While we’re always open to regular submissions of poetry, e-reviews, essays on writing, and artwork, every odd issue of Rattle features a special tribute dedicated to some ethnic, vocational, or stylistic group. We’re also looking for essays on specific subjects. Listed below are our upcoming calls for submissions, along with their deadlines. These calls are subject to change at any time, with the more distant issues less certain. To submit for a tribute, just follow the regular guidelines and mention that you’d like it to be considered for the tribute. If you have any questions, feel free to email Tim Green:
#45 – Fall 2014 – Poets of Faith
Poetry: This issue will be dedicated to Poets of Faith. The poems may be any style or length, but must be written by someone for whom religious faith is a central aspect of their writing and their lives, with a special attention to members of the clergy. Please explain how this applies to you. The poems need not to be about faith in particular, so long as the poet qualifies—actively, today: the tribute is not to Lapsed Catholics, or Poets of Doubt, or Agnostic Poets Who Are Open to the Possibility of a Higher Power. The tribute is to Poets of Faith. This is a self-selecting theme; we won’t be fact-checking anyone’s religious credentials, but each contributor will be labeled as a Poet of Faith and will have to explain that faith to us in your cover letter and then in the issue’s contributor notes.
Essays: We’d like to publish a few personal narrative essays about the relationship between religious faith and poetry. Our preference is always an engaging, non-academic essay, which focuses on some aspect of the theme. Please query with any questions. Essays can be any length, and it’s fine to send both poems and an essay at the same time.
Artwork: We still need cover and internal art for this issue. Photography, paintings, or collages relating to the theme will all be considered. Submissions are accepted as lo-res email attachments (jpegs preferred), or by mail on a CD. Production will require hi-res images (300dpi @ 9.25″ x 6.125″).
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Further Down the Line
We have many ideas, which will be announced as soon as we’re sure of them, but we’re always open to suggestions. If you have any ideas for tributes, or essays on any subject, please write to us. We’re listening.