Subprimal Poetry Art

Thought provoking poetry and other art


Poetry Art

Submission Guidelines

by Subprimal Editors ● Updated: Fri Mar 7, 2014 9:46 PM

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:

February 1 - April 16 Spring Issue
August 1 - October 16 Winter Issue
Submissions are currently closed.
We will open again for submissions on August 1, 2014.

Poetry / Flash

Please submit up to three short prose / prose poetry pieces, no more than around 500 words a piece, or 3-5 poems in a single document. Put your name and email address in the document. No previously published work, whether in print or on the web. 

Expect a response within 60 days. Please use our page at Duotrope's Digest to report on the submission process if you're a subscriber there.


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. Art work should not have been previously published. However, if it has appeared only your personal web site or blog, that’s okay.

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.


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. Permission is not necessary for reprinting, but we ask that Subprimal Poetry Art be acknowledged as the first place of publication.


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.

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 two months. In some cases, we might be able to respond more quickly. If you haven't heard back after two months, please inquire.
  • 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.
  • Si está presentando poemas que están escritos en español, deben tener una traducción al Inglés también.
Note: As of January, 2014, we have a new submission system. You can quickly upload a submission, check on the status of your submission, or to withdraw if necessary. Since the system is new, there might be some glitches. Hopefully not, but if you encounter any problems, please let us know, and we'll work rapidly with you to fix them. Thanks for your patience and interest. Submission System 2.0
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