Submissions Guidelines

Deadline: Midnight on the 1st of every month.

Two wine glasses on round glass cocktail table by pages of poetry submissions.
Final poetry submissions as curated from poetry, short story, memoir, and storytelling submissions for open mic reading at Bay Area Generations reading series.

Bay Area Generations Submission Guidelines

Work submitted that is not in accordance with these guidelines will not be considered unless corrected and resubmitted before the deadline.
If you have any questions, contact us or email
We consider all types and genres of writing: poetry, fiction, drama, memoir, nonfiction, plays and scripts, sci-fi and fantasy— anything goes. Collaboration with your works is encouraged but it is not a requirement. Your work submitted by the intergenerational pair need not be connected, other than the fact that you chose to submit together.*


Paired Literary Submissions
Submit your literary works with a colleague, a friend, or a family member. However, the submitters must differ in generation by at least 10 years.
Submission Format
* Email one (1) document file that includes both submitter’s work.
* Attach submissions as a .doc or .docx or .txt file.
* Email Subject lines must read: “SUBMISSION: Full Name1, Full Name2” 
Ex:  SUBMISSION: Will Shakespeare + Ling Po
Include the following in your attached document:
1. Each writer must write a one paragraph statement about your partner and your reasons for submitting together.
A combined statement is also acceptable. Edited versions will appear in the program.
2. The literary works of Submitter 1
– Full Name, email address, contact phone number above each title.
Will Shakespeare,, 415-555-1212

“Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate: …

Will Shakespeare,, 415-555-1212

“Sonnet 15: When I consider everything that grows”

When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment, …

3. The literary works of Submitter 2, with Full Name, email address, contact phone number above each title. (Same instructions as in #2)
Please adhere to the following format requirements:
Line Spacing

Prose:  Single space, with an extra line between paragraphs. Please do not indent paragraphs.

Poems:  Submit as you prefer them to appear in print.

File Format

Microsoft Word, doc, docx, txt.
Please, NO PDF. NO jpg.


SUBMISSION SIZE: Your combined proposed reading for both readers may not exceed a 12 minutes. Thus, we highly recommend reading your entire submission aloud to make sure this guideline is met. Generally speaking, the word count should not exceed approximately 2000 words. If in doubt: less is more.
E-mail submissions as attached to
Subject line:  SUBMISSION: Name 1 + Name 2.
Please note that Bay Area Generations may accept all or a portion of the work submitted, although in no case will we accept one submitter without the other.
By submitting, you affirm that, if accepted, you are available and willing to read on the date of the show. We typically notify all readers of our decisions no later than the 11th of each month. Accepted submissions are published in a limited edition souvenir chapbook, available only at the event.

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*By considering submissions only in pairs, we ensure that a mix of generations is presented. Good work invariably “talks” with other good work, regardless of content specifics, and it is surprising how this approach always seems to result in a tightly integrated show. Coordination and collaboration are welcome, of course, but if the submission includes work by two writers of different generations, this guideline has been met.