Update, OCTOBER 15th: I am EXTENDING the deadline till December 15th, 2018, 11:59PM Central. Please send me your work! 

I am seeking submissions for an anthology of poetry in tribute to the life and works of Ursula K. Le Guin. The anthology is tentatively titled CLIMBING LIGHTLY THROUGH FORESTS, and it will be published by Aqueduct Press sometime in 2019.

Ursula K. Le Guin was perhaps most known for her SFF fiction, but she was a prolific poet, with a dozen poetry collections in print (her last poetry book is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press this Fall).

Unlike her big-idea SF, her poetry was often more personal in scope, engaging closely with land and landscape of the Pacific Northwest; much of her poetry is not speculative at all. Le Guin was a complex, prolific creator whose work influenced and touched so many of us.

For this anthology, I am seeking poetry that engages with Ursula K. Le Guin’s life and work broadly construed – including her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. I will be looking for a variety of voices, themes, treatments, and approaches. Both critical and celebratory approaches are welcome, as is anything in-between.

You are welcome to engage with specific books and/or stories, or take it in other directions. Your poems do not have to be speculative, although a speculative element is always welcome. There are no length or style limitations. Very short and very long works are welcome. Experimental forms are welcome. Prose poetry is welcome. Rhymed and formal poetry is welcome. I truly welcome poetry of any kind. Please do not send me short stories or nonfiction, however.

As always, I am hoping to receive poetry from people from a variety of backgrounds. Everybody is welcome to submit! I welcome work from people who belong to marginalized/underrepresented groups and communities,  including from Black people, Indigenous people, and/or people of color, from migrants, from non-Western and non-Anglophone people, from disabled and neurodiverse people, from LGBTQIA+ people, from people of all genders. You do not need to be marginalized to submit. I welcome submissions from new and established voices, seasoned poets and people who never wrote poetry before. Please don’t self-reject!

Where to submit: Please submit up to 3 (THREE) poems to lembergsubmissions@gmail.com

If you are sending a reprint, please indicate where and when it was first published. Your submissions should be titled LE GUIN SUBMISSION: Your last name

Please do not submit more than 3 poems total for this call (you can send them together or separately). Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Editorial form of address: since people ask me about this! “Dear Editor” is great.”Dear Rose” or “Dear R.” is also fine. Please don’t call me either Ms, Mr, or Mrs.

Payment: The tribute anthology is a paid opportunity: we are paying $20 per original poem. While I am primarily looking for original poetry, I will consider reprints as well (payrate for reprints TBD).

An important note on rejections: Ursula K. Le Guin’s work and life was important to many of us. It can be heartbreaking to receive a rejection for work that deeply matters to us. Unfortunately, I will only be able to fit a limited amount of poems, and I foresee some difficult decisions to come. Whatever the outcome of your submission will be, please rest assured that I will review it with utmost care, and that a rejection is not a reflection on yourself, your craft, or your personal connection to Ursula K. Le Guin’s work – but simply the reality of publishing.

Submissions period: the anthology is open to submissions (as of July 3rd, 2018), and it will be open to submissions till October 15th, 11:59 Central. Update: I am EXTENDING the deadline till December 15th, 11:59PM Central. I will let you know within 90 days of submission whether your work is accepted, rejected, or held for further consideration.

I’m looking forward to reading your work!

14 thoughts on “Call for Submissions: Ursula K. Le Guin tribute poetry anthology

  1. Alya says:

    Hello Rose! Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

    1. Rose says:

      I do not, thank you!

  2. Kim Goldberg says:

    Such a great concept for an anthology! Are you looking for poems that directly reference Le Guin or her work? Or is a poem ‘in the spirit’ of Le Guin and her values/voice enough?

    1. Rose says:

      Hi Kim – the call is broadly defined, I will look at anything you think is relevant to this call, including “in the spirit” works. Take care!

  3. I have been searching for formatting guidelines (font, poems in the body of the email vs in an attachment, etc.) for the Ursula K. Le Guin anthology on the Aqueduct Press website, but I have had no success. Could you steer me in the proper direction? Thanks,


    1. Rose says:

      Hi Steven,I prefer poem(s) to be sent in the body of the email. However, if the poem(s) have special formatting, an attachment is best! Take care-Rose

  4. rita pomade says:

    Dear Editor,

    I’ve sent my poetry submission for the Ursula K. Le Guin tribute anthology using the stated email address, but the email has twice been sent back saying your email address does not exist. I’ve been using lembergsubmissions@gmail.com Is there another email to use?


    Rita Pomade

    1. Rose says:

      Hi Rita, I am really concerned that you are getting that error message; you are the second person to tell me that it is bouncing, and yet I have also been receiving submissions to that mailbox, although less than I was hoping to get. This is really worrying, and I am not sure what the issue is, to be honest. Could you try again emailing to lembergsubmissions@gmail.com and if it bounces, please forward the error message to rose.lemberg@gmail.com (and I will also accept your submission to that address). I am very sorry about this.
      Take care-

  5. Teresa says:

    Waiting for the answer (hopefully you like what I sent) … thank you very much for the opportunity!

  6. Vicka Corey says:

    Hi, I sent in a submission (apparently successfully?) of two poems on 8 October 2018. Never heard back… any updates available?

    Thanks much,

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