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Fiction Editors:
Brett Alexander Savory
Michael Kelly
M. Thomas


4,000 words or less.
Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) attachments.
No reprints.
Simultaneous submissions okay, as long as you tell us it's simultaneous.
No multiple submissions.

Payment (on publication): 7 cents per word (USD).

Go to it.

Response time: up to 3 months


PLEASE NOTE: We are closed to poetry submissions, as of March 28, 2006. We hope to re-open by September, but please check this page before submitting. I will get back to everyone who submitted by Monday, May 15th. My apologies for the delay—I simply haven't been able to finish thoroughly reading all your submissions.

Thanks for your patience.

Reading Periods:
For January–March issue: September 1st–November 30th
For April–June issue: December 1st–February 28th
For July–September issue: March 1st–May 31st
For October–December issue: June 1st–August 31st

"Bad poetry is aggravating and I think it reduces life expectancy in editors."
—William Smith, cranky & potentially short-lived editor, Trunk Stories

Poetry Editor:
Sandra Kasturi

It seems that most people found my previous guidelines so amusing that they didn't think they needed to follow them. So, here are revised guidelines that are less entertaining, but ones you might actually pay attention to. Please do so.

Current payment rate is $8.00 (US)/poem.
We publish 4 to 6 poems per issue, 4 issues per year.
Poems remain on-line for the 3-month duration of the issue, then are archived for one year.
Author retains copyright of poem.

1) The theme is "treatments of light and shade in words". Both genre (SF, fantasy, horror, magic realism, dark fantasy, etc.) and non-genre are okay, as long as they are on theme.

2) Note on Goth poems. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT, go to the Goth-o-Matic Poetry Generator and create a poem:


If the poem you want to send me even remotely resembles the one you just created with the Generator, DO NOT submit your own poem.

3) Unless you have had poems published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly or a similar calibre of magazine, DO NOT SUBMIT:
a) formal verse of any kind whatsoever
b) vampire poetry
c) any poem with the word "blood" in it
d) any poem with the word "womb" in it
e) anything remotely related to J.R.R. Tolkien

4) Send poetry within the text of the e-mail. No attachments.

5) Please include your real name and address.

6) We prefer unpublished poetry but will sometimes accept reprints from print publications. Please include all necessary information on previously published works (name of publication, date, place).

7) Use a readable font and size. (for example, 12-point Times New Roman or Arial) For editors, almost 100% of the time, interesting font = bad submission.

8) Indicate the title of your poem. If it's untitled, write _untitled_.

9) Don't explain what your poem is about in your cover note. We don't extensively footnote things at ChiZine, so if the meaning can't be figured out from the poem itself, you're doing something wrong.

10) Shorter poems (i.e. around 50 lines or less) are infinitely preferred.

11) No simultaneous submissions.

12) Send submissions here.


Books, like petals fall
Words surround us, time does not
Some will be reviewed



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