“I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still”
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
From 1 January until 28 February 2023, we feature our third open submissions window. Submission is free, and selected poems are published as text, and as an audio recording if one is submitted.
The fun goes on. . . Christmas may be over, but the feasting and celebrations continue at wildfire words. On the menu is over-indulgence, deprivation, humour, anger, pathos, or absolutely anything else you fancy. We offer you a double helping for the new year –- poems up to 80 lines long! Serve up an entry of one, two, or three poems with a combined total of 160 lines or less.
We will devour every entry with pleasure. We’ll then publish the tastiest and most satisfying poems, garnished wherever possible with audio — the sound of the poet reading their poem.
As usual, we’re looking for poems on your own choice of theme 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.
You are also invited to supply a biography of yourself in no more than 80 words which may include the inspiration or explanation behind your poem/s.
During this submission window, each poet may make one submission as a single file containing 1, 2, or 3 poems.
Each poem can be in any form, but no longer than 80 lines including stanza breaks.
Do, please, supply a mini-bio of 80 words max with regard to poetry, and if you have one, include your website and/or Facebook/Twitter name.
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 yet have an audio version, we will offer the poet an opportunity to record it in a Zoom open mic session shared by wildfire words published poets.
Submitted poems must be your own original work, in English, and unpublished in print or online, including your own website.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.
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 by 3 March, and we will have Zoom events to record published poems on 18 March
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. 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.
If you would like to support the sustainability of wildfire words, a non-profit organization providing publication opportunities for poets worldwide, you can do so on this form.
The size of any donation will have no impact on your chance of publication.
Marilyn & Howard Timms, Co-Editors