California Poetry Magazine accepts submissions from all poets living in the Western United States. This includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
California Poetry Magazine is part of the Wax Poetry and Art Network. Visit the main Wax Poetry and Art Submissions page to view all opportunities.
California Poetry Magazine is published, edited, and designed in Canada by Kirk Ramdath.
Please prepare your submission carefully.
You must agree with the terms on this page to make a regular poetry submission to California Poetry Magazine. Your submission will be considered proof of your agreement and as such, no additional contract will be required for publication to proceed.
You must include the following statement with your submission:
"I agree with the submission guidelines for regular poetry submissions to California Poetry Magazine."
Submissions are open to all persons residing in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Submissions are open all year.
Submit one poem.
The poem must be titled. Untitled poems, if chosen for publication, will be given a title taken from the text of the poem, at the Editor's discretion.
The poem must be 33 lines or fewer, counting the first line as line 1 and counting line spaces as lines.
Include a short biography no longer than 75 words. Provide links to social media artist pages and websites as applicable.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please withdraw your submission immediately if your poem will be published somewhere else first. Please note, a poem may not be simultaneously submitted to more than one Wax Poetry and Art submission stream.
Submissions will be divided into three submission periods, each four months long.
Submission Period Dates
Submission Period 1: January 1st to April 30th
Submission Period 2: May 1st to August 31st
Submission Period 3: September 1st to December 31st
You can make a regular submission to California Poetry Magazine only once per submission period. Poets will receive notice of acceptance or rejection within two months following the end of each submission period.
Dates for Notice of Acceptance or Rejection
Submission Period 1: Receive notice by June 30th
Submission Period 2: Receive notice by October 31st
Submission Period 3: Receive notice by February 28th
Accepted poems will be published online in California Poetry Magazine. Poems will also be included in the online collection, Poetry World, featured in the Wax Poetry and Art Library. Poetry World collects all poems published on the Wax Poetry and Art Network of dozens of international poetry publications.
Submission Period 1: Published on September 1st
Submission Period 2: Published on January 1st
Submission Period 3: Published on May 1st
Copyright of the poem remains with the original artist.
Upon acceptance, the poet grants the publisher, Kirk Ramdath, the right to the first publication of the poem, as well as the right to republish the poem in California Poetry Magazine & Wax Poetry and Art anthologies and collections, online and in print, without additional permission required.
If the poem is ever collected into a book or made available for sale in any print format, the poet will receive a minimum 20% royalty. If the poem is included in a collection with other poets, the 20% royalty is shared equally among all poets, based on the number of poems contributed. If the poem is ever made available for sale in a digital format, a 50% royalty will be given. Royalties are paid out annually in January if a minimum of $10 CAD is accrued.
There is no initial payment.
The poet also grants the publisher the right to publish parts of the work on third party platforms such as Facebook and other social media, specifically for the purpose of sharing the work with more people, and considering the evolving and experimental nature of the Internet.
The editor reserves the right to make whatever changes are deemed necessary, at any time, to ensure that publication occurs. Unless an error has been made, the editor's decision is final. However, if editor and poet cannot agree over a particular edit, the option remains to withdraw or unpublish the poem.
Submissions must include the following to be complete:
- Agreement statement: "I agree with the submission guidelines for regular poetry submissions to California Poetry Magazine."
- Poem (titled, 33 lines maximum).
- Biography (maximum 75 words).
- Your complete postal mailing address or address of residence, including street address, city, province / state, country, and postal code.
The entire submission must be copied and pasted into the body of a single email and sent to the email address shown below. Do not include any part of your submission in an attachment.
For the subject header of your submission email, use the following:
"California Poetry Magazine regular submission".
Send your submission by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Editor
Kirk Ramdath is the publisher, editor, and designer of Wax Poetry and Art, Eleventh Transmission, and other publications. He has been an independent poet and publisher since 2005, originally in Calgary, Canada. Kirk now lives in Nanaimo, Canada.
California Poetry Magazine is part of the Wax Poetry and Art Network.
- Visit the main Wax Poetry and Art Submissions Page to see all opportunities.
- Visit the Wax Poetry and Art Library.
- This website and all contents ©Kirk Ramdath and specified artists.