Poetry Requirements

We can accept up to five* previously unpublished poems in a single submission, and we do ask that you refrain from submitting any more until you hear back from us.

*We cannot guarantee that all pieces will be published at once, however we may reserve them for future publication.

Length and Style Tips:

Prose and free verse – minimum six words (like a single couplet) to maximum 40 lines*.

*We understand that the structure of some poems may exceed our guidelines. Our editors are happy to discuss this and take it on a case-by-case basis.

Metrical poem and fixed form poetry – these submissions will follow basic guidelines of the type of poem being submitted. For example, haikus should be about a fleeting moment following the standard three-line format with 17 syllables arranged in a 5–7–5 pattern; sonnets will follow 14 lines of rhymed iambic pentameter; etc.

Here are some common structures and meters: limerick, haiku, iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, blank verse, sonnet, sestina, villanelle, acrostic.

Length Criteria:

The maximum length for all poems is 40 lines. We understand that the structure of some poems may exceed our guidelines. Our editors are happy to discuss this and take it on a case-by-case basis.

Accompanying Graphics/Images: Optional

Submission Template: When submitting your work, please begin with the following bits of information respectively at the very top of your document: Poetry,” type of poem, your first and last name, title, word count, and contact information. If a photograph is submitted, a photo caption is not necessary.

Submission Format:

  • Word document (.doc) 
  • Google Doc shared to edit

Please send submissions to: editors@undividedmagazine.ca

See Submission Requirements for more information.