Luna Luna is open for submissions each September, December, March, and June.
Before submitting, please read below:
1. Read our policies here. (We are *not* a paying market, which we regret, but we want to be 100% transparent there; we support you getting paid—but if you still want to submit to us, we'd love to have you). Include a PayPal or venmo link in your email to us upon acceptance, and we will include it as a donation link in your published work.
2. Include a bio of some sort in your cover letter, please.
3. Submit only ONE document per category. (Ex., Five poems would be in one document). Photos can be inserted into documents, if you'd like.
A few notes:
Don't worry too much about genre. We don't really believe in it, but we know it makes things easier. If your work spans multiple genres, we won't huff or puff over its categorization.
While we try to personalize our responses to submissions, that just can't always be the case. If you receive a 'form' decline or acceptance, know that we wish we had the capacity to write to each and every one of you personally. We, in most cases, cannot provide feedback on declined work.
We appreciate your more than we can express.
Submit a single document, which links/points to a single poem (published or no, modern or old) and includes a single paragraph (informal is great!) about why you love the poem. Poems by POC/nonbinary/women/LGBTQIA folks especially.
Our goal is to share a dedicated look at one poem/poet.
In 2016, 437,465 kids were in foster care. In 2018, thousands of children were forcibly separated from their parents by the American government.
Were you, or are you, in foster care—or are you a foster care advocate? We want you to send us your work to publish: poetry, fiction, a letter to your local government, anything you'd like.
We want to hear your perspective and provide a platform for your voice. Note: We cannot provide payment at this time, but we will provide support and educational resources.
Our editor Lisa Marie Basile, a former foster youth, will work with you.
We realize that many foster youth experience lasting trauma reactions: constant fight or flight mode, depression+anxiety, & physiological issues—and we want to recognize & give voice to that struggle.
We also recognize, more importantly, that foster youth are resilient, creative, kind, successful, and inspiring. At Luna Luna, we believe that encouragement, positive messaging, love, inclusion, and compassion is critical.
If you’re a foster parent, get in touch. If you’re a former youth, reach out.
We love you.