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THRUSH – a journal of poetry that will appear 6 times a year. ( January, March, May, July, September and November)
We believe in showcasing the best work we receive. We will present a select number of poems per edition.
Submissions are now open. We read submissions on a rolling basis. We are not a paying market.
Submit previously unpublished work only. If you are sending us work that appears on your website, blog, or a self-publishing site, please remove it prior to submitting to us. Send us no more than three poems, pasted in the body of an email, preceded by a cover letter. If your poem requires special formatting, you may then, and please only then, also include an attachment.
Please write “POETRY SUBMISSION” on your subject line. Submissions without “Poetry Submission” in the subject line will be deleted unread.
Include a bio (all bios are subject to editing). Also include a URL to your blog or website, if applicable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not preferred. If your work is accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately.
We aim to respond to all submissions within 10 days of receipt (usually less). We will not respond (accept or decline) with a form letter and we will comment on poems whenever possible. If your poem/s is declined, we ask that you please wait a minimum of six months before submitting again.
We nominate for most major prizes. See our Awards page
If your work is accepted at THRUSH, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies. Upon publication all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your poem/s subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to THRUSH.
Please Note: All accepted poetry at Thrush Poetry Journal will be eligible for our Private Postcard Series, no separate submissions are needed. It will be offered randomly to selected contributors, chosen from all issues (past and current).
If your poem is selected you will be contacted directly. The Postcard Series is published on no set schedule; however,
we aim to do a few each year. Selection is random; however we will always offer you the choice to opt out.
Our taste is eclectic. We want poems that move us, a strong sense of imagery, emotion, with interesting and surprising use of language, words that resonate. We want fresh. We want voice.
Established and new poets are encouraged to submit. Experimental poetry is fine, randomness is fine also. However, we do not want experimental and random just for the sake of calling it such. No long poems. We prefer a poem that will fit on one page. We are not interested in inspirational poetry or philosophical musings.
Submissions that ignore these guidelines (or parts of these guidelines) will likely be declined.
Our guidelines are subject to change. We suggest reviewing them prior to submitting.
Submissions and other correspondence should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org