Submission Guidelines

We are currently reading for October and November 2021! 

Sparks of Calliope is now accepting poetry submissions for publication. Poetry can be traditional or free verse, unpublished or previously published. We do not publish poems with special formatting at this time. If you want further insight into what we’re looking for, read our editor interview with Duotrope.

We publish about 10 talented poets per month (one every three days). You should usually receive a response within 60 days, but likely sooner.* (We occasionally have run a little behind, but we’re doing better!)

If poems are previously published, author must retain the copyright, and acknowledgement should be given to the first publication. Please credit Sparks of Calliope if work first published here is later reprinted elsewhere. No payment is given for accepted poems, and authors retain their copyright. By submitting your poetry to Sparks of Calliope, you are giving us permission to publish your poetry on the website and include it in the archives indefinitely.

Submit no more than five (5) poems per month in the body of an email or as a Word attachment to sparksofcalliope@gmail.com. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you promptly notify us when a submission has been accepted elsewhere. These notifications are easiest to find when sent as a reply to the original submission. Please do not submit again until you have received a response to your previous submission.

We’d prefer you not use a pseudonym, although we’ve been known to make the occasional exception for those with an established nom de plume. We absolutely will not publish your work without the editor knowing your real name. A bio of 100 words or less will be expected for inclusion with accepted poems.

If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, share your handle with us for mentions, tags, etc. Feel free to remind me if I forget to tag/friend/follow/etc. on social media. Links to poems are automatically shared to Facebook and Twitter when published.

* If you are one of our regulars who has been published several times with us, evaluation of your submission might be delayed in order to give other worthy poets the chance to appear in our publication. It doesn’t mean we don’t love you! We do strongly encourage simultaneous submissions in these cases.