The Anarchist Poetry Project

Black Cat Community Press is publishing its first book!

We were founded and run by anarchists. So it's fitting that our first book series will be The Anarchist Poetry Project. The first book in that series will be titled:

The Anarchist Poetry Project vol. 1: Building Better Worlds

 

**Submissions for vol. 1 are now open from August 1- September 30, 2021** (deadline extended)

If you’re an anarchist who writes poetry about anarchism, then we want you to submit your work!

Send us your anarchist poetry!

Untitled design.jpg

The theme of the book is Building Better Worlds. Poems that somehow relate to that theme within the context of anarchism will have a better chance of being accepted.

 

In particular, we love speculative literature (scifi, fantasy, hopepunk and other -punk subgenres, magical realism, etc). But even if your poem doesn’t fall into such genres, we still want you to submit it as long as you identify as an anarchist, and your poems are in some way about or related to anarchism and building better worlds.

 

There is no submission fee, but mutual aid donations are always appreciated. Making a donation does not in any way influence your chances for publication.

A Kickstarter will be launched this summer to fund production and printing of APP volume 1. All proceeds collected form the Kickstarter above production costs will go to fund production of our anarchist, speculative literary journal, Black Cat Magazine.

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines in full before submitting your poetry. Submissions that stray from the guidelines may be subject to rejection.

 

General Submission Guidelines

 

  • Only one submission per person.

  • Each submission can include up to 3 poems totaling no more than 5 pages.

  • Accepted file types include .docx, .txt, and .pdf 

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us right away if any of your poems are accepted elsewhere by emailing blackcatcommunitypress@gmail.com

  • We are only accepting unpublished work for this project (“published” does not include work that is posted on personal blogs, patreon pages, etc)

  • If you wish to remain anonymous, we prefer you use a pen name. But you are welcome to submit your work anonymously if you'd like.

We do not accept work that

 

  • holds up capitalism and corporations as the solution to social problems. We also do not accept work that is classist, reactionary, fascist, or that glorifies imperialism. 

  • is X-rated or overly gruesome in nature. 

  • espouses views that are racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, Hinduphobic, anti-Sikh, xenophobic, or anti-immigrant, patriarchal, sexist, toxically masculine, fatphobic, misogynist, heteronormative, queerphobic, or transphobic, ableist (like ecoprimitavism) audistic, or that discriminates against marginalized groups in any way (Punching up is okay).

 

We also will not accept work that

 

  • disparages sex workers, or that glorifies or sexualizes violence against them.

  • glorifies or sexualizes violence against people of marginalized genders or races.

  • reduces people from marginalized genders or races to objects or otherwise dehumanizes them.

  • sexualizes or glorifies violence against children.

 

Legalities

 

  • If we accept your work, then you grant Black Cat Community Press first worldwide print and electronic publication rights, and you guarantee that the submission is your own work.

  • In addition, Black Cat Community Press reserves nonexclusive archival and anthology rights to all work we accept for publication.​ 

  • We don't ever own your work. All rights return to the author immediately upon publication. 

  • If you publish your work elsewhere at a later date, we kindly ask that you include a note that the piece was originally published by Black Cat Community Press.

 

Submissions will only be accepted via the form linked below. We are not accepting submissions for this project via email. Submissions sent via email will be deleted without a response.