CALL for entries:


DEADLINE: June 1st, 2021 for General Public
June 15th, 2021 for PCSJ Members


Cæsura 2021: Unmasking


The Call: Masks have been in our world history since Neolithic funeral stone masks to the Greek chorus masks to the Roman Janus masks (comedy and tragedy), to the character masks of Commedia dell'arte, to the playful masquerade masks, to the sinister bird-like black plague masks, to our epidemic masks of today. There are many more types of masks that take on sad, frightening, and even racist connotations in past and present lives. However, let's not forget the masks that are not seen; the masks that perhaps disguise our feelings, thoughts, personality traits or alter ego. And, maybe it's not ourselves that we are Unmasking but someone else or thing. Perhaps it's a systematic evil or an underlying beauty in the environment. Is it revealing or hiding to unmask? Cæsura editors would like to know what Unmasking means to you, your experiences with Unmasking, and your feelings about Unmasking.

Poetry: Poets!!! What does Unmasking provoke in you? Can you write a poem or prose about Unmasking without using the word Unmasking? If you happen to go over stated amount, and you know it is fire... send it anyway!! Happy submitting!

Art: Unmasking; revealing the fresh, raw surface beneath. Glistening with the new membrane freshly popped, we are beckoning for fresh viewpoints as the surface begins to regenerate. Show me what you got!

Fiction: The political climate, literal climate, and lockdown of 2020 pushed many of us to really consider things and brought us out of shells. So, who are you, really? What defines you? Is your "truth" being literally undefined? What IS beneath the surface? Unmasking stories can be set in the real world, a period of time long past, in a sci-fi setting, or a terrifying horror setting. Short stories and comics will be accepted. See below for the details on how to make submissions. Please use unique I.P.'s, we're not looking for "fan fiction" satire is ok. We look forward to seeing your submissions! 

Non-Fiction: Accepting memoirs, critical essays, short stories, creative non-fiction, and cartoons.

Heads up to the NEW and UNPUBLISHED poet. Every year we publish new and first time artists (literature and art). Simply add the comment "Not yet published" to your cover page. We will also be reaching out to local poetry hosts, workshop instructors, and professors to encourage participation. Please pass on the word.

You may submit 3 literary works, and you may submit 3 visual works. The editors will judge from blind lists to create the two unique versions of Cæsura 2021: a print version and an online version.

We reserve first-print publication rights and the right to post work for publication on our website. Previously published work, in print or online, will not be considered.

CALL OPENS: March 1st, 2021.
CALL CLOSES: June 1st, 2021 for General Public
June 15th, 2021 for PCSJ Members

LITERATURE SELECTIONS: June 28th 2021; announcements made
ART SELECTIONS: August 22nd 2021; announcements made

LITERATURE: We are partial to poems of 32 lines or fewer, but make exceptions for longer poems that are too good to pass up.
We prefer prose pieces of under 320 words, but will consider anything under 1000.
Longer works of any style or format will be considered for the print edition but are more likely to appear online.
Please submit literary works in word.

VISUAL : The submission format is .jpg or .pdf, all disciplines are welcome from ceramics, crafts, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, etc. If your work is accepted, we may request a high quality 300 dpi file. Note that art in the print edition is either 6x9 inches or 12x9 inches and cover variance.

On one email attach the files you are submitting along with a Biography/Cover page.
Your cover page should include:

  1. a title for each work you submit; make each work a separate attachments.
  2. your name as it will appear in print.
  3. your mailing address (so we can send a book to you if your art is selected).
  4. your biography, 80 words or less (please edit as carefully as your art).

Literature and Art:

  1. attach each poem, or photo, as its own file.
  2. name each file as its title, please do not include your name in the file.


  1. Attach all files to one email (please do not zip, attach each file separately)
  2. Send that email to caesura@pcsj.org.


  1. We accept simultaneous submissions on the condition that you notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
  2. We will acknowledge when your submission is received and when it is accepted or rejected; some art will get an early acceptance, most within a month of the call's close.
  3. Each published artist will receive a free copy of Cæsura.

Visit the Cæsura page www.pcsj.org/caesura.html to read/view online editions or to purchase remaining copies of print issues.

The Cæsura staff 2021:
Julie Barrett: (Art/Visual Editor)
Anthony Bellon: (Fiction/Science Fiction Editor)
Alexandria Bentley: (Reader)
SevanKelee Boult: (Poetry Editor)
Bill Cozzini: (Managing Editor)
Alexandra Galou: (Marketing Editor)
Erin Keyes: (Non-Fiction Editor)
Linda Lappin: (Reader)
Chris Martinez: (Reader)
Kimy Martinez: (Editor-in-Chief)
Cory Massaro: (Reader)
Elizabeth Montelongo: (Reader)
John Tello: (Reader)

There will be additional requests made to early submitters, social media followers, and PCSJ members, including video.

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