Silence by Odilon Redon

Call for Submissions:

Writing about Silence and Sound

Crescendo: A Community of Writers is a collective–a magazine that amplifies unique voices. We publish up-and-coming writers, particularly writers who find themselves on the margins of traditional publication opportunities. We seek excellent writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and inter-genre work. Visual art is also welcome. Join your voice with ours! 

Our magazine is newly relaunched and will be publishing its second issue in Fall/Winter 2022. This issue will explore the theme of silence and sound. The COVID-19 pandemic put communities in flux and changed our definition of what it means to be a collective. Many people felt the silence of being without community while others felt the abundance of constant noise and community. We want to reflect on and memorialize this. We welcome submissions that explore silence and sound. Some questions that might guide you in exploring this theme:

  • What does silence create or destroy?
  • Why do people, groups, institutions go silent?
  • Who is affected by silence and how? What are possible responses to silence?
  • What is sound-based writing? Silence-based writing?

We encourage anyone who would like to apply. Because we are a community-based writers group, we have a soft spot for writers who live, work, or feel affinity towards communities in and around New York City.


Email submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and inter-genre work to by November 15, 2022. Submissions should be no more than 6000 words for prose and up to five poems. 

Note that submissions are now closed for this issue.

We do allow simultaneous submissions. In your cover letter, please indicate where else you are sending this work. And if this work is accepted elsewhere after you send it to us, please let us know. There is no fee to apply.

Guidelines for Submissions:

  • Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.
  • Numbered pages.
  • Fiction, nonfiction, and other prose: Less than 6000 words. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. 
  • Poetry: Submit 1-5 poems with each poem starting on a new page.
  • Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.

Note that because we support up-and-coming writers and are a community-based writers collective, we may want to work with you in revising your submission for publication. This means we are enthusiastic about your work and want to refine it towards realizing your project even more strongly.


Please include an author bio of no more than 100 words.

Cover Letters

We encourage you to include a short (no more than 2 pages) cover letter with your submission. It should reference: 

  • Major publications, awards, or relevant accomplishments.
  • Any association or past correspondence with an editor or with our writers’ group.
  • Any additional details or context that might be helpful in understanding your submission (Optional). 

Include your submission, bio, and cover letter in one email with your last name and “Submission” in the subject line. For example: Smith Submission. Your submission, bio, and cover letter should be in distinct email attachments as doc, docx, or PDF files. To make it easier on our editors, please label the attachments as: your last name SUB, last name CL, and last name BIO, respectively. For example: SmithCL

All submissions will be due by November 15, 2022.