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Submission Rules and Guidelines

Introduction     Poetry     Art     Short Stories     Non-Fiction
Copyrights     Critiques     Contact Links     Payment for Publication
Author Series     Poet's Haven Digests     Disclaimer     Removal Requests

Introduction (applies to all submissions):

The Poet's Haven is a place for artists across a wide and diverse spectrum to feel safe seeing their work published.  The website is open to unsolicited submissions from both experienced, published creators and talent new to submitting work for publication.  We offer no restrictions on length or style, and minimal restriction on content and genre.  What little content that is disallowed is as follows:  Material that is obscene, excessively vulgar, pornographic, racist, or in any way bigoted will not be published here.  The Poet's Haven also does not accept religious material.

Our publications are intended for mature readers.  While our primary audience is adults we are NOT limited to any one demographic.  We have knowingly published work from creators as young as 9 and as old as 95.

We are free to publish what we wish, but will maintain a level of decency.  Therefore, nothing obscene, pornographic, racist, or bigoted will be accepted.

The publisher here has decided to focus on non-religious poetry, artwork, and stories.  That said, since many authors are highly influenced by their faiths, work that expresses faith may be acceptable.  Writing or artwork that preaches a faith will not be accepted.  Work that questions faith in general may also be acceptable.  Work designed to insult the followers of any certain religion will be rejected the same as work of a bigoted nature.

Writing that is badly misspelt or in need of severe grammatical or punctual corrections will be rejected.  Your word processor program has a spell check.  Spell Check is your friend.  Use it.

All submissions to the galleries MUST be made through the online forms.  We do NOT accept ANY gallery submissions via e-mail. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY SUBMISSIONS VIA POSTAL MAIL.

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The Poetry Galleries make up the largest part of The Poet's Haven.  The emphasis sought is emotion rather than form.

All work submitted must be reviewed and approved by a senior Poet's Haven staff member.

ALL POEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE FORM ONE-AT-A-TIME. Submissions containing multiple poems will be deleted!

The software that operates the site will automatically create a page with your submission for the publisher or a senior editor to approve or reject. This is an automated process; the server does not operate an artificial intelligence. If you do not submit your poems separately, the form will place them all on one page, and when reviewed by a staff-member, they will be deleted.

Submit Poetry

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Artwork & Photos:

Acceptability of nudity in artwork will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Nude photographs are not accepted for publication (though they may be added to various staff members' private collections).  Photography should be creative.  Use of religious iconography may be acceptable as part of a larger work of art, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

JPEG format files are preferred, and the image should be 600 pixels wide.  Larger images will be resized.  If you do not have access to a digital camera or scanner, try your local print shop.

We reserve the right to change file types, resize the image, or clip edges for space as needed.  If we feel a major change is necessary, you will be contacted.

Submit an Art Piece

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Short Stories:

Stories must be original, and feature original characters.  NO FAN-FICTION!  Characters based on mythological figures or fairy-tales are acceptable.  References to heaven, hell, angels, and demons are okay, as these do not directly pertain to any one religious faith.  Subjects such as King Arthur's quest for the holy grail, where religious motive is part of a story's background but NOT the story itself, are acceptable.

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True story essays should be submitted as short stories.  The Poet's Haven is not seeking other types of non-fiction essays, reports, or articles at this time.

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The Poet's Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted both on the web site and in any future paper publications.  The author of a work retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.

Submissions must be made by either the creator of a work, or on behalf of the creator.  PLAGIARISM IS A CRIME, AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!  We will assist any investigations of a submitter for fraud to the best of our abilities.  If you are submitting a work on behalf of the creator, be certain to give us a way to contact him or her, other than through your e-mail, if need be.  A postal address will work fine.  The author or artist MUST BE AWARE THAT HIS OR HER WORK IS BEING SUBMITTED!

Again, all work is copyright ©, property of, and owned by its original author or artist.

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Due to time restraints, we are not able to critique each and every item submitted.

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Contact Links:

Along with your work, we include a link for readers to contact you via e-mail.  If you do not wish to be contacted through a family or work e-mail address, we recommend setting up a Gmail or Yahoo account for your personal use.  You may also list a link to your own website.  All website links will be checked by staff before your work is approved.

JavaScript encryption is used when displaying your e-mail address to prevent "robots" from harvesting addresses for spam.

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Payment for Publication:

Access to The Poet's Haven web site is free of charge.  Any profit generated by advertisements either goes toward promoting the site or towards the offline events and publications.  We can not pay for work to be published on the website.

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Author Series Submissions:

BOOK FORMAT:  The Poet's Haven Author Series chapbooks will be published in a "pocket size" as often as possible, measuring 4.25" wide by 5.5" tall. The books are saddle-stitched (aka stapled) and run 32, 36, or 40 pages in length, including title and copyright pages. A full-color, cardstock cover will adorn the books. Changes to the dimensions and page count will be considered on a case-by-case basis when the material calls for it. The cover price will be $6, subject to change with any increase in production costs (paper prices, etc.) or when a particular title's design requires a different price point.

PRINT WINDOW:  The chapbooks will be kept in print for a period of 12 months. After 12 months, no additional copies of the chapbook will be printed. At some point after the print window has ended, the chapbook will be made available as an e-book download. The e-books are not printable.

PAYMENT FOR PUBLICATION:  Authors will receive 25% of all printed copies. That breaks down like this: If the first print run is 80 copies, 20 of them go to the author. If the first print run sells out and a second print run of 40 copies is produced, the author will receive 10 of them. If the author wants/needs to acquire additional copies, he or she can do so at a 50% discount.

WHAT IS THE POET'S HAVEN LOOKING FOR?:  A collection of your poems centered on a theme, a collection of work from a certain era of your life, a series of poems that tell a narrative story... These are just a few general ideas. Also, the Author Series is not limited to poetry chapbooks. We're interested in publishing novellas, books of art, short films, and more. If you can create it, we are open to considering it.

WHO IS THE POET'S HAVEN LOOKING FOR?:  The Poet's Haven has always taken pride in being open to both newcomers and seasoned pros. That said, for legal reasons, chapbook authors must be at least 18 years of age or have a parent or guardian involved in the process from submission to publication.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL:  Click the "Contact Publisher" link and send an e-mail with "Author Series Proposal" as the subject. Briefly explain what your idea is for a chapbook. Include a sample of material that would be in the chapbook. (For example, 4 to 5 poems or the first chapter.) If your proposal interests the publisher, he will contact you requesting a full manuscript.


A NOTE ABOUT PAGE COUNT:  Several authors have commented that other publishers consider a 40 page collection to be a full-length book, not a chapbook. At The Poet's Haven, we consider a full-length collection to be no less than 96 pages. That said, since many authors are used to submitting manuscripts of 20 pages or less to other publishers, we offer this idea: Two 20-page collections from the same author together as a flip-book.


The Poet's Haven is open to new methods of presentation that will expand the barriers surrounding the definition of a "chapbook." Surprise us!

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Poet's Haven Digest Anthology Submissions:

Books in the Poet's Haven Digest anthology series each have a theme. When a theme has been selected for an upcoming anthology, an open call for submissions will be posted. (Visit the Open Calls page to see what we are currently seeking.) Each open call will have its own e-mail address for submissions to be sent to. When the call for a certain title is closed, that e-mail address will be deactivated.

Poet's Haven Digest titles are published as 4.25" wide by 5.5" tall pocket-sized books. There is no publication schedule for this series, new volumes will be released when enough material has been selected to fill a book and the publisher has time to complete editing and production.

Authors with work appearing in a Poet's Haven Digest anthology will receive one contributor's copy and can purchase up to 10 additional copies at a 50% discount.

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Disclaimer (this is VERY important!):

The Poet's Haven is a privately held publishing company.  This is not an open forum.  We, the publisher and editors, reserve the right to refuse any submission for any reason we see fit.  This may include work that we feel is questionable, may be in violation of any of the above guidelines, or that we have any objection to.  We have a policy of "ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLSHIT."  If you attempt to cause problems by initiating spam campaigns, attempting a DDOS attack, or harassing any member of The Poet's Haven staff, you will be blocked from accessing this site.

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Removal Requests:

The Poet's Haven website is no different than a print publication.  If your poem is published in a magazine and a year later you decide you don't like the piece anymore, the publisher can not go through all remaining copies of the issue and tear out the page.  The Poet's Haven will not entertain ANY requests for removing poetry from the site on the basis of the author not liking his or her older work.  Removal requests can be made for the following reasons ONLY; plagiarism and copyright issues, such as exclusive rights being sold to another publisher BEFORE the piece was submitted to The Poet's Haven.  Proof is required to accompany all removal requests.

In the modern age of Google, some authors have expressed concern about work written many years ago, perhaps when that author was still in college or even high school, being found today by prospective employers.  Your work was found to be of a high quality when it was submitted, and it should not be removed from the site.  However, if you are concerned about the emotions of your youth influencing your professional standing today, we can alter the name and e-mail listed with your work.  Your e-mail address can be removed or changed, and we recommend simply changing your first name to your initial.  This way, if you do someday return to writing, you can still take credit for your early work.

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guidelines last updated 2012-12-19