READ THESE GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING WORK. Failure to follow the instructions contained herein will result in an automatic rejection.


Due to an overwhelming backlog, the website galleries will be closed to submissions on December 14th.  Once we get through the queue we will determine when the submission forms will reopen.


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.  We are open to submissions from both experienced, published creators and talent new to submitting work for publication.  We offer minimal restrictions 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is as follows: material that is obscene, excessively vulgar, pornographic, racist, or in any way bigoted will not be published here.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 we will maintain a level of decency; therefore, nothing obscene, pornographic, racist, or bigoted will be accepted.


The publisher 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 but writing or artwork that preaches a faith will not be accepted.  Work that questions faith in general may 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.


Please make certain your are submitting your work to the correct call.  Submitting poems to the call for short stories will get your work rejected, unread.  Submissions of incomplete or unfinished work will be rejected, unread.  Sending a chapbook manuscript to a call for pieces for the website will get your work rejected, unread.


The Poet's Haven has an open call for chapbook manuscripts each spring.  This call is only open for a short period each year to prevent us from getting so buried in submissions that we cannot find enough time to read them all.  Do not submit manuscripts to other calls: they will be rejected without any consideration.



Copyrights:

The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to the PoetsHaven.com Galleries on the website.  The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.


The Poet's Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet's Haven Digest in both print and electronic formats.  The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.  We ask that authors refrain from submitting a piece published in a Poet's Haven Digest anthology to other anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals for at least one year.


The Poet's Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet's Haven Author Series in both print and electronic formats.  The author retains ownership and is free to submit individual pieces to anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals, provided the publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.  Authors may not place more than half (50%) the contents of an Author Series title at another press, including as part of a full-length "Collected Works" type publication.


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 work on behalf of the creator, be certain to give us a way to contact them other than through your e-mail, if need be.  A postal address will work fine.  The author or artist MUST BE AWARE THAT THEIR WORK IS BEING SUBMITTED!  The ONLY exception to this rule is in the case of a deceased author or artist, in which case the work must be submitted by the creator's next-of-kin/proprietor-of-estate.


Again, all work is copyright ©, property of, and owned by its original author or artist.  Nothing may be copied from the website or any offline publications without the explicit written permission of the original author or artist.



Critiques:

Due to time restraints, we are unable to critique each and every item submitted.  Comments from the publisher or editors will be rare.



Response Time:

The Poet's Haven is largely a one-person operation.  Some publications may have another editor helping out (such as the "VENDING MACHINE" anthologies), but nearly everything here is handled by publisher Vertigo Xavier.  Unfortunately, book sales and the few ads found on the website do not bring in enough money for running The Poet's Haven to be his exclusive, full-time job.  Real-life responsibilities do get in the way of him completing updates and reviewing submissions as fast as everyone would like.  In other words, it may be some months before your submission gets a response.  Please be patient.  If you choose to simultaneously submit work both here and elsewhere, when any sort of exclusive rights are required and the other publication accepts your work before you see a response from us, please remember to log back in to your Submittable account and withdraw your submission.



Contact Links and Author Bios:

Pages on the website featuring your work can also include a short author bio and a link to your personal website or social media page.  Please include this when sending your submission.  We will no longer list author e-mail addresses on the site.  If you wish to provide readers with a way to contact you via e-mail, we recommend setting up a small blog with a contact form.  The Poet's Haven Digest and VENDING MACHINE anthologies will include a very short author bio and website URL in the contributor index.  The Poet's Haven Author Series publications include an author photo and bio on back of the book (or inside the cover, if a flip-book format).



Payment for Publication:

Access to The Poet’s Haven website is free of charge.  Any meager profit generated by advertisements either goes toward paying for and promoting the site or towards producing our offline events and publications.  We cannot pay for work to be published on the website.


Payment for work used in print publications will be described in that print publication’s submission call.



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 the site.



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 their older work.  Removal requests can be made for the following reason ONLY: plagiarism.  Please provide documentation (ie: cite the work that was plagiarized) when making any removal request.


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 listed with your work.  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.



THEME: VIDEO GAMES
DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 2019

The Poet's Haven is seeking poems about video games for the next Digest anthology, which will be titled [ ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A (START) ]. That's pronounced "up up down down left right left right bee ayh start." If you don't know what that means, you're probably not interested in this book.


This is important, so we're using bold: This call is for poems only. We're a small-press operation and can't afford to spend hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars licensing characters for a book of fan-fiction. Narrative poems are also a bit tricky: if this is what you've written, it cannot tell the game's story. Poems can be about how games affect life in the real world, imagining game characters in alternate settings, or merging the real and game worlds.  Also, please stick to poems about games that aren't based on a licensed property: no poems about comic-book or movie games.


This call will close on April 6, 2019. The anthology is targeted for printing in mid-summer but life has been known to cause chaos, so the book may not be ready until fall. Space in the anthology is limited. If we receive an overwhelming number of submissions that we like, hard decisions will have to be made. Acceptance notices will not be sent out until we are certain what will fit in the book. Please be patient, there is only one editor here who will be reading enough submissions to fill ten books.


Poet's Haven Digest titles are published as 4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall pocket-sized books. Publication in this series pays one copy per piece. A maximum of two pieces will be selected from each contributor. All contributors can purchase additional copies at a 50% discount.


We are seeking cover art for this anthology. Cover art must NOT depict any trademarked characters or logos. The cover artist will receive five copies.