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poetry submission guidelines


at the moment, the madrigal is only publishing poetry, with hopes for eventual expansion of content, unless otherwise specified in a reading period. we enjoy reading work that is emotive, delicate, sincere, and familiar, filled with themes and motifs of beauty and introspection that resonate deeply with the reader. we want to showcase the sublime, the nostalgic, and the dramatic –– the products of love, loss, yearning, and joy. we aim to publish three times a year.

our reading periods will be announced two weeks prior to submissions opening. if you would like to keep a better eye on this information, please follow our instagram page: @themadrigalpress. we post more frequent updates as to submission windows, open mics, and other opportunities!

our current submission window will run from the 1 february to the 15 march on the theme of reminiscence. more information on this theme and our expectation of work can be found here.

these, as of now, will be themed issues in accordance with the precedent set by our previous issues (roots, whimsy, and ensemble). unsolicited submissions sent outside these windows, or work clearly unrelated to the theme, will neither be read or responded to.

the specific guidelines are as follows:

i. all poetry submissions should be sent to with the subject line 'Submission, {First & Last Name}'. work, ideally, should be previously unpublished, and a brief third-person biography should be included within the email. we love to read them!


ii. we will accept a maximum of THREE poetry submissions per person, attached to your submission email in a pdf document. 

iii. we will read and accept all genres, forms, and traditions of poetry, but strictly will not publish and subsequently will ignore work that contains subject matter of racism, homophobia, or overtly pornographic content. 

iv. we will aim to respond to submissions with a period of one month, but this is likely to vary. if two months have passed and we have not gotten back to you, please give us a shout!

v. if your initial work is rejected, please don't hesitate to submit again! in a similar vein, if your initial submission is accepted, go nuts! 

vi. you will retain all rights to your submitted work! if your work is published elsewhere subsequently after our publication, we ask that you give the madrigal credit for its original publication.

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