Call for Submissions

NO FEE Submission call for book reviews + editor interview – The Bind, DEADLINE: Always open

The Bind was created to increase exposure for new poetry books by women and nonbinary authors. They publish creative reviews of full-length collections and chapbooks of poetry and hybrid-genre work, including translated work. “This is an intersectional feminist venture, and we aim to include books by women and nonbinary writers of color, queer writers, trans writers, working-class writers, writers with disabilities, and a range of other women and nonbinary people who find themselves at various intersections. A new review will be posted each week.”

I wondered how and why this new lit mag came to be, so I asked Founder/Manager Rochelle Hurt and she kindly replied. See my interview with Hurt and submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Bind.

HURT: The Bind is a website that reviews recent books of poetry and hybrid work by women and nonbinary authors. We post a new review each week.

HOPKINSON: How/why was The Bind originally started?

HURT: I started The Bind because I noticed that many of the books recommended to me are written by men, so I wanted to create a space for books by women and nonbinary authors.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

HURT: We’re open to a wide range of short and long review styles, but we’re especially interested in reviews that incorporate creative elements like drawings, games, lists, and centos. We prefer reviews and responses that reveal interesting elements of books, rather than reviews that simply summarize and evaluate. We’re also especially interested in books by poets of color.

HOPKINSON: Can a writer request a review of their own book/chapbook?

HURT: Women and nonbinary authors are welcome to email The Bind about placing a review copy of their book or chapbook with one of our reviewers. We can never guarantee a review, but we’re always happy to hear about new books and consider them.

HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?

HURT: Anyone (of any gender) can submit reviews or pitches year-round to More guidelines and examples can be found on our website:

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?

HURT: Just email us at

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Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: Always open 



FORMS: creative book reviews for new poetry books by women and nonbinary authors

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1 reply »

  1. Dear Trish Hopkinson,

    Thank you for posting this information. This new journal sounds very helpful for women writers like me. Best wishes!


    Janet Ruth Heller
    Author of the poetry books Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2014), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012) and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011), the scholarly book Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (University of Missouri Press, 1990), the middle-grade chapter book for kids The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015, 2016), and the award-winning picture book for kids about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006; fourth edition 2014).

    My website is

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