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 To submit for a tribute, just mail us up to four previously unpublished poems and mention that you’d like it to be considered for the theme, or be sure to select the appropriate category on our Submittable manager.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.
#62 – Spring 2019 – Persona Poems
Poetry: This issue will feature Persona Poems. The poems may be any subject, style, or length, but must be written in the voice of someone other than the poet. Most of our themes are identity-based, so we thought it would be fun to step outside of the autobiographical and write with the mask of other, whether that’s a person, animal, or inanimate object. A persona poem can be the height of imagination and empathy, and we wanted to pay tribute to the form. Please include a brief note about your use of persona along with your submission. If using Submittable, be sure to select the Persona Poems category.
Artwork: We’re still looking for cover art for this issue. To submit something relevant to the theme, use the artwork category on Submittable.
Deadline: October 15, 2018
#63 – Summer 2019 – Instagram Poets
Poetry: This issue will feature Instagram Poets. The poems may be any style, length, or subject, but must have first appeared on Instagram and not yet appeared in print. Our goal is to find the best poetry that’s happening on this new and dynamic platform, and the best poets who are primarily publishing there. Submissions may include artwork if you have the ability to license its use (i.e. if the art is also your original work, Creative Commons licensed, or in the public domain). Due to the electronic nature of this theme, we’re only accepting submissions as links through Submittable. Please be sure to select the Instagram Poets category.
Artwork: We still need cover art for this issue. To submit something relevant to the theme (that’s going to be a hard one), use the artwork category on Submittable.
Deadline: January 15, 2019
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.