Turn Around Time Update (as of 4/19/2021)
Hello readers and writers. The days of me returning a response within a week (or within a few days) have passed. GLT is growing up, and thus I am officially changing the response times. I shall try to get a response back to you in 1-2 months. As of now, I’m responding in about 4-5 weeks. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I shall always strive to ensure the quality of Grand Little Things, and poetry reading not only takes time but also deliberation. And while I’m not getting paid for doing this, I do take my job seriously. I hope that you all understand.
I’ve decided to migrate the submission process over to Duosuma (which is provided via Duotrope). It will allow me to not only better organize the submission process, but also allow me to reach a broader audience. Feel free to start sending your work in through Duosuma! The submission guidelines have been updated as well.
Note: Any submission sent to me via email BEFORE 3/1/2021 will be read and considered just like old times. I know I sprung this on everyone without notice.
Please check out the new page called The Umbran Project. I’m reaching out to my fellow African American writers. Please check it out!
Thank You Readers and Writers
I would just like to thank everyone that has contributed to Grand Little Things and to everyone that has read and continues to read what has been published. And thanks for all of the new submissions! I look forward to reading your work! Stay safe everyone and keep on keeping on.
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.
- Canadian Spring By John Murray Lewis
- Surface By Miriam Levine
- Autumn tree By Rana Shabibi
- Two Poems By Craig Dobson
- Three Poems By Maureen Daniels