ABOUT US


Venues:  We offer two opportunities for publication:  Songs of Eretz Poetry Review published every weekday and occasionally on weekends, and the annual Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is CLOSED for unsolicited submissions until January 1, 2018.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest is CLOSED for submissions.

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.  

Donations:  Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is presented as free for viewing and open to the public but is NOT free to produce.  The suggested donation for regular visitors to our site is twelve dollars per year.  If you cannot afford twelve dollars per year, we will be happy to accept any lesser amount.  If you are so down on your luck that you cannot afford to make a donation at all, then enjoy us for free--we hope your luck changes soon.  Use PayPal to make your donation with Donations@SongsOfEretz.com as the receiving address.

Our Mission:  Our mission is to bring more good poetic work into the world by featuring and promoting the work of our frequent contributors and guest contest judges and attracting, publishing, and promoting the good work of other good poets and authors.  We have recently expanded our mission to include not only traditional poetry but prose poems, narrative poems, and short poetic prose.  

Frequent Contributor Status is bestowed upon a select few up-and-coming, and established poets hand picked by the Editor.  Membership in this exclusive group is by invitation only.
What We Consider:  We will consider unpublished poetic work of any genre and no more than 833 words in length.  For additional insight into our editorial process, please read our Duotrope Editor Interview https://duotrope.com/interview/?id=16871.  Please see "Our Mission" for our definition of "poetic work."  We publish mostly poetry, but if you have written a short piece of prose that is chock full of gorgeous imagery and other poetic elements, we want to see it!
Reprint Policy:  Songs of Eretz Poetry Review DOES NOT accept reprints.  However, we DO consider reprints for our annual poetry contests.
What Sets Us Apart:  What makes Songs of Eretz unique is that we feature the poet/author as much as the poetic work.  Each piece is thoughtfully paired with graphics and accompanied by the poet's/author's bio, the poet's/author's notes, and sometimes an editor's note.  In addition, all submissions, whether accepted or rejected, receive personal responses from the editor--a courtesy that is almost unheard of these days.

Simultaneous Submissions Policy:  Kindly indicate in your cover letter if yours is a simultaneous submission and notify us immediately if you receive an offer of publication from another venue, preferably before you accept it.

Multiple Submissions Policy:  If you have work under consideration by us, please wait for a response before sending more.  If you have work pending publication by us, please wait TWO YEARS after publication before sending more.  If you would enjoy a chance to appear in the Review before that time, you are encouraged to enter our yearly contests.  Every previously unpublished poem entered in our contests will be considered for publication in the Review.

Response Time:  We do our best to give an initial response within a week or two, so please query if you have not had at least an initial response within fourteen days.  You may expect a final response within four months.

Email Contact List:  If you submit to Songs of Eretz we will count you as one of our supporters, and your email address will be added to our contact list.  This means you will receive periodic updates from Songs of Eretz and solicitations when we hold contests and do our fundraising--all of which you are free to ignore.  If you have any objection to this, then Songs of Eretz is NOT for you--do NOT submit.

Rights to Your Work:  If your work is accepted and you agree to join the ranks of the other fine poets and authors who have been published in the Review, your work will appear as a Poem or Story of the Day or Special Feature.  In exchange, you will grant first worldwide electronic rights, non-exclusive archival rights in perpetuity, and non-exclusive anthology rights in perpetuity.  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.

Payment for Work Accepted for Publication:  We offer a professional rate of FIFTY DOLLARS per poem or story.  Payment is made upon publication via PayPal.

Reading Fees:  NONE for the Review.  

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

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

Most of the poets and authors 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, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, & Wisconsin

International:  Australia, Canada, China, England, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Philippines, Russia, Spain, & Turkey
      
HOW TO SUBMIT TO THE POETRY REVIEW:
IGNORE THIS SECTION AT YOUR PERIL!  If you fail to follow these simple instructions, your submission may be deleted without notice and without being read.

Send your best poem or story (one poem or story) to Submissions@SongsOfEretz.com.  If you send more than one poem or story, only the first one received will be considered, and the rest will be ignored.  If your "single" poem is really a numbered series of several poems, query first.

You may submit no more than three times per calendar year.

MOST IMPORTANT:  Your Subject Line should read:  "Poetry Review Submission [Title of Poem or Story]".

Your poem or story should appear in the body of your email--DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS.  If, for reason of special formatting, you feel an attachment is necessary in order to present your poem or story properly, query first.

Cover Letter:  Include a cover letter in the body of your email with following information:
- If yours is a simultaneous submission or not
- How you discovered Songs of Eretz
- Your contact information:  Include at least your city and state or country if outside the US.  
- Please do not include anything else (such as your bio, credits, or explanatory notes).

Publication:  If your poem or story is selected for publication, you will be asked for (and expected to provide) your bio (which may include your publication credits) and a "poet's notes" or "author's notes" statement--but PLEASE wait to be asked for these items.  The wording of your bio and notes may be subject to gentle editing, but there is no limit as to length.  Once these items are received, publication typically takes place within several months.  So as not to miss your special day, consider following Songs of Eretz on Twitter @Songsof Eretz, friending "Steven Wittenberg Gordon" on Facebook or linking with him on LinkedIn, or becoming a Follower of Songs of Eretz by clicking on "Join this site" on our homepage.  PLEASE DO NOT QUERY ABOUT THE STATUS OF ACCEPTED WORK UNTIL AT LEAST SIX MONTHS HAVE ELAPSED AFTER RECEIPT OF BIO AND NOTES.  Such queries prior to six months will be ignored.

Waiting Period:  Once you are published in the Review, please do not submit again until TWO YEARS have elapsed.  If you would enjoy a chance to appear in the Review before that time, you are encouraged to enter our yearly contests.  Every previously unpublished poem entered in our contests will be considered for publication in the Review.

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