Check here for the current and upcoming themes. Artists' guidelines here.
Address submissions to editor: Eve Hanninen.
Submission guidelines: Submit 3 or 4 (single-spaced) unpublished* poems in the
body of 1 email, and please make sure the word "Submission" and your last name are in the subject line.
(Only 1 submission package per reading period, please; if you are invited to resubmit, please wait for a subsequent
issue, unless the invitation asks you to submit more for the same theme.) If there is special formatting
for any of your poems, indicate that this is so in your cover email, and if I'm interested in selecting your poems for
publication, you may be asked to resubmit in Word, Wordperfect or Rich-text format attachments to clarify. Otherwise,
please: DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS unless directed to do so or you have previously been given permission to send
them; OR unless you QUERY FIRST.
Simultaneous submissions OK, if you notify me immediately after work is
accepted elsewhere. Please state at the time of submission which of the poems are already under consideration elsewhere.
made in 1-3 months, typically (as this is a triannual publication, not a quarterly), although occasionally it may be
shorter or longer.
Poems on all subjects considered (but see the upcoming general themes column on this page for
triannual slants. Quality poems tucking into these ideas will have the highest success rates of acceptance). I look
for strong imagery, metaphor, and poems with a bias for introspection. I want to see fresh subjects, layered meanings,
sophisticated themes, juicy language. Free verse and traditional, lyric forms with any PoV welcome. Craft
matters. Be prepared to consider revisions.
Please include a short Bionote (50-150 words avg.) with submission,
or upon notice of acceptance.Please note that we no longer print information about
specific prize nominations(since mid-2008), such as Pushcart or Best of the Net, as nearly all of our contributors
have had at least 1 nomination from such organizations. We are happy to list your prize wins and other
accomplishments. If your work is accepted early in the publishing trimester, please follow-up
later with additional credit updates if you wish to have them included by proof time. Payment
for publication is a complimentary digital pdf copy of the issue your work appears in.
*The Centrifugal Eye acquires First Rights and Exclusive
First Electronic World Serial Rights for all work published, unless otherwise negotiated. This means that all written works
(including poems, essays, reviews) and artwork submitted to TCE have never been previously published (print or electronic;
see below for exceptions). Please include first publication acknowledgments to The Centrifugal Eye in any subsequent
It is considered polite and professional to wait until after the current issue passes before submitting
reprints to other online publications – when submitting your work to The Centrifugal Eye, be aware that you are
agreeing to grant TCE exclusive electronic rights† for that work, should it be accepted, for a period of 120
days, as well as a non-exclusive right to maintain a copy of published work in TCE's journal archives, indefinitely
(permanent archival cannot be guaranteed‡).
Many print journals that look to acquire 2nd or 3rd Reprint Rights
also appreciate a 90-day cooling period after initial publication. You should credit The Centrifugal Eye for first
publication. As of May 2009, TCE issues (including select back issues) also began to appear in print-on-demand
format. Your work in TCE is considered both an online and print credit.
†By agreeing to allow "Exclusive First Electronic
Rights," you give permission to The Centrifugal Eye for the exclusive appearance of negotiated work as stated above,
and you agree to refrain from republishing same work accepted by TCE elsewhere online or in print while the
issue featuring your work is current. Be aware we consider that to "publish/republish" includes any public display (including
your personal website) of your work, except for poetry critique workshops that are private forums (require log-in membership
If you have had work published previously in print journals (not electronic) which you feel
might meet current or upcoming themed issues, Query me for possible special consideration, but please
do not send previously published material without asking.
‡ Depending upon future webspace limitations, not
all works will remain archived online. Some of them are being collected in a new publishing format, and others
may be included in an anniversary anthology.
Curious as to what sort of
voices or styles we're looking for?
Think Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Pablo Neruda, Ruth Stone, John Steffler,
Laurie Lee, Cheryl Savageau, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Floyd Skloot, Sharon Olds, Camille Norton, Jared Carter, Joy Harjo...
we're also open to your voice. Let us hear it.
Please note there are 2 different email addresses
These help sort the many correspondence letters from
the equally abundant submissions. Please try to use the correct email for your purpose; we'll be ever so grateful
for your compliance.
Follow the Guidelines carefully. (If you
have not read the Guidelines, or disagree with TCE's editorial and publication policies, do not complain or harass
the editors if your submission is rejected for non-compliance. Better yet, do not submit to TCE if you don't agree
with our policies.)
Very short and very long poems must be sublime, of course.
with punctuation; use it well; or don't use it all.
Expand your vocabulary. There's an average of 150,000
words in many standard dictionaries, yet the same 25 words show up repeatedly in nearly every 2 out of 5 poems editors
Most often, "Show, don't tell." Some telling
Here's a big one: *View editor involvement as a sign of appreciation.*
in your best work, and still be willing to negotiate minor changes or revisions, if asked.
Market yourself like
a businessperson: Remain polite at all times, sell your strengths, accept both advice and rejection gracefully.
books on how to prepare manuscripts and poetry pages for submission -- just because one of TCE's incarnations is
an electronic publication, it doesn't mean standard publishing practices go out the window with technology! For
Please include your name in the submission.
Lastly, whatever else makes the editor happy.
If you want to
produce an unhappy editor:
read the submissions directions, do send previously published materials without remarking upon their appearances, allow for
duplicate publications in other magazines without prior agreement, neglect to answer all of the editor's questions, and believe
that you (and only you) are perfect.
Accepting submissions after February 28th: Volume X, Issue I Autumn, 2015
Unformed Poem Pairs in Form & Free Verse Reading:
The theme "Unformed" refers to the revisioning of form, an unfolding— but I'm just
as interested in the process of "folding." I'm calling for 2 general scenarios:
Scenario A) a collaborative duet of poets will submit together 2 poems, one of which will be in free verse,
and the other written in any form of the pairing author's choice. Both poems should be a reflection of each other, only
they’ll be crafted differently. The reflection may be distorted, yet readers will be able to discern that the
poem pair "belongs together."
Scenario B) an individual poet will submit 2 versions of
the same poem of his or her own;1 poem will be a revisioning of an original,
whether a free-verse version of a form poem, or vice versa, depending on the practices and preferences of the author.
The revisioning can be subtle (think "variations" in a form), moderate, or extensive, but there should be enough left of the
original poem in the new version that readers will understand these 2 poems are echoes of one another.
Some ways to tie poem pairs together may include using the same — or related — subject
or tone.Perhaps the poems demonstrate an obvious dialogue between them.Or maybe the poems never “meet” contextually, yet have 2 or more shared
stylistic features that create a “pattern” (you’ll have to be careful here to not accidentally turn the
free-verse poem into a form itself).
If submitting as a team, make sure to include the names, contact info, and biographical material of both
poets, as well as identifying who wrote which poem.
Future Themes: (Due
to the high volume of submissions, theme-related poems get priority consideration over general material, but targeted seasonal
material is also welcome. Consider time of year for the issue you are submitting to; if not North American, associate
regional climes in poems, such as within title, if not in the body.)
10th-Anniversary Issue A Toast to 10 Years of Poetry Reading:
The Centrifugal Eye's 10th-Anniversary
Anthology (2nd book in Series) A Staff-Selected Anthology of TCE Contributors' Works from 2011-2015
Seeking essay submissions:
First-person essays about aspects of your "Writing Life" wanted -- 500-2,500 words on such topics as: how writing relates
to your job, your writing habits, what inspires you, or who encouraged you to write, etc. Keep it brief, but interesting,
by choosing a specific slant on this broad subject. Essays that dovetail with current themes are not only
highly desirable, they are also practically mandatory for acceptance. Be personal. Humorous or serious narrative equally
acceptable. You may query the editor to make a pitch. We acquire First Electronic Serial Rights, and well as First
N. American Print Serial Rights.
Looking for original photos and artwork. Or please inquire
if you'd like to collaborate with the editor to produce specifically-targeted illustrations. Otherwise, insert art files into
email, if possible. Preface any necessary attachments with the title "TCE Artwork" in the email's subject line. You will
receive a complimentary digital copy of the issue in which your work appears.
We are looking
for review essays on single poems and reviews of poetry collections published
within the last 6 months to 3 years.
Tell us what you think.
Personable, conversational styles most welcome; academic studies also acceptable. The reviews may quote from author works,
although entire poems will not be republished without author/ publisher permission ("Fair Use" only; no more than
3-4 consecutive lines should be quoted in a passage). Collections must be previously published; unpublished
poetry collections are not eligible for review.
Word count for collection reviews: 750 to 2,500 average.
Word count for single poem
reviews: 500 to 1,000 words, preferable.
Exceptions may be made. Include
short Bionote (50-100 wrds.) with submission.
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