Open Submissions


To be considered for publication in PoetsArtists send an email with an attachment which includes up to four new poems and your bio to our poetry editor Jennifer Koe at Please note that poetry accepted for publication will be published online and some may be selected for print. If accepted we may ask for additional materials. 


If you are a visual artist email us the url to your web site to Didi Menendez at


We will only respond if we are interested in publishing your work. 

If your work is accepted please make sure to read this page.

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Family, La Familia

Publication Theme: Family, La Familia, Familje (Albanian), Rodina (Czech), Perhe (Finnish), Familie (German), Famiglia (Italian), "mishpakha" (Hebrew)
Curated Editors: David Jon Kassan and Shana Levenson
Format: Print-on-Demand, Digital, and PDF download
Publication Date: September/October 2017
Deadline: July 15, 2017

Family, La Familia, Familje (Albanian), Rodina (Czech), Perhe (Finnish), Familie (German), Famiglia (Italian), "mishpakha" (Hebrew)

Some of the most important paintings by an artist, are paintings that are done of their family. 

Rembrandt portraits of his wife Saska, Mary Cassatt's paintings of her family, Andrew Wyeth’s paintings of his sons, Paul Cezanne’s painting of his mother along with so many other artists who have painted their mother’s (Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, Whistler), just to name a few.

Throughout the history of art, family has been a sacred subject for artists. Most early paintings were commission based illustrations from the Bible or portrait commissions for wealthy Patrons, which didn't leave much time for an artist to paint those that are closest to them.  But when they did, there is a more personal connection that is present… something that is intangible. 

For this issue of PoetsArtists, we are interested in exploring paintings that express that connectedness, or disconnection in some cases. 

These are uncontrolled paintings that rely on just a rawness that is…moments that the artist is connecting with their loved ones.  Those quiet moments getting to know who they are in a deeper level. Life gets busy and we don't always appreciate our time we spend with our family.

Please read our general guidelines before submitting. Check here to find out how to submit and how to prepare your folders and files before filling out the form below. Folders which are sent without the proper specs will be deleted. We will only contact you if your work is accepted. If your work is accepted you may be asked to provide additional copy and/or images.

Copyright Notice: By submitting your work to PoetsArtists and our editors you are granting us the privilege of using your copyrighted materials for publication and entitling our publisher to use your images to help promote not only your work but also that of the publication. 

Name *
Just a short introduction about your submission. Please make sure to follow the guidelines regarding how to prepare a folder for submissions.
Please make sure to title your folder with your name and the title for the submission. For example Didi Menendez _Family. Also read the full guidelines on how to prepare your images. Include a text file with your contact information including your email address and the specs for each work submitted. Folders which do not have the correct format will be deleted.

The image in the header is a painting by David Jon Kassan of his father.


Publication: Print-on-Demand | PDF | Digital
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Curator: Steven DaLuz
Mediums: Painting (all mediums), sculpture, and drawings. 

Read general guidelines before submitting. Guidelines found here.

Curator's Notes

This call will consider the human figure, in all its glory. Selected works must have been completed in 2017.  Photography, digital, and computer-generated works are excluded for this issue.  Paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor, casein, encaustic, guoache, mixed mediums), collage, fiber, drawings (graphite. charcoal, silverpoint, colored pencil, ink, other dry or wet mediums), sculpture (stone, wood, bronze, metal, clay, ceramic, etc.) will all be considered.  Remember, the focus of all work submitted is the human figure.  NO PORTRAITURE will be considered for this issue.  Other issues are dedicated entirely to the subject of portraiture.

This is an open call, though some artists may be invited to submit work for consideration.  No work will be considered that was completed under the direction of a teacher or during a workshop.  All work must be the original conception of the artist and executed by the artist.  Final pieces selected for publication will represent some of the finest figurative work completed in 2017.

Barrios | The Wait | graphite and watercolor on paper | 9x12

Barrios | The Wait | graphite and watercolor on paper | 9x12

Publisher's Notes: For this call we are searching for 100 Figurative artworks to feature in our end-of-the-year issue. This call is being curated by Steven DaLuz. Use the form to submit. All artwork must have been completed in 2017. We are not looking for portraits. The artwork should have the human figure as the main focus of the artwork. Our publisher Didi Menendez will contact the artists whose work is selected and may ask for additional materials when the issue goes into production. It is a good practice to include a text file with your contact information and standard bio in your folder along with your images. Any entries which do not follow directions will be deleted. We will only contact artists whose work is selected. 

Complimentary copies of the PDF will be sent to our database of art collectors and art advocates. We do not offer complimentary copies in any format to our contributors. 

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Please provide a link to your folder from dropbox here. Do not share the physical folder with us. Make sure you have read the general guidelines on how to prepare a folder before submitting. All images should be titled with your name, title of the image, medium, size and year. Make sure your folder is titled by your name as well.

Steven DaLuz isknown for figurative works and imagined landscapes, largely usinga process he devised with metal leaf, oil, and mixed media.   Born in Hanford, California, Steve retired from the Air Force afterliving 13 years abroad.  He completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management, before earning a BFA in 2003.  His drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 30 States and overseas.  He was a featured speaker at The Representational Art Conference, 2014, and his work was in the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition in 2014. He has exhibited internationally, and his work has been publishedin art books, and magazines, such as Art in America, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Huffington Post, Encaustic Art, ProfessionalArtist, the International Drawing Annual, andThe Artists.  He curated an entire issue of Poets & Artists magazine called,  "The Power of Drawing", released in December, 2014, which featured 100 drawings by 50 artists from across the globe.  DaLuz was a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Hunting Art Prize.  He is represented by AnArte Gallery in San Antonio and The Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Az.

Image on header is that of artist Casey Childs.