While Choeofpleirn Press dedicates three of its annual literary journals to short fiction, nonfiction, and drama, we accept poetry for all of the journals.
If you want your poetry published with short fiction, the deadline is the last Sunday of February every year to allow your work to be published in the Coneflower Cafe.
If you want your poetry published with nonfiction, both creative and scholarly, the deadline is the last Sunday of May to appear in the Glacial Hills Review.
If you want your poetry published with drama, both one-act plays and short screenplays, the deadline is the last Sunday of August to appear in Rushing Thru the Dark.
Poetry that you would like considered for the annual Derick Burleson Poetry Award must be accompanied by the $15 contest fee and be received no later than the last Sunday in August. Only the first place winner receives $100, although the best 20-30 poems will be republished in our Best of Choeofpleirn Press annual issue. Use the Paypal payment portal at the bottom of the page to pay the contest fee.
As with winners of the other creative categories, poetry winners, including runners up, will be republished in the Best of Choeofpleirn Press issue in December. We will copyright each journal, and creators of each piece we choose to publish will receive a free pdf file of that published journal. Winners of the creative contests also receive a copy of the Best of issue.
For poetry, we are looking for lyric poems and narratives that display the writer's natural voice, that are as well written as prose, and that are drawn from the writer's own experiences. We find delight in such things as vivid images, strong similes, and playful use of metaphor. Poems in either an organic form or a traditional form are acceptable. Abstract or experimental poems are less likely to receive a close reading.
Among the moderns, we like such poets as Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Among the contemporary poets, our preferences include such poets as Ada Limon, Diane Seuss, Kim Addonizio, Sharon Olds, Pamela Stewart, Ruth Stone, Dorianne Laux, Laura Read, Elizabeth Tibbets, Jeanne Wagner, Paul Zimmer, Adrian C. Louis, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Millar, Ted Kooser, Roger Robinson, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Jack Gilbert.
Save your manuscript file with your surname and the words "poetry submission" in the title. Send only three poems (saved in one file) in one submission, and limit each poem to fifty lines or less. Send us your poetry manuscript(s) as one file as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf at ChoeofpleirnPress@gmail.com. Anyone who writes work in Pages should have their work converted to doc, docx, rtf, or pdf. Include a short (100 words or less) biography, written in third person (i.e. Jane Doe writes...), for yourself with your submission, including author webpages or blogs, publication history and educational successes, or any other relevant information that you feel you should share with us about yourself. This biography will be published in the same journal that your work appears in, if your work is accepted for publication, so it is another great way for your readers to follow your successes.
Submission of your work to Choeofpleirn Press means you are allowing us to print and copyright your work for the magazine issue in which your work appears. Realize, though, that writers retain their ownership of their works, but, if a work we publish is republished elsewhere, we ask that you acknowledge our literary journal as your work's first publication. Note that, if your work comes in among the top three for our creative contests, it will be reprinted in our Best of Choeofpleirn Press annual magazine, as well. If you win the top spot for a creative contest, you also win $100.