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Journal of Modern Poetry Goes Annual, Updates Guidelines

Deadline for submissions has expired.
Please go to PeacePoetry.net to learn more about this anthology.


JOMP 18: Poets Guide to Peace will be released on Saturday, April 25, 2015,
at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street.


After a break of a few months to catch my breath, Chicago Poetry Press is now accepting submission of poetry for Journal of Modern Poetry 18 (JOMP 18). Before reading the newly updated guidelines below, allow me to briefly summarize the changes that have been made in the submission process.

Now An Annual

Previously JOMP was a bi-annual publication. Producing two anthologies a year proved a bit too much for me to accomplish alongside the other projects I am working on. So from now on JOMP will be an annual publication, with one larger volume coming out per year. This will give me, as editor, additional time to concentrate on putting out a bigger and better issue, and it will also allow me some much needed rest between issues.

Change To Submission Donation

For years, JOMP has been proud to be perhaps the only project of its kind to actually refund the entry fee to those who have not been selected for publication. As much as I’d love to continue being the hero in this area, the more JOMP grows the more increasingly difficult it is to maintain this policy.

Offering the "money back guarantee" makes it impossible for me to anticipate what kind of funding the project will have when all is said and done. It’s simply impossible to use all the submissions I receive, and during the last issue I had to return nearly a third of the donations collected, some of which had to be written by check and mailed since the opportunity to return them electronically had expired. So please be aware of the following changes.

The submission donation will from now on be considered a subscription to JOMP. The subscription will guarantee all contributors one issue of the book, whether the contributor is selected for inclusion in the book or not. The donation will be $16, equal to the retail price of the book, and will be non-refundable, but will include free shipping and handling. It’s my opinion that if you don’t like a publication enough to at least buy a copy of it, then why do you want your work published in it anyway? To clarify, although a subscription to JOMP is required before you can submit poetry to JOMP, the subscription in no way guarantees that your work will be selected for publication. As has always been the case, work is selected by its quality and relevance to the project.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support,

CJ Laity
Editor, Journal of Modern Poetry




Now Accepting Submission of Poetry For JOMP 18


Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for its eighteenth volume of poetry and creative writing: JOMP 18: The Official Poets’ Guide To Peace. This themed issue of JOMP is scheduled to be released in April of 2015, right in time to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Chicago Poetry Press is seeking poetry on the theme of “Peace” (whatever that means to you). Although I will happily consider poetry of a political nature, I’m not necessarily looking for political poetry, nor preachy poetry that believes it has all the answers. Instead, I want to know: What does peace mean to you? How do you find peace? I'm looking for poetry that will make the audience for this book feel a sense of peace when reading it.

Some suggestions of topics that may fit into this theme include poems about nature, gardening, friends and family, images of beauty, spirituality, laughter, happiness, charity, empathy, peaceful protest, good food, being in love, wildlife, travel, rest and relaxation, hobbies, perhaps even death after suffering. There is no restriction to the topics that may fall under the category of “Peace”. If you feel your poetry emits a sense of peace in any way, shape or form, I want to see it. The goal is that by combining multiple views on what brings peace, that the collection as a whole will find some common ground and serve as a poetic guide to the nature of peace itself.

More Information and Guidelines

--Journal of Modern Poetry is once again seeking to showcase some of the best poetry written today, whether it is traditional or experimental. All form, style and length will be considered from published as well as previously unpublished poets. Your poem doesn't necessarily have to take the theme of "Peace" literally; in fact, the word "peace" doesn't even need to appear in your poem. If you believe your work will make someone feel peace when it is read, please submit it.

--Your entry donation is considered a subscription to JOMP 18. You will receive a copy of the book after its publication, whether your work is accepted for publication or not.

--All poets 18 years old or older will be given equal consideration.

--What kind of poetry has a chance? All types. I'm just looking for quality work. The best way to get a sense of what writing I have honored in the past is to purchase one of Chicago Poetry Press' publications, all of which I have edited (see buttons to the upper right of this page for ordering information). Otherwise, just submit if you believe in your work.

--Please send only original work written by you. Poetry must be primarily in the English language. Previously published work is okay for consideration into JOMP 18 (please cite previous publications and make sure copyright has reverted back to you)..

--Poets may submit up to five poems for consideration.

--You may update your entry prior to the final deadline. What does this mean? It means if you have rewritten your poem, or if you have a new poem that you want to add to your submission, you can send me an update to your file at no additional cost as long as I get it before the final deadline. Whatever I have in your file at the expiration of the final deadline is what will be submitted for possible publication. This gives you a lot of flexibility to tweak your submission as the final deadline approaches and it gives priority to those who submit early.

--If at any time it is determined that enough submissions have been received to sustain the publication, ChicagoPoetry.com reserves the right to halt this open call. This means that priority will be given to early submissions, so it's wise not to wait until the last minute to submit. Let me explain further. As I review the work periodically throughout the submission process, certain poems tend to be pre-selected and certain running themes begin to emerge. Last minute submissions would then be expected to fit in with what has already been selected, making it much harder for last minute submissions to make the cut. This is why it is highly encouraged that you make your submissions as early as possible. Remember, you can always tweak your submission any time before the final deadline if you've rewritten your work or have a new poem to add.

IT'S TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY FOR POSSIBLE PUBLICATION.


To submit to The Official Poets’ Guide To Peace, you must be subscribed to receive this year's volume of JOMP.

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR POETRY:

CLICK HERE

to donate $16 through PayPal and receive a subscription to JOMP 18. You will receive a copy of the anthology after publication whether or not you have been selected for publication.

Once you have subscribed, you have until the final deadline to submit up to five of your best poems (review the theme above) to Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com.

The best way to submit your poetry is as an attachment in Microsoft Word or Works (no pdfs please) with all your poetry included in one SINGLE document (not five separate documents please). Use a standard black font and do not attach images. Please include a cover letter introducing yourself and include all your contact information.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: The submission period will be from September 1, 2014 to March 10, 2015.

Deadline for submissions has expired.

JOMP 18: Poets Guide to Peace will be released on Saturday, April 25, 2015,
at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street.


Once again, please be aware that priority is given to early submissions. As I review the work periodically throughout the submission process, certain poems tend to be pre-selected and certain running themes begin to emerge. Last minute submissions would then be expected to fit in with what has already been selected, making it much harder for last minute submissions to make the cut. This is why it is highly encouraged that you make your submissions as early as possible. Remember, you can always tweak your submission any time before the final deadline if you've rewritten your work or have a new poem to add.

If you have any questions do not be shy. Contact me at Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com and I will personally reply back with any clarifications.

Journal of Modern Poetry Volume 18 promises to be the beginning of yet another era in Chicago Poetry Press' tradition of publishing the freshest and highest quality poetry. I hope you are as excited about this as I am, and I can't wait to read your submissions.

Yours in poetry,

CJ Laity
Editor, Journal of Modern Poetry
Chicago Poetry Press
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