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SUBMISSIONS OPEN for
Volume 15: The Visual Poetry Volume

Deadline: December 31, 2023

 

Lead editor of the volume: Zoria Petkoska

We’re looking for poems that play with the visual aspect of 

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Send us your most experimental playful poems

visual chaos

textual landscapes

We are looking for all forms of visual poetry, concrete poetry, asemic writing, and art.

Additionally, we want to see all kinds of experimental poetry, futurist and neo-futurist poetry, literary collages, typography explorations, calligraphy... If you have something genre-defying, we will probably be excited to publish it!

Works with a Japan element and Japan-based authors are preferred, but exceptions will be made.

Please send 2–6 poems along with a short bio to topojo2015@gmail, Attn: Zoria Petkoska.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR V15: VISUAL POETRY VOLUME

TECHNICAL

  • Formats: pdf, jpg, png, tiff

  • Size: 300dpi preferred.
    We will accept lower resolution just for submission purposes | IF SELECTED please send 300dpi files to ensure good print quality

  • file name should be titled as such: "[AUTHOR NAME], [Poem title]". e.g. "Jordan Smith, Mukuhaku"

  • Submissions should be in English, or in Japanese with English translation. Bilingual or multilingual texts also considered

  • Please include a word file with a short bio (up to 100 words) and if any explanations/comments to your submission, please add them under the bio

  • We reserve the right to edit the bios if needed

IN RELATION TO OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please indicate in your submission that you've submitted it elsewhere too.

  • Previously published work in other publications (your own social media or blog excluded) will only be considered if the publication is not Japan-based or strongly related to Japan.

  • Additionally, previously published works will be preferably published in 2022 latest or earlier than 2022. If submitting previously published work, please enclose details such as publication date and name.

  • Currently, we are only accepting email submissions. Please send your poems to topojo2015@gmail.com.
    If the files are too big, please have them in a Google Drive and give access to topojo2015@gmail.com.

    *We generally take some time to respond. We are poets, and we are volunteers. Please be patient with us, and thank you for trusting us with your work.

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please read carefully before submitting. Submissions that don't meet these requirements are likely to be rejected. 
 

Submissions should be formatted as follows:

 

  • MS Word (.docx) files

  • twelve-point, Times New Roman font

  • one-inch margins all around

  • smart quotes please 

  • for any texts where formatting is important, include PDF as well as Word file.

  • file name should be titled as such: "[AUTHOR NAME], [NUMBER OF POEMS]". e.g. "Jordan Smith, Five poems"

  • for translations, translator name should also be included in the body of the poem text

Include with your submission a bio of 100-150 words for poet/author(s), and translator, if applicable. (We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity.)
 
Currently, we are only accepting email submissions. Please send your poems to topojo2015@gmail.com.
 
Submissions should be in English, or in Japanese with English translation. Bilingual or multilingual texts also considered. Authors/translators responsible for securing copyright permission.

Please send no less than three poems, and no more than six. Do not submit revisions of previously rejected work.

 

We feature poems with some connection to Tokyo/Japan at the textual or authorial level. Not so into poems about cherry blossoms, etc. Exceptions apply, but clichés and/or Orientalist verse are unwelcomed.
 

We generally take some time to respond. We are poets, and we are volunteers. Please be patient with us, and thank you for trusting us with your work.

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