(Tenement’s First)
 OPEN CALL



I glance down at my shoe and—there’s the lace!
This can’t be gaol then, can it, in that case.


Györgi Petri (1943-2000),
‘Mondogatnivalo’ / ‘To Be Said Over and Over Again’
(trans. C. Wilmer & G. Gömöri)


Guest Reader(s): 

Lucy Mercer
& Vanessa Onwuemezi








Tenement Press
will be open for submissions for the month of May, 2022, with a view to reading for the prospective publication of new works in the “jaqueta groga” series (see here). In line with our masthead, we are seeking works that prioritise play; the experimental; the esoteric; the accidental; and the interdisciplinary. Please see below for our guidelines, and we will look forward to reading your work.


Please note that the editors will be reading for prospective poetry collections only during this submissions window.








Poetry / Tenement welcomes original manuscripts both in English and in English language translation from new, emerging and established poets alike; both individually authored works and collaborations are encouraged. Please send along a project description (of no more than 500 words) alongside up to fifteen to twenty manuscript pages for review (ideally as a PDF file), alongside links to any previously published works and a brief biographic note.

Prose / Tenement welcomes original manuscripts both in English and English language translation from first-time, emerging and established authors; please send along a project description (of no more than 500 words) alongside a synopsis (of no more than 2500 words) and twenty to twenty-five manuscript pages for review (ideally as a PDF file) alongside links to any previously published works and a brief biographic note.

Essay, Anthology & Other / Tenement welcomes proposals for essayistic and anthological projects from both individuals and collectives. Please send along a project description (of 1000 to 1500 words), and a synopsis, for single author works (of up to 3000 words), alongside a provisional contents list and any example works and links to prior projects and publications.


As Tenement Press is managed by a small team of volunteer editors, we will not be in a position to offer feedback for submissions; the editors will endeavour to respond with an expression of interest in material by the end of September, 2022. Unsolicited works sent outside of our May reading window will not be read.

Please address all materials and
correspondence to editors@tenementpress.com.







Lucy Mercer’s first collection is Emblem (Prototype, 2022). Mercer was awarded the inaugural White Review Poet's Prize, and teaches creative writing at Goldsmiths.

Vanessa Onwuemezi is a writer and poet living in London. She is the winner of The White Review short story prize 2019 and her work has appeared in literary and art magazines including Granta, frieze and Prototype. She has written several exhibition texts, most recently, Be Overcome, Kira Freije, Gianni Manhattan, Liste 2021 and SMIIILLLLEEEE, Rachel Jones, Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, 2021. Her debut short story collection, Dark Neighbourhood, was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, UK, in October, 2021.



Image(s)

Top-Left & Right, courtesy of Samuel Kilcoyne,
editor of Augenbliuck (see here);
Mid-Left & Right
, Jon Auman, 2019; 
& Georgia May Jaeckle, 2020.  

† Petri’s poem—’Mondogatnivalo’—is exceprted from Stephen Watts’ gathering of works, Swirl of Words / Swirl of Worlds: Poems from 94 Languages Spoken Across Hackney (London: Peer Gallery, 2021); see here.