Poetry Submission Guidelines
Current Status: CLOSED
November 19, 2012—Due to the tremendous volume we've received in just a few months, ChiZine.com is currently closed to both fiction and poetry submissions. So that we don't give our faithful slush readers brain aneurisms, we will be closed until mid-2013 or thereabouts. Please check back here for an update as to when we'll re-open. We thank you, and the tired eyes of our slushies thank you.Reading Periods:
For JanuaryMarch issue: September 1stNovember 30th
For AprilJune issue: December 1stFebruary 28th
For JulySeptember issue: March 1stMay 31st
For OctoberDecember issue: June 1stAugust 31st
Managing Poetry Editor:
It seems that most people found my previous guidelines so amusing that they didn't think they needed to follow them. So, here are revised guidelines that are less entertaining, but ones you might actually pay attention to. Please do so.
Current payment rate is $10.00 (US)/poem (please note, as of July 2011, will be made via PayPal).
We publish 4 per issue, 4 issues per year.
Poems remain on-line for the 3-month duration of the issue, then are archived for one year.
Author retains copyright of poem.
- The theme is "treatments of light and shade in words." We are only looking for poems that are genre (dark SF, dark fantasy, horror, magic realism) in some way.
- Note on Goth poems. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT, go to the Goth-o-Matic Poetry Generator and create a poem:
If the poem you want to send us even remotely resembles the one you just created with the Generator, DO NOT submit your own poem.
- Unless you have had poems published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly or a similar calibre of magazine, DO NOT SUBMIT:
- formal verse of any kind whatsoever (that also means rhyming)
- vampire poetry
- any poem with the word "blood" in it
- any poem with the word "womb" in it
- anything remotely related to J.R.R. Tolkien
- any werewolf poem. We know you think your werewolf poems are good. We don't. We're tired of the howling and the biting. You give us mange.
- any poem entitled "Underworld." The movies weren't THAT awesome. Also, it's the name of the knicker factory on Coronation Street, so it elicits immediate snickers from the editors.