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Agates Submission Guidelines:   

  • Previously published poems are accepted
  • Agates accepts only poems and only from League members
  • Poems must not exceed 32 lines including spaces; particularly long lines may count as two lines
  • Choose Times New Roman 11pt font; spacing setting of 1.15
  • Up to five poems per submission period (not counting your submission to the Agates contest)
  • Include all of your poems in one document as a .doc or .docx file; begin each poem on a separate page within the .doc
  • Include your name, phone number, postal address and email address in the upper right hand corner of your submission
  • All poems except haiku or senryu must have titles
  • Poem titles and author names will follow the standard accepted format of capitalization
  • Proofread your work carefully
  • If your poem’s punctuation breaks from convention, please include a statement of your intention, or it may be edited conventionally
  • Poems are kept for one submission period only, so do submit your work each year
  • Submit your work through Submittable (or email to MNgreatriverpoets@gmail.com  with a subject line of Agates Submission)..
  • Submission deadline is April 1st

Additional Notes

  • Agates will no longer publish NFSPS contest winners; instead, the editorial team will select from poems submitted through Submittable and the Agates annual contest category
  • If you would like to include where your poem was previously published, please do so in your submission; the credit line counts against the 32 line limit
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.