Virgogray Press Seeks Poetry for New Print Anthology

Good afternoon, poets and writers.

Virgogray Press is now looking for poetry for a new print anthology featuring the poets of the great state of Texas. Virgogray Press has long called Texas home, proudly publishing out of central Texas, specifically Austin and its roots stretching down the I-35 corridor. To celebrate its state of origin, we are now looking for work produced specifically from poets and writers living in Texas.

Texas is a diverse state, and as such has a diverse community of writers. As a participant, and in some cases a facilitator, of  public events (see The Austin Salon Poetic, a poetry reading that transpired in downtown Austin proper for a period of three years or so), we know first hand poets range from traditional, to spoken word, to slam style writing with topics from pastoral to political, science fiction to erotic—all sides of the poetic spectrum are welcome. With this in mind, we’d like poets to submit any style and topic of work they feel best represents who they are as a writer. The only catch is the writer must currently reside in the state of Texas. We are looking for quality, so send your best work.

We do not have a release date set, though a safe bet is we’re looking around March 2018. The anthology is yet to be titled. We will release more detail in the coming weeks, but here is submission information for those interested.


General Guidelines for the Texas Poetry Anthology

  • Send a minimum of 5 poems and a maximum of 8 poems.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • No previously published work will be accepted
  • Send 50 word bio.
  • Send mailing address and contact info.
  • ATTACH poems w/name and address in (.DOC) file.
  • Mark subject line: Texas Poetry / (last name)
  • Poet must currently reside in the state of Texas, USA.
  • Email to: virgograypress (at) gmail (dot) com


All poets whose work is accepted for publication will receive a copy of the anthology, and will be able to acquire more copies at a discounted rate, as well as receive the VGP Authors’ Discount which may be used to purchase any other title in our catalog.

Our reading period formally opens on October 2nd, 2017, but if you are reading this blog post, you are more than welcome to send now.

We look forward to reading all the great work from our neighbors and family in the great state of Texas! Have a great week.



Submit Your Poems to Carcinogenic Poetry

Virgogray Press’ flagship poetry journal, the blog Carcinogenic Poetry, is currently open to submissions. After a brief hiatus, the poetry blog went back online in July of this year. Since releasing new and previously published works of poets of the literary underground, CP has shared works from writers such as: Caitlan Johnson, Peter Marra, Neil Ellman, Stefanie Bennett, P. W. Covington, and Marianne Szlyk. CP has also had the privilege of recently sharing the work of poets we’ve published poetry collections: David S. Pointer, A.J. Kaufmann, Subhankar Das, Donna J. Snyder, and Felino Soriano (among these David S. Pointer’s, Sinister Splashplay, and Subhankar Das’, By the Banks of the Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue, are still available for purchase).

Carcinogenic Poetry publishes on a rolling cycle, and may publish multiple times per week. If you are a poet looking for a venue to share your work, you are more than welcome to submit. Poetry is published on the net and annually anthologizes in print (we are currently working to release volumes 3 and 4). Contributors receive an electronic version of the anthology. We are unable to offer monetary compensation at this time, but can offer a wide audience that is returning to the journal in droves.

Here are the “rules of contribution” straight from the Carcinogenic Poetry website, or you can visit at, and get a taste of the type of verse we are publishing at this time


Carcinogenic Poetry Mission Statement

Carcinogenic Poetry accepts a variety of types and styles of poetry. CP endeavors to present as many voices from the literary independent and underground, both new and established. Carcinogenic Poetry is not a poetry blog about cancer, but rather takes the stance, ‘the truth is to lies like cancer;’ that is to say, poetry that rings with the truth of a poet sheds light on the darkness of the soul. Sometimes that truth is beautiful; sometimes that truth is bleak. The aim of Carcinogenic Poetry is to capture the full-range of tones by which these truths are delivered.

When Submitting to Carcinogenic Poetry

1) Writers may send 1-3 poems (max 70 lines).
2) No simultaneous submissions are accepted.
3) Previously published poems are accepted, but must be accompanied with acknowledgment of previous publication and cannot be previously published within a calendar year of submission to Carcinogenic Poetry.
4) A brief biography in the 3rd person should accompany submission (max 4 lines).
5) Carcinogenic Poetry only accepts electronic submissions. Please send to michael(.)aaron(.)casares (at) gmail (.)com.
6) Place this in your subject box: Carcinogenic Poetry / (Last Name).
7) Writers may submit work up to four times per year (once per quarter, or once every three months).

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in non-publication.
Writers will be notified of their submission status within 4-5 weeks.


By sending your writing/work/poetry to Carcinogenic Poetry you are giving CP, and its editor, the right to publish your work online and in a subsequent print anthology. Writers also give Carcinogenic Poetry the right to archive published writing/work/poetry indefinitely. Carcinogenic Poetry also reserves the right to use published work in subsequent advertising or marketing campaigns with the use of writing/work/poetry in portion or in full along with the name of the author of the work. Writers will always be acknowledged for their work. Carcinogenic Poetry reserves the right to refuse publication. Writers/poets maintain all rights to their work.

Carcinogenic Poetry, at this time, does not compensate poets/writers monetarily. Those whose work is submitted and published will receive an electronic copy of the anthology in which their writing/work/poetry appears.


If you are interested in picking up a copy of Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology 1 and 2, we have those available through our bookseller. Be sure to check it out by clicking on the images below. In the meantime, we look forward to reading from you. Thanks.

Carcinognic Poetry Anthology: 2009-10

Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology: 2009-10

Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology: 2011

Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology: 2011

Carcinogenic Poetry 200 Posts Strong!

Carcinogenic Poetry celebrated its 200th post today, marking a year and a half of sharing poetry from independent, literary voice. To date many poets have passed through the halls of Carcinogenic Poetry from traditional writers, to publishers, radio hosts, visual artists, editors, professors, doctors, laymen, entrepeneurs, all walks of life and they are all from the underground. These are the voices you will not hear anywhere else, lest they be amongst the ranks of independent and small lit culture itself. Carcinogenic Poetry was created as a beacon of truth in the vast expanse of the poetic genre; it has become a venue of choice, playing host to many influential and popular names: Felino A. Soriano, Ross Vassilev, Joe Milford, Gillian Prew,  John Sibley Williams, Michael Mc Aloran, Ivan Jenson, Carly Bryson,  A.J. Kaufmann, Howie Good to name a few. 
Carcinogenic Poetry publishes on a rolling basis and posts new poetry about once a week. At the end of the year, the blog is anthologized in an annual year book– the Carcinogenic Poetry Print Anthology. Last year we topped 300 pages with over 100 poets featured. The anthology proved to be a great hallmark of modern literature and a signature of the voice and future of the independent literate. We welcome all to be apart of the spectacle again. We are about half-year and are looking to release the second volume anthology in December. Submit now. Don’t forget, reprints ARE ACCEPTABLE. PLEASE READ GUIDELINES for full details. Thanks again to everyone who contributes to Carcinogenic Poetry and thanks to both the readers and writers who always return. Blessing be to all.