anthology is seeking compelling, beautifully crafted works of poetry and literary fiction from independent authors who are unpublished, self-published, or from small presses.
How to Submit
To get a sense of your writing and reading style, you are invited to present a maximum of 2 minutes of your work (about 250 words) at the open mic component of the next anthology event.
If you’ve made an impression, you will be asked to send a longer excerpt for review.
Tips for Presenting on the Open Mic
- anthology’s main focus is having great lit read by well-spoken writers for people who want to hear it. You will be most successful on the open mic if you have that goal in mind, too; the audience is here to enjoy the words, so make yours count.
- Say your name so everyone knows it!
- RESPECT THE TIME LIMIT. If you are great, this will be clear before your 2 minutes are up, and stealing time from others leaves your set on a sour note. If your excerpt and/or delivery still needs work, more than 2 minutes feels like an eternity for everyone. Exceeding the time limit also suggests that you might not have practiced/prepared ahead of time.
- Choose a piece that doesn't need an introduction. Great writing doesn't need a setup, and with 2 minutes, you don't have time for that anyway. Grab any great novel and read a paragraph out of the middle; you might not know what's happening, but you know it's worth starting from the beginning to find out.
- Please Note:
- anthology takes place at 7:00 p.m. every even month (date to be determined in February, April, June, August, October, & December) at La Movida in San Francisco (3066 24th Street).
- Sign-up for the open mic opens around 6:30, closes at 7:15 and is limited to 10 people.
- When signing up, please print your name clearly and provide a phonetic spelling if necessary.
- An audience is waiting! Come make us laugh, cry, or hold our collective breaths. Move and inspire us!
Thank you for sharing your work!