Author Guidelines for Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine:

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 12-20 line poems or up to 225 words of prose. We prefer poetry that forces every word 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 them in Photoshop as needed for publication. You may submit up to three poems or stories but they must be as separate files. Otherwise you drive our staff of first readers crazy and that is never a good thing to do. 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. (Like Facebook or a personal blog.)***

Please read ALL of our guidelines before submitting. Submit to Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Publication Schedule
Postcard Poems and Prose publishes 12-14 accepted  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 back 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 but, like most growth-oriented publications, we hope to be able to pay authors and artists for their work someday. 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.
Editorial Policy
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.

What else? Please include the sentence “I am a rock star” with your submission so we know you have read our guidelines.


23 thoughts on “Submit

    • Thanks for asking Raydeen. Think in terms of a 4×6 card. We re-size everything to a width of 637 pixels for publication. We prefer to have the art submitted separately from the literature component – if there is a lit component. (eds.)

  1. In these days of webpages, blogs, and DIY materials, what constitutes previously published? I have some poem on postcards that I have made myself, for example, but have never been published by anyone else. How do you feel about those?

    • An excellent question that we are asked on a regular basis. If it has been on your blog or an open Facebook group then we, like most journals today, consider that to have been previously published. Cheers. (eds.)

  2. Your guidelines say 12 – 20 line poems, but I noticed that some of them are shorter. Is it ok to submit a poem shorter than 12 lines?

  3. What is the address to submit a short story, as it says above it should be in the body of the email? Thanks

  4. Hi, I just came here via Barbara Ruth & as a visual artist, who sells her work as well as has it online, ask one thing. Please add a copyright symbol to art work along with the words photo credit. What I’ve seen on this site is quite excellent….and the pieces coming from working artists need a bit of protection since the internet has made art seem ‘up for grabs’ and used any way by any one. Thanks for your work.

  5. I’m also a visual/photo artist and sell my work. I totally agree with L.A. Hyder. A copyright symbol and the artist’s name should appear with the photo/art. Thanks

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