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Submission Calls — JUNE 2024 and beyond...

I draw all readers’ attention to the following group on Facebook: “Calls for Submissions (Poetry, Fiction, Art):” 35517751475/? multi_permalinks=10157763449366476


Please note: by far, the greatest bulk of this information comes from the Vallejo Poetry Society, though I also have my own sources. All thanks to them!  --DLF, Editor



Here is a resource from California Writers Club for writers and poets who would like to submit previously published work:

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*Dark Thirty Publishing, Adam Shove:*
With a new year comes a call for a new anthology, so this year my theme is
starting again. I have found over the past few months so many of my friends
and poets in my community were in various states of flux in their personal
lives. The project doesn't currently have a title, though I think it'll
come from a submission this time, and the money made from it will go to
either a women's domestic violence charity or Shelter. The submissions will
be open for the full year
with a release date for 2025. I can't wait to see
what you all submit.
As always a maximum of five poems, no word count, no line count and email
through to
The Bayard Rustin Symposium is asking for poets. The annual event will take
place this year on April 6, 2024 at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
at 734 Marin Street. 11 AM to 10 PM. If interested contact Anna Bergman for
details at The late Q.R. Hand performed at the
event in the past.
For any of you who may be unfamiliar with the Civil Rights activist Bayard
Rustin, here is his Wikipedia.
The 2023 biopic about him called *Rustin* is currently streaming on Netflix.



Poets for Science is collecting poems here:




The Chicken Soup series has open submission calls on Various topics:
Cats - June 30th
Dogs - June 30th
Read these three links to get an idea of what they are looking for:
- Story Guidelines
- Submissions FAQ <>
- Submit Your Story
They do not send rejection notices, so if you hear nothing after a few
months, assume you were not selected. If you are selected, it is a paid
opportunity. Publication happens between 6 months and 2 years after the


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June 15:
The Catamaran Poetry Prize is for a book length collection of poetry only and is only open to West Coast poets living in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii. This year’s judge is poet D.A. Powell.
Deadline: June 15, 2024
June 16:
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New Generation Beat Publications - Part of NBPF, Inc. - Now Taking Submissions for, “New Generation Beats 2024”, the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc.s yearly anthology:
Deadline to submit your submission is Sunday June 16, 2024 at 12am midnight EST.
Send up to 2 poems, (list your favorite poem first) to be considered, 100 Lines or less.
A SHORT 1-6 line bio written in the 3rd person. (Any bio MORE THAN 6 LINES WILL NOT BE PRINTED)
This will be a 6”x 9” book.
Include your submission as a (Word Doc-if possible) attachment and also copy it into the body of the email.
on the subject line.
Send your Submission to:
P.S. Things to keep in mind:
The size of this book is 6”x9” Make my job easier by using 12pt ARIAL FONT AND SPELL CHECK your submission before sending it to me. (No special formatting request will be acknowledged).
Deadline to submit your submissions is Sunday June 16, 2024 at 12am midnight EST.
We reserve the right to format copy to our layout standards.
Please also note that due to tight deadline and printing timelines,
revisions likely will not be even possible after a work is accepted.
Ashley Edge:
Inspired by the writings some of you have produced in my workshops, and my utter love of animals, this anthology will be "ALL ABOUT ANIMALS"!!
I'm very excited about this project, and cannot wait to read your submissions. No animal is out of bounds, and yes that includes the likes of dragons and unicorns!
You do not need to have attended the workshop I'm naming it after, that's just a happy little coincidence!
We are looking for your unpublished poetry that is "all about animals".
Completely FREE to enter!
15% of profits will be donated to the PDSA (a nationwide-UK veterinary charity)
Max 3 poems per entrant
Max 40 lines per poem (exc. stanza breaks and title)
Open globally
Please submit as individual word documents, attached to your email
Submission Deadline: 16/06/24 @ 11.59pm
Please send your submissions to
We aim to contact all entrants within 4 weeks of the submission deadline, to confirm whether you have been successful
If selected, we may suggest edits prior to publication
Expected release date for physical copies: Late Summer 2024
We are looking for your unpublished poetry that is "all about animals" for our exciting new poetry anthology.
Completely FREE to enter!
15% of profits will be donated to the PDSA (a nationwide-UK veterinary charity)
Max 3 poems per entrant
Max 40 lines per poem (exc. stanza breaks and title)
Please submit as individual word documents, attached to your email
Open globally
Submissions must be previously unpublished
Submission Deadline: 16/06/24 @ 11.59pm
Please send your submissions to
We aim to contact all entrants within 4 weeks of the submission deadline, to confirm whether you have been successful
If selected, we may suggest edits prior to publication
Expected release date for physical copies: Late Summer 2024
Poetic Edge


June 30: (2)
Willowdown Books is accepting up to four poems, 60 lines or fewer for their anthology, Opening and Closing Lines. Deadline is June 30. Submission through Submittable is free, however donations are accepted. For more information, check out their website. 
Gnashing Teeth Publishing
The Cost of Our Baggage - Opening SOON


We are opening a short submission window for our next anthology, The Cost of Our Baggage. Poems about those things we carry with us through life: physical, emotional, metaphorical.  A teddy bear you’ve had since you were a child, the resentment at a family member who let you down, the fear that keeps you awake at night. All of these come with a cost. Free yourself. Tell us about it.  Submissions will open May 1st and close June 30th. Keep an eye out for the call and exact submission guidelines.


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general submission guidelines

please refer to each specific call for additional guidelines

Gnashing Teeth Publishing accepts submissions of full-length and chapbook manuscripts. We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, short story collections, or hybrids. Please read the guidelines before submitting.

Poetry: we accept poetry of all varieties. There are no page constraints for manuscripts of full-length books. Chapbooks should be between 30-80 pages.

Use 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial. Do not include any identifying information on the manuscript and please send them in a .doc or .docx format.

July, August

July 1: (2)


The creator of LA Poetry Beach Festival has an anthology call with the theme of protesting evictions.

Deadline is July 1st.




MiddleWest Press:
300 words max 
Midwest Futures: Poems from Tomorrow's Heartland.
Deadline for submissions is Jul. 1, 2024. Publication is projected for Spring/Summer 2025.
Submit via Submittable here at this link.
This is explicitly a speculative poetry (and related micro-flash-prose) market, human-generated poems and micro-prose (300 words max.) engaging with themes of environmentalism, climate change, technology, and more through a lens of Midwestern experience.

Full guidelines here:


July 4:

Simple Simon's Press:

We'll be accepting submissions starting until July 4, 2024 with a projected publication date of September 21, 2024 to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace.
Poets interested in contributing may submit up to three (3) original poems no longer than 60 lines in length in any genre or form and a separate bio of no more than 100 words to Put Words Not Weapons in the subject line. Please include all necessary contact information in the body of your email: email address, phone number, and an address for shipping a contributor copy should your submission(s) be chosen for publication. 
Previously published poems (in any format) will NOT be accepted. At this time, we cannot accept poems that were previously published anywhere.
Please consider submission. This collection will be the culmination of our "trilogy" of themed anthologies that began with "Mad As Hell" and continued with "Hope Springs Eternal." "Words Not Weapons" seeks to follow these two to their natural conclusion.

July 15: (2)

The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $15,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $500 each and publication, and be eligible for the $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.
Deadline: July 15, 2024




Submissions open starting June 1st. 

Submit one unpublished poem on the theme of sun.
Deadline is July 15th. Festival is in November in Waco, TX.
Full guidelines here:


July 18:









July 31:

Riven: the Holy Land in Crisis
Due July 31st, 2024
Up to 5 poems. Times New Roman.


August 1:


An Anthology on Silence

Silence is not just the absence of something, but as someone once said, “it’s a realm of possibilities, a canvas of emotions, and a mirror to the soul”. Silence has many metaphors, such as “silence is golden.”, “silence is deafening”, “silence is a veil of snow”, “silence is a mirror”, “silence is a veil of secrecy”, “silence is sanctuary”, “silence is a lullaby”, etc. With its many metaphors, silence seems to play a role in our existence and the way we human beings perceive things.

When God created the earth, he intended it to be silent and peaceful, only filled with chirps, tweets, cheeps, and warbles; chatters, screeches, and buzzes; whistling and swoosh of winds, natural sounds of rainfall and thunder; ribbit, roars, and hoots of owls, woofs, growls and whimpers of animals; neighs, whines and snorts of horses; cock-a-doodle-dos of roosters, etc. This  silent setting was created for human beings, in essence, to be a means of reflection and meditation, of seeing or reaching out towards the inside of oneself, and to find solace, excitement and happiness within oneself.

Although this silence has, of recent, been subdued by noises from industries, motor-vehicles, human conversations from market-places, trains and airplanes, it is important that one seeks a moment of silence, a moment of inwardness, in which one intermingles with the sprit that lies within them. It is this same silence or condition of quietude that a creative Muse can be compelled to visit and inspire a poet to compose. It is in silence that prayers are offered. It is in silence one finds God. It is in silence one forgives. It is in silence one dreams. It is in silence that the spirit of the dead finds its way to Olympus, its resting abode.

I now want to collect poems on Silence from around the world. I invite you to write two original poems on “Silence” (no length restrictions) and send them to me ( and I will include them in the anthology on “Silence”. The title of each poem should be in capital letters, followed below it by your name and country both in Italics. Place your bio of 200 words or less at the end of the two poems. Use Helvetica, font 12. Please edit your work before sending it in one file, word format, before 1st of August 2024. Subject of your e-mail should be Anthology on Silence.

NB: Your submission is an indication that you have given me permission to publish your poems in this anthology. I will send a PDF version of the anthology to each contributor. Those who might want to own a paperback or hard copy of the anthology will have to purchase it from the publisher or buy it on-line.

Dr. Christopher Okemwa



August 21:


Psalms of The Alien Buddha #3: The Final Track

Deadline- August 21, 2024

Accepting music-themed poetry and short fiction

Send up to 10 pages as a word doc attachment to

If submitted content was previously published, note when and where in a footnote.

Include a 3rd person bio, and link to your social media with the submission.

No submission fee


August 30:


Dr. Christopher Okemwa of Kistrech Poetry is compiling a poetry anthology about the war in Gaza. Anthology title is subject to change. 

Number of poems: 2 Poems

Bio: Less than 300 words

Photo: Send a high quality photo. The photo should carry your full name.

Name: Below each poem, write your name & country

Deadline: 30th August 2024

Send poems to:

Subject: War in Gaza

My WhatsApp Number: +254-723868167

Editor: Dr. Christopher Okemwa

Publisher: Will find a publisher after compilation is complete.

NB: Send new poems. If you are compelled to send poems that have been published elsewhere kindly indicate the source. But we kindly recommend new pieces

September, and onward

September 1:









October 31:

Anthology inspired by video games and gamer culture due Oct 31st:


November 1:

Hercules Publishing is taking submissions for Poetry is Dead Vol 2

Once You’re Dead, You’re Dead Forever anthology
$20 honorarium + 3 copies of anthology if chosen for publication 
Deadline is November 1, 2024