Broadsided Press seeks poetry and prose that is evocative, riveting, and not too esoteric. Broadsides are out on the streets, and we hope that they compel all kinds of people to stop, read, and consider. We want them to draw in readers, not push them away. That said, we want smart, difficult work. Work that challenges and speaks strongly. 

Who have we published? You can browse our archives or see an alphabetic list of authors or list of artists with links to their publications.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS/PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK: We are glad to accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.  We only consider unpublished work (this is a change in our policy as of 2017).

RESPONSE TIME: We will do our best to respond within 8-9 weeks.

CLOSED FOR SUMMER: We do not read submissions from May 15 - September 1.  You are welcome to submit during that time, but we will not respond to you until the fall.

UPON ACCEPTANCE: A Broadsided artist will respond to your work visually, and then your poem/story/essay will be Broadsided (made into a unique visual/literary document). The artists involved with this project are all talented individuals in whom the editors have both faith and confidence—because our goal is to have the Broadside be a commingling of literary and visual art, we want to give the artists as much freedom as possible. Therefore, you will not be in correspondence with the artist during the process. Sit back and see what happens!

You will be expected to answer questions for our "Collaborators' Q&A" feature and to email us a photo of your Broadsided Press collaboration up in your community, preferably with you in the image. We want you to be part of putting words and art on the streets.

FEES: To cover operational costs, we must charge a $3 fee for each submission. If, for reasons of financial hardship, you cannot afford to pay the submission fee, please send us an email at broadsided at gmail dot com.

If you'd like to bump up your contribution and help us, we would be grateful for your donation.




$3.00
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LESS IS MORE:

Submit your 25-line (or less) poems (3-5 at the most, please).  

For our format--one sheet of paper, designed to be read by someone strolling by--short pieces work best. It gives us more space to play with design, more rest for the eye, a more open invitation to passsers-by.

BIOS
Please include a bio in your cover letter. The pdf bio will be quite short, but we can put a longer note online.

We will do our best to respond within 8-9 weeks. 


$3.00
$3.00

LESS IS MORE:

Submit your 300 words of prose (or less). You may submit up to 3 short pieces.

For our format (on one sheet of paper, designed to be read by someone strolling by) short pieces work best. It gives us more space to play with design, more rest for the eye, a more open invitation to passersby.

We know that a snippet of story or essay cannot convey the full complexity of your work. Although the published broadside will have at the most 300 words, we are more than happy to put the rest of your text online. If you choose to send a story in its entirety, please begin with the section that you think is appropriate to broadside.

BIOS
Please include a bio in your cover letter. The published Broadsided bio will be quite short, but we can put a longer note online.

We will do our best to respond within 8-9 weeks. 

We invite writers to share short work that reaches out toward any LGBTIQ+ Youth–past or present, self or other–who have needed support, solace, or a sense of being seen and known. We seek writing from voices who might wish to speak to their own younger selves (and, by extension, the younger selves of today).

Send poems or flash prose  with the title, “Letter to my ______

The blank could be anything relevant: younger self, former self, future family, unexpected ally, nemesis, dream self, fantasy self, unfurling self, beautiful kid, surprising elder, inner unicorn.

We seek work that offers hope, solace, pathways, and a sense of solidarity.  Rage is fine;  there’s plenty to rage against, but what can we build with a fire? After a fire? The goal is to offer solidarity, strength, and hope to LGBTIQ+ youth and those who love them.  Surprising, nuanced, visionary, radical, thrilling, funny, wrenching hope.

We seek SHORT work: Prose of under 300 words, poems of 30 lines or less.

This is one of Broadsided's "Responses" features.  At Broadsided Press, we believe art and literature are as necessary as the news to understanding the world. They demonstrate the vitality of our interconnectedness.  “Broadsided Responds” provides writers and artists with a channel to offer creative work as comfort, contemplation, and demonstrations of empathy to world events.    

  • Poems should be 30 lines or less.  
  • Prose should be 300 words or less.  
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • You may submit up to 3 pieces per submission.


If selected for publication, an artist will create a visual repsonse to your writing and a broadside of art and text will be created and published and featured in Broadsided Responds.

See the full Call for Submissions here.

Broadsided Press