Futurepoem Books Open Reading Period

Our open reading period opens for submissions each winter. We invite a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read and select two new books for publication. Submissions will open for the 2020 reading period on December 1st, 2019, and close on January 25th, 2020. Guidelines can be found our our Submittable page.


Guest editors for the Futurepoem Open Reading Period

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems appear in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2019, American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, The Nation, and American Poetry Review. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, she is the editor and co-translator of New & Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña: (Kelsey Street Press, 2018). She is professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches in its Bilingual MFA Program.

Marie Buck is the author of Portrait of Doom (Krupskaya 2015) and Goodnight, Marie, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul (Roof 2017). She is the managing editor of Social Text, where she also edits the online literary section, and she teaches writing in the liberal studies program at New York University. Recent poems and essays have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Prelude, Elderly, and the Detroit Socialist. 

Farnoosh Fathi is the author of Great Guns (Canarium, 2013), editor of Joan Murray: Drafts, Fragments, and Poems (NYRB Poets, 2018) and founder of the Young Artists Language and Devotion Alliance (YALDA). She lives and teaches in New York City, most recently at Stanford Online High School, Poets House, Columbia University, and the Poetry Project.


The Other Futures Award

The Other Futures Award opens each spring. We are interested in innovative, adventurous work that challenges conventions of genre and language, content and form. Send us work that imagines new literary possibilities, and questions established paradigms. Guidelines will be announced in early spring 2020.