Poetry Open Call
Frequently Asked Questions:
Please make sure you read the guidelines before submitting. Selected works will go through a process of editing if necessary so you will have the opportunity to revise after submissions are closed. Please only submit if you are happy for us to edit your work within reason.
• Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Up-and-coming or established poets of color who identify as cis women, trans-women, and non-binary. Please note that our platform focuses on editorial and curatorial activism as we are primarily concerned with issues around representation of people from historically marginalized backgrounds. Therefore we are only interested in working with poets who are from Black, Asian, indigenous or other ethnic backgrounds.
• When is the deadline?
The deadline for the open call is 1 July 2019, midnight EDT.
• How many works can I submit?
You can submit between 5 - 10 works of any length. We would like to see as many poems as possible to get a better sense of your practice and get to know your interests. We also encourage you to attach a short biography including your background, your location, and the themes you work with.
• How much does it cost to apply?
The submissions are always free and you are never required to pay any contribution fee if you are selected.
• Are there payments to contributors?
We are a small team with a virtually non-existing funding source but we put our heart into every project. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any payments to contributors at this time as we are financing this anthology with our personal savings. In return for your contribution, we will support and promote your work on all our social media channels and our website. Additionally, all contributors will receive a free print copy of the anthology.
• When will I be notified of the result of my submission?
We will try our best to contact all applicants within three weeks of the application deadline. Thanks for your patience.
• What can I submit?
We welcome all forms of poetry; traditionally structured, free verse, narrative, experimental or illustrated poems. We will consider simultaneous submissions. If the selected work is also accepted elsewhere, please give us more details. Previously published poems and translations of poetry are also accepted. You don't need to be working in line with the theme of our open call. We are interested in seeing how people from our wider community use poetry to respond or react to the world around us.
• What file types do you accept?
We accept doc, docx, pdf files. Text files need to be titled as NameSurname-TitleofWork-Year.
• Do you provide other opportunities for selected poets?
We will be organizing events and poetry readings in conjunction with the book launch in Ohio, US. We will keep the contributors updated by email at every step of this process.
• Do you offer individual criticism?
Submissions are read by Co-editors Sheyda A. Khaymaz and Angela Burdon. If your work is not selected, please don't be discouraged. If you wish to get feedback, please let us know via email; we would be more than happy to offer you our thoughts.