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 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  We only consider unpublished work (this is a change in our policy as of 2017).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 neighborhood, 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.

We seek visual art engaging the topic, "Bearing Arms: Responding to Guns in American Culture." We have, according to the constitution, the right "to keep and bear arms" in the United States.  But how, in the wake of Las Vegas, Pulse, Sandy Hook, Trayvon Martin, and other abuses of firearms—by citizens and in some cases by those trained to protect and serve—do we bear that right?  How do we bear it?  

At Broadsided, we believe that art and literature belong in our daily lives. They inspire and demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world. We had to speak out—we had to make a space for you to speak out—on this issue.

CALL FOR ART

Guest Arts Editor Stacy Isenbarger will lead our search for 3-5 visual works to begin this conversation.  We welcome artists from all stages in their careers and all mediums. We are not afraid of bold work, but we seek work that explores and invites viewers into mystery, not propaganda that explains.

If selected, your work will be posted online for writers to respond to, then made into a broadside featuring writing and art.  It is possible that the broadside design will result in text being superimposed upon image, depending on design demands.  

The published broadside will be accompanied by "Q&A" in which both writer and artist briefly respond to their collaboration and share an image of it posted in their communities. It will be distributed through our website and the grassroots "vectors' around the world who print and post Broadsided Press publications in their communities.

Guidelines for Artists

Please use Submittable to submit up to three (3) digital images of your work under the appropriate category in Submittable.  Files should be under 500 kb in size.  If selected for publication, we will ask for a higher-resolution image of your work. 

Please include a short bio (~100 words) in your entry as well as the title/size/medium of your work. 

DEADLINE: November 10, 2017.

If the submission fee is a barrier to your participation in this feature, you may send your work by snail mail to: Broadsided Press, PO Box 24, Provincetown MA 02657.  Please include email contact information.  

What's a "Broadsided Responds" Feature?  

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.  

“Responses” provides writers and artists a channel to offer creative work as comfort, contemplation, and demonstrations of empathy to world events.  It is a place created to honor artists as first responders.  See all past features here.

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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 email. 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 email. 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.