Call for Submissions: Issue 11, Theme: Consciousness

Dear Writers and Contributors,

Libretto Magazine — An International Magazine of Arts and Publishing. We publish two issues a year — June and December.

For Issue 11, with the theme Consciousness, Libretto Magazine is pleased to announce its call for submissions. Libretto Magazine seeks unique works with strong sense of empathy, introspection, and courage; works that are evocative and that possess the capacity to redefine perception. This is to encourage diverse voices to share their experiences, opinions, and insights on conscious-related issues. Contributors are also allowed to explore the theme in a manner that defies convention.

Send in your experiences and desires, your vulnerability and hope, as well as your dreams and despair in relation to the theme. We want voice. We want artistry. We want heart. The selection process is set to be thoroughly rigorous, therefore, endeavor to submit only your best work of art. Please carefully read the following submission guidelines before submitting your work:

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2024—March 31, 2024

Theme: Consciousness

Submission Categories:

  1. Creative Fiction: Original, compelling short stories that captivate and resonate with the theme. Submit up to 2,500-3,000 words..
  2. Creative Non-Fiction: Thoughtful essays, memoirs, or articles that explore contemporary issues, personal experiences, or societal observations. Submit up to 2,500-3,000 words.
  3. Poetry: Expressive and evocative poems that showcase a mastery of language and a unique poetic voice. Submit up to 3-5 poems in not more than 10 pages.
  4. Drama: 3,000-5,000 words
  5. Book Review: 1,500-2000 words
  6. Flash Fiction: Concise and impactful stories with a maximum word count of 1,200 words.
  7. Artwork/Illustrations: Visual submissions, including illustrations, photography, or other artwork. Images should be submitted in high-resolution format.

Guest Editor’s Bio: Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo.

DR. AMY SHIMSHON-SANTO is a writer and educator who believes that creativity is a powerful tool for personal and social transformation. Her art and community work nourish inclusive cultural ecologies for planetary justice. She is the author of Catastrophic Molting (Flowersong Press, 2022), Even the Milky Way is Undocumented (Unsolicited Press, 2020), and the limited edition chapbook Endless Bowls of Sky (Placeholder Press, 2020). Amy has penned numerous peer-reviewed essays published in Urban Education; Geo Humanities; Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice; The Journal of Imagining America, SUNY Press, UC Press, the Journal of Writers Project Ghana, and Illinois Open Publishing Network. She has edited two books amplifying community voices: Et Al. (co-edited with Genevieve Kaplan, IOPN, 2022) and Arts = Education (UC Press, 2010). Dr. Amy led the equity policy work group for California’s Blueprint for Creative Schools, and was a founding member of Create CA linking the CA Dept. of Education with the CA Arts Council. She has been recognized on the National Honor Roll for Service Learning, and been nominated for an Emmy Award, three Pushcart Prizes in poetry and creative nonfiction, a Rainbow Reads Award, and was a finalist for the Nightboat Book Poetry Prize. Her teaching career has spanned research universities, community centers, K-12 schools, arts organizations, and spaces of incarceration. Recently, she has been a guest artist and speaker with the UAM Creative Placemaking Program, UNESCO Rumbo Mondiacult Mexico, UNEB Bahia Brazil, PaGya! Festival of Ghana, and the Lagos International Poetry Festival.


  1. Format: Submissions should be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and submitted in a standard document format (.doc or .docx for written submissions, JPEG or PNG for visual submissions).
  2. Cover Letter: Include a brief cover letter with your submission, mentioning your name, contact information, a short bio, and a brief description of your submitted work and include your social handles.
  3. Multiple Submissions: We do not accept multiple submissions.
  4. Previously Unpublished: We accept only original and previously unpublished works. Please do not submit pieces that have been published elsewhere.
  5. Simultaneous Submissions: While simultaneous submissions are accepted, we kindly ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  6. Rights: We request the right to publish and archive your work. All other rights revert to the author/artist upon publication.

How to Submit:

Submit your work through our online submission portal at Please make sure to select the appropriate category for your submission. For further information about the guidelines, please go through the submission portal in the link above.

We look forward to reading and experiencing the diverse and creative submissions for Issue 11. Thank you for considering Libretto Magazine as a platform for your work.

The Libretto Team.

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