Call for Submissions: In the Tempered Dark


In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy examines the relationship between the body in grief and the body of the poem. This collection brings together work that conveys the range of grief that feels urgent to twenty-first century, living poets from diverse backgrounds, at different stages in their careers, confronting assorted losses through various styles and forms. By pairing contemporary poems with micro-essays, wherein each poet considers the connection between their included poetry and their corresponding grief, In the Tempered Dark initiates a dialogue designed to engage teachers, students, readers, and writers.

Call for Submissions

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of grief poems + micro-essays. Poets living in the United States and abroad are invited to submit.

Poets should send 1-3 grief poems and one micro-essay (~500 words) that considers (creatively or critically) the relationship between their body of grief and the body of their submitted poems. Poets may send multiple submissions. Each submission should be accompanied by one micro-essay that addresses the submitted poem(s). We are not able to consider submissions that do not include the requisite micro-essay.

NOTE: Grief and loss may be interpreted broadly; poets should not feel beholden to work that explores only death, though traditional elegies are also welcome.

Previously published poems are welcome, though micro-essays should be generated with consideration for the specific interests of this call for submissions.

Submissions will be accepted February 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022. Follow this link to submit your work.

Please contact Dr. Lisa Fay Coutley, Editor, at [email protected] with questions