While we’re always open to regular submissions of all forms of poetry and artwork, every issue of Rattle includes a special tribute dedicated to some social, vocational, or stylistic group. 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 To submit for a tribute, just mail us up to four previously unpublished poems and mention that you’d like it to be considered for the theme, or be sure to select the appropriate category on our Submittable manager. As always, submissions are free, and payment for publication is $100 per poem and a complimentary print subscription.
#60 – Summer 2018 – Athletes
Poetry: This issue will feature Athletes. “Athlete” might not be the first thing you think of when you think about a poet, which is why we thought it would be an interesting group to explore. The poems themselves don’t have to be about athletics so long as the poets consider themselves athletes, with some reason. When you submit, be sure to include a brief note about your athletic background and how it affects your poetry, if at all. We no longer publish prose essays, but instead use these contributor notes as micro-essays at the back of each issue. If using Submittable, please be sure to select the Athlete Poets category.
Artwork: We still need cover art for this issue. To submit, use the artwork category on Submittable. Rarely we publish internal black and white art that relates to the theme—though usually we’d rather use the space for as much poetry as possible.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
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, please write to us. We’re listening.