Category Archives: TSPJ Call for Submissions

A New Site: A New Call

Dear Poetry Family:
The new version of The Skinny Poetry Journal now lives online
at Start spreading the news. ‘)
Blessings and gratitude always,

The Skinny Poetry Journal is pleased to announce both its new website ( and its new “CRT and Me” Call for Submissions. We are looking for great poetry that documents Critical Race Theory (CRT) as it is Krazy glued to American history and the American present.

Submissions on the subject of “CRT and Me” will be accepted until May 5, 2022. TSPJ seeks your finest, most authentic, work. To submit your Skinnys for publishing consideration, please email them to: with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email. Full submission fee guidelines and rules of the form are available on the website.

TSPJ is edited by Truth Thomas and a team of other D.C.– based poets. Feel free to share the attached/embedded flyer broadly and help us spread the word about this healing-aimed, very needed call.

The Skinny Poetry Journal
Twitter: @TheSkinnyPJ


Call 4 Submissions: “The Skinny Poetry Anthology”
Coming to Cherry Castle Publishing 11/29/2019

About The Skinny Poetry Form

A Skinny is a short poem form that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, they can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical. All the lines in this form, except for the first and last lines, must be comprised of ONLY one word. The Skinny was created by Truth Thomas in the Tony Medina Poetry Workshop at Howard University in 2005.

The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject, although the form generally reflects more serious concerns facing humankind. Also, Skinnys can be linked, much like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. (Note: As a matter of aesthetics, the plural form of the Skinny should be “Skinnys.”)

This anthology will be launched on Black Friday, 2019:
Feel free to email submissions to by 7/3/2019 7/31/2019 for publishing consideration.

***NOTE: To all of the wonderful poets who have blessed TSPJ with your work, thank you beyond words. I’ll be contacting many of you in the coming months in the hope of including your work in this first, comprehensive, printed collection of the Skinny form. Warmly, truth