District Lines

Calling All Artists!
District Lines, Volume V Now Accepting Submissions

Politics and Prose is excited to announce a call for submissions for District Lines, Volume V.

District Lines is an anthology intended to capture a sense of people and place in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Once again, we’re accepting submissions—poems, essays, short stories, coherent musings and ramblings, scribbles, comics—that capture a sense of people or place in D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan neighborhoods. We’re also accepting submissions for cover and interior artwork—we welcome photographs, graphics, and other original pieces.

Our motif is the iconic D.C. call box, so we especially welcome art that explores this image.

The deadline for submissions is July 1, at noon. We plan to hold an event at the store once the anthology is published, which will occur in January.

Submission guidelines are below.

Check out our first four issues, which are on our shelves at Politics & Prose. You can also read about District Lines in these news outlets: The Washington Post, Georgetown Patch, and Shelf Awareness.


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Submission Requirements: Please read carefully!

Work must be original and previously unpublished. Prose (please specify fiction or non-fiction) must be 3,000 words or less. Up to three poems can be submitted, however, we do not select more than one poem per author for the final publication.

Graphics must be submitted as a PDF file that can be reproduced in black and white. All images except for the cover will appear in black and white, and they should be submitted with a title. Images must be 300 dpi. The maximum width is 5” and the maximum height is 8” (1500 by 2400 pixels) – if you have any questions about these specifications, please email districtlines@politics-prose.com in advance of the deadline so that we can help you submit works that fulfill these requirements.

  • Written entries must be submitted in a word document, double-spaced, using Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • Prose (fiction and non-fiction) should be 3,000 words or less
  • For graphics or art please submit work in a clearly titled PDF file that meets the technical requirements listed above
  • Only one prose entry, or three poems per person, will be considered
  • Submissions must contain a two to three sentence bio
  • Do not use any headers or footers; cover pages containing the submitters name, bio. contact information, submission title(s), and genre are recommended though not required
  • Please put all of your written submissions in a single document; if submitting images, you may attach them to an email and submit with a document containing all required information

Please note that we may not accept submissions that do not meet all of the above requirements. The process carried out over many months will be a side project for staffers, and therefore, availability and communication of those involved can ebb and flow. Therefore, your patience, enthusiasm, and understanding are greatly appreciated.  

Please email submissions, as well as any questions or comments regarding submissions, to: districtlines@politics-prose.com