Welcome to Kallisto Gaia Press, home of "The Ocotillo Review"  and "The Texas Poetry Calendar". We are a nonprofit literary organization supporting writers at all stages of their careers. Although we welcome experimental or unusual approaches to literature, our goal is to promote finely crafted work with an expressive and meaningful voice. We pay our contributors upon publication because we feel that too much art is taken for granted. Thank you for supporting Kallisto Gaia Press.  We have an all volunteer staff. Thank you for your understanding.

Announcing Two New Summer Writing Contests!

>>>The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize

A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Carrie Fountain will judge.  A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at  M. D. Anderson Hospital.  See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details or see details under "more" below.


>>>The 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a short story. Submit one story of less than 4200 words with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the winning story. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. See www.kallistogaiapress for details.



>>>The Ocotillo Review will accept submissions January 15 through March 31 and August 15 through October 31. 

_All work must be original and unpublished.

_ We only accept submissions through Submittable.

_Do not put your name or other identifying info on the document or the submission title.

_Submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as the reading fee is paid for each category.

_ We prefer Word documents in a 12pt Times New Roman font.

_We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including submissions partly or entirely in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Please include an English translation.

_ See specific guidelines for each genre.

_ We accept simultaneous submissions for The Ocotillo Review with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere 

_All submissions accepted for publication will receive payment (see genre guidelines).

-The $3 reading fee helps underwrite our contributors. We appreciate your understanding.


>>>The Texas Poetry Calendar has been an iconic staple of the poetry community in Texas since 1998, publishing Texas Poets Laureate and Pushcart winners alongside emerging poets from the vast cultural diaspora culminating in this great state. Submissions are accepted from December 1 through February 20 of the following year.

_Submit 1-3 poems in a single document. Begin each poem on a separate page. Do not make more than one submission per year.

_Limit poems to 35 lines including title and spaces. We recommend submitting at least 1 short poem of 10 lines or less. We welcome haiku, tanka, and other short forms.

_Do not put your name or other identifying info on the document or the submission title.

_Use 12pt Times New Roman font - single spaced with a double space between stanzas.

_Your poems should have a Texas connection..

_We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including poems partly or entirely in Spanish. Please include an English translation.

_No previously published poems - print or online - will be accepted. This includes poems posted on personal websites or social network pages or groups.

_We do not accept simultaneous submissions for the Texas Poetry Calendar.

_Please include a 50-75 word bio providing specific info about awards or publishing credits.

_ All work accepted for publication will receive $20 per poem.

_We appreciate your $5 donation. It helps underwrite the poets we publish.

A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a short story. Submit one story of less than 4200 words with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the winning story. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. See www.kallistogaiapress for details or open the "more" tab below.

*Please submit only one story in Word .doc   

*All work must be original and unpublished.  Work posted on blogs, social media or self-published in any form are considered published. 

 *We only accept submissions through Submittable.  

*Do not put your name or other identifying info on the document or the submission title.  

*Submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as the reading fee is paid for each category.  

*We prefer Word documents in a 12pt Times New Roman font.  

*We welcome the expression of diverse voices and diverse cultures. We do not publish hate speech or pornography. We reserve the right to define those terms.

*See specific guidelines for each genre.  

*We accept simultaneous submissions for The 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere.   

*Do not include images. 

*Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first serial rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication.

*Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in the story being disqualified and the entry fee forfeited.


A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Carrie Fountain will judge.  A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at  M. D. Anderson Hospital.  See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details. 

*Submit up to 3 poems of up to 65 lines each. We consider the title and space between stanzas as lines. Please include all poems in one document. Begin each poem on a new page.  

*All work must be original and unpublished Work posted on blogs, social media or self-published in any form are considered published. 

* We only accept submissions through Submittable. 

*Do not put your name or other identifying info in the document or the submission title. 

*Submitting in multiple genres is acceptable as long as the entry fee is paid for each category. 

*We prefer Word documents in a 12pt Times New Roman font. *We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures. Please do not send hate speech or pornography. 

*See specific guidelines for each genre. 

*We do accept simultaneous submissions for The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere  

*Do not include images.  

*Kallisto Gaia Press reserves First North American Serial Rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication with the understanding that The Ocotillo Review will be credited as the original publisher if the poem is published elsewhere. 

* Students and colleagues of the judge are not eligible to enter the contest.  

*Failure to abide by the guidelines will result in the disqualification of the entry and the entry fee will not be refunded.