Kosmos Call for Essays & Other Works

Rapids of Change | Unleashing Our Collective Potential 

We are experiencing ‘second-order’ change – transformational, radical change. It can be frightening because operating within the old structure and view of the world no longer works. It’s like suddenly entering class-5 rapids on a river journey. We are navigating multiple complexities.

In therapy, second-order breakthroughs are attained when we recognize and transform toxins in the depths of our psyche. Similarly, in order for the next evolutionary leap to occur, trauma to our collective psyche must also be recognized. We can see this beginning to happen in movements for Black and Indigenous Lives, and for the Earth. Ten years ago, Nancy Roof, founder of Kosmos explained it this way:

The code of evolution and transformation has already been written. Following its organic and natural processes teaches us about our own nature as well…The code or pattern of evolution for individual consciousness may be our code for collective evolution as well. A higher state of development will probably not occur without the release of these toxins within the collective consciousness. Is this how we turn world crisis into world opportunity?

Kosmos invites your essays and other works that thoughtfully explore this relationship between crisis and collective potential. We are particularly interested in collaborative models and initiatives that: advance new ideas in governance local to global; build resilient communities and promote bioregional economies, preserve and restore ecosystems, protect species, and transform social institutions. We are also interested in the personal and social interrelationship of knowledge, ethics, contemplation, and action.

A new world is struggling to be born. How do we midwife this emergence collectively and learn to live in new relationship with the Earth and all beings?

Deadline: August 15, 2020 

We invite you to submit an essay up to 1000 words, a poem, or other artwork, in response to any of these prompts or what the theme means to you. We will choose several works to publish in our Quarterly and on our website.

Deadline: August 15, 2020 | Use our Submission Form below for most written works. For poetry, see the specific guidelines below.

For all other media, including video, audio, and artwork, contact info@kosmosjournal.org directly, with the subject line ‘Submission Inquiry’. Before you submit, please take a look at our guidelines below.

General Guidelines for all Works

We strongly advise you to become acquainted with Kosmos Quarterly before you submit something. Although many Quarterly articles are available without a subscription, editorial preference is given to present or past Subscribers. Subscriptions are available starting at $0.

Please submit all works as Word documents with a file name “Full Name_Title,” and include your email address in the header of the document.

Do not send us your first draft. As Robert Graves contends, “There is no such thing as good writing. Only good rewriting.” Always send your best version.

Be sure to proof your work before you hit “Send.” Punctuation, spelling, and grammar are all important elements of a written work.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will be happy for your success.

If your work is accepted by Kosmos, you agree to grant us the right to publish in the Quarterly and its derivative works, as well as Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to Kosmos Quarterly. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.

Upon acceptance, we’ll ask you for a brief bio (50 -100 words) and a JPEG photo to accompany your work.

Check our website and newsletter for updated themes and deadlines. We will make every effort to respond within one month after a deadline. If you haven’t heard from us by then, feel free to contact us.

We are not a paying publication at this time, but we are pleased to send you a fresh subscription to Kosmos Quarterly for one year with the guarantee your work will be read and appreciated by an international audience.

Poetry Submission Guidelines | Important change

Kosmos Quarterly is looking for thoughtful, well-crafted poems – both in traditional and experimental forms – that will inspire and delight our readership. We tend not to accept inspirational verse or rhyming poetry unless the latter is done artistically (See Frost’s “After Apple-Picking” for what we mean by “artistic.”)

On occasion, we solicit poems we love, but all unsolicited pieces must be previously unpublished. By “unpublished” we mean either in print or online formats, not including your personal website or blog.

We are now publishing poetry not only in our quarterly journal, but in the newsletters between each issue. This provides more space to share exceptional poems with our community.

Please send 1-3 single-spaced poems per issue in a single Word document (doc or docx) in Times Roman, 12-pt. Format the file name as “Your Full Name and Title” of the first poem, and include your email address in the header of the document. Limit each poem to a maximum of 50 lines. Start each poem on a new page.


Do not send us a bio until we request one upon acceptance. We want to read your submission based on its own merits, not past accomplishments.

Once your poetry appears in Kosmos Quarterly, please skip one issue before submitting again.

Thank you for entrusting your work to us. We will read it with gratitude and respect.


Greetings from Carolyn Martin, Poetry Editor

We are thrilled to add new and established poets to the community of essayists, musicians, videographers, visual artists, teachers, healers, and visionaries who enrich our publication and the world. We’ll be posting poems both in the Quarterly and on our website so poets have ample opportunities to have their voices heard.

Before you submit, here is some writerly advice gathered from decades of experience:

Ask poets who are conversant with the art and craft of poetry to critique your poems. Friends may be complimentary, but they may not understand what makes a good poem.

Every publication and poetry editor has an aesthetic bias whether they want to admit it or not. So please don’t be offended if Kosmos Quarterly says it is not the right home for your work. I’ve been submitting poetry for years and have learned that what doesn’t fit one publication is a perfect for another. It’s all about making sure you are sending your best work and finding a home that will embrace it.

If you’re not collecting rejections, you’re not doing the work of a poet: sending your work into the world. I’ve challenged myself to “earn” 100 rejections this year. (I made it to 87 last year!)

Happy submitting – and we are honored that you would entrust your work to the Kosmos Quarterly.


For all essays, please use the submission form, below. NOTE: It is only possible to upload one document per submission.

For all other media and artist inquiries, contact info@kosmosjournal.org directly, with the subject line: Submission Inquiry.

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