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Next Issue: February 2018

Issues of Hidden Constellation are slated for every 6 months, so issue 2 will go live in mid-February of 2018, with submissions accepted starting December 1, 2017 and ending on January 5, 2018.

Issue 3 is scheduled for release in mid-August, 2018, with a reading period from June 1, 2018 to July 5, 2018.

Ideally, an annual “Best of Hidden Constellation” anthology will be produced in late 2018.  This issue will showcase selected poems from our first three issues and, if funding allows, it will be produced both here on WordPress and in a print format.

Submission guidelines are below.

I hope you enjoy issue 1 and will come back to see our new stars in issues 2 and 3!

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Issue 2 Submission Guidelines

Hello

Hidden Constellation is devoted to giving new and emerging under-published poets and their English language works greater exposure.

You’re invited to submit work for the next issue of Hidden Constellation during our reading period of December 1, 2017 to January 5, 2018. Poems sent outside of this date range will not be read nor held for future consideration.

Please keep these pointers in mind:

CONTENT:

There is no one theme we consider.

No overt gore, violence, or erotica.  You can suggest such things without being overt.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but once you get the good news your poem has been accepted in a different market, please send us an email letting us know to retract it from our selection, if that is your wish or the wish of the other publication.

Previously published poems are accepted so long as you indicate where the work has previously appeared and you still retain rights to your poem. Preference is given to items which have not been previously published.

Even though Hidden Constellation features the work of novice and emerging poets, their submissions should be carefully edited and formatted.  Please don’t send works in-progress. Works with numerous spelling and grammar errors and typos will be rejected.

Length: No more than 60 lines per poem.

Poems must be in American, Canadian, or British English.

Each submission will be carefully considered and you will receive feedback in an email acceptance or rejection letter shortly after the reading period ends.

HOW TO SEND IN POEMS:

The subject line of your email should be “your last name and # of poems” as in “Jones 3 poems.”

Send all poems in a single .rtf or .doc/.docx attachment or in the body of your email. No other formats are accepted at this time.

Use Ariel or Times New Roman fonts, in 12 point size.

Please keep layouts as simple as possible. WordPress tends to obliterate or ignore spacing, so works which are single-spaced and left margin flushed are appreciated and stand the best chance of being used.

Include your preferred byline at the start of a short (25 to 75 words long) biography, placed prior to the first poem you submit. Things to include might be where you’re from, your interests, your background, any website you have, and a few places your work has appeared.

You can submit up to four poems per reading period. Only one poem per poet will be included per issue of Hidden Constellation. Please do not re-send work which was previously passed on.

A note on haiku and micropoetry: Done well, these forms are really very special. For the “four poems” policy above, a grouping of four or less haiku or micropoems counts as one “poem,” which means you can send in up to three other longer poems. I may use several haiku/micropoems per author, not just one.

Our email is hiddenconstellation@yahoo.com.

RIGHTS:

You retain all rights to your poetry. I just ask the right to publish it on this journal site and for possible future use in a “best of” annual anthology edition. I will let you know if one of your poems will be included in any anthology so you can withdraw it or let me know if it has appeared elsewhere. Keep in mind your accepted work will be continually featured on this WordPress site and any possible future web home of Hidden Constellation.

Thank you, and I hope you’ll grace Hidden Constellation with your poetry.

Michael A. Griffith

Founder and Editor, Hidden Constellation