attn_header_OAATTN: OPEN ARCHIVE seeks proposals for sustained (30-60 page) collections of previously unpublished archival materials by poets. The series is a chapbook supplement to the print journal, ATTN:, that publishes historical materials that have yet to see the light of day. These materials can be privately or institutionally held, by a poet living or deceased.

We particularly encourage proposals from writers/editors of color. There are no restrictions as to theme/topic. While we assume that this call will appeal to scholars and students with an attachment to or knowledge of particular special collections, we also encourage submissions from living authors, friends of living authors, or executors outside of academia.

We’ll publish two chapbooks per year in this series (more as money & time allow). Edition size of 200. Covers letter pressed, laser printed guts. Authors, editors, and estates will receive complimentary copies.

Proposal Guidelines: Please include the following in an email to, with the subject heading, “ATTN: Open Archive.”

  • A brief synopsis of the project (no more than 300 words). Please be sure to tell us who will write an introduction for the volume.
  • A brief (300 words or less) description of your access to the materials (is access somehow limited, will there be travel needs, are permissions an issue, timing, etc.). If you can’t secure permissions in advance, please be prepared to do so upon a commitment from us to publish. We can advise if needed.
  • Current estate information on the proposed collection, including contact info for the executor or author.
  • The approximate length of your project (including introduction and notes).
  • Short bios for all participants.
  • A list of any special requirements for publication (facsimile images, art, etc.).
  • A .pdf or .docx attachment of no more than 10 pages of the project (if available).