POETRY & ARTWORK GUIDELINES


 Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is CLOSED for unsolicited submissions of poetry and art until May 1, 2021. There is no fee to submit.  If you are interested in receiving news and updates, please email Editor@SongsOfEretz.com and ask to be added to our email list.  

What We Publish:  
Poetry:  We publish quality poetry of any genre and length congruent with our themes, including traditional poems, form poems, prose poems, and narrative poems.  We also consider extraordinarily good poems that are not congruent with our themes (general submissions).  
 
Art:  We publish eye-catching original art of any style congruent with our themes and that may be rendered in a digital format.  Cover art, but not inside art, must include a seagull or seagulls.  We use art for our front cover and back cover.  If a piece of art would enhance the enjoyment or understanding of a poem, the art will accompany the poem.  Other art that is on theme and otherwise good but does not match our poems or belong on the covers will be considered for publication in our Art Gallery section (beginning with our June 2021 issue).  Cover art submissions that do not make the cut for the covers will be considered for inside art.

What We Pay:  We pay a semi-professional rate of five dollars per poem and pay ten dollars for cover art and five dollars for inside art.  We use PayPal and only PayPal for payment.  If you do not or cannot use PayPal, we will pay your honorarium forward to another poet or artist.

SONGS OF ERETZ POETRY REVIEW THEMES & SUBMISSION SCHEDULES FOR 2021
                    Month                    Theme                         Submission Period                Lead Editor
                    March                      Circles                           February 1 - 15                           Cummings
                    June                          Love                              May 1 - 15                                  Gordon
                    September               Religion                         August 1 - 15                              Cummings
                    December                Place                              November 1 - 15                        Gordon


HOW TO SUBMIT POETRY & ART

Failure to follow these simple guidelines will result in your submission being discarded or returned to you unread!

 Please resist the urge to include anything with your submission that we do not specifically request, especially your bio (we like to read as blind as possible), credits (we treat the novice and the experienced equally), or explanatory notes (if you believe your poem or work of art requires an explanation, please revise it until it doesn't).
 
Submit up to THREE poems or ONE work of art to:   Submissions@SongsOfEretz.com.  Please refrain from emailing the lead editor directly--your submission may be mishandled if you do.

If you are submitting more than one poem, each poem should appear in a separate email, and each email should include a separate cover letter. 
If your poem has multiple numbered sections, each section will "count" as ONE poem.  If your poem contains more than three sections, query first. 
 
Your poem(s) must appear in the body of your email(s).  WE DO NOT ACCEPT ATTACHMENTS FOR POETRY.  If your poem needs to be presented in an attachment due to special formatting, query first.

Your art must be 
submitted as a .jpg attachment.  Cover art MUST INCLUDE A SEAGULL OR SEAGULLS.  Art meant to accompany poems (inside art) does NOT have to include seagulls.  All art must be congruent with the quarterly theme (we do not accept general submissions of art). 
 
Your Subject Line should read "Poetry Submission, [Title of Poem], [Quarterly Theme OR General Submission (one or the other)]" or "Art Submission OR Cover Art Submission (one or the other or both), [Title of Art], [Medium], [Quarterly Theme]".  

More on the Subject of the Subject Line:  This is an important step! Do it wrong, and our email system may misfile your submission!  For some reason, some poets and artists are having trouble with this step, so here are some examples.  

Let's say you want to submit your poem about love entitled "I love cheese" to our "love" theme issue.  Your Subject line should read:  Poetry Submission, "I love cheese", Love.

Let's say you want to submit your poem entitled "Rocks" as a general submission.  Your Subject line should read:  Poetry Submission, "Rocks", General Submission.

Let's say you want to submit a digital image of your watercolor painting done on paper entitled "Feathers" for cover art for our "love" issue.  Your Subject line should read:  Cover Art Submission, "Feathers", Watercolor on paper, Love.

Let's say you want to submit the same image as above but not for the cover.  Your Subject line should read:  Art Submission, "Feathers", Watercolor on paper, Love.

Include a cover letter in the body of your email(s) with answers to the following questions:
- Is yours a simultaneous submission or not?  We DO accept them.
- How did you discover Songs of Eretz?
- How would you like us to indicate your name if we publish your work (ie: your byline, for example, "By Sammie Smith")?  NOTE:  We do NOT accept work composed by a collaboration of poets or artists.
- What is your contact information?  Include at least your city & state.  Include your country if you reside outside of the United States.  It is strongly recommended that you include your phone number as well, in case we need last-minute input from you (this has happened).
- Would you like to be added to our Email List?  If you never want to miss any news about Songs of Eretz, please indicate that you would like to be added to our Email List.  Your decision will have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on our decision regarding your submission.  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.  

Please do NOT include anything else along with your submission (such as your bio, credits, or explanatory notes).  Yes, this instruction is in here twice, so it must really, really matter to us!!

Reprint Policy:  We DO NOT accept previously published work.

Simultaneous Submissions Policy:  We accept sim subs. 

Multiple Submissions Policy:  Please wait until after your poem(s) or art is/are published in or rejected by Songs of Eretz before sending more. 

Response Time:  We do our best to respond within a few days of submission.  Please query if you have not received at least a preliminary response in twenty-one calendar days.  BEFORE YOU QUERY BE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOWED OUR GUIDELINES!  If you did not, that is likely why you received no response...

Feedback:  Every poem submitted, whether accepted or rejected, will receive personal feedback from a member of our editorial staff--from a few kind words to a mini-critique.  We occasionally provide such feedback for submissions of art.  THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION TO ENGAGE IN A LITERARY DEBATE WITH OUR EDITORIAL STAFF.  Please resist the urge to provide feedback on our feedback, unless it is to say "thank you."  We strive to be positive, encouraging, and constructive when giving feedback.  If you disagree with what we have for you, just keep submitting your poem or art elsewhere until it is published--that'll show us!
 
Rewrite Policy:  We may give you extremely positive feedback and suggestions but still reject your poem.  Please do NOT interpret this as an invitation for a rewrite.  If we want a rewrite, we will specifically ask for it.

Rights To Your Poetry & Art:  If your work is accepted and you agree to join the ranks of the other fine poets and artists who have been published in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, your work will appear in the quarterly issue for which it was submitted.  In exchange, you will grant Songs of Eretz first worldwide publication rights, first worldwide electronic rights, non-exclusive archival rights in perpetuity, non-exclusive anthology rights in perpetuity, and exclusive reprint rights for Songs of Eretz art sales 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.

Queries:  Use Editor@SongsOfEretz.com for queries.  Make sure you followed our guidelines before making queries.

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