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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




HEY, TEAM SERIOUS, CHECK THIS OUT, CHUMS!


Blog Posted:3/13/2013 4:18:00 PM

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/submissions


What kind of work is Poetry looking for?

We examine all work received and accept that which seems best. We regret that the volume of submissions received and the small size of our staff do not permit us to give individual criticism.

Does Poetry accept previously published material?
No. We cannot consider anything that has been previously published or accepted for publication, anywhere, in any form. Work that has appeared online is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted. We do not consider simultaneous submissions.

Does Poetry pay money?
Yes. Payment is made on publication at the rate of $10 per line (with a minimum payment of $300), and $150 per page of prose, for first serial rights. All rights will revert to the author upon publication. Authors will also receive two contributor copies of the issue in which their work appears

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So, is rhyme accepted. Yuppers, but it better blow their minds away...

Check this out from the January 2012 issue:


Advent
By Donald Hall

When I see the cradle rocking
What is it that I see?
I see a rood on the hilltop
        Of Calvary.


When I hear the cattle lowing
What is it that they say?
They say that shadows feasted
        At Tenebrae.


When I know that the grave is empty,
Absence eviscerates me,
And I dwell in a cavernous, constant
        Horror vacui.

So.....

1) there are magazines out there that will publish rhyme form poems, but the rhyme better not be sloppy/soppy, hey-I've-heard-that-before-a-million-times fluff/stuff.

2) There are magazines out there that will pay $300 for a poem (!!?!!) (I think I'm in love. Or is it lust?)

3) This magazine will be accepting submissions come May 1st. Team Serious may not be the only ones thinking of trying for publication.

Thanks, Bet, for opening our eyes and making ALL of us think, hmmmm.....

Love,
Cyndi
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  1. Date: 3/14/2013 11:10:00 AM
    I recognized the black pegasus symbol right away. The Poetry Foundation has been running for 101 years. If one checks back-issues, one will notice submissions from some of the bigger names of modern poets who at least made a dent in the international poetry scene. But not only did some poets go on to receive awards and accolades after submitting in magazines, there is now a trend of poets who made a name for themselves(still need the day job :)), who are going back to magazines such as this one, to submit a few poems here and there. Another plus-side is, throughout the issues, a few of the published poems aren't that great; questionable at least(which gives the little fish some hope to try to get a poem published through this zine or similar ones.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/14/2013 12:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for this info, Chis. Sometimes I feel as thought the world has evolved and forgot about us here at the bottom.... Regards, Su
  1. Date: 3/14/2013 7:55:00 AM
    And it further states: "How do I submit my work to Poetry? We now have an online system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your work and e-mail you a confirmation that it has been received. When you are ready to submit, please visit our submission system at poetry.submittable.com. Your account will be set up during your first submission. There is no need to create an account beforehand." Usually they keep the fee for each submission and consider this fair practice as it is intended to cover the cost of the editing fee. There is often a lucrative "1st Prize", but is the list of previous winners available to the public? This doesn't sound kosher to me.... Love, Su

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/14/2013 12:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I deducted the fee scenario as it is usual to charge a fee for "editing purposes" and the above was quoted from their page: ".....". Just my skeptic mind working ovetime, i e It sounds too good to be true. Please ignore my fuddy duddy meddling :-)
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/14/2013 8:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Su, excuse my fuddle-ment (lack of sleep.) I've gone back to the page 3 times. Where dod you see anything about a contest, fees or prizes? I've clicked on several links, can't find it! Seems reputable-- some HUGE names here, old and new. xox Cyndi
  1. Date: 3/14/2013 7:16:00 AM
    LOL..listen you sillies..the reason I did this is so we would have support for our ego IF nothing comes of it! And we have 7 folks now and its VERY hard to get a reign on 7 only 3 of the 7 have submitted yet and 5 of the 7 are writing but not daily. We need to write daily even if it's not great to make this a HABIT!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/14/2013 8:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know many published writers. Though many write 5 - 6 days a week, I don't know a single one who writes 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Writing and living intermingle, Sis, each nurturing the other, yes? Better to have a day of INTENSE writing than three days of mediocrity. You, your team, are wonderful. :)
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 3/14/2013 7:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes I had this one down Dee, but first we must do the other one, one at a time.
  1. Date: 3/14/2013 5:07:00 AM
    Also, Blue Mountain Arts, who is a publisher of greeting cards, pays $300.00 per poem. We have some very talented greeting card writers here on the soup (they just dont know it yet) I do have contact info, and the submission guidelines if anyone is interested. They respond in a timely manner, and your poem is under consideration for no more than two months, at which time you may submit it elsewhere if it was not chosen by them for publication. Nothing is said in their guidelines about previously published material. and upon publication, they acquire first rights to greeting card formats.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/14/2013 12:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chris, is that a compliment? LOL!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/14/2013 11:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's wot I have been trying to say for years now!(the exact categorization escaped me at first, and when I did come-up with one, it was: "Hallmark Card Writers" :)). This site is choke-full of talented greeting card writers.
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 3/14/2013 5:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    but for $300.00 per poem, who needs a book?
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 3/14/2013 5:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    and they have no limit to the amount of poetry you may submit, they even encourage you to keep submitting while some of your poetry is under consideration....very good stuff. :)
  1. Date: 3/13/2013 4:47:00 PM
    t(*_*t) <--- crossing my fingers! $300! I think we need to join Deborah's "Serious Club" ... Thanks for the info, Cyndi!

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