Subprimal Poetry Art

Thought provoking poetry and other art


Poetry Art

Submission Guidelines

by Subprimal Editors ● Updated: Mon Aug 3, 2015 7:41 AM

Subprimal Poetry Art is looking for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truths. While we may have themed issues, feel free to interpret the theme somewhat loosely. Use your judgment. We're looking for work that enables the reader / listener to experience something that they might not otherwise in their regular life and causes them to think. We like pieces that use language in new ways. We have a special fondness for prose poems. Voices outside of the status quo keep us awake at night.

Our reading periods and publication schedule:

Submissions Publication
February 1 - April 16 Spring Issue
August 1 - October 16 Winter Issue

Call for Submissions - Winter 2015

Submissions are now open for the next issue of Subprimal Poetry Art, to be published in the winter of 2015. Submission deadline for this issue is October 16, 2015.

Theme Description

The theme for this issue is Borders and Boundaries: the physical limits between people, cities, and countries as well as the emotional and spiritual limits between eras, ideas, and identities. A border can be as insurmountable as The Great Wall of China, as microscopic as a cell membrane, as ephemeral as a line drawn in the sand, or as enduring as twenty years of unanswered phone calls. Send us pieces that engage different stages in the evolution of borders: their conception, their use, their dissolution, their aftermath. Send us pieces that contemplate different perspectives on boundaries: a breeding ground for creative hybridization, a suffocating restriction, a challenge. Feel free to interpret the theme loosely; let it not feel like a boundary to your creativity!

As always: More than personal anecdote, we are looking for work that grapples with human consciousness on a global level, incorporates uncommon themes. Figurative, speculative, and metaphysical work encouraged and appreciated.

Poetry / Flash

Please submit up to three short prose / prose poetry pieces, no more than around 500 words a piece, or 3-5 poems. Or a combination. Put everything in a single document. Also, put your name and email address in the document.


Please submit up to three images in JPEG or PNG format. We're looking for bizarre / curious / fantastic / eccentric / surreal art work to intersperse with the written word. This might be photography, painting, digital wizardry, or a combination.

Optionally, you can include a Word or PDF document with a cover letter, artist statement, and any descriptions or insights into your art work you'd like to share.


All written work must be in English or Spanish. Si está presentando poemas que están escritos en español, deben tener una traducción al Inglés también.

Geographical Restrictions

We get this question quite a bit, so: There are no geographical restrictions. It doesn't matter where you are from. We welcome voices from all over the world. As shown above, work needs to be in English or Spanish, but your location can be anywhere.

Previously Published Work

You may submit work that has been previously published. Our preference is for new work that has not been published and we will give preference to new work. However, we recognize that poetry sometimes needs another audience. If you submit work that has been previously published, you must:

  • ensure that publication rights have reverted to you, the author.
  • indicate the publication where it was first published and the approximate date so that Subprimal Poetry Art may appropriately credit the original publisher. If you have a URL to the work, please include that as well.

Note: If your work first appeared on your personal web site, Facebook, or any place where you were able to simply post it instead of submitting it for consideration, we won’t credit nor link. However, please let us know if this is the case.


Subprimal Poetry Art asks for one-time non-exclusive world rights and one-time non-exclusive reprint rights (in the event of a future print anthology). All other rights remain with the author as the sole owner of the work; after publication, the author is free to publish the work in any collection, anthology, etc. If you reprint your work and it first appeared here at Subprimal Poetry Art, please acknowledge us as the first place of publication.


Occasionally, we will ask an author to agree to some changes in the text as a condition of acceptance. Normally, these are small revisions. In these cases, we will email you with the proposed changes to see if you are agreeable. If so, we can go ahead and accept the piece. If not, we understand and respect your decision.


We aren't offering money at this time, only exposure. If we use your work, we'd be very happy to link back to your blog or web site.

Reading the Guidelines

This should go without saying but unfortunately, it's not the case. We receive quite a few submissions where it seems that the author didn't read (or perhaps worse: read but didn't follow) the guidelines. This generally has a negative effect on your submission. For more information, see About Reading The Guidelines.

How to Submit

  • All submissions are handled though the online submission system. No emailed submissions please.
  • You may submit once per submission period per category. In other words, you can submit one submission of written word (poetry / flash) and one art submission in the same submission period.
  • You may include a cover letter as part of an uploaded Word or PDF document if you like, but it’s not necessary. Also you don't need to include a bio in the uploaded document, but please do enter a short bio via your profile page.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please withdraw your work if it is accepted somewhere else. You can use the submission system to withdraw part or all or your submission.
  • Expect a response within 60 days. In some cases, we might be able to respond more quickly. If you haven't heard back after two months, please inquire. You may use our Duotrope page to report on the submission process if you're a subscriber there.
  • If your work is accepted, we'd like to get a photo of you, and an audio recording of you reading your piece. We need a decent recording and will most likely edit the recordings to clean up the audio and put your words to music. For more information, see Audio Recording.
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