About this opportunity & call for submissions

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative seeks poetry and short-form text, audio, video, visual art, and/or digital work to publish across our platforms.

Our goal is to offer modest compensation to share your creative work with our wider community — without creating additional work for you. Just send us something already made or in progress that contributes to our collective imagining of the archive and we'll send you $100 if your submission is selected for publication.

What to Submit:

Submitted work can exist in the form of:

[Audio and video submissions must include a transcription.] Accepted submissions will receive a commission of $100.


CUNY students, faculty, & staff, as well as our extended Lost & Found community: past and present editors of L&F publications; L&F fellows, friends, and affiliates; and participants in L&F events and activities are especially encouraged.

How to Apply:

Please click here to fill out this short Google Form to submit an entry.

Application Deadline:

Monday, June 1st, 2020.

About Light Relief from Lost & Found:

In a time where keeping connection alive and supporting artists and writers is of great importance, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative will be continuing our ethos of collectivity, archival recovery, and collaboration. We are commissioning the CUNY and Lost & Found community of poets/writers, archivists/scholars, and artists to dive into their personal archives, or the archives of their research focus to publish short-form digital works. The lightness of “Light Relief” also extends to the work itself—readily available fragments from works in progress, or works completed, rather than extensive work or reproductions from the archive.

The goal of Light Relief from Lost & Found, and the core of our work as a whole lies in careful attention to the interplay of poetry, poetics, friendship, and politics. Although our offering is modest, we hope to at least give some support to those whose incomes have been compromised but whose work remains crucial.

Special thanks to our friends and collaborators Engaging the Senses Foundation for their generous support.