Criteria for Poems and Prose:
What are we looking for in a submission?
Handwritten, machine typed, computer printed, calligraphy, pencil, pen, block printed, scrawled with a fine point sharpie, photo, digital creation…all these and more are acceptable. We are looking for unique and personal. It also needs to be readable as a JPEG file. You may have the skill to engrave the Bible on the head of a pin but that doesn’t always translate well to a computer flat-screen or smart phone.
Is it cleverly written?
Poetry, short prose, an odd invitation or announcement, what have you? We lean toward poetry and flash fiction but will consider anything that is well crafted. We are seeking cleverness in a unique format. Think in terms of 4-16 line poems or up to 190 words of prose.
Is it unique or graphically interesting?
Send something we haven’t seen. We confess a complete lack of ability to draw or paint. Heck, we can’t even color inside the lines. That means we’re suckers for that stuff. Crayon, sharpie, acrylic, oil, decoupage, quilts, rag rugs, birds, flowers or anything you can stuff into a JPEG.
What if my art doesn’t have a literature component?
In that case you may want to check out our Art Themes Tab. We publish up to four themed pieces per month. Guidelines may be found under Art Themes.
What if my poem/prose doesn’t have accompanying artwork?
Provided your poem or prose meets our other guidelines we would suggest that you send them to us. Occassionally we get inspired and find time to work up art for a great poem or story. We also have artists that will sometimes collaborate with the author.
How do I submit for publication?
Electronic submissions only. Send an email to email@example.com with the single word Submission in the subject line. Pease send text and art as separate attachments to the same email. We will manipulate them in Photoshop as needed for publication. You may submit up to three (3) pieces at a time. 300 DPI scan is our preferred resolution, but send what you have. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we need to be informed immediately when your work is accepted elsewhere. It should go without saying that all work submitted must be your own original creation and not published anywhere else. Please place a brief cover letter in the body of your email.
Postcard Poems and Prose publishes online with 9-12 pieces accepted monthly. Reading period—January 1 thru December 31.
Postcard Poems and Prose claims First North American Rights for publication and First Anthology Rights for print anthology or postcards for a period of 18 months. After that all work reverts back to the author. If you use it somewhere else we ask that you mention it was published first in Postcard Poems and Prose.
We are not a paying market at this time but, like most fledgling publications, hope to be able to pay for work at some point in the future. We offer expanded author bios, comment sections, Facebook Likes and Shares, and hyperlinks back to your personal website or store.
We don’t intend to limit our readership but understand certain content may bother some people. We admit there are even things that bother us. The things that trouble us we simply don’t allow. (After all, it is our publication.) Overly graphic sex, completely-over-the-top violence, and hatred in any of its many forms won’t be considered. We encourage authors of that type of content to seek publication elsewhere.
Criteria for Poems and Prose: