Submissions Open for the Inaugural Action, Spectacle Poetry Contest, Judged by Mary Jo Bang, Guidelines: here


Action, Spectacle welcomes submissions via Submittable year-round, in English and previously unpublished. Simultaneous and unsolicited submissions are encouraged as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

​We employ the broadest possible aesthetic when we read. We encourage submissions of work that is more traditional or explicitly experimental, linear or non-linear, concrete or abstract, narrative or gestural, concerned with the natural world, the self, urban spaces, history, &c.

We will publish 3 issues online each year. Each issue will feature work chosen by Action, Spectacle's editors, and a rotation of several guest editors per issue, including Vu Tran, Dana Levin, Kimiko Hahn, Rick Moody, Rae Armantrout, Tyrone Williams, Emily Fridlund, Hilary Plum, Kyle McCord, Simone Muench, Cindy Arrieu-King, Amy Lawless, Ryan Ridge, Julia Story and others.

We read general submissions year round. We publish poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, comics, interviews, essays, reviews, as well as some static graphic images. Hybrid and collaborative work, as well as translations are totally welcome and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text, whenever possible.

All text submissions should be sent as ONE Word or PDF document, and all comics and images should be sent as JPEG 300 dpi.