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. 

Publication Schedule
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.

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.


47 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.)

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  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?

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    • 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


  6. Hello. I submitted three pieces of poetry back in August 2015 and have not received word that they have been either rejected or accepted. The Submittable status only shows “In-Progress”. Can someone please tell me what’s going on? Thanks.


  7. Hello! I am a bit confused. In the guidelines it says to submit three poems separately, and three pieces of art separately, but submittable will only allow me to attach one document for the poetry submission, and two documents for the art with prose or poetry submissions. When submitting, should we submit multiple times in order to reach that three limit? Or should I keep my poems together in one document, and the art pieces in another? Thank you!

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  8. Hello! From your description, it sounds as if you accept any prose/poetry that you consider well-crafted, clever, unique, etc – however, in your publication schedule, you specify poetry and flash fiction. What about flash nonfiction? Not critical or journalistic in nature, but creative NF.

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  9. Hello, I’m a big fan of the site, the poetry is truly amazing. Just out of curiosity, generally how long are submissions progresed for? 🙂


  10. Can I submit three poems in one submission or must they be submitted in three submissions? Thanks, Judith Pacht


  11. Dear Post Card Poems and Prose Magazine Staff,

    What an interesting concept! What I can’t figure out is how I can view my draft? Thank you for giving voice to both short poetry and prose, allowing art elements from authors. If you can help with this I would be grateful.

    Blessings and best wishes,


    • Dear Karen O’Leary,

      Thank you for your question. We are glad you like our magazine.

      It looks like you submitted a piece on 5/27/18. If you need to double check anything on your submission, just go back into Submittable and you’ll be able to view your submission from there. Our editorial staff makes every effort to get back to writers with our rejection/acceptance decisions quickly.

      If you have any further questions, you may direct them to the managing editor at:

      Thank you for reading PP&P,
      Jennifer Courtney


    • Thanks for reaching out. Please submit the words and art separately (under each creator’s name). In the cover letter let us know that the two go together.


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