Open submissions

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

From 1st January 2022, we feature an open submissions window until 28 February. You can send us 1, 2, or 3 poems to be considered for publication in wildfire words.

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.

Read submissions chosen for publication here.

Submissions are free and will be accepted up to 28 February. Our next submission window will open on 1 August for two months.

During this 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. You may also choose 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.

You will receive automatic acknowledgement of your submission within minutes of when you upload it using the form below. We aim to choose and publish successful submissions within 4 weeks of receipt, so please check back to this feature. All poets we publish are searchable on any page of wildfire words.

Submitted poems must be totally your own original work, in English, and unpublished in print or online, including your own website. 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.

Submissions welcome

We aim to be inclusive of poets worldwide. We respect all other 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 choose to send a recording.

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 edit entries selected for publication, but will not publish any amended work without full prior permission for the edits from its author.

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