One of our poetry challenge participants, David Ellis, is a co-founder of the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal. I thought this would be a great time to introduce you to this opportunity to publish your poetry. I’ve copied and pasted the information, so please check out their Submissions page: https://abpoetryjournal.com/submit/
Read about the cofounders HERE.
Here are our Submission Guidelines below. Please, read them carefully before submitting your work. Failure to meet our criteria will result in a rejection.
We accept submissions all year long. Current submissions are being considered for issue 8.
NB: Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal is a digital magazine. As such, selected poems do not appear on this blog, but in issues available for purchase at all major bookstores.
In addition to reading the guidelines below, we invite you to purchase a copy of a past issue to better understand the type of poetry we feature.
Topics / Themes
We accept any topic/theme providing that it is positive and uplifting in nature, with the exception of erotica and politics.
Length: up to 1,500 words
Special note about COVID-19
We understand the pain, stress and trauma caused by the current epidemic. However, Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journalis committed to spreading positivity, no matter the topic. As such, coronavirus-related pieces that do not contain strongly positive / uplifting / inspirational elements will be automatically rejected.
We are a family-friendly magazine
We accept submissions from teenagers. Please send us poetry / content that takes that age group into consideration. It means two things:
1. NO dirty words
2. Simplicity both in language and message
As poets, we like flowery poetry. But we also know that if a poem is trying to be too smart, it is likely to confuse the reader.
What we are looking for
Positive poetry / content. Positive as in stimulating, optimistic, confident, uplifting, inspirational.
No matter what topic you choose to tackle (e.g., death, disease, mental illness, suicide, depression…), the poem(s) or content you send us should answer three basic questions:
– “How does it help others?”
– “How does it open their minds?”
– “Does it bring a better understanding of the situation or story I am describing?”
If you can’t answer those questions, your submission is unlikely to make it into one of our issues. So, please don’t send it to us. We will not respond.
With that said, other magazines will probably be happy to accept your stuff. We just don’t do edgy. We are 100% focused on positivity. This focus will never change.
Reasons why we reject submissions
Reason 1: You didn’t follow or read our guidelines.
Reason 2. Your work has been republished more than twice.
Reason 3: Lack of positivity. Read the section above.
Reason 4: Stream of consciousness that looks like a diary entry rather than poetry.
Reason 5: Your work is not suitable for younger readers.
Reason 6: Your poem(s) is/are unusually formatted (extreme example here), which makes it/them difficult to include in a digital issue.
Reason 7: Your submission is longer than 1,500 words.
Reason 8: Your work has too many typographical and grammatical errors.
Reason 9: You send us the same message repeatedly within a couple of days.
Reason 10: You spam our social media accounts to get our attention.
Reason 11: You are rude to us.
Please note that we are very fair people. We know mistakes happen. As such, we always try to give you an opportunity to re-submit to us. However, we are also very busy, so please be patient.
What you can send us (+ submission fees)
Poetry: Free for one poem. $2.99 for 2-3 poems. $3.99 for 4-6 poems. Payment accepted via Paypal.
Inspirational stories or essays relating to poetry, poems or poets: Free for up to 500 words. $2.99 for 500-1,000 words. $3.99 for 1,000-1,500 words. Payment accepted via Paypal.
Interview requests: Free for our Haiku-Interview (3 questions answered each in 17 words or less).
Poetry Chapbook Spotlight: $5 for the reading fee. Payment accepted via Paypal.
Important note for the Poetry Chapbook Spotlight: If your chapbook is accepted to be featured in an issue, additional rates will apply to proceed:
- $5: a two-page extract.
- $10: a two-page extract and a PDF copy of the issue.
- $15: a two-page extract, a review and a PDF copy of the issue.
- $20: a two-page extract, a review, an interview, and a PDF copy of the issue.
- Please ensure that you have read our guidelines carefully before submitting.