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Mission Statement

CALYX is committed to publishing work by women from many walks of life, including women of color, members of the LGBTIQQ community, young women, working class women, older women, and others whose voices should not be silenced. CALYX is committed to nurturing underrepresented writers. CALYX editorial collective include a variety of editors from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

CALYX exists to nurture women’s creativity by publishing fine literature and art by women. CALYX is committed to:

  • introducing a wide audience to high quality literature and art by women
  • providing a forum for diversity and underrepresented writers and viewpoints
  • discovering and publishing emerging and developing writers
  • preserving publications for future audiences


CALYX is an independent, nonprofit publisher of contemporary writing and art by women committed to discovering emerging writers and artists from a diversity of backgrounds. CALYX, Inc. includes CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women (published semi-annually) and CALYX Books.

CALYX, a most unusual word--as the outer covering, the calyx, of a flower opens to reveal the blossom, so does CALYX open to reveal the achievements of women in the arts today.

We accept submissions of poetry, short fiction, visual art, essays, reviews, and interviews.CALYX has been publishing a high-quality journal of art and literature by women since it was founded in 1976. The Journal is edited collectively by the all-volunteer journal editorial collective. Currently, the editors read from 1,000 to 2,000 manuscripts each year from women throughout the United States and the world.

The CALYX book publishing endeavor began in 1986, when the company sought to encourage two writers who had been published in the Journal. The book editorial collective, also comprised of volunteers, selects and edits book manuscripts for publication. The CALYX collective editorial structure is unique in the literary publishing world.



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