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