call for anthology submissions
“The waiting room
and too hot. It was sliding
beneath a big black wave,
another, and another.
Then I was back in it.
The War was on. Outside,
in Worcester, Massachusetts,
were night and slush and cold,
and it was still the fifth
of February, 1918.”
~ From “In the Waiting Room”, Elizabeth Bishop
Wallism, first created and defined here, is phenomenological
stab at what it
means to create art from within a confined space, and
the various forms of the
art that ensues. It may be a Manhattan loft, or
a studio at an artist colony. A
military bunk or prison cell. A ship’s cabin.
A shared dormitory. A cargo
container turned office. A mobile home in
a trailer park. It could be an
interior space, a psychological one, like a
particular mood that closes in on
itself. What kind of poem does this
effort of walling up build? What does it
look like, and what does it have
to say, what story to tell?
We consider poetry of any style, including prose poems. There are no restrictions on poem length or number of pages. Please limit poetry submissions to 5-8 poems.
Many of our anthology projects operate on rolling deadlines, unless stipulated otherwise. We usually accept submissions until we’ve received enough good, solid work ready for publication.
We aim to contact contributors with accepted work after we’ve finalized selections. Because of our workload, we are unable to send out rejection correspondence. Please accept our apologies on this.
Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology.
1. Please include a cover letter in your email, with a contributor biography of 50-100 words. In the Subject Heading, please type “SUBMISSION TO WALLISM: YOUR NAME”.
2. All manuscripts must be typed, single-spaced. Please title your Word document “WALLISM: YOUR NAME”. Unless typography is crucial to the aesthetic of your poem, please use standard typefaces (font 12) such as Arial, Cambria, Georgia, Helvetica or Times New Roman.
3. Do indicate your full name and email within the header on every page of the manuscript.
5. We accept new or previously published work pertinent to the theme. If the works have been published before, you must still retain rights to these works. Please also indicate where the pieces first appeared for the purpose of acknowledgement. If your work is accepted for publication, we request a non-exclusive license to print your works within the anthology and for publicity purposes.
6. We encourage simultaneous submissions.
7. Our aesthetic taste is diverse. If you’d like to know more about the kinds of work we are charmed by, please take a look at our Reading Room HERE.
We welcome your poems, which we honor. All the very best with the writing, and we look forward to receiving your stellar work!