ZPR will feature work by a variety of different poets over the next year. Please take a look at the following categories. If none of the categories below fit, please consider submitting work for National Poetry Month in April when ZPR will be publishing a poem every day of the month.
Work by undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (any discipline) or who have graduated within two years. CLOSED
September: Work by graduate students currently in a writing-related graduate program, including MFA, MA in English, etc.
October: Work by indigenous people, particularly Native American.
November: International Writers (anyone who isn’t living, or wasn’t born, in the United States).
December: Poets over 50
January: New and unpublished poets (0-3 single publications, no books or chapbooks)
February: African American/Black American Poets
March: Women only please!
April: Poetry Month – a poem will be published every day this month so send your best work early!
May: Poets who live WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
July: Poets who live EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
- Send 1-3 previously unpublished poems of 40 lines of fewer in the body of an email, any style, any subject, to ZingaraPoet@gmail.com with the submission category (e.g. Undergraduate Student) as the subject of your email.
- Include a cover letter and brief professional biography of 50 words or fewer, also in the body of your email.
- Submissions are accepted year round.
- Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let me know immediately if submitted work is accepted elsewhere.
- Published poets receive bragging rights and the chance to share their work with a diverse and ever-growing audience.
- Submissions which do not follow these guidelines will be disregarded.
- If accepted work is later published elsewhere, please acknowledge that the piece first appeared in Zingara Poetry Review.
- There are no fees to submit, though you will be subscribed to the Zingara Poetry Review newsletter.
- Check Zingara Poetry Review every week to read new poems, which are normally published by 9:00am Eastern Time.
- Zingara Poetry Review retains first digital rights, though rights revert back to the poet upon publication.
What I look for in a poem:
Like all editors, I like to see interesting poems that do what they do well. Whether traditional, conceptual, lyrical, or formal, they should exhibit the poet’s clear understanding of craft and, just as importantly, revision. Very elemental poems that have not undergone effective revision will probably not make the cut. Likewise, poems which are contrived, sacrifice meaning for the sake of rhyme, feel incomplete, do not risk sentimentality (or are too sentimental), or lack tension when tension is needed, will also be dismissed. I am a fan of rich, vivid imagery, cohesive discursiveness, and surprising metaphors. Finally, poems which perpetuate harmful stereotypes of gender, race, or class will most certainly not be considered.
Response time is 2 days to 6 months