we lose our democracy.
All people deserve to see themselves reflected in books. Also, we develop
empathy and compassion as humans when we read about someone else's life
experience. Something this world could always use a little more of.
*From The Librarians *
Intellectual freedom is the ability to contemplate and study what one
chooses. As librarians, we value intellectual freedom and the profound
impact of literature in shaping hearts and minds, even in the face of
But throughout history, we've witnessed those who've fought to censor
ideas, stifle voices, and silence narratives. As librarians, it is our duty
to preserve the voices of the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the
future. We believe every book, every thought, and every perspective
deserves a place on the shelves of knowledge. And we need your help. We are
creating a thematic anthology about the danger of censorship and the power
of diversity in the written word.
We've organized our submission requests by the familial Dewey Decimal
System. So, pick a number (or two) and craft a poem, short story, or
personal essay to help us with our cause—to put banned books back on
shelves. We hope the thoughts about each section help you find your place
in the fight to sustain and regain intellectual and creative freedom.
-The Librarians
*000 – Generalities *

How does humanity's enduring need to organize, classify, and make sense of
the world's collective knowledge impact modern society? How does our
understanding of the historical evolution of information from ancient
libraries to modern data centers help create an encompassing worldview?
*100 – Philosophy and Psychology*
What are the philosophical underpinnings of censorship? How is intellectual
freedom incompatible with book bans? How can literature help shape human
thought and behavior?
*200 – Religion*
How do censored religious texts and myths showcase the balance between
faith, tradition, cultural identity, and freedom of expression?
*300 – Social Sciences*
What is the impact of censorship on social issues, politics, and culture?
How have banned books shed light on social injustices and inspired social
*400 – Language*
How does the suppression of certain vocabularies and languages challenge
linguistic boundaries and the celebration of language's richness?
*500 – Science*
What are the struggles of scientific thinkers whose works have been
censored for challenging conventional beliefs, and addressing controversial
scientific topics? What is the importance of preserving scientific inquiry?
*600 – Technology *
What are the ethical dilemmas around the impact of technological
advancements? What are the consequences of suppressing ideas that push
innovative boundaries?
*700 – The Arts *
How can we embrace creativity in the face of censorship? How can we
celebrate artistic expression and confront the attempts to stifle
unconventional or provocative works of art?
*800 – Literature*
How can we protect the written word itself against the battle of
censorship? From classic to contemporary mediums, how can we showcase the
power of storytelling and its potential to challenge norms and influence
*900 – History and Geography *
How have banned books shaped historical narratives and challenged dominant
perspectives? What is the importance of preserving diverse historical
*Submission Guidelines *
- The submission window closes on November 30, 2023.
- At the beginning of your document, include your name, pen name (if you
have one), and email address.
- At your documents' end, include a short author bio (no more than 100
words) written in third person point-of-view.
- At the top left of each page, include the page number, submission
name, and Dewey Decimal classification.
- If you submit more than one piece, please send each submission in a
different file.
- As our target audience range across all ages, please do not submit any
erotica. You may reach out if you feel that your content speaks on book
banning despite being NSFW, and we will confer and advise accordingly. We
do hold the ultimate say, so please respect our guidelines.
- No hate speech.
- Short Stories/Flash Fiction under 3500 words.
- Personal Essays/Memoir under 1,500 words.
- Poems under 40 lines.
- Submit to **. Do not query, or question,
our editors and/or anthologists through social media. Please only submit
completed works. If you have a question please email
Note: This is not a paying anthology. There is no cost to submit.

December 1:
After 40 years of singing, songwriting, and touring, Alt-Country/Americana
artist Robert Earl Keen is retiring from the road. Long-time fans Sandra
Johnson Cooper and Ron Cooper believe the time is right for a book that
illustrates how Keen has inspired not only a generation of younger
songwriters but also has influenced writers of poetry and fiction. Keen is
as much a storyteller as he is a songwriter, and this anthology will be a
monument of sorts to his literary talents.
- You may submit multiple pieces (two short stories or three poems) each
inspired by one of REK's songs.
- If you submit multiple pieces, they should all be in one document, and
each piece should start on a new page.
- Times New Roman, 12 pt. is our preferred font. Double space the
stories, and single space the poems.
- Please include page numbers.
- Each piece should have the title of the song it is inspired by, but
please seek approval from the editors before you submit to avoid us getting
too many pieces based on the same song. Use the contact form on our website
- Word count. Three poems maximum, and 4000 words maximum for short
- *Submissions open September 15, 2023, and close December 1, 2023.*
- Pub date September 2024.
What the editors hope for is pieces that take REK's songs into unexpected
directions, say, the narrative told by a minor character in a song. Bring
fresh perspectives, and *please make sure that you pick songs that he
wrote, not covers from other songwriters.*

also Dec 1: (two)

Skink Beat Review
The theme is winter/music, especially hip-hop. This publication supports
youth voices and artists. 1 page, 3 poems max. Due Dec. 1.

Moonstone's Poetry Ink unthemed anthology:
December 1st, 2023


Dec 18:

*The Fire Inside, Vol 3 by Zora's Den: A Sisterhood of Writers*
Due December 18, 2023



Anthology open to women:


Dec 19:

*THE LYCANTHROPICON: Imaginings & Images of the Werewolf* will be an
anthology of Short Fiction, Poetry, Illustration, and Non-Fiction on the
theme of *THE WEREWOLF* as envisioned and depicted from ancient times,
through classical accounts, through folklore and legend, and up to modern
and contemporary times.
Due date is December 19, 2023
Pay rate for poems is dependent on number of lines.
Details and submit here:


DEC 29:

Sensory Overload:


December 31:

*Boundless 2024 the Anthology of the Valley International Poetry Festival*
*Call for VIPF 2024 Submissions Has Opened*
Boundless: The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology
2024 is now accepting submissions!
*Youth Section Submissions Welcome from High School Students--Same
Guidelines (Bio must denote Youth Submission)!*
Deadline: E-mailed by Dec. 31, 2023 @ midnight.
Submissions: E-mail Submissions Only:
Boundless will be published as a perfect bound edition with an ISBN and
will be available at, and wherever
books are sold.
As always, poets do not have to attend our festival or register for our
festival in order to submit for publication. Poets will be able to purchase
a copy of Boundless 2024 at a discounted price.
Previous editions include poets from across the U.S., Africa, Albania,
Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Portugal,
South America, Central America, Spain, and England.
Be part of this exciting edition!
Submit up to three typewritten poems in a legible font.
Poems may be of any topic, any style
Poems may be any language. (We ask for a translation if it is not in
English or Spanish)
Strict 30-line limit per poem, not including title and spaces.
Only E-mailed Submissions accepted. Submissions shipped by mail Will NOT Be
*E-mail submissions to*
No previously published poems--or translations of previously published
poems--please, except from self-published chapbooks with limited
distribution or Featured Poets.
DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on the poem itself.
Submit ONE e-mail with *ONE attachment*. *Do not e-mail two separate
The cover letter as the message of the e-mail must include:
Your Name as you wish for it to be published.
Title of poems or first line for an untitled poem
E-mail address AND phone number
A short bio – *50 words or less* – written in *third person*

We strongly prefer to communicate by e-mail:
If you change your e-mail, let us know immediately.
A limited number of perfect-bound copies of the anthology will be available
for purchase at the anthology release event and potentially thereafter.
First copy for poets whose poetry is accepted: $10 (while supplies last.)
All other copies, $18.


also Dec 31:

Home, it's complicated anthology

This one is for a specific demographic: Folks who moved around a lot due to
a family member's military service.
Museum of the American Military Family in Albuquerque, New Mexico
What does "Home" mean to you? Where is "Home?" Military families often
grapple with this question. We'd like to know! The museum is now accepting
submissions for our new anthology, HOME: IT'S COMPLICATED, so please send
us an essay/story/poem. Authors will receive a copy of the published book.
Deadline Dec 31, 2023. Email:





January 1:

Anthology about dragons:




Also a poetry anthology about members of the 27 Club. Janis Joplin, Jimi
Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, etc. You can submit up
to six poems, limit is 2 poems per musician subject. Deadline is January 1.

January 15, 2024: Tribute to the Ghazal

The Summer 2024 issue will feature one of our favorite forms: the ghazal. Originally an Arabic style of poem expressing love and loss, the ghazal (pronounced like “guzzle”) has become one of the most popular forms of poetry in the world. The syntactically complete and intricately rhyming couplets allow for a great deal of flexibility and emotional power. Like the sonnet issue years ago, we’re interested in seeing how many ways poets can take advantage of the form.

also Jan 15: (two)

Great Weather for Media's annual anthology:
Due January 15, 2024
Petals of Haiku anthology:
Due January 15, 2024


Jan 31:
Taylor Swift fan
Mirrorball: How Taylor Swift Reflects the Loss, Hope & Love of Millions
Around the World
*Due January 31, 2024*
*Poets are paid $50*
*Essayists $100*


February 1: (two)

The Bad Day Book
This anthology is looking for poems about a bad day at work (due 11/5) a
bad sports day (due 12/1) and a bad day for a teen, written by teens for
teens (due 2/1/24).
Anthology about sacred spaces - Deadline is February 1st, 2024


Feb 3:


The Nuana anthology series is currently seeking submissions from writers
with Pacific Island connections, heritage, or residency. Deadline is
February 3rd.
Submit via Google
The Google form has some guidelines, but full guidelines are posted as
images on this Facebook
(VPS note: Apologies for the accessibility issues that this causes.

Submit your story or poem using this link:
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March 30:

Quiet Rooms anthology series:
Due March 30, 2024

June 1:

Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices is looking for poetry, fiction, poetry in translation, non-fiction, and graphic lit.
Deadline: June 1, 2024


Various unsorted anthologies:

Two anthologies open to







Poem a week from Sims Library:

Blue Mountain Review is looking for submissions for poetry, fiction, and artwork. Poetry can be any style, any length. For fiction, please limit your prose to no more than 2,500 words. For the visual arts, they leave this category up to the artist to interpret and submit in standard, easily opened, attachments.
Deadline: Rolling