Fiction - 1 January 2019 to 1 February 2019 and 1 July 2019 to 1 August 2019

Non-fiction - 1 January 2019 to 1 February 2019 and 1 July 2019 to 1 August 2019

Poetry - 1 July 2019 to 1 August 2019

Artwork - Continuously open 

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MEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-run organization whose primary mission is to work with veterans and their families to publish creative prose, poetry, and artwork. Our volunteers are based all over, including college professors, professional authors, veterans’ advocates, and clinicians. As such, most of our services are done through email and online writing workshops. All editing, consultations, and workshops are free of charge.

You have a couple of options when submitting a piece to us, either of which will allow you to be considered for publication in one of our volumes:  

If you are willing to revise your work, one of our staff will provide you with one-on-one consultation as you work through several drafts. The editors assigned to you are professional writers, educators, and published authors who have volunteered to help veterans learn the craft of writing. MEA’s primary mission is to help veterans and family members build their skills in creative expression, and we strongly encourage you to take us up on our offer. 

We also understand that not everyone is willing to revise their work for one reason or another, and would just like to have their piece considered for publication. We give you the option of having our editors consider your submission for publication on the basis of simple acceptance or rejection.

Non-fiction and fiction have two submission periods per year, consisting of the months February and July. Poetry tentatively has the same, but the volume of submissions requires us to curtail it to one of those periods a year. The exact schedule can be found at 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Editor-in-Chief at  

MEA invites artwork from military veterans, veteran family members, and members of military communities (DOD civilians, contractors, correspondence) for publication in its annual and quarterly anthologies. We invite all artwork of all types and mediums, especially experimental works. 

In addition to publication in an anthology your work will be considered for publication in the MEA online art gallery.

To be considered, artists must submit high resolution image files (please submit the highest resolution that you can and ensure that it is free from glare) of each work of art. In addition, a .doc or .docx file should be submitted alongside these images with the following information as it pertains to each work:

1. Title of the work(s)
2. Name of the artist(s)
3. Size of the work(s)
4. Medium of the work(s)
5. Two to four sentences about the inspiration behind the piece or its meaning. Your words about the piece you are submitting are important.

In your .doc or .docx file please pair the above information with the images themselves, but also include high res images as separate files.

By submitting your work here you are agreeing to MEA's Copyright and Privacy stipulations located online at

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