Submission call: Rattle wants poetry based on an image - (Expired) Due Dec. 31, pays $50

Rattle is accepting submissions of poetry based on artwork from Kari Gunter-Seymour. This is part of Rattle’s monthly Ekphrastic Challenge, in which the magazine challenges writers to create a poem based on a different piece of visual art each month.

The editors explain the Ekphrastic Challenge this way:

There’s a long tradition of poetry responding to visual art (and vice versa), and we thought it would be fun to post a challenge. For the first [Ekphrastic Challenge], Judy Keown, cover artist from issue #45, donated a photograph of an argiope spider. We gave poets a month to respond to this photograph in verse, and received 266 entries. Judy Keown and Rattle’s Timothy Green each selected their favorite poem from the submissions and published them online at

Given how many people seemed to enjoy the Ekphrastic Challenge, we’ve decided to make it a monthly series, using open submissions of artwork when necessary. This means that we’re looking for a new image to inspire poems periodically.

Submitting to Rattle magazine

  • Publication: Rattle magazine
  • Publication type: online
  • Editors: Timothy Green (Rattle editor) and Kari Gunter-Seymour (artist and guest judge)
  • Word count: No line limit provided
  • Payment: $50
  • Rights the publisher asks for: First publication rights plus exclusive rights for one year after publication. Author retains copyright.
  • Deadline: Dec 31
  • Publication date: February 2019
  • Response time: 60 days
  • Format: Not specified. Standard manuscript format is a good bet.
  • Will they take simultaneous submissions? Not specified.
  • Will they take multiple submissions? Yes, but include all in a single document.. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
  • Will they take reprints? “…we won’t consider poems that have been published in books, magazines, or newspapers, in print or online. We will, however, consider poems that have only been self-published to blogs, message boards, or social media accounts.”.
  • Who to contact with questions:

Find more details at Ekphrastic Challenge | Rattle, and don’t forget to tell them you found their submission call here!

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