Author Guidelines for Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine:
Is it clever?
We publish poetry, short prose and visual art. We appreciate and consider anything that is well crafted. We seek cleverness in a unique format. 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. Visual art needs to have a unique message. Sunsets are out. So are nature pics that don’t speak clearly. Erotica is never okay. Send us something interesting.
How do I submit for publication?
(Please read ALL of our guidelines before submitting.)
We only take electronic submissions through our Submittable link. You may submit up to three poems or one piece of fiction. They must be as separate files and separate submissions. Otherwise, you drive our staff crazy and that is never a good thing. Two pieces of visual art may be submitted without overloading our sensory systems. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we need to be informed immediately when your work is accepted elsewhere.
Occasionally, the last line in a .doc 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).
Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes 15 -18 online features 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 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 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.
Please include the sentence, “I am a rock star,” with your submission so we know you have read our guidelines.