Though Wordgathering is
deeply committed to poetry, we also accept literary essays, short fiction, drama and books of poetry for review.
Our aim is to give voice to the emerging
genre of disability literature; therefore, we seek work related to disability or by
writers with disabilities. The following guidelines are for the submission of poetry. Guidelines for submission
of essays and books for review guidelines are given at the bottom of the page.
- Writers with disabilities can submit poems on any topic.
For topics unrelated to disability, Wordgathering will ask
you to confirm that you have a disability upon acceptance.
- Non-disabled writers must submit work that relates in some
way to disability.
- Submit up to 5 poems.
- We prefer poems under 75 lines.
- We would appreciate receiving the poems in at least 16 point
- Any style of poetry may be submitted.
- Previously unpublished work is given preference. If a work
has been previously published, please let us know where.
- Work should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write submission in the subject line of the e-mail.
- Cover letters in the body of the email by writers submitting to Wordgathering for the first time are appreciated.
- If poems are available as an audio fle, poets can indicate that in the cover letter.
- Please send poems as attachments. On the attachment include
your name, conventional mail address and e-mail address.
Writers interested in submitting essays should first send a query to the editors at
email@example.com describing the proposed essay or the book to be reviewed. Essays are generally
between 1000 and 1500 words and should in some way contribute to the development of the genre of disability either
theoretically or through personal experience as a writer with a disability. The editors strongly recommend
that potential contributors read past essays, especially Jim Ferris, "Crip Poetry" or Dan Simpson's "Line Breaks the Way I See
Them", as examples of the kind of essays Wordgathering looks for.
Wordgathering is also very interested in reviewing books of poetry by writers with disabilities. As with essays,
it is a good idea to read previous book reviews. The reviews of Laura Hershey's "Spark Before Dark" for a single author
poetry book and Jillian Weise's "The Colony" for
fiction would be good places to start. A word of caution: Wordgathering is
unlikely to review books whose primary purpose is to be inspirational, uplifting, or therapeutic.
Fiction and Drama:
Writers of short fiction, novels or plays who would like their works reviewed or excerpted should first send a query
The query should include a statement that allows the editors to know how the work qualifies as disability
Art and Music:
Emphasis is placed on work that focuses on disability and pushes some limits. Submissions of art (including photography)
and musicians should be accompanied by a proposed text Prospective contributers might want to pay special attention
to the work of painter Betty G. Miller Submissions of artwork should be made work as jpg files and music as audio files, preferably mp3.
Acceptance of work will generally come within 4-6 weeks. As with most online journals, work submitted can not be
returned. Unfortunately, due to its non-profit nature, Wordgathering cannot provide compensation for
work that is accepted for publication.