Red: Caged Birds Sing is a poetry anthology edited by Jessica Mehta, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Every selected poem is paid at a rate of $20. To qualify, writers must:

  • identify as Native American (tribal enrollment is not required)
  • identify as a woman/female
  • previously been incarcerated
  • agree to work virtually with an editor (if applicable)


Previously published poems qualify. Please submit no more than five poems and include your tribal affiliation in the cover letter. 

Jessica Mehta