Zingara Poetry Picks, a weekly feature of the blog, Zinagarapoet.net, which has a loyal following and reaches a broad range of readers, is seeking submissions of previously unpublished poems (on-line or in print) for the website. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines, including stanza breaks.
The suggested monthly themes are intended as inspiration; they should not be considered as rigid requirements. Creative and unexpected interpretation of suggested themes is encouraged and appreciated. Please feel free to submit poems that are even remotely connected to the monthly theme and have confidence that all poems will be considered.
Published poets receive bragging rights and the possibility of having their work included in a print chap-book anthology. Send up to three poems and a 20-30 word biography (written in the third person), as a Word Document attachment, to email@example.com. Be sure to include the theme in the subject line of the email. Up to two poems per poet may be posted within a 12 month period. The editor reserves the right not to publish a poetry pick on any given Wednesday.
(A note on formatting: poems that contain lines which are flush with the left margin are more conducive to publication on a blog site than those which have indentions or unusual margin settings).
Themes for 2013
January’s theme is “origins, new beginnings, and fresh starts” (submissions closed)
February’s suggested theme is “purification and/or rituals.”(submissions closed)
March’s theme is open! (Priority deadline, March 1st) (submissions closed)
April’s suggested theme: The Reckoning of time. (Priority deadline, April 1st) (submissions closed)
May’s suggested theme: Fertility (Priority deadline, May 1) (submissions closed)
June’s suggested theme: Marriage (success or failure). (submissions closed)
July’s suggested theme: Something “hot.” You can interpret “hot” in many ways – temperature, a hot topic, that new guy at the gym…(priority deadline, July 1) (filling quickly)
August’s suggested theme: Age and respect, something or someone that is venerated. (Priority deadline, August 1)
September’s suggested theme: OPEN - send your best stuff. (Priority deadline, September 1)
October’s suggested theme: Death, dying, funerals, the afterlife, paranormal activities, ghosts, spooks, ghouls, and anything spooky. (Priority deadline, October 1)
November: Women Poets Only (open theme)
December’s suggested theme: TBA