New Releases

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!

Relics of Unbearable Softness

Anthology 6: Queer Joy (2023)


Upcoming Events

11/26 - Queer Open Mic 5:30-8pm

@ Goldspot Brewing, hosted by Tyler Hurula.

12/9 - Holiday Gift Swap & Open Mic

12/17 - Holigay Market @ Goldspot Brewing

Recurring Events

Every Tuesday - 11:30am-1:30pm, Body doubling @ Hooked on Colfax in Denver.

Bring what you’re working on and let’s write!

Every Last Sunday - 5:30pm-8pm, Queer Open Mic @ Goldspot Brewing, hosted by Tyler Hurula.

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Petals & Pages of Denver (above); Townie Books (left)

Selected Chapbooks

Anti/Muse by Sarah Herrin

with art by Josiah Callaway


Our Mission

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.

Our Team



  • Co-founder
  • Lead Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Content Creator
  • Social Media Marketing

IG: @theshatteredmuse



  • Asst. Editor
  • Communications
  • Event Photography
  • Emotional Support Taurus

IG: @ajwojtalikpoetry



  • Asst. Editor
  • Events Coordinator
  • Open Mic Host

IG: @theprettypinkpoet



  • Asst. Editor
  • Virtual Events Host

IG: @krisesque_life

Our Services

Need some gentle yet inspiring creative feedback from one of us? Check out this form to request a virtual meeting!

More services coming soon.

Submit Your Work

2024 Chapbook Submissions

  • All submissions must center around the theme of mental health in some way. Please read one of our anthologies or chapbooks before submitting.
  • We accept poetry manuscripts somewhere around 50 poems. Poetry with art is a bonus! Collaborations are allowed - see our very first book, Anti/Muse.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • We expect work submitted in its final draft. You will be able to make minor edits if your manuscript is accepted.
  • Previously published poems are okay, but the manuscript as a whole should be unpublished. Self-publishing is published.
  • Please include a 50-word bio and short synopsis of the work.
  • Please submit as .pdf or .docx.
  • If selected, you will be responsible for cover art, so please start brainstorming. If you don’t know an artist, we can recommend a few.
  • Selected authors receive 10 free copies upon publication. We pay 60% royalties.
  • 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?

Read on.

  • 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.

Now you’re ready to submit. Use this form for Survivors anthology & this form for BIPOC anthology.

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

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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.




Wanna Talk About It - Sexual Violence & Relationship Abuse; Mental Health & Well-Being; Self-Harm & Suicide

Anxiety & Depression Society of America

Mental Health Is Health – Immediate articles and help.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Active Minds – Mental health awareness and education.

Mental Health Colorado - an advocacy organization.


Queer*Asterisk – Queer-informed counseling services, educational trainings, and community programming.

Out Boulder - supporting LGBTQ+ communities in Boulder & beyond.

The Trevor Project – Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for youth.


Co-Occurring Disorders and Substance Abuse


Helping Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

RAINN - The nation's largest anti-sexual violence org.

Rape Hurts Foundation - Excellent Help, I Can’t Do This page worth reading.


Permission to come home: reclaiming mental health as Asian Americans - Jenny Wang

The Pain We Carry: Healing from C-PTSD for People of Color - Natalie Gutierrez

Journey Through Trauma: Guide to Healing Repeated Trauma - Gretchen Schmelzer

The Deepest Well - Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

My Grandmother’s Hands - Resmaa Menakem *tw: police violence

What My Bones Know - Stephanie Foo (memoir)

The Journey From Abandonment To Healing – Susan Anderson

Waking The Tiger - Peter Levine

Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma, & Consensual Nonmonogamy – Jessica Fern

Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS - Jay Early

The Body Keeps The Score – Bessel van der Kolk *problematic but worth reading


Where Is My Mind? – Niall Breslin

The Hilarious World of Depression; Depreche Mode – John Moe

The Happiness Lab – Dr. Laurie Santos

Speaking of Psychology – Kim I. Mills

Being Well – Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson

Sober Awkward - Hamish Adams-Cairns and Victoria Vanstone

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