Guest Editor’s Call For Submissions

Our next guest edited call will be open for two weeks, from December 1st, 2021 until 11:59pm December 15th, 2021. 

For our Winter/Spring 2022 issue, Guest Editor Benjamin Garcia will curate a selection of work centered on punctuation. 

Although easy to take for granted, punctuation is one of an author’s most useful and overlooked tools. A kind of Swiss army knife, it’s handy to keep in your pocket though you may rarely need a corkscrew or interobang. Punctuation is part of language, not just an ornament. Our daily speech is filled with commas, ellipses, questions, exclamations, and yes, even semicolons—so why avoid them in our writing? Poets like Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Kaveh Akbar, Dana Levin, Danez Smith, Jamaica Kincaid, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Alice Fulton, and Amy Beeder demonstrate how punctuation can help organize, add an element of play, create pacing, guidance for how a text should sound out loud, turn a phrase upside down, and even incorporate the body.

Please send us your work that utilizes punctuation in surprising and innovative ways, poems for which punctuation is not an afterthought, but an integral piece of their craft.

 

You may submit up to 3 poems (maximum of 8 pages). 

  • Include all poems in 1 single document and please only submit once.
  • Include the titles of all poems in your cover letter (bullet points or numbers are easiest).
  • If a poem is more than one page, please indicate if the second page begins with a new stanza.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, however, let us know in your cover letter if poems are simultaneously submitted, and please inform us immediately if a poem is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published. This includes on personal blogs and social media.
  • Upon acceptance, we ask for first serial rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication.

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity and highly encourage submissions from marginalized voices. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, or any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and viewpoints. 

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