Three times a year (February, June, and October), when our sister pub, Sonic Boom, is taking submissions, we are going to mix things up here at Human/Kind and do a special issue featuring found poetry. Each issue will have a different theme or prompt.
For the February Issue 1.3, we'll be accepting found poems in a visual format--OPEN THEME of humanity/human nature. ANY style poem may be submitted, short or long, so long as it is a found poem and is accompanied by the appropriate source citations. We would like it to be in a visual format; this could be erasure, blackouts, digital art, collage, multimedia, embroidery, words on popsicle sticks, pasted over one of your kid's crayon drawings, etc.
Sources: Please place this information in your submission email and not on the image itself. If you use an image that is not your own as a background, please make sure it is a free source image and let us know where you found it, or attach permission from the creator of the image so they may be credited. Collaborations are encouraged! For words, include a link to your source if it is available online. If it is not, you can send your source name and snapshots of pages used. For erasures and blackouts, source and page numbers are required. Collages using magazines and newspapers need only site page if multiple words are used from the same page, otherwise, just site source titles.
Be creative. Go wild with it. Try something new!
Please send only one submission per period. PLEASE KEEP TOTAL PIECES TO 10 OR LESS. If you send more than 10 pieces, only the first 10 will be considered.
We accept and encourage collaborative work, submitted with the approval of all involved parties.
All submissions must be unpublished, unless by solicitation.
No simultaneous submissions, please. We aim to respond within 4 weeks.
You will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt for your submission. You will receive a second notice after we have made a decision on your work. If we decline your submission, please do submit again, and always send your best, most relevant work!
How To Send It
Submit via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email subject should read: "SUBMISSION - Found Poems - Your Name."
Please attach photos/art as high-resolution JPEG files (.jpg). Please name your files with your full name and the title: "LastFirst_Title.extension." (The extension is the file format, i.e.: .jpg, .doc, or .docx.)
Please include: your full name as you would like it to appear, your location, and a brief bio (under 50 words). In your bio, you may include your preferred pronouns, links to your website and public social media accounts, personal information, and/or publications; we'd like to get to know you!
We respect that some may wish to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of some work. If this pertains to you, please clearly state this in your submission so that we are able to protect your privacy. For our records and copyright concerns, please still include your name and location. The same goes for pen names.
DO NOT SEND
Anything that is objectifying, racist, sexist, ableist, xenophobic, classist, intimidating or disparaging. Anything that falls into this category of material will be rejected the first time and if repeated will be sent straight to the trash bin with no response.
Submission Windows & Publication Schedule
UPDATE: Found poetry submissions will be read February 7th to the 17th (midnight EST/-5 GMT) and published on the 7th of March.
Please refrain from sending your work outside of the noted submission periods. It will result in your submission being declined, unread.
By submitting, you grant Human/Kind Journal rights to publish your work digitally, in print, and online. No work will be otherwise copied, distributed, or sold without the copyright holder's permission.
Following your publication in Human/Kind Journal, all rights revert to the creator. In cases where your work may be reprinted elsewhere, we request first-publication credits. We also request a 30-day period between our publication of your work and any reprints. Submitting to Human/Kind Journal is considered agreement to these terms.