Women! Our Call for Art, Creative Writing and Poetry Submissions is Open!
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
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. The Call is also available in Spanish: La Llamada de Contribuciones en Español
We also accept online submissions of art and writing via email!
The instructions for sending in your creative work via email are slightly different than for submitting via snail mail. Please only send your work through EITHER email OR snail mail. Pick one, not both.
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 in our hands for possible publication as easy as possible. If you need assistance, call or email. We will be happy to help.
Final postmark-by date: August 1, 2021
Any work we receive that is postmarked by August 1st will be considered for our upcoming edition. Late submissions will be held over for consideration 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 date book. 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!
We'Moon has proudly published works of art and poetry by:
Autumn Skye, Emily Balivet, Saba Taj, Gaia Orion, Jakki Moore, Leah Dorion and Qutress! Writers include, Oak Chezar, Naima Penniman of ClimbingPoeTree, Joanne M. Clarkson, Rose Flint, Toko-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 submissions 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 Snail-Mail Submissions
We may not consider work that does not meet our guidelines, so read through these instructions.
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. Fully 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.
2. Print and Label your work
- Print one submission per page on regular paper, 8.5 x 11. All writing should fit on one side of one page. If it does not, it is probably too long.
- Label the piece of paper with your credit info. Print or type:
- the title of the piece,
- the copyright symbol you chose for it (¤ or ©—see the license for more info)
- your name as you'd like to be credited,
- and the year the work was created.
- Example: Lioness © Saba Taj 2014
- Do NOT send us original work or expensive prints. They will not be returned.
- To reduce our ecological footprint, please do not send glossy prints, plastic sheet protectors, CDs, or other non-recyclable items. To be uber-eco, email them to us!
3. Make a S.A.S.E.
- You will be including a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (S.A.S.E.) for notification and for receiving a new Call for Contributions for the next edition.
- Use a legal size envelope
- Write your own address on it
- put a regular postage stamp on it (If you live outside the US, you do not need to include a stamp.)
- We notify all contributors in the Spring to let you know whether or not your work was chosen for publication.
4. Send it on in!
Your package should contain:
- A completed and signed Contributor's License
Photographer and model release forms for photos if required (see Photography, below)
- A self-addressed stamped envelope
- Your chosen art and/or writing submission, of course!
- Send submissions to: We’Moon Submission, PO Box 187, Wolf Creek OR 97497
Final postmark-by date: August 1, 2021
Special instructions for various mediums:
For My Mother © Penn King 2018
- Maximum 16 pieces of art, please.
- If your work is chosen for the current publication, you will be contacted for a high resolution file.
- Eight 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.
Fancy Shawl Dancer at Sac and Fox PowWow © Barbara Landis 2008
Who is invited to submit their art or writing to We'Moon?
We'Moon is dedicated to amplifying the images and voices of women from many perspectives and cultures.
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 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 are eager to publish more words and images depicting people of color created by WOC
- Product compensation for each published piece of art or writing is two complimentary We’Moon date books.
- 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 date book may also be included in We’Moon on the Wall and/or Greeting Cards, with additional terms and compensation.
Every edition of We'Moon is based on a theme. The 2023 datebook theme is: Silver Lining
The theme for We’Moon 2023 is inspired by the first light that follows New Moon: the Waxing Crescent—Her Silver Lining. Waking from the dark moon time, Crescent Moon brings waves of possibility, hope, insight, transformation.
Ah, crescent wonder! Smiling arc of light
Sliding down the western sky
Sliver of radiant promise:
More is on the way!
Tomorrow You will curl up onto the eastern heaven—
Fatter, brighter. Ever laughing.
Baby Moon, grinning to Begin. Calling out "Next!"
Arawa Diana Yemanja
Moon Maiden rising
Juna Artemis Selene
Moon Mama, cuddling our hopes cradling our growth
Sickle at the ready protecting, just in case
Moon Goddess on the edge
edging darkness with Your sharp horn
dig clear unearth bow to the fragile sprout
the fleeting chance the unlikely miracle
the grace to start over
Nightgazers! Behold: Mother of Rebirth
All Praise: Child of Again
We summon the world to smile back
Look up! Dare hope.
© Bethroot Gwynn 2021
For We’Moon 2023, we draw inspiration from the Crescent Moon
This bright spark sheds light on the careful work of nurturing new dreams, our fragile, tender wishes. She peeks down on us with a knowing smile:
There is light. There is also shadow made visible. Keep watch!
Welcome the excitement and the daring this newly discovered landscape evokes. What opportunities present themselves as the moonlight dawns?
Let’s conspire to imagine solutions for stale problems.Embrace the challenges and rewards of moonifesting more integrity, compassion and resilience in our personal and collective realities.
Conjure with us clear promise of new paradigms, as we explore this re-visioning time of New, Fresh, First-Time-Again
Questions to inspire you as you consider work that you would like to submit:
What have you conjured?
What bursts of creativity have caught you off guard or inspired you?
Share rituals for growth, change, forgiveness, hope. Tell us a creation story.
How does it feel to take a leap of faith?To make a radical decision that changes your reality forever?
How do we adapt when our goals don’t go as planned? How can we help our families, communities, world, make daring choices? What new projects is your community inventing this year?
Given infinite possibilities and resources, how would you tend to the peoples of this world?
How would you enact respect and safety for the creatures, lands and waters that share the planet with us?
How can we assist each other in this troubled time?
How are devastated communities beginning again? What are the challenges and gifts of renewal? What new energies are percolating up from dark times?
How do we breathe new life into the old, unanswered cries for justice?
What plans or ideas are taking form in the material world?
What hopeful signs do you see of Earth regeneration? How do we reform structures that do not serve us anymore? What new skills or tools do we need to accelerate reparative actions?
What silver linings are opening up before you, lifting your heart?
How shall we spread the hopeful promises that invite trust in the future? What seeds of light are we planting for the long haul?
Download the Call for Contributions today,
and send us your submissions of creative art and writing on the theme of Silver Lining
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