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Venues:  We offer two opportunities for publication:  Songs of Eretz Poetry Review published (nearly) every weekday and occasionally on weekends, and the annual Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest.
   
Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is OPEN for unsolicited submissions.
Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest is OPEN FOR EARLY SUBMISSIONS  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/p/songs-of-eretz.html.  The contest will open for regular submissions in the fall.  The current Poet Laureate of Kansas, Eric McHenry, will be the Guest Judge.

Viewing:  The e-zine is best viewed on a computer screen.  There have been reports of word wrap when viewing on a smartphone--switching to landscape mode usually but does not always correct this problem.  Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is presented as free and open to the public.

Our Mission:  Our mission is to feature and promote the poetry of our frequent contributors and guest contest judges and to attract, publish, and promote the good poetry of other good poets.  

Frequent Contributor Status is bestowed upon a select few up-and-coming poets hand picked by the Editor.  Membership in this exclusive group is by invitation only.

Songs of Eretz Editor's Choice Award:  All poems published in the Review are automatically eligible--there is no entry fee.  Frequent Contributors and previous Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest winners are NOT eligible.  The Editor chooses the poem published in the Review the previous year that "moved him the most."  The award includes a certificate and a modest honorarium if funds are available--the honorarium for 2016 (to be awarded in 2017) will be fifty dollars.
What We Consider:  We will consider previously unpublished poetry of any genre and length.  For additional insight into our editorial process, please read our Duotrope Editor Interview https://duotrope.com/interview/?id=16871.
Reprint Policy:  Songs of Eretz Poetry Review DOES NOT accept reprints.  However, we DO consider reprints for our annual poetry contests.
What Sets Us Apart:  What makes Songs of Eretz unique is that we feature the poet as much as the poetry.  Each poem is thoughtfully paired with a graphic and accompanied by the poet's bio, the poet's notes, and sometimes an editor's note.  In Songs of Eretz, every poet is a "featured" poet.  In addition, all submissions, whether accepted or rejected, receive personal responses from the editor--a courtesy that is almost unheard of these days.

Simultaneous Submissions Policy:  Kindly indicate in your cover letter if yours is a simultaneous submission and notify us immediately if you receive an offer of publication from another venue, preferably before you accept it.

Multiple Submissions Policy:  If you have work under consideration by us, please wait for a response before sending more.  If you have work pending publication with us, please wait until it is published before sending more.

Response Time:  We do our best to give an initial response within a week or two, so please query if you have not had at least an initial response within fourteen days.

Email Contact List:  If you submit to Songs of Eretz, your email address will be added to our contact list.  This means you will receive periodic updates from Songs of Eretz and solicitations when we hold contests and do our fundraising--all of which you are free to ignore.  If you have any objection to this, then Songs of Eretz is not for you--do not submit.

Rights to Your Work:  If your work is accepted and you agree to join the ranks of the other fine poets who have been published in the Review, your poem will appear as a Poem of the Day or Special Feature.  In exchange, you will grant first worldwide electronic rights, non-exclusive archival rights in perpetuity, and non-exclusive anthology rights in perpetuity.  All other rights will revert to you upon publication, but we would appreciate the courtesy of allowing Songs of Eretz an exclusive for a few months if that is not too much trouble.

Payment for Poems Accepted for Publication:  $5 per poem for poems submitted on or after January 1, 2017.  Payment is made via PayPal.

Reading Fees:  NONE for the Review.  

Since its inception in June 2014, the Poetry Review has featured poets with impressive credentials including:

2 Former State Poets Laureate
1 Local Poet Laureate
22 Current or Former College/University Professors
13 Magazine Editors
A Brams Stoker Award Winner 
An Emerson Prize Winner

Most of the poets published in the Review have had work published in other prestigious journals.  Many have also had poetry collections published.  And many more are up-and-coming poets whose voices are just beginning to be heard.  

Poets from all over the United States and several other countries have contributed to the Review, including poets from:

United States:  Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin

International:  Australia, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Turkey
      
HOW TO SUBMIT TO THE POETRY REVIEW:
If you fail to follow these simple instructions, your submission may be deleted without notice and without being read.

Send up to five poems at a time, each poem IN A SEPARATE EMAIL (one poem per email), to:  SWGordonMD@gmail.com.

MOST IMPORTANT:  Each Subject Line should read:  "Poetry Review Submission [Title of Poem]".

Your poem should appear in the body of your email--DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS.  If, for reason of special formatting, you feel an attachment is necessary in order to present your poem properly, query first.

Cover Letter:  Include a cover letter IN THE BODY OF EACH EMAIL with following information:
- If yours is a simultaneous submission or not
- How you discovered Songs of Eretz
- Your contact information:  Include at least your city and state or country if outside the US.  
- Please do not include anything else (such as your bio, credits, or explanatory notes).

Publication:  If your poem is selected for publication, you will be asked for (and expected to provide) your bio (which may include your publication credits) and a "poet's notes" statement--but PLEASE wait to be asked for these items.  The wording of your bio and notes may be subject to gentle editing, but there is no limit as to length.  Once these items are received, publication typically takes place within several months.  So as not to miss your special day, consider following Songs of Eretz on Twitter @Songsof Eretz, friending "Steven Wittenberg Gordon" on Facebook, or becoming a Follower of Songs of Eretz by clicking on "Join this site" on our homepage.  PLEASE DO NOT QUERY ABOUT THE STATUS OF ACCEPTED WORK UNTIL AT LEAST SIX MONTHS HAVE ELAPSED AFTER RECEIPT OF BIO AND NOTES.  Such queries prior to six months will be ignored.

1 comment:

  1. Only recently I was shown your site. I'll have to get out more often.

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