Call for Submissions: Stirring through the Years


Stirring is excited to announce our fifth annual themed issue: Stirring Through the Years. We are calling on all past contributors of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, and art to send us their new work. Stirring was proud to publish your work then, and we want to show the world what you are up to now. This issue is meant to shine the spotlight on the diverse voices we’ve witnessed the past two decades. We celebrated with you in the past, celebrate with us for the future.

There is no better person to guest edit this issue than our founder, Erin Elizabeth Smith. We would not be able to call ourselves the oldest, continuously published, online literary journal run by women if not for her. Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in journals including Guernica, Crab Orchard Review, Ecotone, and Mid-American, and her third full-length collection, Down: The Alice Poems, will be released by Agape Editions in 2019.  Smith teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee.

Please send up to five poems in the body of an email to Luci Brown at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS. Send fiction submissions to Shaun Turner at and nonfiction submissions to Gabe Montesanti at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS. Send art to Stephanie Phillips at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS. If you have a book review written for the work of a former Stirring contributor, please send the written review to Katie Culligan at with the subject line TWENTY YEARS.

When submitting to this issue, we also kindly ask that you let us know when you were published in Stirring (month and year would be ideal) so we can do our best to celebrate your past and present work. You may refer to our general submission guidelines for more specific, technical details here. The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2019.