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We are currently accepting submissions for the 2013 issue to be published in April, National Poetry Month. We intend to support both established and aspiring artists and  writers who are more than serious about their work. We are committed to promoting diversity and celebrating the voice of the individual through poetry and art.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2013

Poetically Speaking does not accept previously published work; however, we will accept simultaneous submissions, if so noted. Please inform us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Also, we do not accept submissions by direct mail.  Please use these submission guidelines when submitting work. If you send us work, please wait for a response to your first submission before you submit again. 

Please read this page carefully before submitting any poetry to Poetically Speaking. By doing so you can avoid having your work disregarded. 

Submissions can be any length and address any theme. We welcome fresh, vigorous and thought provoking poetry (free of obscenities, strong profanity, themes of hate against those of another race, religion or ethnic background).

By submitting, you certify that the work is not in violation of copyright laws , and you give PoeticallySpeaking.net one-time publishing rights in our annual digitally published issue. 

There is currently no pay for published work at Poetically Speaking.  However, you will gain exposure; this site is globally read. PoeticallySpeaking.net  asks for first rights to any piece selected for publication. At the time of publication, all rights revert back to the author/artist; however, PoeticallySpeaking.net retains the right to publish the piece(s) in any subsequent issue or anthology, whether in print or online, without payment. Should you decide to republish the piece(s) elsewhere, we ask that you cite Poetically Speaking as a place of previous publication and provide Poetically Speaking's  web address.

Do not submit poetry in ALL CAPS! It's a sure way of having it disregarded.

We are currently receiving submissions in the following areas:

Poetry: We are open to a wide variety of poetry.  Although there are no length restrictions, please do not send any life works or excerpts from novels.  We publish poetry, a little prose, but not works of fiction in length.  Send up to five (5) poems/submissions. Do not send individual pieces separately unless you're only submitting one piece for the submission period. There is no need to query prior to submitting poetry.

Poetry Book Reviews: We accept reviews of poetry collections (books and chapbooks). 

Artwork:  We accept photography, digital art, pen and ink, paintings, water color (prints), etc.  Submit 3-5 pieces of artwork for consideration.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2013

Again, Poetically Speaking does not accept previously published material. We do our best to respond to submissions in 4-6 weeks. We will be accepting submissions through February 28, 2013. The 2013 issue will be released in April.

If you have read each guideline above, click the link below for submissions and paste your poem(s), book review(s) or art along with the following information in the body of the email.  No attachments (except for artwork)!  No links!  Not more than 5 submissions per email.
  1. Name
  2. Email Address
  3. City, State
  4. Title(s) and Poem(s)/Art (5 per submission period)
  5. Short Biography (75 words or less)
Before pressing SEND, Check all submissions for spelling and/or grammatical errors. Take pride in your submissions and poetry editors will do the same. We are less likely to select material marred with spelling errors. Be sure that you have listed the correct email address; it is the only way we can contact you. Also, PLEASE note whether they are simultaneously submitted elsewhere and tell us where. Thank you for submitting to PoeticallySpeaking.net.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2013


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Latorial Faison
Poetry Editor