If you’re interested in submitting to Neologism, that’s great! I’m interested in reading your work. I will respond to email and physical mail submissions within two weeks of receipt. If it’s been longer than that, feel free to reach out again.
The submission period for each month ends one day before the end of the month. All poems received after that date will be considered for the next month’s issue. Expect the newest issue either on the last day of the month or the 1-2 days following.
What to submit
Wild and imaginative use of language is what I look for – coin a new way to show me what you mean and what you want me to feel. Poems with consistent rhythm and tone are my highest priority. I would like to publish shorter poems of length no greater than one page, but exceptional work will always find a place here.
I can only accept writing in English, but translations are welcome. If a translated poem references certain cultural beliefs/stories/practices and you feel it would improve appreciation of the poem, please include a short description or a text (internet or print) reference where readers may learn more. Please also include the original, untranslated poem.
If you have submitted work here previously and that work was not accepted, do not submit the same work again without substantial changes.
How to submit
When you submit work, please include no more than five poems, and please do not submit more until I have accepted or denied your submission. If emailing, you may paste your work into the body of the email or submit an attachment; for clarity, underline the titles of your poems and, if on an attached document, start each poem on its own page. Please include a short bio of 100 words or less and, if you would like, a description of any central philosophy informing the work enclosed.
If your work has already found a home in another publication, or has been published elsewhere online (e.g., online magazines, blogs, or social media sites) I cannot accept it. Simultaneous submissions are not a problem!
Please send physical submissions to the following address with a self-addressed stamped envelope if you’d like your poems returned, or if you prefer response by physical mail:
34 Glenbrook Drive, Apt. 2C
Greenfield, MA 01301
Please make sure to use the following address for online submissions:
neologismpoetry (at) gmail (dot) com
Neologism Poetry Journal reserves First Serial Rights. Copyright remains with published authors. Authors retain rights to reprint work after it has appeared in Neologism Poetry Journal as long as the Journal is credited with first publication in the reprint, but may not reprint work between its acceptance in the Journal and publication in it.
Spring Poetry Contest – $500 prize
If you’d like to enter the Spring Poetry Contest, submit your entry of up to four poems in English. You may enter as many times as you like. If doing so by email, use the subject line “Spring Poetry Contest.” Click below to pay the $6 entry fee. Entry fees are non-refundable with one exception: if fewer than 10 contestants apply, the contest will be cancelled. I will then contact all contestants regarding their preferred way to refund their entry fee.
The contest opens as of September 1, 2017, and the deadline is May 21, 2018. The cash prize winner will be announced June 1, 2018. The winner and two runners-up will be published in the June 2018 issue, and the winning poem will occupy the front page for two months alongside those months’ featured poems. You may submit and pay online or by mail; if you prefer to pay in one format and submit in another, you will receive a confirmation of entry once both payment and submission are received. To help foster objectivity in judging, please adhere to the following format:
- Add a blank cover page to your poem(s).
- Let each poem start on its own page.
- Keep your submission free of any identifying information besides the title of the poem.