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 To submit for a tribute, just mail us up to four previously unpublished poems and mention that you’d like it to be considered for the theme, or be sure to select the appropriate category on our Submittable manager.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#60 – Fall 2018 – Unpublished Poets
Poetry: This issue will feature previously unpublished poets. The poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but must be written by those who have never had a poem published as an adult. The goal of this special tribute is to celebrate the first publication for 15 – 20 poets. For two decades, Rattle has been a testament to the fact that publishing histories do not matter—powerful poems lurk inside all of us, whether we’ve been published before or not. Issue #61 will highlight that. Please include a brief note about your personal background and how it has influenced your pursuit of poetry. If using Submittable, please be sure to select the Unpublished Poets category.
Artwork: We have already chosen cover art for this issue. To submit for the winter open issue, 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, 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.