📣 Open for Submissions!
the day has come, PTK is officially open for submissions!!
Poetry Trapper Keeper is officially open for submissions!! We’ll be open from 1 Feb - 28 Feb*, accepting poetry, art, essays, audio, etc. - pretty much any medium that can be featured in our weekly newsletter. All of the juicy details (i.e submission guidelines & info) are listed below, please make sure you read those before you…
*There will be a reading cap on this round, so we may close for submissions earlier than 28 Feb if we hit our maximum number. That means the submissions form is first come, first serve. If we hit our reading cap before the 28th of February, we will make an announcement via our newsletter and instagram to let you know. If you end up submitting work after we hit the reading cap, don't worry! We will keep your submission for our next reading period (dates TBD), where you will be first in line for review.
✅ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Submissions should be sent via this google form.
We will accept any medium of work that can be published in a digital newsletter - i.e. poetry, art, audio, essays, erotic fiction, custom GIFs, music, short stories, etc. (Substack currently does not allow you to upload videos to the newsletters, but if your work can be connected to a YouTube link or something like that, we’d be happy to consider video as well!)
We're going to keep it simple and only allow one submission per person, & one piece of work per submission (so send us your absolute best piece!)
Right now, we're only able to accept work submitted to us in English.
Don't put your name or any identifying material on the file you upload - we will be reading everything blind.
Aside from keeping things legible, there is no specific formatting criteria. Please try to keep written work under 3 pages, and any audio/video work under 10 minutes long. Remember that we're looking for pieces to highlight in an email newsletter, so we likely won't be publishing your entire novel or short film this round - but don't quote us on that!
We're also cool with collaborative work, just let us know if it's from more than one person.
Submissions can be simultaneous, and can be previously published (just let us know if we need to credit the original publisher).
If you get selected for publication on PTK, we won't "own" the first rights to your work (like most publications do). We don't believe in owning anyone's creative work for any amount of time. This means if you get your same work gets republished elsewhere in the future, we don’t require you to credit us as the original publisher. You can if you want to, but you do you. Fly like a bird, babies. Either way, all copywrite and publication rights of the work will remain yours.
Submissions that don't follow these guidelines won't be read or responded to (sorry not sorry).
✅ OTHER INFO:
For full transparency, this is our first time opening up PTK for submissions, so we're not sure yet how long it's going to take Larissa and Kelly to read everything, narrow it down, and get back to all of you on our decisions.
Either way, if we accept your work for publication, or, if we don’t, you will hear back from us via email at an undecided time in the future.
We're also not sure yet what the exact form of publishing these submissions will take on PTK. Perhaps we will feature one artist per newsletter, perhaps some great themes will emerge and we'll feature multiple artists' work in one email. Larissa and Kelly might pop in and respond to your work. WHO KNOWS!! All we know is that it will be cool and it will be sent in an email (and probably highlighted on our instagram).
If you have any issues submitting your work through the form, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to get back to you in a timely manner.
We cannot wait to see what whacky and wild content you have in store for us!! 😘😘
xx Kelly & Larissa