Chicago Poetry Magazine publishes great poetry by poets in Chicago and the Midwestern United States.
Chicago Poetry Magazine publishes the winners of the Poets of the Midwest Contest, which is open to submissions from residents of the Midwestern United States, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Chicago Poetry Magazine accepts regular submissions from residents of Chicago. Submissions are competitive as only one poem will be published every four months. Continue reading this page for regular submission guidelines.
Regular Submissions Please read these submission guidelines carefully. You must agree with the terms on this page in order to make a regular submission to Chicago Poetry Magazine. Your submission will be taken as proof of your agreement and as such, no additional contract will be required for publication to proceed. As such, you must include the following statement in your submission: "I agree with the guidelines for regular poetry submissions to Chicago Poetry Magazine."
Submissions are open to residents of Chicago. Submissions in a language other than English must include an English translation.
Submissions are open all year round. Submissions are competitive as only one poem will be published every four months. Submissions will be divided into three periods; January 1st to April 30th, May 1st to August 31st, and September 1st to December 31st. From submissions received during one period, one poem will be selected for publication during the following period. When the poem is published, everyone who submitted during the previous submission period will be informed on the same day.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, please withdraw your submission immediately, if your poem is to be published elsewhere. Please note that poems may not be simultaneously submitted to more than one Wax Poetry and Art submission stream.
Submit 1 original, unpublished, titled poem, along with a biography and your mailing address (including street address, city, province / state, country, and postal code). Include your social media information in your biography, if applicable.
The maximum number of lines is 35, including line spaces and title, which are counted as lines.
You can make a regular submission to Chicago Poetry Magazine once per submission period.
The poet grants publisher Kirk Ramdath the right to the publication of the poem, as well as the right to republish the poem in Chicago Poetry Magazine & Wax Poetry and Art anthologies, online and in print, without additional permission required.
When published, an Official Print Version of the poem will be made available for sale. The Official Print Version will be limited-edition, numbered, and printed on cardstock in a format similar to a greeting card. The winner will receive a 20% royalty on all print sales, as well as a 50% royalty on electronic sales, such as of .pdf documents and tip-jar payments. If the poem is ever collected into an online or print anthology, the same royalty rates apply, and royalties will be shared equally among all contributors, based on contribution. Royalties will be paid out annually in January to anyone who is owed $10 CAD or more. There is no initial payment.
Every poem published in this and all Wax Poetry and Art publications qualifies for the Wax Poetry and Art Readers Choice prize of $50 CAD. When your work is published, share the link with your social network. The poem receiving the most unique page views during the calender year of publication, of all poems published on the Wax Poetry and Art Network, will be awarded a prize of $50 CAD. Poems published after December 1st will be included in the next year's competition. Please note, the eight finalists for the Wax Poetry and Art Poetry World Cup are not eligible for this prize, as they will participate in their own Readers Choice competition.
The poet also grants the publisher the right to publish parts or all 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.
Submissions must include: -Agreement statement: "I agree with the submission guidelines for regular poetry submissions to Chicago Poetry Magazine." -Poem (titled, 35 lines maximum). -Biography, maximum 100 words, including social media and www links, if applicable. -Your complete postal mailing address including street address, city, province, country, and postal code.
The entire submission (agreement statement, poem, biography, and mailing address) 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, "Chicago Poetry Magazine regular submission". Send your submission by email to: email@example.com.
Send questions and comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.