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Submission Guidelines

Broadsided seeks poetry and prose that is evocative, riveting, and not too esoteric.

Broadsides are out on the streets, and we hope that they compel all kinds of people to stop, read, and consider. We want them to draw in readers, not push them away. That said, we want smart, difficult work. Work that challenges and speaks strongly.


Send your original, unpublished poems of 25 lines or less (shorter is better for Broadsided collaborations because it allows the reader time and space for both words and images). 3-5 poems at the most, please.


Send your original, unpublished 300 words of prose (or less).


For our format (on one sheet of paper, designed to be read by someone strolling by) short pieces work best. It gives us more space to play with design, more rest for the eye, a more open invitation to passsers-by.


All submissions must be sent via Submittable. We will do our best to respond within 8-9 weeks. There is a $3 fee for submissions, which goes toward keeping Broadsided Press “on the air” so we can give the broadsides away to any who want to download them and get your work onto the streets of the world.  We appreciate your support.


Closed for the Summer

From May 15 – September 1, we do not read submissions. You are welcome to submit during that time, but we will not respond to you until the fall. We look forward to reading your work!

Upon Acceptance

A Broadsided artist will respond to your work visually, and then your poem/story/essay will be Broadsided (made into a unique visual/literary document). The artists involved with this project are all talented individuals in whom the editors have both faith and confidence—because our goal is to have the Broadside be a commingling of literary and visual art, we want to give the artists as much freedom as possible. Therefore, you will not be in correspondence with the artist during the process. Sit back and see what happens!

You will be expected to answer questions for our “Collaborators’ Q&A feature and to email us a photo of your Broadsided Press collaboration up in your neighborhood, preferably with you in the image. We want you to be part of putting words and art on the streets.

Once your work is Broadsided, it will be distributed on walls and telephone poles by a gang of Vectors and saved on this site as a PDF for others to download, enjoy and post for all time.

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