Arlington Anthology

UPDATE: Written in Arlington

Submissions for Written in Arlington are closed. Notifications to authors whose work has been selected will be made during March of 2020. Publication is anticipated in late summer/early fall of 2020.


Call for Submissions


Submit your work to a new anthology of Arlington poetry! The anthology will be both a physical book of poetry and a digital archive of spoken word and performance poetry about Arlington, VA, created by artists connected to Arlington. It will present a portrait of Arlington as seen through the eyes of past and present literary artists, including writers working in languages other than English. Entries to the anthology are being solicited throughout the community, including in schools. The intent of the project is to build community through poetry; it is being compiled and edited by Arlington Poet Laureate Emerita Katherine E. Young.

The resulting print and digital anthology will be launched in the early summer of 2020 in a public performance event that showcases the variety of Arlington’s poetic voices and styles. Contributors whose work is selected for inclusion will be paid with a copy of the print anthology.

Eligibility for inclusion in the anthology

Anyone who lives, works, studies in, or has a significant connection (current or previous) to Arlington, VA, is eligible to contribute. Your submission will be evaluated for 1) literary merit, 2) cultural and linguistic diversity, and 3) a clear, demonstrable connection to Arlington. You need not be a current Arlington resident, but your work must in some way speak to Arlington’s distinctive identity or your personal experience of Arlington.

What to submit

  • Up to six poems or video poems.
  • A cover letter than includes a 75-word author biography and a sentence stating your connection to Arlington, VA. In the case of multiple authors for one poem or video, submit a group biography of no more than 150 words.
  • If you are submitting previously published work, please specify in your cover letter when and where the piece was published. Include a statement confirming that all rights to the piece have reverted to you.
  • If you are submitting work in translation, please include written permission from the original author granting you permission to translate their work in your cover letter. Include both an author and a translator biography in your submission.

How to submit

  • For regular (non-video) submissions, email all poems (in a single .doc or .rtf file) attached to your cover letter to by December 15, 2019. Make sure that your name appears on each page of your submission.
  • For video submissions, email your cover letter and a shareable link enabling access to your video work (preferred format: MP4/M4V) to by December 15, 2019.

You will be notified of the status of your submission in March of 2020.

This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. For more information, visit Arlington Arts.

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