Kosmos Call for Essays and Works | 11 Days of Global Unity September 11-21

Due: August 19, 2018.

Kosmos, in cooperation with We, The World invites you to submit an essay up to 1000 words, or other works such as video, film, spoken word, art, music and poetry. We will choose several works to publish in our Quarterly, on our website, and to be featured in this year’s 11 Days of Global Unity.

The theme of the fall Quarterly is ‘All Consuming’, what we consume and what consumes us! We will talk about the Earth’s resources – food, water, fossil fuels – and other kinds of consumption, such as the media messages we consume and our mental/physical addictions.  What does the word consuming bring up for you?

In this special collaboration with We, The World for 11 Days of Global Unity, we ask you to consider connecting our theme to one of the 11 Global Unity Themes for Change. These themes are:1 Unity, 2 Interdependence, 3 Environment, 4 Economic Justice, 5 Health, 6 Children And Youth, 7 Women, 8 Human Rights, 9 Freedom, 10 Disarmament, 11 Peace.

Due: August 19, 2018

11 Days of Global Unity – 11 Ways to Transform Your World is is a worldwide platform for the promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation that annually includes as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries around the world. It culminates on September 21st, the U.N. International Day of Peace, which itself is celebrated annually by as many as 3,500 organizations in over 120 countries.

Before you submit, please take a look at our guidelines.

General Guidelines for all Works

Do not send the Kosmos Quarterly – or any publication, for that matter – an early 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 First North American Serial Rights and 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 subscription to Kosmos Quarterly for one year with the guarantee your work will be read and appreciated by an international audience.

Poetry Submission Guidelines

Kosmos Quarterly is looking for thoughtful, well-crafted poems – both in traditional and experimental forms – that will inspire and delight our readership.

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.

Please send 1-3 poems per issue as a Word document in Times Roman, 12-pt.

Greetings from Carolyn Martin, Poetry Editor

Welcome to a new feature in the new Kosmos Quarterly: poetry. 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 the 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 written works, please use the submission form, below. NOTE: It is only possible to upload one document per submission.

For all other works, send queries to rfabian@kosmosjournal.org.

Submit A Work