Open Submissions — Summer 2022

“I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still”
Sylvia Plath

From 16 July 2022, we feature our second open submissions window until 30 September. You can send us 1, 2, or 3 poems to be considered for publication in wildfire words online literary journal.

We’re looking for poems that grab our attention, that pull our heart strings, leave us open-mouthed or holding our breath, make us think, make us laugh or cry, and/or are strikingly original. In short, poems that excite us enough to share them with wildfire words readers.

Click here for the entry form

Read poetry published from this Open Submissions window here.

Submissions are free and will be accepted up to 30 September. Our next submission window will open on 1 January 2023 for two months.

During this summer submission window, each poet can make one submission as a single file containing 1, 2, or 3 poems. Poems can be in any form, but no longer than 40 lines including stanza breaks. Do, please, supply a mini-bio of 50 words max to be published alongside your poem. We also encourage you to submit an audio recording of your poem(s) made on your phone, laptop, or tablet.

If we publish your poem, we will also publish your bio and consider your recording for publication. When we publish any poem that does not have an audio publication we will offer the poet an opportunity to record it in a Zoom open mic session for wildfire words published poets.

When you submit, your poetry will automatically be acknowledged within minutes of when you upload it using the form below.

We aim to choose and publish successful submissions within 4-6 weeks of receipt, so please check back to this feature. If you have been published, you can find your poem by typing your name into the search box at the top right of any page of wildfire words. Also, names of the poets published in any of our features are listed alphabetically at the top of the feature, and linked to the feature. Because of the volume of submissions, it is seldom practicable to notify poets if their work has not been published.

Submitted poems must be totally your own original work, in English, and unpublished in print or online, including your own website. Where an original poet teams up with a translator into English, we will consider publishing the work, provided biographies of both original poet and translator are provided.

If your work is published in wildfire words ezine, it will be on a non-exclusive basis for at least one year. The copyright remains yours for all poems, bios, and audio recordings you submit for publication.

Your submission is welcome

We aim to be inclusive of poets worldwide. We respect all people and their well-being, beliefs, individuality, and free speech, and expect the same from other poets. We’ll publish any poem that adds fresh creative spice to the poetry in this open submissions feature — 40 lines maximum, including stanza breaks. We’ll evaluate your poetic jewel, whether it’s a cut and polished dazzler or a rough stone with some interesting lustre. So please don’t hesitate to submit. And we’d love to hear your gem, too, if you send a recording or invited to one of our online recording sessions.

Marilyn Timms, Features Editor

Please include your biography in no more than 50 words with regard to poetry, and include your website or Facebook/Twitter name.

When you submit a poem, you are conferring the non-exclusive right for wildfire words to publish it and an audio version if submitted, plus your biography, for one year. We reserve the right to correct typographic errors and spellings of poems selected for publication. But will not publish any other kind of error or omission without full prior permission for the edits from its author.

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