How To Submit Your Work

Visual Poetry in Black & White : A Heron Tree Special Series

Through 8 April 2018 Heron Tree invites submissions for a special series devoted to visual poetry crafted for presentation in a black-and-white format.  We recognize that “visual poetry” means different things to different people, and we are open to a wide range of submissions, including but by no means limited to:

concrete poetry
altered text
typewriter art
asemics and/or abstractions
collages of words and/or images
poems in which visual arrangement is primary and unconventional
poems that aren’t readable out loud but communicate visually

We’ll be reading and making decisions on a rolling basis. Accepted pieces will be published on the Heron Tree website and collected in a free, downloadable PDF e-volume.

If you’re interested in submitting, please keep in mind the following:

– We are especially looking for pieces that were created to communicate in black-and-white (rather than work in color that has been converted to black-and-white or grayscale).

– If you’re working with erasure or altered text, we request pieces that use material in the public domain in the United States. (More information on what counts as in the public domain here.)

– Submit up to 4 pieces with a cover note to (Use for other kinds of inquiries.)

– Attach your pieces in a single doc, docx, or pdf file. If your work is image-based, paste your images into the doc/docx/pdf; we’ll ask for higher quality photos or scans later if we need them. Please do not use page numbers, headers, or footers in your file.

We read blind, so do not include any identifying information in the doc, docx, or pdf.  Instead, provide your name and a list of titles for the pieces submitted in your cover email.

– 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. Work that has 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 e-book. 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.