These submission guidelines apply to both the website, which acts as an online journal, and our annual print journal, which uses works selected from the website.

Some type of meter, such as iambic pentameter, is preferred but not absolutely required.   An easy way to give your poem some structure is to count the number of syllables per line and make sure they are the same (give or take a syllable).

We do not normally offer feedback (unless you are really persistent). General feedback is listed here. For a detailed guide on writing poetry see the Society of Classical Poets’ How to Write Classical Poetry.

We generally only accept submissions on five themes:

(1) Beautiful & Sublime: Beauty in human nature, culture, the natural world, classical art forms, and the divine.

(2) Humor & Riddles: Clean humor only please.

(3) The Issues of Our Age:

A. Human Rights in China. In a globalized world, the human rights violations in China are essentially in our own backyard. Particularly notable is the persecution of the peaceful meditation practice Falun Gong.
B. Terrorism. Terrorists and their ideology plague the world like a hate-filled cancer that does not seem to go away.
C. The Environment. Though debate remains over climate change and GMOs, environmental pollution undeniably compromises our water and air.

(4) Culture:

A. Exposing the destructive nature of communism in our own cultures. Communism is an ideology based on struggle, destruction of culture, and destruction of traditional beliefs. It has also led to over 100 million deaths—more than the first and second World Wars combined. Despite this, the ideology continues, and its crimes have still not yet been fully exposed. We encourage poetry that exposes it in any of its forms.
B. Good figures, stories, and other elements from classical (pre-1900) history and literature.

(5) Essays & Translations: Essays or analyses on poetry and translations of poetry from the Romantic era or earlier.

Email your submission to submissions@classicalpoets.org, in the email body and/or in a Word file is fine.

Notes:

-You do not have to be a Society member to submit.
-Do not submit more than five poems in a single month.
-You will receive an email indication about the acceptance or polite rejection of your poetry within a fortnight or two.
-Currently, there is no payment for submissions.
-By submitting your poetry or prose to the Society of Classical Poets, you are giving the Society permission to publish your poetry on the website, potentially in the annual print journal or other publications, and potentially in print and online through the Society’s media partner The Epoch Times (a print publication based in Manhattan, New York). You, however, retain rights to your poetry.
-By sending in a submission your email address will be automatically enrolled to receive the Society’s email newsletter. You can choose to unsubscribe after receiving your first newsletter.