Tips & Tricks for Submissions to Literary Journals

Syllabic poetry has specific rules that should always be followed when submitting poetry to literary journals. No one likes rejections. Here are a few things that poets should watch out for:

  1. Count your syllables and the number of lines specified for the form you are writing. Then, double-check your poem before submission. At Word Weaving, we use sodacoffee.com to check syllables.
  2. Check your spelling. Word Weaving reserves the right to correct minor mistakes. We also recognize American and British spelling.
  3. Does your poem need a title? Do your research on which forms require a title or not.
  4. Examine the sample poetry. Does your poetry look like the samples?
  5. Do not capitalize the first letter of each line of your poem. We understand Word and WordPress naturally capitalize the first word on each line, but it’s incorrect in Japanese poetry and most syllabic forms. Write your poetry like a pro… don’t capitalize!
  6. Here are the basic rules for the syllabic forms. Make sure you know how to write the forms before you submit.

Kindly,

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. Along with JulesPaige, Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. The debut issue of this journal will publish in October 2021. Colleen’s syllabic poetry has appeared in various other online publications. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen’s poetry has poetry in various anthologies and journals including "Hedgerow-a journal of small poems," and "Poetry Treasures," a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on "Writing to be Read" in 2020. Colleen published "Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry," which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, "Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration," dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the "Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020," published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com. Find Colleen’s author blog at colleenchesebro.com

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