Submit a poem
Every Day Poets is looking for short poems, of up to 60 lines/500 words or fewer. There’s no such thing as too short.
All genres are acceptable, and poems that don’t fit neatly into any genre are welcome too. We hope to reflect a wide diversity of cultures and cross cultures; although all poems must be in English, this need not be restrictive (as in, for example, “Search for my Tongue” by Sujata Bhatt, or John Agard’s “Half Caste”). We encourage contributors to ensure that all capitalization is a matter of your artistic choice and not a default function of your word processing software, and that punctuation is similarly deliberate.
Our readership is adult, so poems intended for children are unlikely to be accepted unless they are relevant to adults as well. On the other hand, we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence, or pointlessly foul language; edgy content should be necessary to the purpose of the poem and appropriate to this venue.
It ought to go without saying that any poem submitted to Every Day Poets must be your own unpublished original creation. If you publish a poem on a blog, even your own personal blog, it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for our market.
All poems must be submitted through our online form–we cannot accept poems via email or snail mail.
Our target response time is two months, and we will do our best to give you an acceptance or refusal within that time period, or at least provide an update if our decision is delayed.
Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions
Multiple submissions are acceptable; you may have up to three poems in our submission process at any one time. However, please don’t try to paste more than one poem at a time into the submission form–each poem must be submitted separately.
Unfortunately, simultaneous submissions are not possible: when you submit using our online form, you must grant us the right to publish your poem if we select it for Every Day Poets, which you cannot do if you have offered that same right elsewhere.
We believe in the importance of being paid for your writing, even if it’s only a token amount. At this time, we are able to offer one dollar for each published poem, to be paid via PayPal, with the option to donate it back to Every Day Poets if you are so inclined. In addition, if requested we will set up a free Author Forum for you right here at EDP where you will be able promote your own writing.
More importantly, publication also includes an opportunity to promote your writing beyond Every Day Poets. We will gladly provide a link to your blog or website, and if you have a book on Amazon, we can link to that as well.
Terms and Agreements
Due to our aggressive publication schedule, you must agree to our terms and agreements as part of the submission process. When you submit your poem, a dialog box will pop up containing our contract. You’ll notice that it’s very similar to the standard boilerplate contract available at SFWA.org (that’s where we got it), but we still recommend that you read it carefully. You are then given the option to accept or decline our terms, just as you would when you install software. If you accept, you will be e-mailed to confirm that we’ve received your submission.
We ask for First Rights and specifically First Internet Publication, with an option on First Anthology Rights for 18 months (which, if exercised, nets you another dollar). After publication, the poem will remain in our searchable archives unless the author asks us to remove it.
**Though the submission contract asks for your mailing address, we will never send you anything without your permission, nor will we distribute that information to any third-party.
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