Big News: Open-Call for Anthology (Volume III)

Vita Brevis Poetry Anthology 3

It’s here. Volume III of the Vita Brevis Poetry Anthology series is now open for submissions.

Here’s What You Should Know

  • There’s no reading-fee: I’ve never charged reading fees; this publication is kept afloat from the small number of readers and submitters who choose to donate. Thank them — and send in your best work.
  • #1 new-release bestsellers: The first two volumes of the Vita Brevis Poetry Anthology series were new-release bestsellers in Amazon’s poetry category, giving hundreds of poets a lot of exposure — let’s make this the third.
  • New poets + Pulitzer & Pushcart winners: The last two Vita Brevis anthologies featured hundreds of unpublished or new poets — right next to work by Pulitzer and Pushcart Prize winners.

What’s This Year’s Theme?

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, – no disgrace, no calamity…which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, – my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, – all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

This volume is about experiencing nature, whatever that means to you. The quote above nicely approximates Emerson’s “Transcendentalism”: that the majesty of nature implies our own inner majesty, and that by spending time in nature, we learn about ourselves, our world, and (as Emerson would have it) “Creation.”

From a shaft of sunlight warming the floor of your city apartment to a lush forest by Walden pond, what is it about experiencing nature that pleases, fulfills, or enlightens us? There are no rules — write poetry that captures your unique experiences with nature, from a silent morning on the porch to a revelation at Yosemite.

Submiting Your Poetry

We prefer new work, but feel free to send poetry that has previously been published, so long as the rights reverted back to you. As a note, Vita Brevis tends to favor traditional poetry structure over those with highly complicated indentations and line breaks. Scroll through our past publications to get an understanding of the Vita Brevis style. Previously-published work is welcome.

For important dates, scroll to the bottom of this page.


  1. Collect up to five poems that match the theme:

    Only submit poetry that clearly matches the theme. If you have poetry that doesn’t match this theme, you can submit it to our online magazine. Also, make sure you look over our Terms and Conditions.

  2. Compose an email to:

    -) Send an email to
    -) Please make the subject line “Anthology 3 Submission”

  3. Include the following information:

    1) Your author or pen name
    2) A third-person bio shorter than 50 words
    3) Up to five poems in the text of an email or a PDF.

  4. Optional: Share or Donate

    Vita Brevis doesn’t believe in reading fees, so we need your support. If you’re able, please share this open call or donate to keep our poetry community alive using the button below. Most submitters don’t, but a handful do. Consider joining them. Let’s pay it forward, and keep art accessible.

Anthology Timeline

STAGE 1: Open Call for Submissions (October – November)

  • During this period, poets can send in their submissions.
  • I usually accept late submissions too, but no gurantee.

STAGE 2: Proofing Accepted Poems (November – December)

  • During this period, poets will be notified of acceptance or rejection.
  • Final revisions to bios and poems will take place.

STAGE 3: Publish the Anthology (December – January)

  • During this period, the anthology will be marketed and published.

4 thoughts on “Big News: Open-Call for Anthology (Volume III)

  1. Brian, thanks for answering my question: Do I understand submitting in the body of an email. . . or am I missing
    a submittable management link? Kind regards, Nancy

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