We are especially interested in the metaphysically broad; we look for the profound, real, fearless, gender-inclusive, curious voice.


How do you pray? What does it mean to praise?  What is a blessing? Rumi says there are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Maybe you kneel, walk, sit, dance, drum, or sing.  Maybe you dig and plant. Maybe you breathe.  Maybe you simply wonder.

No matter what you believe and no matter what kind of sadhana you practice, what do you call Holy?  How do you connect with That Which Is? How do you give and receive a blessing?

Submit up to three poems (previously unpublished) in one Word docx. Use Times New Roman 12 pt. font.  Do not add embellishments or identifiers within the document itself.  Use your last name and the submission title(s) as the file name.

Or submit your art as a low-resolution jpg image.  Include an artist's statement explaining your process and how your submission fits the theme.

Your work, if accepted, will be published in digital format only.  Your act of submission here grants permissoin to fws AKA d. ellis phelps, to publish your work digitally and in future possible print publications.  No simultaneous submissions are allowed.

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I look forward to reading your work.


d. ellis phelps, editor

Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press