Syllabic poetry has specific rules that should always be followed when submitting 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. At Word Weaving, we use sodacoffee.com to check syllables.
Check your spelling. Word Weaving reserves the right to correct minor mistakes. We also recognize American and British spelling.
Does your poem need a title? Do your research on which forms require a title or not.
Examine the sample poetry. Does your poetry look like the samples?
Do not capitalize the first letter of each line of your poem. We understand 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.
Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors
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An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction.
In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry.
Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch.
In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books.
Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.
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