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Submission guidelines: Submit 3 or 4 (single-spaced) unpublished* poems in the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
(However, 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 to view).
you have had work published previously in print journals (not electronic) which you feel might meet current or upcoming
themed issues, Please Query me for possible special consideration, but do not send previously published material
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 being used.
These help sort the many letters from
submissions, and also use different technologies for coding. Please try to use the correct email for your purpose; however,
you will not be penalized should you err.
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
when your submission is rejected for non-compliance. Better yet, do not submit to TCE if you don't agree with our policies.)
short and very long poems must be sublime.
Be consistent with punctuation; use it well, or don't use it all.
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 3 poems editors receive. "It's been done already, alright?!"
"Show, don't tell."
View editor involvement as a sign of appreciation.
Send in your best work, and 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.
Read 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!
Please include your name in the submission.
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.
Visual artists: 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.
Accepting submissions after Decenber 20th: Volume IX, Issue I Spring/Summer, 2014
East of West Elemental Verse Reading: 12/20/13-2/20/14.
Your “elemental verse” will present some evidence of "the elements," whether that means touching upon geologic,
periodic, mythic, or psychic elements.For example, there are 4 elements in the
Western Zodiac, 6 elements in the Eastern Zodiac, 117 chemical compounds and naturally-occurring elements from Earth on the
periodic table, variable weather conditions known as “elements,” such as rain, snow, and cycles of condensation
and evaporation, mystic or magical powers invoked: including, but not limited to, electric discharges, fireballs and ice slicks,
and then there are the metaphysical “elements of reason” . . . The issue’s theme title, "East of West,"
relates to the contrasts and the convergences of Eastern and Western symbology and elemental philosophies.Feel free to mix your elements into new cocktails.These poems
do not need to be “about” elements — they may be about something else altogether.Or both.
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.)
Poems Collaborative Narratives Reading: 4/20/14-6/20/14.
Unformed Poem Pairs in Form & Free Verse Reading:
Inner Demons Repelling and Embracing the 7 Sins Reading: 4/20/15-6/20/15.
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. Be personal. Humorous or serious narrative equally acceptable.
Essays which dovetail with current themes being sought are not only highly desirable, they are also practically mandatory
for acceptance. You may query the editor to make a pitch. Acquires First N. American Serial Rights.
We are also looking
for reviews of new and modern poetry collections,
and review/essays on single poems published within the last 6 mos. to 3 yrs.
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 (Fair Use only). 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 (50-150 wrds.) with submission (subject to editing). First Serial & First Electronic Rights.
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