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We only consider previously unpublished work.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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As Madpeople— patients and survivors of the psychiatric system, strategic consumers of services designed in service of power, and distributed unequally— we write from strange minds. We write, too, from strange circumstances: denied authorship of our own lives, each story we tell doubles as a measure of our coherence. Those of us able to affect a semblance of sanity might access literary acceptance, publication, and even acclaim. Yet, still more numerous are those who, in the eyes of power, mouth not sentences but symptoms.

To be an openly-Mad writer, then, is to live inside a paradox: “disorder” is foundational to our writing practices, our processes of becoming-heard. Our methodologies, habits, muses and musings defy all sense  of order. With this folio, “Writing Ourselves / Mad,” I invite creators living, doing, and exploring Madness to submit work that fucks (with) mandates for literary legibility.

This call is open to work of all forms and lengths. I am particularly interested in craft, poetics, annotations/collaborations, auto-/bio-/theory-/fiction, and works of hybrid genre and medium. With a focus on Madness as method, this folio aims to celebrate the ways we seize control of our stolen narratives while providing a toolbox for other creators. Send your pathos, disturbance, rumination, disorganization, perseveration, mania, and catastrophism –– the unspeakable informing your wor(l)dwork.

All Mad, psychiatrically disabled, mentally disabled/ill, developmentally disabled, and neurodivergent people are welcome to submit, regardless of diagnostic status. We especially encourage submissions from queer creators, trans and gender-nonconforming creators, Black creators, Indigenous creators, creators of color, fat creators, poor creators, multiply-disabled creators, creators residing outside North America, and those who sit amid some or all of these positions. If you or someone you know is currently incarcerated (whether in a hospital, prison, or other congregate care setting) and wish to submit, email [email protected] to arrange submission by mail. Please attach a brief bio and (optional) photo to your submission.

DEADLINE: 15 January 2021 at 11:59:59 PM

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. To propose a folio, please send an email to Folio Editor Zebulon Wimsatt.