ABOUT US



Our Mission:  Our mission is to bring a little more good poetry into the world by featuring and promoting the work of our Frequent Contributors, monthly contest winners, and guest poets.  

What We Publish:  We will publish quality poetry of any genre and length congruent with our monthly themes, including traditional poems, form poems, prose poems, and narrative poems.  

Viewing:  The e-zine is best viewed on a computer screen.  There have been reports of word wrap when viewing on a Smartphone.  Choosing "View web version," which should appear at the bottom of the post, usually corrects the problem.  Switching to landscape mode may also correct the problem.  

Frequent Contributor Status is bestowed upon a select few up-and-coming, and established poets hand picked by the Editor-in-Chief.  Membership in this exclusive group is by invitation only.  FCs are NOT allowed to enter our monthly contests.
What Sets Us Apart:  What makes Songs of Eretz unique is that we feature the poet as much as the poetry.  Each piece is thoughtfully presented, sometimes paired with artwork, and accompanied by the poet's bio, the poet's notes (if the poet so desires), and sometimes an editor's note.  In addition, all submissions, whether accepted or rejected, receive personal responses from a member of the editorial staff--a courtesy that is almost unheard of these days.  

Artwork:  Poems accepted for publication may be thoughtfully paired with artwork chosen by the Art Editor in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief.  Unless attribution is indicated, artwork that appears in Songs of Eretz is taken from royalty-free internet sources.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions of artwork at this time.  However, poets may supply their own artwork for consideration to accompany their work, but the final decision as to what art will be used (if any) will be that of the Art Editor.

Response Time:  We do our best to give an initial response within a week of submission on a rolling basis--we do NOT wait until the contest is over to respond. Contest winners will be notified within two weeks of the contest deadline.

Feedback:  Every poem submitted to our contests will receive personal feedback from a member of our editorial staff--from a few kind words to a mini-critique.  Savvy  contestants use this feedback to their advantage by entering early and entering often.  

Email Contact List:  Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be added to our email contact list and thereby receive news periodically from Songs of Eretz.  You will NOT be added to our contact list unless you ask to be on it.  Your choice to be added or not to be added to our email list will have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the evaluation of your submissions.  

If you later decide that you no longer want to be on the list, just let us know, and you will be removed immediately.  Please do not report as spam an email update that you requested--doing so can get us blacklisted.

Rights to Your Work:  If your work is accepted and you agree to join the ranks of the other fine poets who have been published in the Review, your work will appear in our next monthly issue.  In exchange, you will grant Songs of Eretz first worldwide electronic rights, non-exclusive archival rights in perpetuity, non-exclusive anthology rights in perpetuity, and the non-exclusive right to reprint your work as part of a Songs of Eretz art sale.  If your work is reprinted as part of an art sale, you may be paid an unspecified modest royalty at the discretion of Songs of Eretz.  

All other rights will revert to you upon publication, but we would appreciate the courtesy of allowing Songs of Eretz an exclusive for a few months if that is not too much trouble.  We also expect to be acknowledged as the venue of first publication should you reprint your work.

History:  Since its inception in June 2014, the Poetry Review has featured poets and authors with impressive credentials including:

1 Current State Poet Laureate
3 Former State Poets Laureate
2 Former Local Poets Laureate
27 Current or Former College/University Professors
18 Current or Former Magazine Editors
A Brams Stoker Award Winner
A Writer's Digest Poetry Award Winner 
An Emerson Prize Winner

Most of the poets published in the Review have had work published in other prestigious journals.  Many have also had collections published.  And many more are up-and-coming poets and writers whose voices are just beginning to be heard.  

Poets and writers from all over the United States and several other countries have contributed to the Review, including:

United States:  Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, & Wisconsin

International:  Australia, Canada, China, England, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Turkey, & Vietnam

Queries:  Use Editor@SongsOfEretz.com for queries.

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SONGS OF ERETZ EXISTS TO PROMOTE ITS POETS AND THEIR POETRY. ACCORDINGLY, ONLY POSITIVE COMMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION.

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