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Readings have been suspended until late
2009 or early 2010.
submissions will be discarded until then.
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We would be pleased to consider your poetry submissions for publication
at this site!
Be sure to follow these guidelines carefully
and send only your best work:
Recent changes to our process:
Prairie Poetry now publishes 5 new editions
per year (March, May, July, September, November) on or shortly after
the first of the month. In January we publish the Peer Awards
Submissions are limited
to two poems per reading period. Reading periods end the 20th of
the month prior to publication of a new edition.
Prairie Poetry publishes and markets hardcopy fiction and poetry
by invitation only.
See more below.
We publish poetry without charging the poet, but those who hope
to be published at Prairie Poetry must carefully observe the following
Quality work is important to us. Whether your poetry deals with
the geography of the land or that of the soul, the awareness of the
people or of those passing through, we invite you to offer your experience
of the prairie or the plains here.
Prairie Poetry is dedicated to poets of the North American
Great Plains. We prefer but are not limited to work that finds its
in the land or the people East of the Rocky Mountains and West of
the Mississippi River, from Northern Canada to Northern Mexico.
that good poetry abounds on the Internet. Prairie Poetry is limited
by time and energy in what we can publish, therefore we have adopted
these limitations. Our goal is to publish 5 - 7 poems with every
There are no reading or submission fees. A contribution of
$10 or more to the Friends Prize is gratefully received and the donor
is thanked and his/her name remembered.
We pay no authors fees or royalties whatsoever. Poems published
during a calendar year are automatically elegible to receive the annual
Friends Prize and its monetary purse
. The Friends Prize is given annually (details).
The award's funding depends on contributions
and the amount of the award(s) is determined by the contributions received
($700 in 1/2005, $800 in 1/2006). Recipients are first nominated in
a competitive process by authors who have previously been
The final selection for the Friends Prize is made by the Friends -- those
who make a monetary contribution to the prize.
We publish only
individual poems online. We do not consider manuscripts, chapbooks
or any traditional publications. We never publish short stories. We
do not publish anything in any offline, hardcopy format.
Prairie Poetry is published monthly, except in
August and January. The January edition consists of the Peer
Awards for the previous
year. There is no publication in August. New issues usually
appear on or
just before the first of the month. The
received on or before the 20th of each month will be read and
a decision made usually prior to the 1st of the next month.
Depending on what's
been accepted, publication may be delayed as long as eight
Poems previously published in chap book form are acceptable. Original
work is preferred.
Please pay attention to the following requirements:
- Poems that have already been or will be published elsewhere
on the Internet will be rejected.
- Work submitted may not be submitted simultaneously to other
Internet publications. Email submissions addressed to multiple
recipients will not be read.
- We do not read or publish poems that are already html formatted.
- We do not read or publish short stories.
- We have a decided bias against very long poems.
- We seldom publish songs.
- We do not read or publish haiku.
Send no more than TWO poems during a monthly reading period that
fit the guidelines above to the following Email address:
(submissions to any other Prairie Poetry address will
not be read or acknowledged)
The Email subject must
contain the word, submission, without which
it may not be read.
You will receive a
confirmation Email that your work has been received if you include
the word "submission" in
the subject line of your Email.
Works submitted must be part of the body of an Email
an attachment to an Email message.
Poetry submitted as any kind of
an attachment to an Email will not be opened or read.
Email that is in Rich Text Format
(RTF) is acceptable.
Do not send more than two poems during
any reading period. We will read only two poems
during any reading period. If you send more than two poems none
of them will be read or considered. Should your work be
accepted, please know that we do not consider new, additional submissions
from an accepted author until after the accepted work has been
published on Prairie Poetry.
Be sure to include your name and a brief paragraph about yourself.
Please know that we do not publish every author, let alone every
submission that we receive. We never
publish more than one poem in a given month for any author we accept.
Rejected poems that observe submission requirements
will be returned electronically in an Email notification of our
decision. If you submit multiple poems in separate emails
and all are rejected, you may receive only one email notification
of our decision.
When publishing a poem we do our best to reproduce the formatting and
case usage in which your original work appears. The limitations of
time and this medium are such that the electronic
result is not always identical to your original. Your
with a graphic side bar that we feel is appropriate.
By submitting your poem for consideration you are giving
Prairie Poetry the right to publish that poem on the Internet website
of Prairie Poetry for an indefinite period.
Also, please know that we accept responsibility only for the initial
cyber-publication of your work. You retain the copyright to your work
and we will post
a copyright notice with your work, but in our world there are pirates
who may choose to take advantage of us. Grace and beauty begin with
We do this without charge because we enjoy it, so please be generous
More Details About Our Process
Marc duPlan, editor