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alliyah says...

Call for poetry and art submissions! COOP: chickens of our poetry zine


YWS's own new in-house zine machines (@alliyah and @fortis) are interested in crafting a zine dedicated entirely to the beauty and majesty of chickens.

YWS has long fostered chicken poetry and art and it's time to bring all that talent together into one place. We are proud to announce that we are now accepting poetry and art submissions for the first eddition of COOP: chickens of our poetry until March 10th, 2021.

(Note: This is not an official YWS publication!)

Submission guidelines:

- Please keep poetry formatting simple or image-based (in the case concrete poems)
- All poetry and art should be submitted in black and white
- Content should be E or PG (no swearing or mature content)
- Do not exceed 5 poetry and 5 art entries for this submission cycle

Submission process:

Please submit all entries by replying to this thread. We prefer that poems are submitted as text unless it's an image based concrete poem that requires a picture format. Art may be uploaded as an attachment. Be sure to include titles for both art and poetry.

Please use the form in the code below. For multiple submissions, use the form multiple times in a single post.

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[b]Title:[/b](please type exactly how you wish it to appear)

Legal Stuff:

You will not recieve financial compensation if your piece is selected (though you can have all the bragging rights!!) and by submitting you give us permission to post your work in the PDF along with your YWS username.
Please do not submit something that has been previously published (off-site).

The Nitty Gritty:

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By submitting you affirm the following:

1.My submission is an original work, created by me that I, the author / creator, have the right to submit to COOP's publication. I affirm that usage of my work will not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party or previous publishing agreement.

2. I grant COOP nonexclusive rights to publish the poem(s) and/or art piece(s) that I have submitted in this thread. Furthermore, I give permission for COOP to be distributed by any online or physical means. I understand that COOP may be distributed by anyone and at any time, unlike traditional literary journals.

3. I understand my work may recieve necessary copy-editting and that I will have the opportunity to approve or disaprove any edits before publication.

4. I agree that should my work be published elsewhere in the future, I will acknowledge COOP as place of first publication.

5. I acknowledge that I will recieve no financial compensation if my submission is chosen.

Please don't sue us for this thanks.


Q: What will publication look like?
A: The final publication will be a PDF available on YWS that you can print out at home, send to your grandma, post on the fridge, or do whatever with.

Q: Should I share my real name?
A: Please don't.

Q: Why Chickens?
A: Why Not? Also: Squills 9/6/20 - 9/27/20

Q: Can I print and distribute the zine myself?
A: Yes please! Spread the love of chickens far and wide!

Q: How will winning entries be chosen?
A: We may not be able to keep every entry in our final publication, but the editors (alliyah and fortis) will thoroughly read each piece and let you know whether or not your piece has been chosen.

Q: Just how much does my poem or art have to be "about" chickens. Can I mention them in passing?
A: The theme of chickens is open to interpretation, but your piece may stand a better chance if chickens are a main point.

Q: When will the zine be released?
A: Don't count your eggs before they hatch, but we are aiming for early April.

Q: I already submitted but I want to edit my submission!!
A: You may edit your post however many times you would like until the submission deadline, March 10th.

More Questions? Send a PM to fortis or alliyah or post below!
maybe i make up colors for poetic cadence, but i don't think i can ever love someone who doesn't understand that teal is a different color than dark cyan

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Arcticus says...

Submission #1
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Username: Arcticus
Title: an ode to the mother hen

Submission #2
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Username: Arcticus
Title: Chicken Lady (a poem for Alliyah)
You either worship something higher than yourself or end up worshiping yourself

Naturally Tipsy ©

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If u want a dark chicken poem this is all I have to offer u uwu

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Submission #1

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Username: Magebird
Title: the warden's little jailbirds

the chicks flock
to the edges of their
metal prison.

as the warden’s daughter
watches miniature claws hook
onto the twisted metal,
she marvels at the beauty
of the distant relatives
of her former jailbirds.

she thinks of the cold winter prison
she once ran atop the hill.
the cold nipping at her cheeks
and the numbness in her toes
made her celebrate its closing
before spring's first thaw.

grabbing a piece of grass
from the lawn
her former captives
will never again see,
she listens to the
chorus of chirps.

the chicks cluster
at the edges of their cell
and eagerly steal
her peace offering
when she sticks
it through the fence.

pretty sure this is my only submission but labels don't hurt

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Username: Liminality
Title:the chickens.
    Here for the in-betweens and the left-behinds, the unconsidered,
    the out-of-this-world.

  • Pronouns? Any, to be honest!
  • I spend a sizeable chunk of my time in Poem a Week and the Worst Poem thread.
  • You can also come yell at me in WFPs.

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submission #1
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Username: whatchamacallit
Title: i refuse to believe in chickens

with a bright yellow chick
cupped like a scoop of stardust
in my palms,
i can't imagine how dandelion down
can become autumn leaves
of brown red and orange -
and though i know even suns have timers
i refuse to believe this fluffy little thing
will one day burst into a supernova.

submission #2
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Title: Stilled wings (a tanka)

Moonlight stirs the sleep-
-deprived air, carrying dust
down to straw bedding
where feather-bundles nestle
like puppets waiting to wake.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.
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fortis says...

Submitting to a zine I'm running? I don't see why not!

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Username: fortis
Title: Halftone Strut

Instead, he said, Brother! I know your hunger.
To this, the Wolf answered, Lo!

-Elena Passarello, Animals Strike Curious Poses

I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.
— Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights