Open Submission Calls: 
 
We currently have open submissions categories:
 
 
  • Reading period for February: Ends December 15
  • Reading period for May: Ends March 15
  • Reading period for August: Ends May 15
  • Reading period for October: Ends August 15. 
  • Ghazal and Sijo Anthology Submissions: End June 1, 2017.
  • Poet's Resond (Current events poetry): No cut off. Poetry accepted will be published on the website and may be included in the print magazine nearest to the event. 
 
 
Please try not to leave your submission to the last minute, as we accept and compile throughout the reading period for all issues. If we cannot get your poem into the next issue we may reserve it for a later issue or for the following year. 
 
Overall themes for these issues are: 

 

Imbolc: 

 

This issue deals with the lean times, preparation for struggles, including childbirth and war. Planning, preparing, waiting, the overall mood of this issue will be dark, but with a 'light at the end of the tunnel'. 

 

  • Waiting

  • Preparing

  • Pregnancy & Childbirth

  • Women (being a woman, knowing a woman) 

  • Arts, Crafts, Skills

  • Experiences of planning or preparing for struggle, battle or war

  • Lean times, hunger

  • Spring cleaning

  • Any seasonal poetry connected to late winter/early spring. 

 

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Beltane: 

 

This is an upbeat, positive issue celebrating the joy of living, realised dreams, moving on to better things, the joys of raising a family and  romantic and sexual love. We will, of course, take a range of emotional tone.  

 

  • Love and marriage

  • Fertility

  • Raising a family

  • Pastoral farming (this is the time to send us your Cowboy poetry!) 

  • Positive views of sex and sexuality 

  • Light verse/humour 

  • New starts, new occupations, starting a new job

  • Realised goals and expectations. 

  • Any seasonal poetry connected to late spring/early summer. 

 

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Lughnasaugh:

 

 

Please note: this includes is the school holiday period and the senior editors are extremely busy with care responsibilities. Get your work in early, and make sure that any revisions we ask for are done promptly. 

 

The second of our light issues, Lughnasagh, scheduled for the 15 August, is themed on traditional Lughnasaugh themes of 

 

  • Skills and crafts

  •  Homefires

  • Harvest and arable farming 

  • Horticulture

  • The experience of being, or knowing, a man, including struggles.

  •  Masculinity

  • Seasonal themes of late summer/early autumn (the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness). 

  • Light verse, humour  and satire (but no hate speech, thanks).

 

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Samhain:

 

This comes out on October 31st, an absolute fixed date. Everyone loves Hallowe’en. This is the dark issue, the time for the gothic, the eldritch, the horrible and the unnerving. Traditional Samhain themes and themes of late autumn/early winter are also welcome. We’re not boxing you in. If you’re the next Edgar Allen Poe, write your epic ghost story in iambics and send it in.  We receive more submissions for this issue than any other, so again, pay attention to the reading period, but the earlier you send us your work the better. As with all our issues, we need a balance of male and female authors.

 

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Poets Respond: 

 

Classical poetry that responds to current or topical events.  This will be published as we accept it to the website, and may be included in the print journal (we will let you know). 

 

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Ghazal and Sijo Anthologies: 

 

We're seeking classical ghazals and sijo for two anthologies for 2017/2018.  Poems can be on any theme but must adhere to classical form for both types of poetry. Find out more about how to write them from our friends at Eastern Structures. 

 

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What to send us: 

 

 

There is no line limit for poetry, and we welcome long form poetry such as epic and sonnet crowns. 

 

We try and keep the theming linked to the physical season in the Northern Hemisphere (e.g. the Samhain issue, out on Halloween, will probably have darker poetry than the Beltane one) but we don’t want to box you in too much: if you have a good poem; send us it. We want your best poetry. We have no bar to language or subject matter. We primarily seek classical poetry in any form. This gives you  very broad scope to express yourself while still paying homage to ancient poetic traditions.  We’re seeking  formal poetry in English, from double-dactyls to villanelles.  We will also consider haibun and prose poetry of no greater than 500 words.

 

What’s a hard sell?

 

  • Free verse. There are lots of great markets out there for free verse, so please consider submitting to them before approaching us. However, if you feel your free verse fits our aesthetic in terms of themes, then by all means submit. Your free verse should have a strong narrative arc, memorable voices, clear diction, and witty wordplay.

  • Work with inventive formatting or concrete poetry.

  •  Sparkly vampires and cancer poems.

 

What we cannot accept: 

 

  • politics. Yes, even Republicrats or Dull or predictable rants about someone else’s religion or Democrans. Even them. Political and religious verse is fine though. 

  • Emotional venting with no attention paid to form, rhyme, rhythm, diction, or storytelling.

  • Graphic sex or violence that does not further the storytelling, or involves narrators who are minors.  Erotic poetry is fine.

  • Poetry that isn’t in English, (but we will consider your own translated poetry or translations you have done of poets who died more than 70 years ago).

  •  Spells or New Age how-tos.

 

 

General Poetry guidelines:

 

Send us your best classical poetry in a single .docx document (the form is set up in our house style). One poem per form. Send us as many poems as you want, our submissions form for each poem. 

 

We accept long poetry, we give feedback (unless you submit right before a publication deadline) and we let you submit as often as you want.  We also aim to get back to you within 6 weeks.  This makes us unique for a classical poetry publication.

 

We ask you to do four things to help us handle the workflow, editing  and typesetting of the poetry.  

 

1. Use the submissions form Fill one out for each poem you want to submit, and submit each poem separately.

 

2. If your poem is over five lines long, number your lines (use the space bar or tab key to create some space at the end of every fifth line and number 5, 10, 15 etc.).  Don't number your lines for a prose poem or haibun. 

 

3. Format your author bio properly, italicizing your publications. 

 

4. Tell us the form your using, and if you have varied it. This is especially welcome if you're submitting a rarely-seen form. 

 

In your  Submittable cover note, tell us what you liked or didn't like about the Quarterday Review when you read it, say hi, or tell us about your passion for poetry. 

 

 

Simultaneous Submissions:

 

Simultaneous submissions are fine so long as you let us know if the work is accepted elsewhere. 

 

Rejection: 

 

Everyone hates getting rejected. We feel your pain. If we like your poetry but think it needs some work before publication, we’ll write to you inviting you to revise and resubmit the piece.  If you submit early, we'll be able to offer some feedback. Submit close to a publication date and we won't be able to do this. One day we’ll be able to offer everyone feedback when we reject work. We are a "no BS" publication: if we want to see your poem again we will tell you, and the offer will be sincere. 

 

We’d encourage you to keep developing your craft and resubmitting your work elsewhere, and please consider us again in the future as a market for your verse. We hope to respond to all submissions within six weeks.  If it has been longer, feel free to query us at the submission e-mail, with QUERY and work title in the subject line.

If you've read all of our guidelines then go to our submissions manager to submit your work, using our submissions form for each poem