Eddie Brophy could be the American van Gogh of our generation. He writes with a deft command of vernacular that feels as timeless as it is tortured. His brilliantly complex titles, like This Is Not The Dystopia We Imagined and The Caustic Prophets and the Idiots Who Buy Them on the Black Market of Fact, add their own flourish of gold paint.
because I don’t fancy myself / a martyr beauty queen / I don’t seek my truth / through the conspiracy machine (Napalm Security Blanket)
Neurotica for the Modern Doomscroller questions everything: fatherhood, divorce, religion, abuse, abandonment, and addiction. Brophy’s poems growl in the face of society and forces open the cage of toxic masculinity that American men are born into.
Relics of Unbearable Softness is a collection radiating from queer joy. It is a celebration of our endurance and our love for every single one of us. This is a tribute to the soft, safe place we are meant to thrive in. Embrace queer joy with us!
Founded in March 2021, Beyond the Veil Press is a queer & trans owned indie publisher based in Boulder, CO.We are an invitation to peer into the mysterious unknown - this is where the magic happens.
We publish poetry & art with a focus on mental health awareness, and donate 10% of each anthology sale to a featured non-profit. Our contributors live around the world. It is important to us to uplift historically marginalized voices, such as BIPOC and LGBTQ+.
Building a local, in-person community is our dream come true - we host many events (sometimes virtual) throughout the year including book launches, open mics, workshops, and writers retreats. Our small team is made up of volunteers and are essentially not-for-profit.
Submission reading fee is pay-what-you-can: $5, $10, or $15.
We prioritize historically marginalized voices, such as LGBTQ+ and BIPOC.
The submissions form will appear here when we open in January!
Currently Open Submissions
2024 Survivors of Sexual Assault Anthology
"Hey y’all - it’s Sarah, the co-founder of Beyond The Veil Press. Some of you know that I am a recent survivor of sexual assault, and it’s no exaggeration when I say that YOU and this press have been my lifeline over the past 2 years. We know community heals - poetry and art can be a lifeline too."
After reading something in the news like “why didn’t you ask for help” and “if you live with a man, why are you running around getting rxped?’ and were reminded that we need more survivor stories out in the world. We need more awareness, more anger, more action. We want Justice.
The world needs your story.
We’re looking for poetry and art expressing your experiences of coping, healing, suffering, grieving, and surviving.
Submit anonymously, under a pen name, or your real name — in whatever way you feel safe. Your editors for this anthology will be Kris Kaila and Sarah Herrin. DM us on Instagram if you have any questions!
Thank you in advance for sharing in your vulnerability and courage with us. You are not alone.
2024 BIPOC Anthology
"BIPOC folks are used to inventing themselves and cultural expressions as ways of surviving in this culture of exploitation and forced assimilation. Haven’t we also used invention as a way of changing this world. Write us some poems that show us how you, as a BIPOC member, live in a culture of inventive revolution or you yourself are inventing new ways of living and fomenting your own revolution." - Sean Felix, guest editor
Ready to Submit?
DO put your name in the file name ex: your_name_poem_titles.docx
You may submit 3-5 poems and/or artwork related to mental health and our current theme.
DO NOT submit only ONE poem or piece of art - we want a fair representation of your work.
DO NOT include potentially triggering material (such as graphic details of violence, descriptions of suicide, etc.). If you’re not sure if something is okay, please use a trigger warning.
NO AI-created work will be accepted.
No more than 3 pages for a single poem.
No previously published work, unless it has been significantly reworked.
Submitting under a pen name, real name, or anonymously is allowed.
Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please note it and let us know if selected somewhere else.
Please Note: Our staff works on a volunteer basis, so we cannot offer cash payment. Contributors will receive a free digital copy and the opportunity to purchase one print copy at a discounted price. In addition, 10% of all anthology sales are donated to a featured mental health non-profit.
Mental Health Resources We Love
Please keep in mind that we are artists, not medical professionals. These are resources that we have used personally or were recommended to us. They may not be for everyone.