Submitting poetic works for review is the best way to grow as a poet. Various online platforms and publications cater to such demands. Each publisher or platform has a set of guidelines that ease the process of submission and approval.
Here are a few standard reviewing guidelines:
Deadlines are an essential factor of reviews. Most editors reject poems that fail to meet the submission deadline. Therefore, you should pay close attention to this date so as not to miss the opportunity. You should also avoid last minute or rushed submissions since the reviewer may already have too many works up for review.
Some publications have open issues. Others have themed subject matters. So, one ought to pay attention to such provisions. Indicating your theme on the subject line can also save you from a lot of grief. It’s wise always to mention your theme even when the publication has an open issue.
The reviewer also uses style and consistency as a metric for eliminating poems from their pull of reviews. Your submission could be rejected for very simple omissions. Such slips include the wrong font type or size, paragraphing indents and even spacing.
Spelling and Consistency
Each piece of poetry needs to adhere to a consistent spelling order. Your composition should stick to a regular American, British or Canadian spelling based on the review guidelines. However, some publications also allow for some flexibility provided there’s a predominant form.
Most poets spend most of their time waiting for a response from reviewers. This often leads to frustration, as you might even have to wait for up to 4 months. You should brace yourself for a long wait as your poem goes through peer reviews.
Such a process may entail at least two readers going through your work and fact-checking it for errors. They also have to compile other works to create a credible journal.