Syllabic poetry has specific rules that should always be followed when submitting your poetry to literary journals. No one likes rejections. Here are a few things that poets should watch out for:
- Count your syllables and the number of lines specified for the form you are writing. Then, double-check your poem before submission. Use sodacoffee.com to check syllables.
- Check your spelling. Most journals will not correct minor mistakes. Spelling mistakes can spell rejection.
- Does your poem need a title? Do your research on which forms require a title or not.
- Do not capitalize the first letter of each line of your poetry. Word and WordPress naturally capitalize the first word on each line, but it’s incorrect in Japanese poetry and most syllabic forms. Write your poetry like a pro… don’t capitalize!
- Here are the basic rules for the syllabic forms. Make sure you know how to write the forms before you submit them.
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READ: Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry to learn how to write the typical syllabic poetry forms.