Thank you for liking us enough to submit! We're grateful that you're considering us as a home for your work. We accept submissions through our Submittable platform only.
General submissions for Anomaly in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and translation are open November 1 - March 1 and June 1 - September 1.
Anomalous Press is currently closed for chapbook and full-length manuscript submissions.
To cover operational costs, we must charge a $3 fee for each submission. Plus, it's easier for everyone (and the environment) to save that in printing and mailing costs. 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 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We only consider previously unpublished work.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.
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.
Special No-Fee Calls for Submission
South Asian Subcontinent (SAS) Lit Folio
DEADLINE 1 SEPTEMBER 2018
In a poem, the maestro of Urdu poetry, Mirza Ghalib proclaims – “Saharas are buried in the dust of my commotion”. This dissonant yet abiding haecceity is perhaps the best introduction to the tessellation of South Asian Subcontinent’s literature. The umbrella term for the geopolitical expanse in itself is issue for debate and doesn’t adhere to set boundaries, instead spilling out in a flux of shadowlands as does the emergent writing and art. From Bhakti & Sufi poetry to Afghan landays, the flourish of spoken word at mushairas, contemporary ecopoetics; we have witnessed for ages the curious, definition-defiant and somewhat nomadic pathways of literary oeuvre as experienced and nurtured in the region. However, whenever we see listicles about present day poets and poetry – particularly Anglophone - our names are either entirely missing or tokenized. This folio aims to move beyond inclusion and instead chooses to celebrate & scintillate writing from the South Asian Subcontinent in its entirety. Our folio will include folks from homeland as well as immigrant/diasporic spaces. For the purpose of curating this folio, we are including the following countries under the canopy of South Asian Subcontinent – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. We welcome poetry – original (in English) & translated (any language or dialect prevalent in the region provided the translator has the rights/permission to the original work), personal essays as well as interviews/discussions/feature pitches between writers from the South Asian Subcontinent. Send us words that unpeel the realms of critical intimacies and are unapologetic about the nakedness of their roots. We particularly welcome work from marginalized, displaced and othered communities from the region.
Please send upto 3 poems or 2 short personal essays or 1-2 interview/conversation/features pitch to nihilistwaffles [at] gmail [dot] com.
Call for Submissions: Transtastic Tomorrows Folio
DEADLINE 15 SEPTEMBER 2018
In Tomorrow’s Now, what does it mean to be you? In this reality, Trans / Gender Non Conforming / Agender folk are forced to create selves that withstand external scrutiny. Consider the power of the speculative: In a parallel now, what is possible for our present lives? Using the science fiction & speculative fiction genres (& all that falls in-between), this space is to imagine those realities. These imaginations from Trans/GNC voices are crucial both the future making nature of the sci-fi / spec genre & the imagining more possibles for our bodies.
We are seeking poetry, prose, hybrid, flash fiction & experimental text with a focus on futures, alternate realties, cyborgs, dystopias, environment & global events, space & other proto-possible technologies.
Poetry: 2-5 pieces (7 pages max)
Prose / Hybrid: 1-2 (5 pages max)
Creative Nonfiction: (3 pages max)
Experimental: ( < 5 pages)
Send your work & a brief bio to jayy [at] jayydodd [dot] net with “Anomaly - Trans Tomorrows” or “Trans Tomorrows” in the subject title.
Anomaly features special sections, that we call folios, in each issue. 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!). Submit proposals here.
Folios are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Currently, folio proposals are being considered for issue 27 (by June 2018) and after.