Submissions


This page contains information about submissions to the California Quarterly, Monthly Poetry Contests, Annual Poetry Contest 2021, and the Poetry Letter. Please scroll down to find the information you seek. 

CALIFORNIA QUARTERLY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

The flagship publication of the CSPS is the California Quarterly, which  it has published continually since 1972. We accept poems literally from around the world. The California Quarterly is published four times a year and only accepts unpublished poetry.  Foreign language poems need an English translation.

One page poems work best, and two-page is the maximum size. There are no theme or style restrictions, though some editors prefer to ask for poems on a theme of their choice. Submit 1 to 5 poems in a single .doc or docx file labeled with Poet Last Name, Poet First Name, Number of poems and Date submitted. Each poetry page in the file should start with a header containing the following poet information: Name (last name first), Mail Address, e-mail, Telephone, Date submitted.  Poem Title should appear on each page of poem.

Notification is sent in 3-5 months. Payment is one copy of the CQ and all rights remain with the poet. Poems considered for a given issue are generally collected during the previous calendar quarter. Send only one set of at most five (5) poems per calendar quarter.

CQ 46:2 (Summer 2020) with artwork This Wave by Kathryn de Laszlo


PREFERRED ONLINE SUBMISSIONS:

Please submit your poems online, using Submittable.com, and the following link:
https://californiastatepoetrysociety.submittable.com/submit

You might want to share information about acceptance of your poems on our FB Group:
fb.me/CaliforniaQuarterly 

OPTIONAL HARD-COPY PRINT SUBMISSIONS:

If you do not have access to Submittable or experience serious computer troubles, you can submit hard-copy of your poems, by mailing a set of poems to our Post Office Box:

CQ Editors
Post Office Box 4288
Sunland, California 91041-4288

 Requirements for the print submissions are as follows:
  • Name, address, telephone number, and email address, on each page of your submission
  • One-page poems are best, but an 80-line (two-page) maximum in any case
  • Either email address or a SASE with sufficient US postage (whether domestic or foreign) for requested response(s) if you mail your submission and don't provide an email address in your contact information
  • No biographies or résumés, as only the poems are judged
  • The poems must be the original, unpublished work of the poet
  • Foreign language poems must be accompanied by translations into English
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us at once if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere
  • Poems are not returned, so keep copies if you submit through the Post Office Box! 

The California Quarterly is edited by a group of four poets, each responsible for one issue, on a rotating schedule, so each editor works on her issue every 15 months.  Currently, the editors include: Bory Thach, Terry Ehret, Maura Harvey, and Maja Trochimczyk. The Editor has the exclusive responsibility for the content of the CQ, including the selection and order of poems, selection of artwork for the cover (with advice from the Art Panel), and correspondence with poets. In accordance with the Bylaws, there can be a maximum of eight editors.


EDITORS

Terry Ehret, Maura Harvey

 
Maja Trochimczyk and Bory Thach 

The recent and forthcoming editorial schedule is as follows:
  • Spring 2018, 44:1 - Maja Trochimczyk
  • Summer 2018, 44:2 - Pearl Karrer
  • Autumn 2018, 44:3 - Terry Ehret
  • Winter 2018, 44: 4 - Margaret Saine
  • Spring 2019, 45:1 - Maura Harvey
  • Summer 2019, 45:2 - Nancy Cavers Dougherty
  • Autumn 2019, 45:3 - Maja Trochimczyk
  • Winter 2019, 45: 4 - Pearl Karrer
  • Spring 2020, 46:1 - Margaret Saine
  • Summer 2020, 46:2 - Maura Harvey
  • Autumn 2020, 46:3 - Terry Ehret
  • Winter 2020, 46:4 - Maja Trochimczyk
  • Spring 2021, 47:1 - Bory Thach
  • Summer 2021, 47:2 - Maja Trochimczyk

CQ 44:1 (Spring 2018) with artwork Yucca by Abby Diamond

COVER ART SUBMISSIONS 

CQ welcomes submissions of unpublished original art for its covers. Submit the art as a JPEG attachment with a resolution of 300 dots/inch or better to print an image 5” high x 3.75” wide, one image at a time.  CSPS reserves the right to post selected artwork on its website. Submissions can be made via email to CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety@gmail.com.  You can also submit the artwork to individual editors. 

CQ 44:2 (Summer 2018) with artwork 

ORDERING OF EXTRA COPIES OF CQ 

Order extra or sample copies of the CQ through the CQs page on the CSPS website (CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety.org) or send $10/copy to:

Maja Trochimczyk, CSPS President
PO Box 4288, Sunland CA 91041-4288

CQ 46: 3 with artwork: Mléčná dráha/Milky Way by Andrea Smišková Ehret


CSPS ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 2021

DEADLINE: Submissions Accepted March 1st – June 30th, 2021

AWARDS: $100, $50, $25 awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places Plus Publication in the California Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 4 (2021 Winter). Winners will be announced in September

CONTEST JUDGE: Georgia Jones-Davis is the 2021 Contest Judge. After 25 years as a journalist, she turned to poetry with publications in Westwind, Brevities, Nebo, Poets Against War, Ascent Aspirations & South Bank Poetry, London & authored
two chapbooks, Blue Poodle (2011) & Night School (2015) published by Finishing Line Press. A former board member of Valley Contemporary Poets, she was honored as a Newer Poet by the Los Angeles Public Library ALOUD series.

SUBMISSION: Please submit unpublished poems, in English, with 80-line (two-page) limit per poem, with reading fees using one of two options. Reading fees: Members, $3.00/poem; Non-members, $6.00/poem

  • Upload your poems and pay reading fees at:
http://www.californiastatepoetrysociety.org  (please note that there may be bugs in the system or your browser may not properly interact with our page)

  • OR
submit your reading fees via PayPal with a note stating  "Annual Contest Reading Fees" with your name and contact information to CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety@gmail.com
  • AND 
send a cover letter with all poet information and a list of the submitted poems, plus one copy of each poem with no poet identification to:

CSPS Annual Contest Chair
3371 Thomas Drive, Palo Alto, California 94303

CQ 46:4 with artwork by Julian Stanczak - Constant Return II

 MONTHLY  CONTEST SUBMISSONS GUIDELINES: 

 California State Poetry Society encourages poetic creativity by organizing monthly poetry contests. The contests are open to all poets, whether or not they are members of the CSPS. Reading fees are $1.50 per poem with a $3.00 minimum for members and $3.00 per poem with a $6.00 minimum for non-members. Entries must be postmarked during the month of the contest in which they are entered. They must consist of a first page with all contact information (name, address, telephone number and email address) and the titles of the poems being submitted. 

At this time there are two ways to submit, by regular mail (enclosing check) or by email (using PayPal and email CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety@gmail.com) to make a payment  - adding $1.00 for PayPal fees if submitting by email.

CSPS Monthly Contest – (Specify Month)
Post Office Box 4288, Sunland, California 91041

Alternatively, poets may submit their work by email to: CSPSMonthlyContests@gmail.com (Specify Month) and simultaneously pay their contest fees by PayPal to: CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety@gmail.com, adding $1 for PayPal fees.

All Monthly Contests are judged by Alice Pero, CSPS Monthly Contest Judge. The 1st place winner receives half of the prize pool for pools less than $100. For pools of $100 or more, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive $50, $10 and $5, respectively. If there are insufficient fees submitted, the minimum prize is $10. There are no exceptions to the prize disbursement rules. The monthly contest winners are announced as they are awarded and the winners are notified by mail. All of the winners for the year are listed in the first CSPS Newsbriefs of the following year. In addition, the first prize winners are published in the CSPS Poetry Letter (PDF, email, posted on website) and posted on this blog. 

Please note: Do not send SAE’s. We do not return poems. If you win, we will let you know. Otherwise there are no notifications.

CSPS Monthly Contest Themes (Revised)

  • January    Nature, Seasons, Landscape
  • February  Love
  • March      Open, Free Subject
  • April        Mythology, Dreams, Other Universes
  • May         Personification, Characters, Portraits
  • June         The Supernatural
  • July          Childhood, Memoirs
  • August     Places, Poems of Location
  • Sept          Colors, Music, Dance
  • October    Humor, Satire
  • November Family, Friendship, Relationships
  • December  Best of Your Best (Winning or published poems only. Indicate name of contest or publication and the issue/dates of publication/award.)   
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To find out more about our Contest Judge read ALICE PERO's Interview on ShoutoutLA website:  https://shoutoutla.com/meet-alice-pero-flutist-poet-poetry-teacher/



CQ 46:1 (Spring 2021) with artwork: Manoscritto di una vita  
(Manuscript of a Lifetime) by Enzo Patti (2018)



CSPS POETRY LETTER SUBMISSIONS

Starting in 2021, CSPS Poetry Letter will publish poetry book reviews and continue publishing poems awarded prizes in the Monthly Contests, as well as previously published poems submitted by authors to reprint.  Please send your book reviews, with publication information (ISBN, number of pages, paperback, price, link to where it can be ordered), as well as poems by email to CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety@gmail.com. 

CQ 45:3 (Autumn 2019) with artwork by Debby Beck








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