The Coop’s current theme is “We’re Speaking: Renewal and Change.”
We invite you to submit vivid and strong poems that speak to renewal and change. We welcome poems from diverse voices. We consider the personal political.
Theme: “We’re Speaking: Renewal and Change.” We hope poems that respond to this theme are far-seeing and diverse. We welcome feminist work. We welcome anti-racist work. We hope to support many communities by sharing voices from varied experiences. Work need not be overtly political, and may speak to either renewal or change in its themes. In a time of pandemic, global warming, attacks on truth, and the pillars of democracy, change may feel both necessary and terrifying; we look for poems that help navigate challenging times.
Quality: Please send us your strongest work aiming for the most powerful poems you can write. We prefer imagistic poems that surprise and challenge. We look for poems that move us. We want lines we can quote. Poems to recite. Poems to hold close to our hearts.
Submission: Send us no more than five poems and a 50-word third person bio note in a single Word or RTF document to KSPoetryCoop at gmail.com. Your single document must be formatted in this way: Your name at top left of the document (not in the header) followed by your email address, a list of the titles of the poems included in the document (also flush left), bionote, and then the poems exactly as you hope they will be printed. In your bio note of no more than fifty words, feel free to include hyperlinks to your appropriate websites or books. Please include italics as usual for magazines and books. Please do not use page breaks but instead just leave about 4-5 lines between poems.
n.b.: With rare exceptions, we no longer re-publish previously published work. Previously- posted poems from personal sites are fine to submit. Poems that have appeared on sites that change content on a daily basis or who erase content after two months or less will also be considered so long as you own the rights and give us information on where the poem first appeared.
Process: Laura Lee Washburn or an Assistant Editor will do the first reading, and forward all poems she selects for our editors to make final selections. If your poems are not selected, please don’t take offense: this is the nature of literary submissions. Monthly editors will contact you within the year if your poem is to be published and will ask that you send a jpeg photo or permission and a link to lift your photo from another site. If, in the meantime, you publish the poem elsewhere, please tell us, and we will remove it from the selection possibilities.
Response Time: We will always tend toward longer response times because we have revolving monthly editors who need a strong group of poems from which to make selections. Our goal is to keep no poem longer than a year. That said, your poem might be taken as quickly as within a week. It just depends how many editors are reading for their months. Please be in touch if you need to withdraw a poem.