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).

If you want feedback on your submission, please create an account and post your poetry in this forum here. Common feedback is listed there as well.

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) Great Culture: Good figures, stories, and other elements from classical (pre-1900) history and literature.

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


-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, and potentially in print and online through the Society’s media partner The Epoch Times (which has a readership of roughly 60,000 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 not subscribe after receiving your first email.


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  1. Teddy Barnabas

    Never ending drama

    I try to stay away from drama but it follows.
    It is maddening to no end.
    At times I disregard it, try to pretend.
    In the end my emotions are a mess.
    Eventually my drama becomes too hard to swallow

    Overwhelmed slowly coming out

    MY debt is drowning me like I am in a flood.
    The burden level I face is overwhelming.
    I at a panicking state am not helping.
    My resistance to fear is developing.
    Now I am climbing out of debt unhurriedly, it’s nearly done.

    Re-opening a memory

    A memory opened in my mind for me to see.
    All emotions are fighting against one another to take control.
    Eventually a single emotion wins but not a single person knows.
    There are mixed feelings everywhere changing wherever I go.
    A significant amount of pain I feel from my memory.

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    Risha Smith

    Be responsible

    Teach me to love and care for myself
    Through your positive example
    I will learn much more from what you do
    Notice me often, take joy on my ever existence
    So that I may grow up to feel special
    And to know that i am loved
    Listen to me with an open ear and loving heart
    So that I learn to understand my feelings and how to trust
    That my needs will be might
    Play with me often
    Let down your guard and be carefree
    The memories will last long
    Our connection forever
    Focus on what I am doing right
    Tell me when you appreciate me
    So that I learn to feel worthy and motivated to do even more
    Tell me more about your life, hope, dreams and success
    So that I come to know you as person
    So that I can call you my friend as well as my parent


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