WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the essay itself or on the title of the essay file or in the "Title" line submitted to Submittable. Identification on an essay will disqualify the work. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable labeled "cover letter."
Please review the prose poetry we've published in the past to see the quality, the tightness of language, the beauty and surprise, we're seeking. Here's a link to our online Issue 8: http://www.portyonderpress.com/issue-8---spring-2019.html
What we seek:
- Prose poetry of any length.
- No reading fee. $10 for accepted work, but a $50 award to the prose poem our Managing Editor chooses as the 2020 Christine Prose Poetry Award winner. Submit as many times as you wish, but only after you've heard back from us. As always, work must be smart and family-friendly. You must have a Paypal account to accept payment. If you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. You will also have an option to donate this small honorarium back to us, and we always appreciate that gesture.
- Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We will edit to catch small things you may have missed, then we'll send the edits for your approval.
Reading period: October 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020. Please give us up to four months to review and respond to your submission, though generally we hope to reply within two months.
NOTE: We consider "prose" poetry to be that which adheres to paragraph form rather than standard poetry forms. This is just our interpretation in an effort to distinguish prose poetry from other poetry forms.