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 To submit for a tribute, just mail us up to four previously unpublished poems and mention that you’d like it to be considered for the theme, or be sure to select the appropriate category on our Submittable manager.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.
#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). Nominate your favorite poet, or share your own work. 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
#64 – Fall 2019 – African Poets
Poetry: This issue will feature African Poets. The poems may be any style, length, or subject, but must have been born in or be a permanent resident of an African country. The poems must be written in (or translated into) English, and previously unpublished. We’ve been receiving an increasing number of submissions from African poets over the last few years, and we’d like to honor the poetry that’s being written there. Please be sure to select the African Poets category.
Artwork: We still need cover art for this issue. To submit something relevant to the theme, use the artwork category on Submittable.
Deadline: April 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.