Category Archives: Calls For Submissions

2016 Zingara Poetry Picks Complete

This morning, I selected the last poem for 2016’s Zingara Poetry Picks and am happy to report that this will be the first time in the site’s history that a poem will be posted for every week of the year. It also represents the achievement of a goal I have been chasing since re-visioning this project in 2010.

Zingara Poet is a labor of love, one that requires a lot of time which must be carved out of a of a busy life filled with such activities as grading papers, taking the cat to the vet, having the car repaired, paying taxes, fixing dinner, spending time with the husband, seeing the dentist, moving across country, finishing an MFA, and, oh yes, sleeping.

Still, I always approach the project with anticipation and always look forward to reading the submissions in my inbox. I am frequently impressed by the quality of work and often find myself contemplating a poem for several days — which often means my readers will, too. And because this year’s submissions have been so wonderfully awesome, I’ve lingered even longer than usual in making final selections.

Let me reiterate that previous point: This year’s submissions were truly wonderful. I am humbly grateful.

All this careful reading and busy life-living, however, imposes a longer wait-time for those who submit work. Some poets waited for as many as as eight months before hearing from me this year, and though no one has been unreasonably grumpy about this situation, I am looking into ways of cutting that wait-time down.

Firstly, there will be two submission periods for 2017. Poems submitted during the first submission period, August 15 to December 30, 2016, will be considered for the first half of 2017 (January – June, 2017). See submission guidelines for complete details.

Poems submitted during the second submission period, February 1 to April 30, 2017, will be considered for the second half of 2017 (July-December) 2017).

As always, I reserve the right to extend these submission periods.

Secondly, beginning August 1, (that’s today) I will be bringing an intern on board to help with administrative tasks, thus freeing me up to read and respond to submissions in a more timely manner. I will be introducing her to you in the next week or so.

Thirdly, well, there isn’t a definite third thing yet, though it is developing and involves a lot of brainstorming on my part. In any event, more great features and opportunities will be unveiled in the weeks and months ahead. Just know that I am moving toward making the project more visible and viable. Besides, building something carefully over time is preferable to doing too much too soon. Two big things can be enough for now.

Let me close by once again thanking all of this year’s contributors and readers. Zingara Poet means to be the change I wish to see in the publishing world. If you like the direction in which this project is moving, please submit your poems, subscribe to the site, and share widely with your friends.

Write On!

Submissions Open Today

Zingara Poetry Picks seeks submissions of previously unpublished poems (on-line or in print) of 40 lines or fewer for 2016 picks. New, emerging, and established poets are encouraged to submit and all submissions will be given careful consideration.

Please keep the following in mind when submitting your best poems:

  • Reading period for Zingara Poetry Picks is from August 15 to December 31st. Unless the deadline is extended, submissions received outside of this time period will not be acknowledged or considered. In fact, they will be deleted.
  • There is no fee to submit
  • Title of poem(s) should appear in the email subject line. Poems should be attached as word documents and mailed to
  • The body of the email should include a cover letter and a professional biography of 50 words or fewer written in the third person
  • Attach a word document with no more than three poems of 40 or fewer lines
  • Only one submission at a time (please wait to hear back before submitting more poems)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let ZingraPoet know immediately if submitted work is accepted elsewhere
  • ZingaraPoet does not accept previously published work
  • Published poets receive bragging rights and the chance to share their work with a diverse audience
  • Poets who are published on Zingara Poetry Pick should wait 24 months before submitting again
  • Do not submit if you have had a poem featured on Zingara Poetry Picks in the last 24 months.
  • Submissions which do not follow these guidelines will be deleted without acknowledgement
  • If accepted work is later published elsewhere, please acknowledge that the piece first appeared as a Zingara Poetry Pick.

What I look for in a poem:

Like all editors, I like to see interesting poems that do what they do well. Whether traditional, conceptual, lyrical, or formal, they should exhibit the poet’s clear understanding of craft and, just as importantly, revision. Very elemental poems that have not undergone effective revision will probably not make the cut. Likewise, poems which are contrived, sacrifice meaning for the sake of rhyme, feel incomplete, do not risk sentimentality (or are too sentimental), or lack tension when tension is needed, will also be dismissed. Finally, poems which perpetuate harmful stereotypes of gender, race, or class will most certainly not be considered.

For a very good discussion on the elements of effective poetry, take a look at Slushpile Musings by James Swingle, publisher and editor of Noneucildean Cafe’

A note on formatting: poems that contain lines which are flush with the left margin are more conducive to publication on a blog site than those which have unconventional indention or unusual margin settings. Likewise, poems which feature long lines may require additional line breaks or may require the right-scrolling function to be viewed in full.

Response time is 6 months.

New Submission Opportunity: South 85 Journal

Also, check out the summer 2014 issue:

Promotion and Call for Submissions for As/Us: A Literary Space for Women

Tanaya Winder and her fellow MFA alum, Casandra Lopez, have started the literary journal As/Us: A Literary Space for Women of the World. The first issue was published on New Year’s Eve 2012, and they would love to expand their readership and their submission pool. They seek to publish both emerging and established women writers and hope that As/Us will be a convergence of international voices that speak to both diverse and shared experiences. They welcome works that span a variety of topics – work that challenges conventions and aesthetics either on a narrative or formal level, work with purpose, vision, and something at stake.

Their submission period will be re-opening on February 1. Here are their submission guidelines, also available at their site at

Submission Guidelines

As Us accepts original and previously unpublished works by Indigenous women and women of color. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere for publication. As Us accepts poetry, spoken word, creative nonfiction, fiction, and academic essays. We are looking for writing that moves us in some capacity whether that be on a craft, emotional, or story level.

Poetry: please send us 3-5 poems. 12 pt Times New Roman. Poems should be typed with your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page.

Fiction: Stories should be typed, 12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page. (no more than 7,000 words)

Creative Nonfiction: Essays should be typed, 12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page. (no more than 7,000 words)

Academic Essays: Essays should be typed, 12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page.

Reviews: If you have a review of a book written by an Indigenous author whose work you feel needs to be promoted we are definitely interested. Email for queries.

Spokenword: please send up 1-3 pieces. Pieces should be typed in 12 pt Times New Roman. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page. You can also include an audio of your work as well.

For international submissions: Please include your writing in your language along with an English translation.

Response time is typically 1-3 months.

Email submissions to

Include name and genre in the subject line. Include a brief cover letter with a short biographical statement (including your Indigenous affiliation or cultural heritage) with each submission.

Forthcoming Theme Issues

Guest Editor Samantha Erin Tetangco will be guest editing this summer’s Queer online issue. Submissions for this issue will open June 1, 2013.

Blue Ships Banner Issue Now Available

The first monthly issue of Blue Ships Creative Arts Magazine is now available. Take a moment to peruse its digital pages for quality creative works from artists all over the country. In addition to literary works, this premier issue features stunning photography, evocative artwork and graphic full-color tales. Blue Ships takes submissions year round, so submit something today!

Blue Ships Issue 001

How to Submit work to Blue Ships:

  • Submit via email to
  • Put the media you sending in the subject line (i.e. poetry, short story, etc.).
  • Send multiple submissions in a single file.
  • Each entry must have page number, author’s name, and email address in a header.
  • We accept previously published and simultaneous submissions.  (Please provide where and when work was published).
  • Rights return to artist upon publication.
  • One short story will be featured per month.
  • One short play will be featured per month.
  • Flash fiction must be between 100-1000 words.
  • Short story must be between 1001-5000 words.
  • No rules for poetry.
  • Both color and b/w art and photography accepted.
  • Send small bio with work including any contact info that you want to release to the public.
  • Picture of artist is requested, but is not required and has no effect on acceptance of work.