Ends on April 6, 2019

THEME: VIDEO GAMES
DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 2019

The Poet's Haven is seeking poems about video games for the next Digest anthology, which will be titled [ ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A (START) ]. That's pronounced "up up down down left right left right bee ayh start." If you don't know what that means, you're probably not interested in this book.


This is important, so we're using bold: This call is for poems only. We're a small-press operation and can't afford to spend hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars licensing characters for a book of fan-fiction. Narrative poems are also a bit tricky: if this is what you've written, it cannot tell the game's story. Poems can be about how games affect life in the real world, imagining game characters in alternate settings, or merging the real and game worlds.  Also, please stick to poems about games that aren't based on a licensed property: no poems about comic-book or movie games.


This call will close on April 6, 2019. The anthology is targeted for printing in mid-summer but life has been known to cause chaos, so the book may not be ready until fall. Space in the anthology is limited. If we receive an overwhelming number of submissions that we like, hard decisions will have to be made. Acceptance notices will not be sent out until we are certain what will fit in the book. Please be patient, there is only one editor here who will be reading enough submissions to fill ten books.


Poet's Haven Digest titles are published as 4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall pocket-sized books. Publication in this series pays one copy per piece. A maximum of two pieces will be selected from each contributor. All contributors can purchase additional copies at a 50% discount.


We are seeking cover art for this anthology. Cover art must NOT depict any trademarked characters or logos. The cover artist will receive five copies.