OF ZOOS publishes annually at the end of the year. We publish poetry and its sub-brances, a.k.a. any form of “poetically sensible art” (fiction/prose, visual art & photographs, audiovisuals, etc.) based on dedicated features every year. We put out yearly themed calls sometime in the spring (around May) and close submissions in the fall (around September).


**Visit the hammerhead shark for our yearly theme.**


Submit all work to ofzooseditor@gmail.com. Please include in the subject title SUBMISSION: "TYPE/ SUBMISSION"/"NAME," i.e., “SUBMISSION: Poetry/Tan Ah Kow.”


Please include an artist biography (i.e. your hometown/GRC, whether you think Tian Tian chicken rice is overrated, your guilty pleasure in music (Picture of You, Boyzone, anyone?), where else your work has been published).


For more experimental or genre-crossing submissions, you might consider including a brief description of your work, which we will gladly publish alongside the piece.


We claim non-exclusive one-time rights. As the author of your work, you are entitled to submit and publish your work simultaneously, as well as again in the near future, though of course we ask that you kindly credit us as first publishers. As an unofficial formality, we ask that you inform us anyway if your work is accepted elsewhere, so we can give due credit (or give others chance lah). We also accept previously published poems. Please do state when and where the magic happened.



Important Update, 2024


After more than a decade of existence, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be paying our contributors for previously unpublished work. We began in 2012 as a single-person show and have grown to a three-person team. Over the years, we’ve not solicited donations or received funding in order to remain independent, and we don’t charge submission fees. We don’t have plans to change any of that; however, it is high time that we pay for what we publish to recognize the value of every contributor who has trusted us to give their work a home! Thank you, too, to the whole cohort of contributors who trusted us years prior, and we hope to keep collaborating with you.


We offer payment for previously unpublished work. (We are still open to accepting submissions that have already been published elsewhere if they add value to the current issue; however, we can’t offer payment for them.)


We offer USD10/SGD14 for a single poem or short prose piece; USD20/SGD27 for a long poem (or a series of short poems in sequence), a long prose piece, or visual art (including a collection or sequence). This is a modest start, and we hope to keep reviewing our payment capabilities as situations change.


For works with multiple authors, including translations, payment will be split equally between collaborators.


For genre-bending works or formats that don’t fit neatly into these categories, we’ll discuss fair compensation to the best of our abilities.


Unfortunately, our payment rates include any administrative fees. Wed love to discuss how best to minimise this, especially if youre based outside of the US or Singapore.