Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted poetry and short fiction. See webpage for Submissions and Contest information.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 150 submissions have been received.$3.00
$3.00

Poetry Submissions: Next Window –July 1-31, 2024

Sheila-Na-Gig online seeks well-crafted poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice. Our bias leans toward free verse.


Please submit up to THREE previously unpublished poems as one file (.doc, .docx) via the Submittable link (top right-hand corner of our website). Include a brief bio in the cover note field.


Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If you need to withdraw submissions, please just add a “Message” in Submittable. If you write a “note” in Submittable, editors don’t see these. Please do not ask to EDIT submissions. If your work is accepted, you may make changes at that time.
We now offer one Editor’s Prize of $100 for each issue. All poems accepted for publication are eligible for this prize. 
Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes quarterly.


SUBMISSION FEES:  We charge a $3.00 reading fee for submissions. These fees help us cover our overhead for the use of Submittable, WordPress, and Zoom. A no-fee Early-bird option is available (by the 10th of each submission period — for the first 50 submissions only) for those who are unwilling or unable to pay submission fees. We cap our paid submissions at 150.


IMPORTANT: A note on Deadlines. The submission portals will close at 8:00 pm (Pacific) on the deadline dates noted below. We will not reopen the portals, so please be mindful of the cutoffs.


July 1– July 31 for Fall issue, published in September
October 1 — October 31 for Winter issue, published in December
January 1 — January 31 for Spring issue, published in March 
April 1 — April 30 for Summer issue, published in June


At Sheila-Na-Gig online, we expect to receive 200 submissions for each issue quarterly. Each volume will usually contain 30 to 45 poets (15-22% acceptance rate). Some Sheila-Na-Gig Editions authors (those who have published books with us) will always appear in our issues, but they are not counted among the 30-45 acceptances, to keep that space open to our broader community of writers. Sheila-Na-Gig Editions authors are not eligible for our Editor’s Prize. We strive to reserve space (about 15-20 slots) in each issue for writers new to Sheila-Na-Gig online. 


Editors will select up to six poems yearly (drawn from all of our issues, not each issue) to nominate for the Pushcart Prize and/or The Best of the Net.


Sheila-Na-Gig online acquires First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert back to authors upon publication. If your work is later republished, please acknowledge Sheila-Na-Gig online in subsequent journals.


We are actively seeking submissions from underrepresented populations. BIPOC poets and LGBTQ+ poets are encouraged to submit.


SUBMIT through Submittable

$15.00

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions First Chap Contest:  Accepting Submissions July 1-31, 2024

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions invites entries for our second annual First Chap contest. Please follow the guidelines below to be eligible for the contest.
 

  • IMPORTANT: This contest is meant to support early-career poets. Only poets who have NOT previously published a chapbook or full-length collection are eligible to submit.
  • Submit a chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-40 pgs — not including front and back matter) via Submittable. Manuscripts will not be considered via email or snail mail.
  • Poems may be previously published in print journals or online, if you own the rights for reprints.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not refundable.

Work will be judged on the merits of the manuscripts alone. Please help us judge the work anonymously by following these next guidelines carefully:
 

  • DO NOT include a bio or formal cover letter.
  • DO  NOT include an acknowledgments page for previously published work. If your manuscript is selected for publication, you may send along this information later.
  • DO NOT include your name ANYWHERE on your manuscript or in the Submittable title of your submission. Submissions that reveal authors’ identities will be disqualified, and fees will not be refunded.
  • DO NOT include any poems that we may have published in Sheila-Na-Gig online. If we have published your work and you win the contest, you will have an opportunity to add these poems later (even if it increases the length of your manuscript).


THE PRIZE:

The selected manuscript will be published by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. For a sample chapbooks, check out https://sheilanagigblog.com/shop-sheila-na-gig-editions/ (last year's winner, Jessica Manack, will be published in July 2024)
 

  • $500 honorarium + 50% royalties
  • 25 copies of the published manuscript (and 55% discounts on future orders)
  • All participants will receive a copy of the winning volume upon publication. International participants will receive pdf copies.
     

NEW, REDUCED READING FEE: $15.00


THE SUBMISSION PERIOD: July 1-30, 2023 by 8:00pm (Pacific)


THE JUDGE: Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Founder & Editor, Sheila-Na-Gig online & Sheila-Na-Gig Editions: https://sheilanagigblog.com/about/ 


RESPONSE TIME: The winner will be announced on or before December 31, 2023


THE FINE PRINT:  Sheila-Na-Gig Editions reserves the right to not select a winning manuscript. In the case of this unlikely event, reading fees will be refunded. We really want to publish manuscripts, however! Familiarize yourself with the works in Sheila-Na-Gig online to get a sense of our aesthetic. We publish well-crafted free verse poetry and especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of  voice. Chapbooks should also include a consistent theme.


Sheila-Na-Gig Editions seeks to support the work of marginalized voices. BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to submit their work.

$20.00

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions: Call for Poetry Manuscripts 

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions invites submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts for publication in 2025 and 2026. 

Please follow the guidelines below:

  • Submit  a full-length poetry manuscript (60-100pgs — not including front and back matter) via Submittable. Manuscripts will not be considered via  email or snail mail.
  • Poems may be previously published in journals or online if you own the rights for reprints.
  • Simultaneous  submissions accepted. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript  is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not refundable.

Work  will be considered on the merits of the manuscripts alone. Please help us review the work anonymously by following these next guidelines carefully:

  • DO NOT include a bio or formal cover letter.
  • DO  NOT include an acknowledgments page for previously published work. If your manuscript is selected for publication, you may send along this information later.
  • DO NOT include your name ANYWHERE on your manuscript or in the Submittable title of your submission. Submissions that reveal authors’ identities will be disqualified witout notice, and fees will not be refunded.
  • NO NOT include poems that have been published by Sheila-Na-Gig online. If your manuscript is selected, you may reinsert poems we have published (even if this goes over the page limits noted above). 

THIS IS NOT A CONTEST: WE WILL SELECT UP TO 16 MANUSCRIPTS TOTAL FOR PUBLICATION IN 2025 & 2026

  • The selected manuscripts will be published by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. For sample volumes, check out https://sheilanagigblog.com/shop-sheila-na-gig-editions/
  • Authors receive 50% royalties on book sales
  • Authors receive 25 copies of the published manuscript (and 55% discounts on future orders). Authors are never required to purchase copies.

THE READING FEE: $20.00

THE SUBMISSION PERIOD: July 1-31, 2024

THE REVIEWERS: The manuscripts will initially be reviewed by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions authors (well-respected poets who have published collections with Sheila-Na-Gig Editions). Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Founder & Editor, will make the final selections.

RESPONSE TIME: We will strive to make final decisions on or before December 31, 2024.


Sheila-Na-Gig online