Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (an Anthology) – Call for Submissions

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Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (an Anthology) – Call for Submissions

Dear Readers,

With great pleasure I announce that submissions are now open for the anthology: Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. This anthology will be edited, and curated, by me and published by Experiments in Fiction.

For those of you who do not know me, I am Gabriela Marie Milton a #1 Amazon bestselling poet, and an internationally published author. My literary work appeared in various magazines and anthologies. I am the author of the #1 best-selling poetry collection ‘Woman: Splendor and Sorrow’ (Vita Brevis Press, July 2021) and, the author of ‘Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings’ (Vita Brevis Press, April 2020). Under the name Gabriela M I was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press (NYC). My piece ‘If I say I love you’ was nominated for 2020 Spillwords Press Publication of the Year (Poetic). Presently I am the editor of MasticadoresUsa.

I am honored to have this anthology published by Experiments in Fiction, a publishing house owned by Ingrid Wilson who is herself a successful poet and writer, nominated for Spillwords Author of the Year 2021. Her previous publications include ‘The Anthropocene Hymnal: Songs of a Self-defining Era’ in July 2020: a poetic response to the climate and ecological crisis.

That said, let’s get down to business.


I seek poetry that addresses the challenges women face in our society, and the diversity of means they use to overcome pain and accomplish their dreams.  How you interpret the theme is up to you.

I chose this theme because I wanted to underscore how powerful women are, and how much they can accomplish regardless of the adversities most of them go through. Women are strong. Women can stand up for themselves and be successful under very difficult circumstances.  Please tell us about your struggle and your successes.

I did not choose this theme as a social posture. If I had done so some people would have thought – perhaps – that women’s work is inconsequential unless grouped under the label of feminism and/or similar categorizations. Let me be clear. No matter how one looks at this anthology, the featured poems included in it will be outstanding and consequential. That much I can promise you.

If your work is selected for publication, please remember that it is not a certificate of belonging to one group or another.  Your work will be a testimony of your poetic talent, and your power to overcome difficulties and reach for the sky.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit two poems at shortprose12@gmail.com.

Submit your poems in a Word Document, together with a short bio.  You should use Times New Roman 12, double space. No poem should be longer than one page. No bio should be longer than 400 characters.

Please title you submission Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.

Poetry sent to any other email will not be taken in consideration.

Example of email submission:

Dear Editor,

Attached please find my submission for Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.



The deadline for submission is April 15.

The plan is to have the anthology published at the end of May 2022.

Looking forward to your submissions,


Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

142 thoughts on “Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (an Anthology) – Call for Submissions

    1. Ingrid, thank you so much. I am thrilled to work with you and I am sure together we will make it a success.

      1. My pleasure and thank you for the support you granted me in the past years.

  1. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity at Experiments in Fiction. You two are great personalities that it’d be a pleasure to work with. Without vacillating, imma give this a stab.

    1. Thank you Tricia. I am glad you love the theme and indeed working with Ingrid is a pleasure.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful collaboration and a wonderful theme. As women are warriors, champions, and strong beyond words in so many ways. Congratulations on this endeavor. I am sure it will be a successful one! Big hugs to you both. ❤️🤗

    1. Good morning my dearest Joni and thank you for your wonderful words. I really appreciate them. Thank you for the hugs too. Right back at you.

      1. You are so welcome it sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate strong women who have met with substantial challenges. As an ACOA I applaud you on your choice for an Anthology. Sending love, hugs and congratulations to both you and Ingrid. 🤗❤️🦋🥰🌹

      2. Thank you again. That is so kind of you.
        Have a blessed evening filled with love and inspiration.

  3. I am in love with the strength and power of how you present the message of this anthology and hope to pour my soul into a piece worthy of submitting! May the words flow for everyone reading this. 🙂

    1. My dearest Jaya, thank you so much so your kind words. Looking forward to reading your poetry. Sending love.

  4. This anthology is going to be great…I’m very sure…may I share this post with others…who are & who aren’t on WordPress? 💫

    1. My dearest Navin, thank you. Yes, please share the post with anyone you wish. I would like to reach as many people as possible. This work is very important to me and your help is highly appreciate it.
      Thank you again. Sending love. Take care of you.

      1. It’s my pleasure dearest Gabriela…I’ve shared your post with a few…much love…have a wonderful weekend 💫

  5. How wonderful, Gabriela! I love reading about your accomplishments and know that this anthology will be absolutely stunning. I must put on my thinking cap! Thanks for the exciting news!

    1. Oh, Diana, thank you so much. I am humbled by your words and I will be so delighted if you submit.

  6. Your words about this project brims with a sense of power and beauty of poetry and the overcoming of our wounds. Thank you very much for this compelling invitation, I feel very sure of how amazing this anthology is going to be. I am very inspired by your accomplishments and grateful for all you do.

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart hon. Your appreciation means a lot. I hope my words inspire you and many other women to submit. Love and hugs to you 💕🌸🌺🤗

  7. As the son of the bravest woman I’ll ever know, an elder brother to a sister still a child when I left home, a husband to one woman met close to 50 years ago, a father of two daughters yet to disown me despite my jokes and views, grandfather to two girls who I fear for in this world, I wish you well, Gabriela with your endeavour to have women’s stories told.

    1. Eric, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the good wishes. My gratitude to you and love to everyone.

  8. I ran here and now I’m dancing 💃💃💃 Gabriela!
    I love that you are teaming up with Ingrid and this theme that is so vital to our world. We all have a story to share here and I can think of none so honorable.Congratulations on this creation.
    It’s so exciting and I will have to get my thinking cap on.

  9. Forgive me if I commented twice Gabriela!

    I thought I commented on this already but I’m not sure that I did. What a wonderful Anthology you and Ingrid have come up with and I know it will be a huge opening of hearts for women everywhere by 2 of the most heartfelt woman I know. Congratulations and thank you for creating an opportunity for us to share our power as woman! Stronger together always! I am bursting at the seams with excitement.

  10. I think this theme will inspire many and give everyone almost two months to write. Your collaboration with Ingrid is excellent. All the best to you both!❤️

    1. Hello my dearest Jane and thank you for your kind words. We do hope to inspire and increase the visibility of woman’s poetry 🌺❤️🌸

    1. Thank you so much for your kindness Punam. I am excited to read you. I cannot wait hon 🌺🌸🌹💕❤️

      1. Hi sweetheart, thank you so much. I cannot wait to read them. I did not check my email since Friday. At least not that one . I decided I would take a two days vacation. I will return home tonight and let you know ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

      2. Thank you so much hon. Have a good week ahead 🌺❤️❤️🌸💕

  11. A wonderful collaboration, and most important theme. I’m excited for you, Ingrid, and the wonderful poets you will garner for this lovely anthology. Congratulations, Gabriela. 🌸🌹❤️🌺

    1. My dearest Jeff, thank you so much for supporting the project. It means a lot to me. Sending love.

  12. Oh Gabriela! I love the theme chosen and the idea of an anthology.. I just have one question on the guidelines..Do you mean we must submit two poems to participate or that we can submit up to two poems? I am not quite clear on that point. I am very much looking forward to participating in such an important collection. It’s a very empoweing theme and something this world needs more than ever.❤️

    1. Hi my fabulous Karima, it’s so good to hear from you. It’s a great question. Up to two. I asked for two just to increase everyone’s chances of being selected.

      I am glad you like the theme. Looking forward to your submission.

  13. Wow!!!! Gabriela!!! What an amazing, incredible, generous offering!!! It’s going to be epic! Sending HUGE hugs Your way!!! Thank You for this…..😃❤️🤗!

    1. Hello, my fabulous friend, I am so glad to hear from you. Thank you for your wonderful words. Huge hugs, lots of love and I hope you may consider to submit 😊🌹🌸❤️💕🌹❤️

  14. I am thrilled to submit an entry for this
    With regard to the theme does it need to be challenges faced in today’s society by women or can it be written from a historical point of view as well. Maybe from the perspective of a strong female during her struggles in the 1800s

    1. Thank you so much for your question. The theme it can be interpreted the way you want. Challenges can can it be written from a historical point of view as well.
      Looking forward to your submission. Very excited about.

  15. You’re brilliant! Congratulations on all the things, sorry was not active here. Looking forward to read your brilliant works ❤️

    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful words. They mean the world to me. Please know that you have an open invitation to submit. I will be thrilled if you do ❤️🌺🌸

  16. This is such a wonderful idea and collaboration, very excited about this Button. Sending you a DM. Have a blessed weekend and hopefully a restful one. Blessings, Joni

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