CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  Women and Art Edition

Women’s relationship with the arts provides an expression of self and understanding of women’s joys and struggles, and acknowledges the context they live in. Send us your poems that are in conversation with dance, music, visual arts (photography, drawing, painting, sculpture), theatre, and film. We are looking for poems, written by both women and men, that reflect the variety of ways women experience art, of their desire for wisdom and beauty.  Guest editors include award winning poets Laura Freedgood and Lynne McEniry.


Past special topic issues have included, How Women Grieve, Women and War, Women and Food, and our forthcoming edition on Women and Spirituality. Submission period closes December 30, 2015.  There is a $10 reading fee payable through check or Paypal.  Please include your transaction ID # or check # in your cover letter.  Poets may submit up to a total of 6 unpublished poems.  Please notify us as soon as possible of any accepted work.  If paying by check, please send to P.O. Box 547, Manasquan, NJ 08735 and note the date of submission and include titles of poems submitted. Checks should be made out to Adanna.    Please e-mail your submissions to 

in a single file word document with a short bio of three to four lines. This edition is limited to 30-40
poems.  Please note there will be a 4-8 week response time after the submission period has closed.

Reading Fee:


About our Editors:

Laura Freedgood has published three chapbooks: What I Would Paint If I Could  (2012), Slant of the Heart  (2010), and Weather Report (2007).  Her poems appear in Lips, Adanna, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Stillwater Review, Wisconsin Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She received an Honorable Mention in The 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, she was also awarded a three-year poetry grant from the City University of New York, where she worked as a professor until 2010.

Lynne McEniry has poems and reviews published in 5 AM, Adanna, The Stillwater Review, Paterson Literary Review, The Lake Rises Anthology, The Wide Shore and others. She won Honorable Mention for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne curates readings and workshops, including those in conversation with visual arts. She is a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal for which she edited several special issues including, “How Women Grieve,” "Women and Food," and “Hurricane Sandy: Students Speak Out.”  Lynne earned her MFA in Poetry from Drew University and teaches writing at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she is also the director of the Academic Success Center.

CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS:  Women and Spirituality Edition (The Reading period is now closed; forthcoming issue Fall 2015)

Women are often challenged by cultural or religious traditions that minimize their roles in the human expression of spirituality.  At the same time, women often rise above these challenges when they creatively engage in giving form to their spiritual experiences, which may or may not be in accordance with traditional religious ideals.  We are looking for poems, written by both women and men, that reflect a variety of ways women experience the intersection of spirit and matter, of the supernatural in the natural world. 

Past special topic issues have included, How Women Grieve, Women and War, and Women and Food. Submission period is from May 2 – August 2. 

Guest Editor:  Mary Ann Buddenberg Miller is a professor of English at Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ.  She is editor of St. Peter's B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2014), a collection of over 100 poems, written by 70 poets from across the USA.   She frequently teaches an Introduction to Poetry course, in which she offers her students the opportunity to host public readings for local, published poets.  She also teaches freshman writing, English Literature, Literature of the Victorian Age, Modern Poetry, and Catholic Writers, a core elective in an interdisciplinary cluster.  Her research interests include the intersection of theology and literature.

ANNUAL ISSUE Information:

Our next reading period for the annual issue will be Jan. 1 - May 1, 2016:

Send submissions as a single file attachment to Adanna accepts poetry, short stories, short plays, essays, book reviews and interviews (please query first on book reviews and interviews), and will consider artwork for cover and back cover only. Adanna welcomes both National and International submissions in English.  Adanna is also interested in having available book reviewers to be assigned books.  Please submit your resume/CV if you wish to be considered and sample writing (preferably a published book review) but open to those interested in pursuing review.

  • Please submit only unpublished pieces. 
  • For poetry submissions, please send no more than 6 poems at a time.
  • Please limit prose works to a maximum of 2000 words, no more than one piece in a submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. 
  • Please notify us as soon as possible of any accepted work.
  • Submit in one file as a single document, Word or rtf. No pdf files, please.
  • Include contact information on your document and a 3-4 line bio.  
  • Please note that there is a response time of 4-8 weeks after the submission period closes.

Adanna is a perfect bound print book publication.

All contributors receive a complimentary copy.