Call for Submissions

This Is Not a Punk Rock Anthology, It's a New Wave Anthology: an anthology inspired by new wave music

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Bone & Ink Press is now accepting submissions for our second anthology—This Is Not A Punk Rock Anthology, It's A New Wave Anthology. This will be a cross-genre anthology, including poetry, flash fiction, and flash non-fiction.

Editor: Jessie Lynn McMains

Co-editors: L M Schmidt and Eva Morrow

What we want: 

-We want poetry, flash fiction, and flash CNF inspired by new wave music.

-There's a lot of things that can look like. Our definition of "new wave music" is really broad–there's a lot of overlap with new romance, punk, post-punk, second wave ska, power pop, goth, and straight-up '80s pop music. If you define it as new wave, there's probably a place for it in the anthology. You can write about one band or song, or multiple bands and songs. You can write about your favorite one-hit wonder '80s band, or your favorite new wave band that played in your neighbor's garage and never recorded anything. You can write stuff that's more inspired by the era / the sound / the mood of this music than it is about any specific song or artist. We want your pop music paeans, your '80s nostalgia (or anti-nostalgia). We want cassette tapes and jelly bracelets, side ponytails and hairspray, neon eyeshadow and black lipstick. We want Madonna and The Cars, The Bangles and The Cure, Adam Ant and Depeche Mode, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Idol, The Specials and Madness.

-We're all for "weird" submissions, i.e., hybrid forms like prose poems and lyric essays. We're also all for genre submissions. Have a horror, sci-fi, fabulist, or spec-fic flash or poem inspired by new wave music? We just wanna read it (and have fun)!

-We will give consideration to all submissions. However, we are especially interested in including work by/that centers the experiences of writers of color/BIPOC, writers who are immigrants to the U.S. or whose parents immigrated here before they were born*, Indigenous/Native American/First Nations writers, disabled writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and women.

*We are, of course, open to writers from/living in any country, not just the U.S/North America.

What we don’t want:

-Gratuitous violence, gore, or sex. We’re not interested in censorship, and if any of those things are integral to your piece, that’s fine! But if it reads like erotica, or splatterporn, we won’t publish it.

-Racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, or any other kind of bigotry. Again, we’re not interested in censorship—if you or your character experiences bigotry in the course of a piece, that’s much different than if your piece is bigoted.

-Straight-up reviews! This is a creative writing anthology inspired by new wave music, not a collection of music criticism about new wave.



The nitty gritty:

-Please format everything in standard 12pt font, single-spaced. We will accept both .docx and .pdf files.


-Maximum page count per poem/essay/story is three pages. Limit three pieces per person. You may submit in as many genres as you want, but you cannot send more than three pieces, total. You only need to fill out the submission form once, but please attach each genre as a separate file. (For example: if you are submitting one poem, one CNF piece, and one fiction piece, that would be three separate files.)

-Collaborative efforts are super cool! Just make sure you include the names of all authors in the submission form, and use the email address of the person who will be responsible for responding to emails, etc.

-We will consider "after" poems, but in light of several cases of plagiarism in the poetry community in recent years, we need you to cite your sources so we can make sure everything's on the up-and-up. Same with found poems–we love 'em! Just tell us where you found 'em! (There is a space in the submission form to do so, but we encourage you to make a note in the document as well.)

-Previously published pieces are fine, as long as you retain the copyright and/or have permission to reprint. (And please let us know where the pieces previously appeared.)

-Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

-We don't charge submission fees, but running a press and putting together an anthology are expensive, so we're doing tip jar submissions this time. Your ability to tip us or not will in no way effect the level of consideration your work is given. However, tip jar submitters can expect a faster response time. If you'd like to, just throw a few bucks in our ko-fi account, and then let us know in the submission form that yours is a tip jar submission.


How to submit:

-Read the above, then read it again. Then CLICK HERE and fill out the form / upload your files.

-The deadline for all submissions is July 31, 2020, at midnight PDT. Final decisions will be made by the end of August. You should receive a response by the end of August (or early August, if you are doing a tip jar submission). If you have not received a response by the first week of September, feel free to query @


-Rights: For any work that is ultimately chosen for the anthology, we ask for first printing rights, meaning that you won’t publish the work elsewhere until the anthology is released. (Obviously, if your piece has been previously published elsewhere, that point is moot.) After publication, the copyright will revert to you, and you will be able to publish it anywhere else you choose, though we ask that you acknowledge it previously appeared in this anthology. We also ask to retain the rights to publish or excerpt your work in promotional materials connected to the anthology and press, or in further print runs or digital editions of the anthology, in perpetuity.

-Compensation: each contributor will receive one digital copy of the anthology, and a $5 honorarium to be paid upon publication.






Jessie Lynn McMains (they/she) is the owner and editor of Bone & Ink Press. They are a multi-genre writer, zine-maker, and dabbler in tarot, music, and visual art. They were the recipient of the 2019 Hal Prize for poetry, and were the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, WI. They are the author of several chapbooks, and recently self-published a collection of their nonfiction, titled What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk. Their first full-length book of poetry, The Loneliest Show On Earth, was published in February 2020 by Bottlecap Press. Their first rockstar crush, when they were a child in the 1980s, was Billy Idol, and they're pretty sure that explains a lot about them. You can find their website at, or find them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram @rustbeltjessie

Eva Morrow is a Vegas-raised, Spokane-dwelling creator who works alongside animals while being an editorial assistant for Pussy Magic and The Atticus Review. She lives with her two soulmates--her husband and their pup, Artemis. You can make the decision to follow her @evajmorrow.

L M Schmidt (she/her) is an emerging poet exploring expressions of disability/debility and transhumanism through the self-interrogation her own positionality as a queer & disabled Canadian woman. She has her Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge as a Chevening Scholar & Cambridge Trust Scholar. She was previously an editor for NōD Magazine and is currently an Editor for Pussy Magic