Call for submissions is open.
Calling all queer poem writers of Washington State and adjacent tribal lands!
As part of my term as the Washington State Poet Laureate, I’m putting together an anthology of poems from queer writers of all stripes across the state. I want to hear from people trying out poetry for the first time, as well as regular writers and widely published poets. I want to include work by folks across spectrums of sexual orientation, gender, and sexuality in general (ace/aro family, I’m looking at you—send me work!), and from across the full breadth of our state.
Poems can be on any topic. This anthology takes the stance that all art made by queer artists is queer art, whether it draws explicit attention to an identity or not. Send me your love poems, the poem you wrote on the bus or in the park, poems where you wrestle with yourself, poems where you love existing, poems that take a metaphor and run with it, tribute poems, grief poems, ecstatic poems, sleepy poems, poems that barely know what they are or what they’re becoming, I want it all. Traditional and experimental work are both welcomed.
The final anthology will be published online and made available as a free resource. I’ll organize poems in a tagged and searchable format (like a database), making sure the tags are correct to the poem and its author. There is no payment available but chosen writers will appear in a publicized, widely available anthology and may get opportunities for readings and events following the anthology’s launch.
I hope to hear from you soon! And please pass this call around!
Queer Anthology workshop
On Monday, November 13, 2023, Arianne True led a 75-minute queer writing workshop. Watch the recording below. The workshop handout on Hermit Crab Forms is available at this link.
- Call for Submissions opens: Monday, October 2, 2023
- Deadline to submit: Friday, December 15, 2023
- Anthology publication: Summer 2024
You can expect to be notified about the status of your submission(s) 2-3 months after the deadline has passed.
Anyone who identifies anywhere under the queer umbrella and lives in Washington state or adjacent tribal lands is eligible and invited to submit work. This call seeks work from both adult and youth writers.
Submissions themselves are not anonymous, but if chosen for publication you can be anonymous in the final published anthology.
To submit, send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1-3 poems. Published and unpublished poems are both fine if you retain the rights to (re)publish. See below for accepted file types.
- The location where you’re based. Region, county, or town are all fine levels of detail.
- Your age. This is to determine adult and youth submissions.
- Whatever identity words you like to use for yourself and are comfortable sharing. I’m interested in the words you use for yourself within queer identity, though other types of self-identifiers are also welcome. This will help me make sure I’m including work from as much of the queer community as possible.
I can only accept submissions at the email listed above. It is free to submit.
I can accept and publish poems as text, video, or audio recordings. You may submit a mix of text and audio or video submissions, but the total number of poems across all formats cannot exceed three.
- Text submissions: Each poem must be submitted either as a Word doc OR as a PDF.
- Audio or video submissions: An audio or video submission, if selected, is published on the anthology website as a clickable audio or video recording. If you would rather not have your work appear in that format, submit it as a text file. Do not email video or audio files as attachments to your email. These files are large and may cause your email not to send! Instead, upload your files to YouTube or Vimeo OR an online file hosting site like Dropbox, and then email me the links. YouTube, Vimeo, and Dropbox all offer free options to upload your files. Each poem must be a separate video or audio file (example: if you submit two poems as audio recordings, you should submit links to two separate audio files). Here are some resources for uploading your work:
Britt Madsen, Washington Poet Laureate Program Specialist, email@example.com