Calls for Submissions


ISSUE IV - The Woods

“Must it all be either less or more,
Either plain or grand?
Is it always "or"?
Is it never "and"?
That's what woods are for:
For those moments in the woods.”

–The Baker’s Wife, from Into the Woods (Stephen Sondheim)

In literature, film, and music, the woods is a landscape of nightmares and dreams, beckoning and foreboding. There are wolves, enchanted waters, witches, and clawed trees in the woods, thieves, beasts, and helpers. It is defined by paths (and not-paths), and it is up to you to choose one. It figures for being lost: you might learn something about yourself and make your way out, or you might discover that you’d rather not get found.

For our winter issue (Issue IV), we invite you to explore being, feeling, and staying lost. What draws you to enter new and uncertain territory, what do you hope to find in the woods? And what does it look like to emerge or to remain?

We encourage interpretations of this theme broadly rendered: your analyses of women and the woods in pop culture, your poetic musings on trees as nerve cells, or your fictionalized account of loss and memory sans any literal woods are equally welcome.

DEADLINE: January 28, 2018. 

ISSUE V - Covens

In the 1920s, anthropologist and folklorist Margaret Murray hypothesized that pagans across Europe would assemble in groups of thirteen to practice “ritual witchcraft”. Although much criticized even at the time of publication, Murray was invited to write the entry for “Witchcraft” in the 1929 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and her definition remained in print until 1969. Thus the word “coven” became commonplace in the English lexicon and Murray’s notion of mystical, malignant collectives came to be deeply embedded in our collective psyche.

From anecdotal stories of synching menstrual cycles to political debates surrounding communities of care and the ever recurring rhetoric of sisterhood, opinions surrounding gendered collectivity are both fiercely held and highly contested.

For our fifth issue, What Fresh Witch wants to delve into the intricacies and ambivalences of female friendships, of telepathic exchanges, of lips speaking together. We are seeking polyphonic texts and images - collaborative projects, interviews, epistolary exchanges - as well as works created in dialogue with formative feminist artists and writers - visual responses, close readings and ekphrastic poems.

All submissions will be considered, however we are particularly interested in projects produced by two or more authors/artists.

DEADLINE: June 24, 2018. 



What Fresh Witch Is This? accepts:

  • Fiction and creative non-fiction (max. 3000 words)

  • Flash fiction (max. 70-500 words)

  • Poetry (max. Three per submission)

  • Visual projects (max. three per submission)

As ever, What Fresh Witch Is This? is committed to intersectional feminist work. This means that if you are a member of a community whose voice has been marginalized within the feminist movement, we are particularly interested in hearing from you, and we want to amplify your voice. It also means that if you are a cis white man, you need not submit your poem about rape.

What Fresh Witch Is This? is run by volunteers and we are regretfully unable to pay our contributors at this time.  
Please submit finished, previously unpublished pieces to Please indicate which themed issue you are submitting to. Submissions for Issue IV will be open until January 28, 2018, and submissions for Issue V will be open until June 24, 2018.