All I have is a voice / To undo the folded lie.
—W. H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”
Please Note: Our Deadline Has Been Extended to May 15
For a new anthology, Sixteen Rivers Press is seeking unpublished poems that respond to the cultural, moral, and political rifts that now divide our country: poems of resistance and resilience, witness and vision, that embody what it means to be a citizen in a time when our democracy is threatened.
Poets are encouraged to interpret this call broadly. We welcome voices raised in passion and in praise, whether lyrical, philosophical, visionary, or personal. Because we hope to create a wide-ranging conversation among the poems, this anthology will combine submitted contemporary work with previously published poems from other periods of unrest and upheaval.
Submission period: Feb 15–May 15, 2017. Submit 1 to 3 unpublished poems, totaling no more than 3 pages, either online by Submittable or by regular mail. We expect to complete our selection by September 30, 2017; our scheduled publishing date is June 2018. Payment for publication will be two copies of the anthology.
Note: This book will be nationally advertised and similar in scope and design to our first anthology, The Place That Inhabits Us, now in its fourth printing.
For Submissions via Submittable
Submit 1 to 3 unpublished poems, totaling no more than 3 pages in a single document in doc, doc.x, pdf or rtf with your name and email address at the top right of each page. The poem(s) must not have been previously published, in print or online. There is a $3 reading fee to offset the operating costs of Submittable.
We are accepting submissions from poets in the U.S. and beyond for this anthology.
Poems may be sent by mail to:
Sixteen Rivers Press Anthology
P.O. Box 640663
San Francisco, CA 94164-0663
Please include contact information on each page. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that we can reply. Please note that we will only return poems if the necessary amount of postage has been added to your SASE.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if the poem is accepted elsewhere, please notify us at email@example.com.
Rights to authors’ works revert to authors after publication.