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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Underground Writers Association seeks submissions

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

We want your poems, art, fiction

The Underground Writers Association seeks submissions for Essential, an anthology torn from the core of UWA’s mission — sharing creative works is essential.

Submitted works should be inspired by one or more of the themes: isolation, disruption, abandon, and what is essential. It is up to the author to define and make the argument for what is essential in times like these.

All are welcome to submit; emerging writers are encouraged.

The reading period for Essential will remain open at least through June 2020, though early submission is encouraged as acceptances will be rolling until the anthology is full.

We are reviewing submissions from authors and artists of:

Up to 10 works of poetry in a single document
Up to two pages of micro fiction (250 words or less) in a single document
Up to 3 images of visual art (photography, drawings, paintings, mixed media, etc.) in a single document.

Each type of submission should be its own document, so you should be sending at most, three files.

Word documents are ok for poetry and fiction, but PDFs for all submitted files are preferred.

Submit your work in an email to

with a submission statement and proof of purchase if submitting for expedited response.

What is a submission statement? Just a little bit about who you are and what you're sending, nothing too formal or serious to worry about. It would be super awesome if you include a note of where you found out about us / this anthology (Facebook, Twitter, Newpages, word of mouth, etc.) but there's no penalty if you don't. It just helps to know where we should focus our efforts and can better connect with you!

We will let you know right away that your submission has been received.

Please allow up to 4 months for a decision from our editors before requesting a status update. While we aim to respond much faster, due to the state of the world, things like this can be unpredictable and out of our hands.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are acceptable, but, please be mindful of the following: If your submission is accepted elsewhere, that publication may not allow dual publication, and we would ask you please contact us as soon as possible if you need to withdraw your work from us.

If you are submitting previously published work, please indicate in your submission statement where and when the work has appeared. If your work has been previously published, it is up to you to check with the previous publisher that it is no longer under their FNASR. We will request confirmation if we accept a work that is previously published and reserve the right to withdraw an acceptance at any point.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will likely not be considered for publication.

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