How To Submit Your Work

Heron Tree will be open for submissions from August 1st 2017 through October 1st 2017. We will read submissions and make decisions on a rolling basis.  Accepted poems from this submission period will be published online and collected in the free, downloadable ebook of our fifth volume.

Submission information:

– Send 1-5 poems with a cover note to (Use for other kinds of inquiries.)

– The poems should be attached in a single doc or docx file.  Please do not use page numbers, headers, or footers in your document.

All submissions will be read blind, so do not include your name in the file with the poems.

– In your email cover note please include a list of your poems’ titles.

– You are welcome to submit more than once per submission period, but please do not send a new submission until you have heard from us about your first one.

– We send an automatically generated email reply in response to all submissions. Unfortunately, these may often be blocked by the receiver’s email server security measures. To be sure you receive the confirmation email, add to your contact/safe-sender list before you send your submission.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere. Poems that have previously appeared online (temporarily or permanently, on your own or a third-party site) should not be submitted, nor should work that has already been published electronically or in print.

If your work is accepted by Heron Tree, you agree to grant us exclusive first publication rights and the non-exclusive right to include your work in our online archives and in the downloadable ebook. You agree that if your poem subsequently appears elsewhere you will credit Heron Tree as the original publisher.

And for the sake of transparency: Heron Tree charges no fees (to submitters or readers) and is a non-paying market.

These guidelines are subject to change.