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.