May 19, 2024

Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting your poetry to Bluebird Review. We are excited to read your work and consider it for publication in our journal. To ensure a smooth and efficient review process, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines outlined below:

Eligibility:

  • We welcome submissions from both established and emerging poets.
  • There are no geographical restrictions; poets from all around the world are encouraged to submit their work.

Theme and Style:

  • We have an open theme policy, meaning we accept poems on a wide range of topics and themes.
  • We appreciate diverse styles, forms, and experimentation within the realm of poetry. Surprise us with your unique voice and artistic expression.

Originality:

  • Submissions must be original works written by the submitting poet.
  • We do not accept translations or poems that have been previously published (including self-published) in any print or online platforms. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Format and Length:

  • Please submit your up to three poems as a Word document or in a compatible format.
  • Use a legible font (e.g., Times New Roman, Arial) with a font size of 12.
  • Each poem should be titled and start on a new page.
  • There are no strict length requirements, but we generally prefer poems that are no longer than two pages. Longer poems will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Please, no PDFs.

Submission Process:

  • Send your submission using our submission manager here.
  • Attach your poems as a single document, with each poem clearly titled.

Rights:

  • By submitting your work to Bluebird Review, you grant us first serial rights to publish your poem(s) if accepted. After publication, all rights revert back to the poet.
  • We kindly request acknowledgment if your work is subsequently published elsewhere.

Response Time:

  • We strive to respond to all submissions within [insert response time, e.g., 8-12 weeks]. However, please note that response times may vary depending on the volume of submissions.

Compensation:

  • Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide financial compensation for accepted poems. However, we believe in promoting the work of our contributors and will give your poetry the attention it deserves through our publication and promotional efforts.

We appreciate your adherence to these submission guidelines. Our dedicated editorial team is eager to read your poetry and discover the treasures within your verses. We thank you for entrusting us with your work and look forward to the opportunity to showcase your poetic talent in the pages of Bluebird Review.

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

  • AI chatbots like ChatGPT are great for brainstorming, but if you’re using AI to write poetry, we suggest you take a workshop and learn how to do so. Poetry is an innately human experience, and although AI can help you write better, it cannot replace the spirit within you. Bluebird wants to focus on the human experience, so please don’t send us your AI-written poetry.