Calls For Submissions


See below for all current open calls for submissions at Entropy and Enclave.

Click here for General Submission Guidelines.



An invitation for writing and personal stories relating to birds. Stories involving loss, being lost, stories involving birds, changing relationships to writing and being written, to writing practice, to self, to the sky. Submissions of personal and poetic essays related to the birds. Essays on birds, a bird, a particular species of bird, all birds, your bird.

Please email submissions directly to:

See the series so far: The Birds.


It is fall and I am looking for mini-syllabi or reading lists on any topic. A mini-syllabus might consist of a brief description or introduction to the topic and a short reading list that gathers stories, texts, and/or films related to that category or topic. Other topics might include pigs, polar bears, virtual reality, Peruvian literature, Scandinavian literature, translation, eco-poetry, insect poetics, food, slowness, capitalism, water, Muppets, pop culture, whiskey, Japanese feminist poetry, summer solstice, zodiac poetry, clocks, video games, asemic writing, trees, the Singularity, South African history, plastic, the apocalypse, sunsets, the color blue, heat, Texas, floods, montage, human evolution, heartbreak, black holes, birds, sculpture, the alphabet, road trips, etc, etc, etc.

Submit a short description and reading list of 5-12 texts/films/books to share with others.


See past syllabi.


Music can hold enormous power in memories and experiences, transporting us instantly to an age, location, or person. What sonic joys, mysteries, disbelief, and clarity have you experienced? Identify songs of influence in your life and explore them like variations on a theme, melding syntax and song structure, recalling the seriousness or levity that accompanies. Whether it’s an account of when a specific song first entered your life, the process of learning to play a song, teaching someone a song, experiencing the same song in different places as it weaves through your life, unbelievable radio timing, sharing songs with those in need, tracking the passing down of songs, creative song analysis etc, I am interested in those ineffable moments.

And so I’m welcoming submissions of your own variations on a theme, as drawn from your life’s soundtrack. Please email submissions to and keep an eye out for others’ Variations.



If writing defies “common sense,” if it seems to go against traditional modes of thought, norms, and histories, the idea of that common sense no longer makes sense, or might make sense if we’re allowed to reinvent ourselves. That’s what I’m looking at with the literacy narrative, the coming-into-language story. I want to hear yours: when you first “clicked” with a language,  whatever it is; why you questioned the modes of your Englishes; how you wrote “poetry,” but looked at it again and called it “lyric essay.” I want to see your literacy narrative in its scholarly, creative, and hybrid forms. Send your literacy narratives to Sylvia Chan at Stay tuned for more literacy narratives from yours truly and others.


A feature that looks to shed a light on emerging awesomeness in comics and sequential art, alongside interviews with creators. If you’ve been published before or if you haven’t, if it’s an excerpt from your first graphic novel or an excerpt from your sketchpad, if it’s got panels and drawings and word balloons and we can talk shop about it, then we want to hear from you.

Please email submissions directly to:

See the series so far: The New Comics.


Send me your dramadies. Send me your stories filled with levity but centered around a decidedly serious theme. Tell me how humor has helped you heal. Tell me about the inappropriate moment when you laughed at a funeral, or the joke your dad made about gaining supernatural powers from the radiation during his cancer treatment. Bring me the stuff of an episode of an episode of Louie, works in the spirit of David Sedaris writing about his mother’s death. Show me the levity you find in the tears, the moments you laughed until you cried, or cried until you laughed, or laughed and cried in the same breath.

Please email submissions directly to:

See the series so far: Dramedy.


BLACK CACKLE: A FEATURE OF VERY DARK HUMOR seeks sleekly, darkly funny works where the sad and the hilarious converge.

Please send your very dark and funny short stories under 3,000 words / poems of any length / hybrids to


Entropy seeks submissions for a new Sunday series, “On Weather.” We are looking for essays, prose poems, possibly even fiction in which the weather plays a role, either in the forefront or background. While we are open to any style or form, for this particular series we are leaning more toward the essay form.

Send submissions to with the subject “On Weather.”

See the Call for Submissions here.




The substance of cinema is therefore an endless long take, as is reality to our senses for as long as we are able to see and feel (a long take that ends with the end of our lives); and this long take is nothing but the reproduction of the language of reality. In other words it is the reproduction of the present.
— Pier Paolo Pasolini, “Observations On the Long Take”

Please submit writings, essays, musings, reflections, fictional vignettes, responses, or other texts written about or through a filmic long take. #LONGTAKE

More info and the call for submissions here.



A call for submissions. All poems submitted will be included. Because one yet wants to believe that poetry can still be about the catastrophe and beauty of one’s own heart, and the generous giving away of those words to another.

If the world were to end next week, what is the final poem you write, the final poem you give away generously, treacherously, genuinely, fearfully, necessarily, beautifully?

That tomorrow it may very well all end, and we would know to bear the pain as the day rose and broke.
That the present is undying yet death awaits us all.
That words can still connect and touch, that we still know how to offer to others a piece of our soul.
That space yet expands and we know when to keep breathing and when to stop.
That poetry can yet be given and received, from one human being to another.

Send your #finalpoems to to be published until the world ends, at Enclave.

See the series so far: #FINALPOEMS

THE NEW CANON: A Redefinition Project:

The New Canon will be composed of essays, 500-2000 words on a book that you believe should be part of The New Canon. White male authors will be represented, but in a much smaller percentage than ever before. If you truly feel strongly about the work of a white male author, please indicate so in your email.

Pitches, essays, and queries can be sent to Sam Slaughter at