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 ethnic, 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 follow the regular guidelines and mention that you’d like it to be considered for the tribute, 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.
#57 – Fall 2017 – Rust Belt Poets
Poetry: This issue will feature poets of the Rust Belt. The poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but must be written by those who have lived for a significant portion of their lives (think: half) in the Rust Belt region, which includes Western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Lower Michigan, and parts of Illinois and West Virginia. Please explain how this applies to you and how the region affects your poetry, if at all, in your contributor note. We no longer publish prose essays, but instead use these contributor notes as micro-essays at the back of each issue. The poems themselves don’t have to be about the Rust Belt—we want to celebrate and explore the range of work that poets of this region are producing. If using Submittable, please be sure to select the Rust Belt 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: April 15, 2017
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.