moon shadow sanctuary press

We are a small literary press, publishing writing online and in print.


formidableWoman publishes personal essays, poetry, original fine art, & photography created by those who identify as women for those who identify as women.  We seek work that is empowering, encouraging, educating, & inspiring.

We are looking especially for metaphysically broad and thoughtful work that speaks to how the work of becoming a formidable woman in the world is done, especially the work of developing and living into an individual spirituality and an awakened consciousness that thrives on authenticity and deep self-compassion.

Tell the truth: about victories and failures, about how to carry on. Try to keep submissions under 1,000 words. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or previously published work.  There is no deadline.   We accept submission ongoing.

See guides and submit here (you must be eighteen years of age or older) to have your work considered for publication on this blog and in possible, future print publications.


poems for peace:  an anthology to uplift, encourage & inspire (forthcoming, fall 2018), is the love child of a group of poets, musicians, and listeners known as poets for peace who have been gathering in San Antonio, Texas for a salon style reading series event since November 2016.

The perfect bound, full-length anthology is being published by the San Antonio peaceCenter and will be available as a peaceCenter book, online at other venues, and locally at book stores (TBA).  All proceeds go to benefit the peaceCenter.  Included poets will receive one complimentary copy, discounted pricing on book purchases and may also be invited to read for poets for peace reading series events.

We seek work that is metaphysical, celebratory, fun, funny, lighthearted, playful, thoughtful, warm, tender, beautiful, compassionate, heart-opening, or spiritual without proselytizing, nostalgic without being overly sentimental, empowered without being politically charged and rich with imagery and story but not with graphic insensibility or dealing with overtly, hot topics that may trigger anxiety or anger in the listener (like abuse issues, natural disasters, or tragedy in general).

Rather, we seek work that uplifts, encourages and inspires.  We are especially interested in the metaphysically broad; we look for the profound, real, fearless, gender-inclusive, curious voice.

Deadline:  August 1, 2018

Poets (eighteen years of age and older) of any gender are encouraged to submit work to this inaugural anthology.  Click here for guides and to submit.


Our first novel, Making Room for George (2016), is the story, based on real events, of one woman’s journey of self-discovery, of how she learns she never really knew the meaning of love, of how her father-in-law, George, helped her find it.  You can Making Room for George, hereTo book an appearance by the author for your book club or reading circle, contact us here.