Inspired by BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED, edited by Abiodun Oyewole, extending beyond the Black Lives Matter movement’s primary agenda of police brutality, to acknowledge that even when affronted with slavery to segregation and Jim Crow, racial injustice and inequality, black lives have always mattered. Moonstone is looking for poetry which addresses a wide range of hot-button issues and racial disparities that disproportionately impact the black community. This is a call that challenges us to confront long-held values and beliefs about black lives, people of the Latino and African diasporas and white activists, as well as white privilege and fragility. $5 readers fee. 


  “New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets”, will focus on hosting readings and publishing the work of poets under age 25. Students are invited to submit three poems which will be judged in the following three age divisions: 8 to 13, 14 to 17, and 18 to 25.

All poems chosen, regardless of age group, will be published in the New Voices Anthology and poets will be invited to participate in the monthly New Voices Reading Series. Each event will feature 3-4 poets and will be followed by an open reading. We hope to bring together young poets from various locations to hear each other and expand their experiences.

Poems should not exceed 1 page in length (maximum 30 lines, 4 ¼ wide, about 1750 characters). 

Submissions to the anthology are open until March 1, 2019. 

The release party and reading will take place on Sunday March 24, 2019. We will give a copy of the anthology to every contributor. 

The reading series will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6pm at the South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad Street (at the Broad and Morris subway stop).

While Moonstone is especially interested in publishing poets from the Philadelphia area, we embrace the entire poetry community regardless of the poet’s home address.

Please submit about twenty-five pages of material.  

Individual poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. 

If applicable, please include with your manuscript an acknowledgements page referencing prior publications. 

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted so long as you promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 


Mail your manuscript along with a $15 reading fee to:

Moonstone Arts Center

110A S. 13th Street

Philadelphia PA 19107. 

Please note that this fee is nonrefundable. 

Moonstone Arts Center