PLEASE NOTE that effective immediately, a significant change to our submission process has taken place. We ask that you NOW only submit your poetry and short fiction through our SUBMITTABLE format below.
As always, your work should be as imaginative as possible, not bound by any conventional attitudes outside yourself, while inspiring yourself as you write. Once you've done that, slip those exact poems (no more than eight please) or pieces of fiction into the appropriate file and attach it for our consideration.
If you're submitting pieces of short, imaginative fiction, keep in mind that your MAXIMUM WORD COUNT SHOULD BE AROUND THE 2500 MARK.
If you wish to check the status of your work previously submitted through the old Submissions Manager, you may still find it by clicking here submissions manager. Thank you for your understanding as we phase our old system out and a newer one in.
Of course, if you still prefer submitting to us through the U.S. Postal System, please submit with a SASE (self-addressed and stamped envelope) for our response and/or return of your work. Make sure you've supplied enough postage.
That's really all there is to it!
Note also, that we are NOT considering full manuscripts of poetry at this time, as that is reserved for our annual Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award.
Our response time is approximately one month and we read the entire year except for all of July when we take one big refreshing summer breath, come up for air, and begin again in August.
Our site hopes to provide our readers with news, contest deadlines, submission guidelines, new book information and future publications of special quality. Please feel free to search each category and direct any comments or questions you might have by clicking here.
We also recommend that you seek out or order a past issue of The Bitter Oleander from us to gain some insight into what kinds kinds of short fiction and poetry we actually publish.
Other than that, we wish you much luck with your work!
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