Calls for Submissions

Thank you for liking us enough to submit! We’re grateful that you’re considering us as a home for your work. For our regular issue, we accept submissions through our Submittable platform only. 

General submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and translation are open November 1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1. 

For submissions to our special folios, published in and between regular issues, submissions are accepted under the terms stipulated in the folio call, determined by and at the discretion of the guest folio editor, in consultation with our staff folio editor. For current folio calls, see the bottom of this page.

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 editor at anomalouspress dot org.

We strongly encourage you to take a look at to see previous issues and see if you think your work is a good fit.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that you notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. You can use this handy system to withdraw, or leave a note on your submission.

We only consider previously unpublished work. That includes work published on personal blogs, sorry. We’re especially interested in work that uses the medium of the web as part of its compositional strategy.

We aim for a two-month response time, but we’re only human. Because we’re an all-volunteer organization we try our very best to offer a fair turnaround time, about three months. For any genre other than poetry please drop us a line if you haven’t heard from us within three months. For poetry submissions, we can’t respond to individual inquiries: if you haven’t heard from us yet, it’s because we’re still working on your submission. We get over 500 poetry submissions every period and are spending time reading each one carefully.

Send us your best, most challenging work through Submittable today.

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Call for Blog & Feature Writers

We’re looking for writers who are interested in contributing in an ongoing manner to the Anomaly Blog, either by proposing a column or series, or by joining a team of staff writers who both pitch and take on assigned pieces for the blog. We are particularly interested in writers to focus on reviews, interviews, and profiles of artists and writers; and in getting pitches for columns or series that focus specifically on a particular artistic or writing community within the purview of our expanded mission. If you are interested, please send an email to Features & Reviews Editor Sarah Clark with a paragraph about what you’re interested in writing about and your CV attached.

Call for Folio Proposals

Anomaly features special sections, that we call folios, in each issue, and between issues. To propose a theme or topic for an upcoming folio, please submit a brief, 500-word description, making sure to specify what genres will be included in the content of your folio, and the names of some potential contributors (you do not need to already have content selected, just a few names as examples!). 

Folios proposals are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Propose a folio here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS :: Queering in Plain Sight: A Folio on Queer Fashion

The rhetoric of fashion as it relates to queer identity goes beyond style, beyond taste, beyond aesthetic. As Valerie Steele reminds us, the links that tie the queer community to fashion are “complicated because it goes way back further that we’d thought. It involves the whole history of oppression and secrecy surrounding gay sexuality, which was illegal and [stigmatized] as a mental illness. So I think gays and lesbians had to be hyper aware of how to read and analyze clothes so as to dress in a way that would allow them to communicate with other people but not be recognized by a homophobic society.”  The queer community has always spoken through what it fashions on the body, and that language is one that didn’t exist in mainstream fashion, and so inevitably required a DIY, punk sensibility. It is this conversation of the makeshift fashioning of the queer body and aesthetic that we are particularly interested in for this folio.

Anomaly invites people of all genders who identify as queer to contribute to our upcoming folio on queer fashion and its intersections. Please send us your previously unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction, poems, hybrid words, collages, illustrations, comics, videos, and anything else you can possibly think of—in conversation with any aspect of queering fashion to [email protected]. We especially welcome submissions by people of color (especially Black and indigenous people), disabled and neurodivergent people, migrants and the children of migrants, and everyone under the LGBTAI+ umbrella who considers themselves queer.

DEADLINE: 31 October 2019 at 11:59:59 PM


Calling all CantoMundo fellows!  

This is your chance to submit poetry to a celebration folio of CantoMundo. 

To mark the beginning of the 10-year anniversary of CantoMundo, Anomaly and I want your work! I will be editing a poetry folio of work that highlights, celebrates, and honors the incredible work of the fellows who have been part of CantoMundo’s ten-year history. There are no restrictions on the type of poetry. Send up to 3 previous unpublished poems to [email protected] (Soledad Caballero) as word documents in one continuous document. Please also include author bios and (always optional) contributor photos.

DEADLINE: 22 November 2019 11:59:59 PM