Author Guidelines for Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine:
Is it cleverly written?
We publish poetry and short prose. We appreciate and consider anything that is well crafted. We seek cleverness in a unique format. Think in terms of 12-20 line poems or up to 220 words of prose. We prefer poetry that forces every word to pull its weight. Prose needs to be tight and gripping. We aren’t enamored with ‘gotcha’ endings or passive voice narrations. Send us something interesting.
How do I submit for publication?
We only take electronic submissions through our Submittable link. If there is art included with your submission, please send the text and art as separate submissions. We will manipulate as needed for publication. You may submit up to three poems or one piece of fiction (220 or fewer words) but they must be as separate files and separate submissions. Otherwise, you drive our staff of first readers crazy and that is never a good thing. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we need to be informed immediately when your work is accepted elsewhere.
Occasionally, the last line in a .doc or .rtf file will vanish. Please type END, THE END, or //END// at the end of each submission. This ensures we see all of your submission.
It should go without saying that all work submitted must be your own original creation and not published anywhere else (like Facebook or a personal blog).
Please read ALL of our guidelines before submitting.
Postcard Poems and Prose publishes 8-10 poems and 4-5 flash fiction features online each month. Reading period—January 1 thru December 31 (open submission call).
Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine claims First North American Rights for our online publication and First Anthology Rights for a print anthology or postcards for a period of 18 months. After that all rights revert to the author. If you use it somewhere else, we ask that you mention it was published first in Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine.
We are not a paying market. We wish it were otherwise. We pay out-of-pocket to keep the magazine afloat. Yes, we pay extra to keep our magazine ad-free. Authors and artists take precedence at Postcard Poems and Prose. We offer greatly expanded author bios, comment sections, Facebook/Twitter Likes and Shares, and hyperlinks back to your personal website, blog, and works for sale. Look through our archives for examples.
We 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 content to seek publication elsewhere.
What if I want to submit my own art with my 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. 300 DPI is our preferred resolution, but send what you have. As stated previously, submit the art and text as separate files and let us do the heavy lifting with layout. If you have questions about art submissions send us a note using the contact form.
Please include the sentence, “I am a rock star,” with your submission so we know you have read our guidelines.