Poetry

Guidelines

Welcome to GSLR and thank you for choosing to share your work with us. Please go through our submission guidelines before you send us your poems.

General Guidelines

  • Nothing sexually explicit, no violence, political bashing, profanity, racial discrimination or rant poetry.
  • A brief bio (100 words max). Use the bio to express, inform and amuse us. Be different, quirky, eclectic but most importantly be yourself (even if that means normal).
  • Simultaneous Submissions are OK but please withdraw submissions or notify the editors if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will be the first to congratulate you on your success. Consequently, we will also be the first to blacklist you if you disrespect the amount of effort and energy we put into the editorial process and forget.
  • Poetry: Submit no more than 3-5 poems in a 1 month period. We are counting.
  • If submitting via email – Subject line should read “Submission –  Last Name”  i.e.   Submission –  Smith
  • We believe in recognizing brilliance and promoting it. We plan to nominate work for prizes.
  • Failure to adhere to these guidelines might lead to rejection but successfully following them doesn’t assure we will accept badly written prose posing as poetry.


Preference

We are inclined towards innovative, experimental and free-verse. Poems that have original images that haunt us long after we’ve returned to the rigmarole of our daily routine.

Poetry longer than 30 lines may not make it past the editorial cut unless it has brilliance we cannot deny. We prefer shorter work and only accept long poetry for our contest (more than 40 lines). We tend not to publish formal verse or rhyme poetry and it is simply a matter of personal taste and not a judgement on poetry.

We are looking for poems that use language, words and form in an innovative manner.

Rights

For any work that you send to us, you attest that you are 18 years of age or older, the work is your own, and is previously unpublished (in print or online). We ask for first online publication rights. Rights revert to author upon publication.

By submitting, you accept that your work may be used or archived on our website as well as in subsequent print or electronic anthologies. It is up to the editor’s discretion to entertain requests to remove work from our archives and unless you have a very strong reason (we can’t imagine one, yet), such requests will be declined.

Submit via the online submission manager – SUBMISHMASH

or

Send your submissions to: editors.gslr [at] gmail [dot] com

No Postal Submissions. The sparrow loves the trees.

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