Tips and Info

The goal of Grand Little Things is to create a welcoming space for poets, especially for those that are having difficulty being published elsewhere due to the current state of poetry (oh to have been a writer during the New Formalism movement!) and new/up and coming poets.

Here are some tips to help you get published in GLT, as well as some questions to ponder before sending in work. Hopefully it doesn’t come off as snarky.

  • First off, please follow the submission guidelines. Please. They are easy.
  • Understand that “free verse” just means that there isn’t any rhyme and meter. The rest of the poet’s toolbox is still at your disposal.
  • Is there a difference between a prose poem and flash fiction? Have you asked yourself this question? If not, I would start pondering that.
  • Please look into the history of the haiku and how it has been changed (especially thanks to the English language). It’s not that simple of a form.
  • Speaking of haiku: Look into Senryu (or even the Tanka). I think it’s becoming even more common to conflate senryu with haiku, but understanding their differences can only help.
  • Spoken word poetry is successful due to the performance of said poetry. See this. Is your piece strong enough to work with just words?
  • It’s not an issue if you choose to augment a fixed form like a sonnet to fit your needs. Most poets do. However, does the augmentation enhance the poem? Or did it just make it easier to read and write?
  • And finally, please try to send in three poems, or at least two. It increases your chances of publication. It’s a numbers game.

GLT’s Twitter handle is @GrandThings. Feel free to follow along if you want to. Keep in mind that not every post will be poetry related though. I also just jumped on the Mastodon train! @grandlittlethings@mastodon.sdf.org

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