Submission Guidelines

The Michigan Poet publishes high-quality poetry from established and emerging poets living in Michigan and distributes to Michigan communities. We believe it's important for people to see and hear poets within their own community, so we only consider work from poets living at least half the current year in Michigan. 

The Michigan Poet seeks poems less than 25 lines that are accessible to readers of all ages and interest levels.

Poems should be all-age appropriate and suitable for school environments. Politically biased, overtly sexual, religious, or otherwise controversial poems will be rejected.

Submit all poems in one document.
General Submission

We seek to introduce the best contemporary and local poetry to Michigan communities in terms anyone can enjoy. We only consider work from poets who live at least half their year in Michigan. 

The Michigan Poet accepts poems 25 lines or less that are accessible to readers of all ages and interest levels.

Poems should be all-age appropriate and suitable for school environments. Politically biased, overtly sexual, religious, or otherwise controversial poems will be rejected.


Submit all poems in one document.

Previously published poems with acknowledgements are welcome. Submissions without previous publication acknowledgement will be considered previously unpublished.

Simultaneous & multiple submissions are welcome though we expect immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere.

We accept unsolicited submissions all year. Acceptable digital files formats are: .doc .docx .odt .txt .rtf .pdf

All submissions will receive a receipt of consideration. A poem submitted in January may not be published until November. We seek to run the best work at the best time. Don't hesitate to submit your poem elsewhere. We may still accept your poem, even if published elsewhere.

We print bi-monthly broadsides (11x17) on cover stock 60-80lb. Current run is 90 with distribution in East Lansing, Holland, Ann Arbor, and Big Rapids.

Payment:

The Michigan Poet pays 2 copies of the broadside, or booklets with the option of receiving more at cost of production.

Among other big names in poetry, The Michigan Poet has published: Phillip Sterling, Linda Nemec Foster, Keith Taylor, Ken Mikoloski, Patricia Clark, Therese Becker, Robert Fanning,  Cindy Hunter Morgan, and Kathleen McGookey.


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