Stanzas from the Silence: Screaming from the Silence, Volume I


To Be Published By: Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Anticipated Publication Date: Autumn 2019

Genre: Poetry

Though there are lots of projects published and forthcoming that give a much-needed voice to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and many do accept anonymous pieces, there isn’t a space specifically for those who aren’t comfortable sharing their name alongside their stories, for whatever reason.  The Screaming from the Silence series hopes to fill that gap and provide that space for poets, writers, and artists.

Stanzas from the Silence is the first of this three-volume series and will feature poems by anonymous survivors.

Submissions for Stanzas from the Silence will be open from 1 May through 31 July, using EST times.  Any pieces sent outside of these dates will not be considered. If a substantial amount of poems are received prior to this date, submissions may be closed earlier—should that be the case, prompt advance notice will be given.

Submission emails will be seen only by our EIC and will be held in the strictest confidence—emails will only be used to communicate regarding your submission status and, if accepted, information on the anthology throughout the publication process.  You are welcome to create an anonymous/pseudonymous email account to submit if you are more comfortable doing so.

Each submitter may send up to three poems.  Only one may be accepted for the final anthology. NOTE: As of late May, Nightingale & Sparrow has decided to allow more than one accepted piece per submitter.

While there is no payment for inclusion in this anthology, we will be submitting a portion of the profits from Stanzas from the Silence and the other books in this series to a like-minded charity.

What are we looking for in a submission?

Of course, we want to accept well-written poetry.  But, beyond that, we want to create a safe space in which survivors can share their words without fear—of judgement, of retribution, of anything beyond expressing your emotions and experiences.  Writing has long been utilised as therapeutic and we want contributors to be able to do just that with their submission.

As these pieces will be published with complete anonymity, you should feel free to be as raw as necessary in telling your story through these poems—unless you tell them, no one will know your poem was written by you.  Have you written a piece about your experience and tucked it away, telling yourself it will never see the light of day?  Here’s your chance to share it anyway. Want to write a piece with the anthology in mind?  Go ahead—take advantage of this anonymity.

We will consider previously published work, though previously unpublished pieces will have a better chance of acceptance.  If your piece has appeared elsewhere, please make a note in both your submission email and within your document.

To submit:

To submit poems to Stanzas from the Silence, send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Stanzas from the Silence Submission.”

Attach up to three poems, each in a separate document, preferably as .doc/.docx files.  We prefer 12 pt. Garamond, but it’s not required.  As these are anonymous, please be sure no that no identifying information appears on the documents.

In the body of your email, include a short note of some kind—we don’t need a full-fledged cover letter, but please do acknowledge that there are human beings on the other side of the inbox.

Response times will depend on how many submissions are received, but we aim to have decisions made within one month of the closing of submissions (in this case, 31 August).  Should this change, we’ll update this page and our social media pages accordingly.  And, whatever our response should be, we want to thank you for submitting—while we can’t accept every piece sent our way, we know how difficult this subject matter can be and the bravery it takes to submit.  Thank you for trusting us with your work!