Call for Submissions: The Line

Yayoi Kusama

Call for Submissions: Issue on The Line

For our next theme issue, we return to our initial fascination with poetic craft. We ask contributors to send us pieces that weigh the force and nuances of the line as a key poetic element. Each essay should ruminate on the integral blessings and challenges of lineation. Studies of the line might address its relationship to form/a particular form, its physical presence on the page, its use of enjambment, or its brash refusal to break, among a myriad of possibilities.

As always, we ask that you provide a writing prompt specifically tied to your discussion, so that our readers might also explore and apply your suggestions and discoveries within their own practice. Each piece should include three components—the essay, the prompt, and the poem(s) under consideration within the essay. As a reminder, we cannot cover any reprinting expenses, so please select poems that are within the public domain, or poems that can already be accessed online.

To Submit

To submit an essay on the line, please email the editors. While we occasionally print longer work, we suggest essays range from 750 to 2,500 words. Please query us with your questions about subject, style, or mode.


Please submit your essays by May 15, 2022.

Thank you for your time and consideration—we look forward to reading your work!

—The Editors, Mentor & Muse



Photo Credit: Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016).

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