Tribute Calls

For Submissions

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 To submit for a tribute, just mail us up to four previously unpublished poems and mention that you’d like it to be considered for the theme, or be sure to select the appropriate category on our Submittable manager.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.

 

#68 – Summer 2020 – Postcard Poems

Poetry: Our Summer 2020 issue will feature to Postcard Poems. The poems may be any style or subject, but must have been written on and be accompanied by a related postcard. The issue itself will include both the poems as written on the postcards and the postcards themselves, so we need to know who created both the postcard artwork and the poem. Homemade postcards, artists you know, or public domain/Creative Commons licensed art is extremely preferred, but we’ll do our best to work with what we want to publish. Our goal is to support and encourage the act of writing poems on postcards and sharing them in this personal and intimate way. For an idea of how postcard poetry works, read our essay by Paul Nelson about his annual August Postcard Poetry Festival. Please be sure to select the Postcard Poems category.

Artwork: We still need cover art for this issue. To submit something relevant to the theme, use the artwork category on Submittable.

Deadline: January 15, 2020

 

#69 – Fall 2020 – Service Workers

Poetry: Our Fall 2020 issue will feature a tribute to service workers. This is a field broadly interpreted, but for our purposes we’re defining service workers as those who are employed in direct service to customers, typically for the purposes of convenience or leisure. This may include those in the hotel, lodging, food service, tourism, or customer service industries, as well as many others. Poems may be written on any subject, in any length, but the poet must currently be, or have been, employed as a service worker for a significant period of time (years, not months). Include a note about your background in the service industry and what effect it’s had on your poetry (if any). Please be sure to select the Service Workers 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, 2020

 

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.