Forest Encounters: Call for Submissions

Polonca Lovšin, We Can’t See the Forest for the Trees, 2019 (detail).
Polonca Lovšin, We Can’t See the Forest for the Trees, 2019 (detail).

FOREST ENCOUNTERS: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, essays

Forest Encounters project is looking for representations of different encounters with the forest from both human and non-human perspectives.


The FOREST ENCOUNTERS project explores and proposes diverse imaginaries, concepts, and practices around the following questions: What and how can we learn with and through the forest? What are actual and potential human encounters with the forest? How can we better coexist with the forest? What kind of forests do we want and need in the future?

We are looking for texts that explore your personal experiences around the forest. We welcome different perspectives of the forest — as the aesthetic, social, political, ecological, metaphysical space, a.o. We enjoy non-traditional writing and work that might not be supported by conventional publishing venues. We look forward to reading about the forest and the encounters that take place inside of it.

We are accepting applications from both individuals and collectives. Six selected works will be published and distributed worldwide in FOREST ENCOUNTERS  paperback and e-book, and will also be available online in audio format as a podcast. The authors of the six selected works will receive a forfeiture honorarium of EUR 150.

More information about the application here:



We ask you to submit your work via our online Google Form active from 20/04-30/06/2024. Submission is free. We advise you to prepare your application off-line until it is ready to be submitted as the contents of the form cannot be saved on-line before submission.

Guidelines for length

  1. Essay: 500 to 700 words
  2. Flash fiction: less than 500 words
  3. Short story: 500 to 700 words
  4. Poetry: 1 to 3 poems, less than 700 words in total


  • English (mandatory)
  • In original language (optional, but welcomed :))


The call opens on April 20, 2024 and automatically closes once it receives one hundred submissions. The final date for submissions is June 30, 2024.

Selection process

The Forest Encounters Cohort will review all submissions. The announcement of six selected works will take place no later than October 2024.

Publication of submitted works

All submissions will be published on the Forest Encounters website if applicants give permission during the application process. The six selected texts will be published in the Forest Encounters publication and distributed as paperback and/or e-book in 2025. They will also be recorded as a podcast, and made available to the public through other digital channels of the Forest Encounters project.

Code of Conduct

Demeaning words that could be experienced by readers as undermining another person’s self-esteem, or implying that he/she/they is less worthy as a human being will not be allowed. We are against all forms of discrimination, racism, antisemitism, and Islamophobia.


If you have any questions regarding the application process or your application, please contact Out of Sight vzw (publisher) by email:

Partners: OUT OF SIGHT, Antwerp; Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, Ljubljana; Institute of Spatial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Graz University of Technology

The project is co-funded by the European Union, Flanders – State of the Art, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, and Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.
Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.