:: POETRY CONTEST PAGE WILL BE LIVE ON JUNE 21 ::
When asked what we are looking for in our work, we can simply say, writing that causes that little shiver. We don't have restrictions on form or content, and we are interested in the established to emerging writer. If the work is good, it speaks for itself; we don't need a cover letter, though they are welcome. (If you do opt to include a bio in your cover letter, please keep it to 100 words or fewer.)
We thank you for trusting us with your work. One of the luckiest things is finding the amazing and unknown within these submission pages.
A few specifics--
:: While we are a poetry-specific journal, we seek to expand the definition of poetry.
:: We regret we cannot pay contributors at this time, but we do nominate for Pushcart Prizes, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. We are proud of our contributors, and seek to help promote your work.
:: We ask for first rights, and we also ask that any future publications of your accepted poems are acknowledged back to Tinderbox Poetry Journal.
:: We only accept general submissions through Submittable. We encourage you to query via email in unique circumstances.
:: Please include all poems in one file. It keeps costs down. Please also refrain from putting more than one poem to a page.
:: We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission has been accepted elsewhere.
:: We do not accept previously published work. This includes work that has been revised from a previously published poem.
:: We do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait to hear from us about your active submission before you submit again.
:: We hope to respond to your submission within three months--sooner!--though the ebb and flow of our inbox will cause variation. Please feel free to query if we take longer.
Ends on 8/21/2015
One winner will receive $500 and one runner-up will receive $250.
Submit up to three poems / pieces (five pages maximum) per entry. You are more than welcome to enter the contest more than once provided you pay the fee of $12 for each entry.
Please put all poems in one document, as only one document is permitted per entry.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but know that if your poem(s) or piece(s) are accepted elsewhere, we cannot refund your contest entry. If you need to withdraw a poem due to acceptance at another publication, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the "Withdraw" feature if you need to withdraw the whole of your submission.
Please only submit original work that has not appeared in any form, online or in print.
Please make certain all identifying material is removed from the manuscript.
All work submitted to this contest will be considered for publication in the Winter Solstice issue, which will be published on December 21.
This year's judge will be Ocean Vuong.
Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it!
You can use this category for any of the submissions we accept: poetry, lyric/hybrid, conversation/essay.
After Submittable gets its .75 and the credit card company gets its .39, we receive $1.86 from each $3.00 donation. This will go towards the costs of running a Submittable page, becoming a member of CLMP, promotional materials (such as postcards, etc.), web design and maintenance, festival attendance (AWP, Twin Cities Book Festival), and other costs.
Know that we appreciate anyone who chooses this category, though we vow to always have fee-free options available. We are poets ourselves; we understand how draining this can be on one's wallet. Using this category does not privilege the submission, but we do appreciate your dedication and assistance to a growing journal.
:: no more than 10 pages
:: cover letter not required, though welcome
:: If you need to withdraw a single piece from your submission, please leave a note in the Submittable system. (Go to your dashboard, click on "View," then write a note in the box.) It's easier to keep track this way.
What we're interested in: a conversation between two poets, an interview, a unique take on a recent poetry publication or poetry-focused event, a discussion of a poetic trend, an examination of poetic history, imaginings, writerly habits, and other poetry-related fodder.
What we're not interested in: diatribes and rants, informal blog entries, memoirs, unprofessional writing, and the like. We also don't publish standard reviews. Instead, juxtapose several books, write a personal essay, consider a broader or different lens.
Please query if you have a unique format, such as video or photo essay, you'd like to use.