Taking Submissions: Dangerous to Go Alone! 2

Deadline: October 31st, 2024
Payment: $10 and $5 for reprints
Theme: Poems inspired by games or game culture (Ideally video games, tabletop also accepted.)
Note: Reprints Welcome

Submissions are now open for “Dangerous to Go Alone! 2”, the sequel to Manawaker Studio’s anthology of gamer poetry, edited by CB Droege.

The guidelines follow.


Unlike many other Manawaker anthologies, DtGA is only for poetry. Sorry, fiction writers and visual artists. We’ll do another multi-media anthology next year. ;D

We are looking for poems inspired by games or game culture. Most of the selected poems will be about video games and the culture surrounding them, but some will be about tabletop games. (We don’t want any poems about field sports or casino games). For legal reasons, poems about games with specific IP should be somewhat abstract. We feel that poetry is pretty well protected by fair use in this case, so specific characters and situations can be mentioned, but it’s still better if they are only alluded to.


Poems (no more than five, please) should be included in the body of an e-mail (see below). If your poem requires special formatting not available in an e-mail, attach an RTF file.

Previously published work is okay, as long as you let us know where it was published previously, so we can credit them in the book. It’s the submitter’s responsibility to ensure they have the rights to their work before submitting. If the work is self-published online in a public setting (like in a personal blog, forum, facebook, deviant art, etc.) this counts as previously published

If your work is accepted, you will grant Manawaker Studio the right to non-exclusively publish your work as part of this project in perpetuity. The work or parts of it may also be used for promotional purposes in print or online. We ask that you wait a year before publishing it again.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, just make sure you tell us right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Compensation for inclusion in the anthology will be a token payment of $10 per accepted work ($5 for reprints) and an electronic copy of the final book. Contributors may also order the physical book at a discounted price, so that they may resell it at signings, readings, and shows without having to bump the cost above the cover price.

All submissions should be sent to [email protected] with ‘DtGA Submission’ and your name and poem title or number of poems in the subject line (like, “DtGA Submission – CB Droege – 3 Animal Crossing haikus”). Include a brief cover letter and a bio (65 words max) in the body of the e-mail. If you’d like a URL for an online portfolio or blog included with your bio, give that as well.

All works should be evaluated within a month of the deadline. No acceptances will be sent before the deadline.

Deadline for submissions is Oct 31, 2024.

The publication date for the anthology is currently not set, but will likely be Spring 2025.

Any questions about the project or these guidelines (or any queries after submissions) should be sent to [email protected].

Via: Manawaker.

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