Submit Poetry

The Society of Classical Poets invites poetry submissions for publication on our website and for consideration for printed publication in our annual anthology. Below are the three major characteristics for getting your poetry selected:

1) Poetry with form. Poetry should adhere to at least some of the rich forms left to us by millennia of great poets. Rhyme and meter are basics with more advanced forms following structures, like the fourteen-line sonnet. Free verse poems are generally not accepted. At the very least, the poetry should be metered. For more on poetry forms visit here.

2) Poetry with meaning. The best poetry has rich meaning and good character behind it. See our about us section for more about this.

3) Poetry that works. A good poem is like a good story or a good joke. It just works. People get it.

What to Include:

-The poem
-A brief bio, no longer than 100 words. For example: Joe Smith is a businessman and poet living in Manhattan, New York.
-Your contact information, including email and phone number.
-As needed, you can include a notes section to provide context or clarification for the poem. This should usually not be longer 100 words.

New English translations (not necessarily metered) of poetry, old or new, are welcomed for submission, as are new short stories, plays, and other creative writing that incorporate metered poetry.

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All poetry submitted for publication on the website of the Society of Classical Poets is automatically submitted to our annual poetry competition. If you do not want your submitted poetry considered, please indicate so on your submission.

Submit Art

1) You can submit art or photos with your poetry as long as the copyright is not held by someone else or it is in the public domain.

2) Or, you can simply submit standalone art or photos. The Society of Classical Poets also publishes new art and photos that similarly cherish the forms left by great artists of the past. These forms usually boil down to either folk art or what is considered today to be contemporary realism or representational art.

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One Response

  1. Helen Murray


    There was some discussion of humour in poetry on a forum, and for many poetry is not a humorous subject. They declare it should be serious or it cannot be good poetry. Of course this is nonsense, but I just had to write concerning the grimness of poetry.

    Grim is commanded for poets all round.
    Grim has a fiercely protestical sound.
    Grim isn’t grime for it’s lacking an ‘e’.
    Egrim’s a poet’s insight for today.

    Egrim is like the Norwegian style
    Of Fairy tale dwarfs who stomped forests awhile.
    Their poetic whimsy delights generations
    In un-grim and serious childhood contagions.

    They catch it from mothers and fathers infected,
    Who, laughing at life, and its trials directed
    To misery, make of it light and perjurious
    Nonsense, its daggers no longer injurious.

    You who are serious, finding life spurious,
    Need and injection of fun for the curious.
    Let’s give our children what they are after –
    Life’s greatest medicine – outrageous laughter.


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