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

Women! Our Call for Art, Creative Writing and Poetry
Submissions is Open Annually March thru July!

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, Women Circles

Sister Circle © Carrie Martinez 2017

Our submissions process is accessible and always free. 

We do not 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.


We are accepting submission for We'Moon 2025!

Final due date: August 1, 2023
Note: It is too late to submit for 2024


Our submission process is always open. Any work we receive that is sent by August 1st will be considered for our upcoming edition (think 2-years-out). Late submissions will be held over for consideration for the following year. 


What you will find in this post:


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 lunar calendar, a handbook in natural cycles and most importantly a collaboration of women! Women from around the world send us their art and writing to be considered for publication within the datebook. 

Send us your creative work. We are always excited to receive submissions from women who have not sent their work in to us, before.

 "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 (and maybe thousands, now that we will be having online Selection Circles) 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 accept submissions via email OR snail mail. Click here for snail mail instructions

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 via email:

  1. Complete 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 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). 
    • Make sure to fill out the license completely, an incomplete license will result in your submission not being accepted for consideration. 
    • 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.
    • 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 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. (This can be done  using Preview,  though it's also possible in other applications to do this work. You can also hand write this information and then scan your artwork) 
    • 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 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.
    • No need to send a SASE if you are submitting via email. We'll contact you via email regarding our publication decisions. 

      4. 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, 2023

        Special instructions for various mediums:

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

        Visual Art:

          • Maximum of 8 pieces of art. 
          • If your work is chosen for publication, you will be contacted for a high resolution file.  
          • Please keep your file size down to 1 MB or less.
          • Formats we accept are: PDF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, DOC, DOCX.
          • We do not accept google drive or dropbox submissions.


        • 6 pieces of writing maximum.
        • Limit Prose to 350 words maximum.
        • Poetry should not exceed 35 lines (12± words per line).
        • Do not send manuscripts, chapbooks or work in any bound form.
        • Each submission should fit on one side of one page. If it does not, it is likely too long. 


        • 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.
        • If the subject is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must give signed permission for publication.
        • Download the photographer's release form.
        • Download the subject/model release form.
        • Include these forms with your submission. 


        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.

                Thematic Inspiration

                Every edition of We'Moon is based on a theme. The 2025 datebook theme is: Growing Edge

                For We’Moon 2025, we draw inspiration from Mama Moon, nearly full in her waxing gibbous phase. Oh, what journeys she has made on her trek from new-moon-dark to this ripening glow, on the cusp of completion. But not quite! She has work to do yet—as do we—before the glory of fullness.

                beautiful horse fire woman image by Melissa Pandina

                Breath is the Horse That Magic Rides © Melissa Stratton Pandina 2020

                O Moon! Great Mother in the Sky
                Swollen and teeming with Light!
                Your glowing, growing wonder shines strong,
                fires our determination, ripens our plans.
                You are a beacon of Revolution
                guiding us beyond fear, weariness, futility.
                Now cresting, now brimfull—
                Come! Inspire us with Fertile Promise:
                Yes, we can tame the toxins infecting our precious world.
                We can create new harmonies among our peoples.
                Watching your nightly, exactly-paced parade of Change,
                we learn to trust the swell of Possibility, 
                rejoice in your fluid certainties 
                Hanhepi     Europa     Ix Chel
                Moon Mother Goddesses
                Sarpandit, pregnant with Moonsilver
                Gleti, Mother of stars
                You of countless names!
                All praise to Mama Moon!
                All love.

                © Bethroot Gwynn 2023

                For We’Moon 2025, we draw inspiration from the Waxing Gibbous Moon

                This is a time of anticipation, of evaluation and revelation. There is not much space in that thin slice of shadow for secrets or unexpressed sentiments. No. We must come out with it, now, surrender to the light here at the home stretch. As she gathers up her radiance, we too gather up our confidence to persevere, align our compasses and synchronize our watches with allies and companions in this life. 

                Let’s make sure our goals are attuned
                to the urgent imperatives of this fragile planet.

                There’s barely time to course correct, refine intentions, at this critical, burgeoning moment. Light will crown soon;  there is no turning back. Can you feel the quickening? The bursting at the seams? The exhilaration of acceleration? This gain in momentum is a push that the universe offers us to get ‘er done: attend to those life-changing projects, and tie up lingering loose ends. We are almost there! Are you ready?  

                Show us what lies ahead, 
                on the Growing Edge!

                Bee Medicine by Danielle HR Dickson

                Bee Medicine © Danielle Helen Ray Dickson 2015

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

                What can we do to encourage the radiance emerging in the cosmos? How shall we feather our nests to prepare for impending changes? How does this upwelling of possibility help us bear our distress about the state of the world? What auspicious signposts do you see pointing toward renewed faith in human kindness and commitment to healing the earth? 

                Where is Hope taking you by surprise? What is percolating under the surface, needing to be revealed or released? What missing puzzle pieces remain hidden in that sliver of shadow lurking in the corner? What’s still in the dark because we’re not ready to see it?

                In Numerology, the year 2025 corresponds with the number 9: Near Completion. What is near completion for you? For all sentient beings, and for Gaia? What are the “final steps” needing to be processed, digested, and worked through? What may need embellishment, bolstering, or balancing? How can we use the last moments inside this chrysalis to tune and refine the magic that will birth us into the future? 

                Dare we hope that tipping points force new resolutions to current crises: peak oil, universal food shortage, late-stage capitalism, the collapse of flora/fauna diversity, climate cataclysm? What promising efforts do you see that address these calamities? How can we reduce the suffering, near and far? What words / images / stories offer encouragement to you? 

                What does it mean for the world that there’s a pregnant moon up there? And for you: what’s beginning to emerge full blown in your life? What lessons are you harvesting in this revolution toward crystalline light?

                Download the Call for Contributions today, also available in Spanish, and send us your submissions of creative art and writing!

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