Guidelines

Pulsebeat Poetry Journal features poems with a strong musical element—a definite rhythm and accompanying melody usually generated by similarity of sounds.  A more extended discussion of the Journal’s purpose is given on the Welcome page of the site launch issue.

What to submit:

  • Poems full of music, using meter and rhyme or other means, previously unpublished. 
  • Up to 5 poems, or 200 lines total length, natural words and word order.
  • Theme should be the human condition, for a general literate audience. No restriction on language, within reason.
  • No reading fee or payment. 
  • Poets retain copyright.
  • Special interest in:
    • Poets from Detroit
    • Poets in unpoetic jobs.
    • Longer blank verse or rhyming poems.

When to submit

  • Pulsebeat Poetry Journal appears three times a year, in January, May, and September.  Reading periods are as follows:
    • October 1-December 31 (January issue)
    • February 1-April 30 (May issue)
    • June 1-August 31 (September issue)
  • Average response time for the first issue was three weeks.

Where to submit

  • Please send all submissions to pulsebeatpoetry@gmail.com.  Poems and cover letters can be included in the body of the email or attached in a single file (txt, docx, or pdf format).  Please write “poetry sub” and your name in the subject line.