Submissions Guidelines, Birchsong, Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. 2

The Editors of the anthology Birchsong, Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. 1, published by The Blueline Press in 2012, are pleased to announce a second volume slated for publication by The Blueline Press in April 2018.

We’re looking for poems by poets living in Vermont or neighboring states (New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts) who are familiar with Vermont.

Reading period: August 1, 2017, through October 31, 2017. Poems should be original and current, written since Tropical Storm Irene (August 2011).

Previously published poems in the last six years will also be considered, with proper credit. Submit 1 to 3 poems to The Blueline Press, P.O. Box 706, East Dorset, VT 05253, with a covering letter giving your name, address, email contact, phone number, and titles of poems submitted. A line count for each will be appreciated. Include a short bio if you wish. Do not put your name or email on the poems themselves.

Poems should be no more than 70 lines (2 pages). Spaces between stanzas will be counted. Layout is important. One very short poem might not work, but two, possibly three, by the same author would be considered if they fit on one page.

Poets will be notified by email about the status of their work as soon as possible after the close of the reading period. Retain copies of your work; poems will be returned only if a SASE is included in your submission.

Poets whose poems are accepted will be requested to submit a digital copy. You’ll receive a hard copy of the book in the spring of 2018. For questions about submissions or other matters, email Birchsong editors, mailto:thebluelinepressvt16@gmail.com. If interested in purchasing a copy of Birchsong, vol. 1, send an inquiry to the email address above.

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