ARTS By The People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to establish, operate, promote, and conduct educational programs, opportunities, classes, and sessions in the creative arts for the public, especially seniors and youth.

Platform Review
is an ARTS By The People project.  Along with our literary open mic reading series, The Platform; our writing workshops; and Chapbook Awards, we promote opportunities and establish a platform for writers and artists.  The mission of Platform Review is to showcase the literary voices and visual art from our growing community.  We publish annually in print. When submissions are open, you can submit to one of the genres below (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry).

Moving Words is an ARTS By The People project made possible by a generous grant from The Santiago Abut Foundation, in loving memory of Santi Abut. It is a project that makes possible transnational collaboration amongst artists of prose, poetry, voice acting, and animation. Participants may submit writing of any form, be it poetry or prose.

Submission period:  March 1 – March 31
Judge: Erin Jones, Prose Series Editor

The Platform Chapbook Series accepts submissions and payment of reading fee ($15) exclusively through our online submission manager Submittable.

All entries are reviewed by our series readers. Manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work) [as submissions are read blind, please leave your name off of the title page], and, when appropriate, a table of contents and/or an Acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be between 15,000 and 25,000 words—not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself or the project in your cover note on Submittable.  Do not include any identifying information in the manuscript itself. 

What we are looking for. For this chapbook of prose, we are looking for either nonfiction, fiction, or a hybrid of the two. The submission can be a novella or a collection of short stories or essays. We’re looking for fiction and nonfiction that pushes boundaries, has a clear and gripping voice, and tells a compelling story--and we are open to genre or speculative fiction that focuses on story. Simply put, we want something that we can’t put down. 

Regarding previously published work. If your chapbook has been previously published as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run) the manuscript is not eligible for the Platform Chapbook Series. However, chapbooks containing individual stories that have been previously published online or in print are eligible—please simply note previously published work on an Acknowledgments page. 

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged. Please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions (the submission of more than one manuscript during a reading period) are permitted. We cannot accept translations or collaborative collections at this time.

The selected manuscript will be published in the fall. The manuscript selected for the Platform Chapbook Series will be determined in the summer and awarded with the fall publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook—printed and bound by artists specifically chosen by ARTS By the People. The edition is limited to (100) signed and numbered copies, fifteen of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be sold by ARTS By the People. After all books are sold the author will have the right to offer the manuscript as an eBook through our site.

We look forward to reading your work!

Submission period:  March 1 – March 31
Judge: David Crews, Poetry Series Editor

How To Submit

The Platform Chapbook Series accepts submissions and payment of reading fee ($15) exclusively through our online submission manager Submittable.

All entries are reviewed by our series readers. Manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), table of contents, and when appropriate, an Acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be no longer than 550 lines or 16-24 pages in length—not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Please include only one poem per page. You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself or the project in your cover note on Submittable. Do not include any identifying information in the manuscript itself.

What we are looking for. While we are looking for a wide range of subject matter and voice, we are specifically looking to publish a collection of (shorter) lyric poems that pays close attention to sound and sensibility, that which is the elemental.  

Regarding previously published work. Chapbooks containing individual poems that have been previously published online or in print are eligible—please simply note previously published work on an Acknowledgments page. If your chapbook has been previously published as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run) the manuscript is not eligible for the Platform Chapbook Series.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged. Please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions (the submission of more than one manuscript during a reading period) are permitted. We cannot accept translations or collaborative collections at this time.

The selected manuscript will be published in the fall. The manuscript selected for the Platform Chapbook Series will be determined in the summer and awarded with the fall publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook—printed and bound by artists specifically chosen by ARTS By the People. The edition is limited to (100) signed and numbered copies, fifteen of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be sold by ARTS By the People. After all books are sold the author will have the right to offer the manuscript as an eBook through our site.

We look forward to reading your work!

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