How to Submit

Guidelines for All Submissions:

  • We accept submissions through Submittable, our online submissions manager. We no longer accept submissions by mail. We do not accept submissions by e-mail.
  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document that holds the poems you submit. Do not include your name in the file name for your submission. We follow a “blind” reading system: our editors read all poetry submissions without knowing who wrote the poems.
  • Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text of your submission. Single space your poems; double space between stanzas.
  • Place all poems for one submission in a single document—one poem per page.
  • We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures—including poems partly or entirely in Spanish. Please include an English translation of a poem written in a language other than English.
  • No previously published poems — print or online, including poems posted on personal websites or social network websites. If a poem can be found searching Google, we consider it published.
  • No simultaneous submissions. Our production schedule is too tight to accommodate poems submitted elsewhere

Currently Open:

Texas Poetry Calendar 2017

Submissions Window: October 15, 2015–January 15, 2016

Texas Poetry Calendar 2017

Submission period: October 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016

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Guidelines for the Texas Poetry Calendar:

  • Follow Guidelines for All Submissions at the top of this page.
  • Submit 1–3 poems in a single document, each poem on a separate page. Do not submit more than one time.
  • 35-line limit per poem, including title and spaces.
  • We highly recommend that you submit at least one short poem — 10 lines or less, including title and spaces. We welcome haiku, tanka, and other short forms.
  • We prefer poems with a Texas connection.
  • We strongly prefer titled poems — except for haiku.
  • Include a bio of 60–100 words providing specific information about your writing life and your previous publishing credits.
  • Acceptance for publication conveys First North American Serial Rights, first-print publication rights, and the right to post work accepted for publication on the Dos Gatos Press website. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Payment is one contributor’s copy of the calendar.

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