Poetry Open Call

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resistance (noun)

re·sis·tance | \ ri-ˈzi-stən(t)s \

1 a: an act or instance of resisting : OPPOSITION

b: a means of resisting

2: the power or capacity to resist: such as

a: the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (such as disease, toxic agents, or infection)

b: the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (such as a drug) formerly effective against it

3: an opposing or retarding force


Lungs Project is excited to announce an international open call for an upcoming poetry anthology. This open call is aimed at poets of color who identify as cis women, trans women, and non-binary. In this anthology project, we seek to explore poetry as a space for womxn from systemically oppressed backgrounds to cultivate and exercise resistance. We fundamentally define this rebellion as the ability of our community to remain steadfast and thriving when challenged by daily microaggressions, most of which are woven into the very fabric of our society. The framework of the anthology will navigate the intersections of poetic resistance as a source of empowerment, as activism, and ultimately as an act of transgression.

We are looking for emerging or published poets who work with a wide range of themes. The specifics of our open call require works which critically reflect on and challenge conventional societal values while examining issues of race, misogyny, and gender. We are keen on receiving submissions from poets whose work actively transcends preconceived notions and prejudices against our communities. We are open to various forms of poetry such as narrative, free verse, Haiku, and so on.

Applications are free. To apply for the open call, please send us via email:

 • A Short Biography: 200 words or less, written in the third person (including a brief publication history, education, themes & interests, background)

 • A Portfolio Folder: Finished, revised and typed poems. Each work should be saved as either doc, docx or pdf and titled as NameSurname-TitleofWork-Year. Please send us a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 works. 

Please also take a look at the frequently asked questions section. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. 

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.