Call For Poetry Submissions!


Avenue 50 Studio and Alternative Field invite you to submit your poetry for consideration for publication in Poetry in Isolation: a juried competition held while safer at home. This is a chapbook and competition made possible by a collaboration between Alternative Field and Avenue 50 Studio, as part of the accoutrements: a public literary series project.

Poetry in Isolation invites you to write poetry inspired, influenced, related to the current pandemic we are all facing. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and is caused by a novel coronavirus. Because this virus spreads easily and to further combat the spread of COVID-19 from overwhelming our healthcare system, Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. When we are required to leave our homes, we are recommended to stay at least six feet away from others.

And so we ask you…

How is your body, your self, your energy responding? Anger, grief, fearful for the future, fearful for the safety of your loved ones, happy to spend time at home or down time with those same loved ones, confused from information overload?

How are you responding to self-isolation? How are you responding to others who are responding to self-isolation? What is self-isolation? Are you in the depths of the stages of grief?

We invite you to write poetry in the many forms and structures in which we find poems, we invite you to share your thoughts, your grief, your longing, your peace. We invite you to submit your work, no more than three poems, for publication consideration.

This is an open call for your poems! We especially encourage submissions by Indigenous and Black writers and writers of color, unpublished writers, women, womxn-identified, transgender, and gender non-conforming writers, writers with visible and invisible disabilities, and writers who are caretakers.

If accepted, your work will be featured in a chapbook as an accoutrement to the visual art exhibit responding to the same theme, to be held online in June 2020. The chapbook will be published in June, and an online reading will be held to celebrate its release. You’ll also receive copies of the chapbook.

Open to everyone. You only need a submittable account. If you have trouble starting an account or have questions please email us at

Deadline: Please submit up to 3 poems no later than May 22, 2020. We want to make sure this particular submission is no cost to you, but Submittable limits the number of free submissions to 500. We may reach our capacity before the 22nd. Be sure to submit your poems early. 

Notification of Acceptance: by May 31, 2020
Launch and Online Reading and Notice of Awards: June 2020

In June, Avenue 50 Studio and Alternative Field will be announcing three place winners and runner-ups for prizes and publication. 1st Place will be offered $300 and publication, 2nd Place will be offered $200 and publication, and 3rd Place will be offered $100 and publication, and all runners-up will receive an honorarium and publication of poem. All winners and those who submit will receive copies of the chapbook.

Please include a 100 character (or less) bio, and don’t forget to include any websites.

Submit up to three poems as a .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, or a .TXT file. The poems can be all in one document or each poem can be uploaded separately. Please do not include any identifying information in any of the material. (No names or addresses please.)

Your submissions will be reviewed blindly, with no knowledge of identification.

*Due to an unprecedented number of submissions, notification of acceptance might be a little later than expected date, we may also not be able to supply all poets who submitted, a copy of the chapbook. This is pending our printing budget.





Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If a poem has been accepted elsewhere, and they do not accept simultaneous submissions, please let us know.

For more information, please contact


accoutrements: a public literary series is a project made possible with support from





California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit 


and the Local Impact grant from the California Arts Council. Visit their grant program site to find out more information on their programs.