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An Open Call for Submissions | How to Contribute Art and Writing


We are accepting submissions for We'Moon 2026!

Final due date: August 1, 2024
Note: It is too late to submit for 2025

We'Moon is like a combination literary journal, art magazine, and poetry digest all rolled into one. We would be delighted to consider your creative contributions for upcoming editions of We'Moon. 

The Call for Contributions is downloadable, and contains complete instructions about how to submit your work for possible publication in the next edition of We'Moon. (La Llamada tambien es disponible en Español)

We accept submissions of art and writing via email or snail mail!

The instructions for sending in your creative work via snail mail are slightly different than for submitting through email. Please only send your work through EITHER email OR snail mail. Pick one, not both.

Carrie Martinez Art, Full Moon circle rituals

Sister Circle © Carrie Martinez 2017

Our submissions process is accessible and we never charge a jury or entry fee. 

Our objective is to make the process of getting your work into our hands as easy as possible. If you need assistance, call or email. We will be happy to help.

 What you will find in this post:

 Penn-King-For My Mother-fortune-teller-art
For My Mother © Penn King 2018

What is We'Moon? 

A poetry and art journal? An inspirational day planner? An ever-renewing collection of creative feminist work that thousands of women look forward to every year!

 "We’Moon is a unique datebook...It’s also a book of devotions: sacred space where women share written and artistic inspirations from their life-experiences, their love and concern for the world, their delight at saying Goddess! out loud as a name for divine energy."

~from an interview of Bethroot Gwynn, We'Moon Special Editor, titled 
The Magic Behind the Veil of Production!
Francene Hart, Love Thy Neighbor  Mandala Art, love art

We'Moon has proudly published works of art and poetry by:

Autumn Skye, Emily Balivet, Saba Taj, Gaia Orion, Jakki MooreLeah Dorion and Qutress! Writers include, Oak Chezar, Naima Penniman of ClimbingPoeTree, Joanne M. Clarkson, Rose FlintToko-pa Turner and many more!

We'd love to see your work grace the pages of the next edition of We'Moon, too.

Contributions from many women from all walks of life is what makes We'Moon so very special to thousands of women. Visit our resources page for more links and bios of women who have been published in We'Moon in the past! 

How we jury the art and writing that is submitted to We'Moon:

Each piece of art and writing is circulated at Selection Circles where hundreds of women give us their opinions about the submitted works. If you are interested in joining a virtual Selection Circle, sign up for alerts via our newsletter. Our jury process is quite complicated which makes following the submission guidelines important!

By crowdsourcing our jury process, we get to bring the opinions of hundreds of other women into the production process. We bring to the foreground the most well-loved work, and those are the pieces we work with, primarily, during the creation of We'Moon in our small group process.

Instructions and Guidelines for Email Submissions:

We do not consider work that does not meet our guidelines, so read through these instructions carefully. 

We do accept submissions that are being reviewed simultaneously by other publishers. Do not send originals, as no submissions will be returned.

Step by step instructions about how to submit your poetry, short creative writing, and art for possible publication in our next edition:

  1. Complete & Sign a License 

  2. Prepare files of your Art and/or Writing submissions

  3. Send them as attachments to MotherTongue Email

    KT InfiniteArt, Nagakanya Artist at work, Black woman art, afro art, natural hair art,
    Nagakanya: Artist at Work © KT InfiniteArt 2018

    1. Complete a License 

    The Call for Contributions contains the license for all artists and writers to fill out and send in with the submissions. NOTE: Submissions will not be processed without a completed & signed license. 
    If you find this form daunting, you are not alone. Please call or email, and we will happily assist you.

    • Download the License and save the document using this format: YOUR NAME License (example: Frida Kahlo License). 
    • To download the license you can either save it on your computer or use a program like Acrobat or Preview. Alternatively, this document can be printed and filled out by hand. Take a photo of the license with your phone and attach the image into an email, or scan it back onto the computer. Name the file with the correct name, and attach it to the email.
    • Make sure to fill out & sign the license completely, an incomplete license will result in your submission not being accepted for consideration. 
    • You can always send in submissions by mail as well! Click HERE for those instructions. 

    ***Note: If you are unable to sign the license electronically, don't panic!

    We will gladly accept written forms of signatures in the email containing your license. Example: 
    I (your name) give permission to We'Moon to publish my work, this is my electronic signature."

    2. Prepare your files for email!

    • Each individual submission should be its own file and titled as follows: TITLE-CREDIT-NAME-YEAR.PDF (example: Self Portrait-Frida Kahlo-1940.PDF)
    • Each piece should be in its OWN file with its OWN file name. Note: We will not accept submissions that do not have any file name.
    • Formats we accept are: PDF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, DOC, DOCX. We do not accept .exec files, google drive, or dropbox submissions.
    • Each page of art or writing should contain the credit information: Title, copyright symbol, your credit name, and year directly on the page if possible. Example: Self Portrait © Frida Kahlo 1940
    • For Artwork: Please keep your file size down to 1 MB or less. If your work is chosen for publication, we will contact you to request a higher resolution digital file. 
    • For Photography: If you are submitting photography that contains a recognizable human subject or model, you will need to send in a release form for each individual in the photo.
    • For Writing: Limit Prose to 350 words maximum. Poetry should not exceed 35 lines (12± words per line). Limit your written word submissions to one side of one page. If you are not able to comfortably format it onto one single page, it is too long to submit. Please edit or excerpt it for our consideration.

      3. Send it on in! 

      • Attach up to 6 different pieces of writing, or 8 pieces of art into an email to MotherTongue.
      • Don't forget to include your fully completed and signed license!
      • Add "We'Moon Submission" to your subject line.
      • Click send and jump for joy!

      We will contact you in the Spring to let you know whether or not your work has been selected for publication.

        Final due date by: August 1, 2024 

        Fancy-Shawl-Dancer art at-Sac-and-Fox-PowWow-©-Barbara-Landis-2008
        Fancy Shawl Dancer at Sac and Fox PowWow © Barbara Landis 2008

        Who is invited to submit their
        art or writing to We'Moon?

        We encourage women from all walks of life to take part in helping We’Moon weave a rich and varied tapestry. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to connect with us! We’Moon does not support or condone cultural appropriation. We do not knowingly publish oppressive or appropriative content of any kind. We invite you to share your work with respect for both cultural integrity and creative inspiration.

        We invite all women to share their poetry, art, and creative writing.  

        We seek to make We’Moon a safe and welcoming space for all women, including those from international women's cultures, women of color (WOC) and others marginalized by the mainstream, e.g., lesbian, non-binary, transgender, genderqueer, etc. 

        We'Moon is dedicated to amplifying images and writing from women with diverse perspectives and is committed to minority inclusion.

        We seek to hold welcoming, celebratory space for all women, and are eager to publish more works depicting Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, Latine, and all voices from the margins, created by women who share those lived experiences.


        Compensation Information:

        • Product compensation for each published piece of art or writing is two complimentary We’Moon datebooks.
        • Small honorariums will be given for each published piece. The dollar amount will depend on size and placement.
        • All published contributors will get a 40% discount off the purchase price of additional We’Moon products which include their work, if they wish to purchase additional copies.
        • In addition, the front cover artist will receive $500, the back cover artist $350, plus extras.
        • Work published in the datebook may also be included in We’Moon on the Wall and/or Greeting Cards, with additional terms and compensation.


        Echinacea Mandala art with a crescent Moon above it
        Echinacea Sun © Dana Lynn 2016


                Thematic Inspiration

                These past four years we have based We’Moon's theme on the first phases of the Lunar Cycle . . and now at its midpoint . . . It is time to Howl!

                The 2026 datebook theme is Full Circle
                We draw inspiration from the Full Moon.

                Let’s celebrate the Moon in all Her bright glory, Her rotund fecundity, Her mighty glowing orb turned to face us head on—behold the Full Moon! Full Circle!

                Ah, but this is just one precious moment, right? One bright spot only a few days' length when Moon balances on this fulcrum between waxing and waning in a never-ending spiral of sprout, bloom, fruit, wilt, and re-seed. This cycle reflects our own life stages, and the radical ups and downs of earthly existence, just as surely as Moon mirrors the life-giving radiance of the Sun.

                She is the High Priestess, here,
                in Her most magnanimous phase.

                At Her pinnacle of magnetic power, She pulls on the tides of Earth’s oceans, of our bodies.She energizes magic, ritual, and dynamic collaboration. The Full Moon is a portal, bringing insight, exposing deeply hidden truths, psychic visions—enLightenment! At Moon's apex of bright fulfillment, She opens us also toward the deep inner work of spirit transformation where mystery, surprise, illusion are at home. Anchor yourself in Her clarity.

                Are you Moonstruck? We are!

                Dive into this thematic inspiration and the questions we pose below. Be our oracles and report to us what new shapes your dreams take under the Full Moon Light. 

                Three Indigenous Women in ritual with Plant Allies

                The Three Life Sustainers © Leah Marie Dorion 2012

                O Silver Circle Moon
                Full up with Soft light, Reflective light
                Haunting light, Muse light, Spirit light
                We lunatic with you—Sing Sigh Imagine Fly

                Ixchel, Mani, Aphrodite—Selenaphiles all
                O Hanwe, Sun's Radiant Mirror
                Coyolxauhqui of the golden bells
                Yemaya, swelling with the tides
                You are the Most, Pregnant Moon!
                Pull back your curtain of secrets: Enlighten!
                You give us the blackboard of Night
                to draw on Her mysteries.

                Earth steps aside
                Gives Sun and Moon the stage for this light-play dance
                Soon The Dark curves on cue to flare Shadow again
                Ah Yes, The Dark. Confident, ready for its turn
                While we marvel in the bright Pause,
                harvest the luminous lessons of Cool Revelation
                Full Mooning us all night long.

                © Bethroot Gwynn 2024

                Beautiful wolf art under the full moon

                Wolf's Luminescence © Tamara Phillips 2014

                Questions to inspire you as
                you consider work that you would like to submit:

                What is coming Full Circle in your life, your community, our world? What has prepared the way? How can we use this momentum to fuel regenerative work? Tell us about some new projects that are ready to launch!

                Pause and look back on how far we’ve come. Tell us about journeying, climbing to the highest heights. Share your learnings about beginnings and endings, and about beginning again. What will you dedicate your life to next?

                Where do you see deceptions playing out? The shadows of the moon are illusory. What is being bathed in the light of truth? What is bubbling in your cauldron, ready to share?

                Some cultures have a name for each of the full moons. Can you share full moon rituals and learnings from your ancestors? Teach us about the melding of physical and spiritual realms.

                Are there moon rituals you practice by yourself or in a coven? How can we use the power of the full moon to charge up our spiritual awareness? To activate our magical tools?

                The moon is a tether, keeping the earth in balance. She gives us the season and the tides. What tethers you? What will give us balance in this increasingly off-kilter world? What can we learn from the moon about seasons of life, patience, and the importance of connections? If the moon could speak to us, what would she say?

                Thank you for sharing your creative work with We'Moon. May the light of the Muses shine brightly for you.—Blessings!

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