authentic - accessible - engaging 


Call for Words: (UN)SEEN

(print anthology)


Poetic License Press is seeking poems about the experience of feeling seen or unseen, understood or misunderstood, ignored or scrutinized. Poems should reflect actual firsthand experience, not the perspective of a second party observer.  What constitutes a poem is broadly defined for this project, though we are looking for writing that fits Poetic License Press’ aesthetic of authentic, accessible and engaging.


We seek to include a broad range of poets, especially those whose experience is often underrepresented in literature.  The experience reflected in the poems may, but does not have to be, connected to a writer's ethnicity, religion, gender, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or age.  If you need accommodations to submit your work, please let us know.



  • Poems should be no longer than three (3) pages each. 


  • Previously published work is fine so long as writer possesses publication rights.  Note prior publisher for acknowledgement.

Cover letter should include:

  1. poet’s name as they would like it to appear in anthology;

  2. e-mail address;

  3. street address;

  4. phone number;

  5. title of each poem (and prior publisher, if applicable);

  6. poet bio not to exceed 75 words (do not include literary honors and awards as they are not relevant to the selection process).

Regarding line should read: Submission – (UN)SEEN Anthology


Submission deadline: September 1, 2019

Notification of Acceptance by January 1, 2020 by e-mail.  Poets whose work is selected will receive one contributor’s copy as sole remuneration.  Additional copies will be available for purchase by contributing poets at a discounted price.


Format of print publication will be determined after receipt of submissions and in editors’ sole discretion. (UN)SEEN is a working title and is subject to change in editors’ sole discretion.


Submission shall constitute: (1) representation that the submission is original work and that the poet possesses publication rights, and (2) agreement that if the work is accepted for publication, (a) Poetic License Press, and any publisher with whom it may partner, may, in their sole discretion, publish and promote the work, the poet’s name, image and voice, in any format, medium or forum, and (b) the sole remuneration is one contributor’s copy per included poet.