We accept submissions year-round and publish monthly. We welcome free verse, experimental, Persian style, Arabic style, tercet ghazals, and variations thereof. We publish only English language ghazals. (Learn more)
What to submit
- Send 1-4 English ghazals at a time, if at all possible as HTML (.htm or .html) or plaintext (.txt) attachments. PDF files are presently not accepted. XML is not the same thing as HTML! If you want to be sure your poem appears as you intended, save it as HTML and then view it in a browser to be sure that it translated correctly.
We no longer remove the extra line spaces that are always created when we have to copy and paste from a Word (.doc, .docx) submission.
- We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- We prefer unpublished work but do accept reprints. Please state in your cover letter where the poem was previously published and that you have the right to republish it.
- We accept translations, when the original author is credited. If the work is not in the public domain, you must have the author's permission.
- Please check your work before sending it to us. In particular, when word processor files are converted into .txt files, characters like apostrophes and dashes tend to be corrupted. This would happen anyway when we paste it into the website - saving it as .txt gives you a chance to fix it so we don't have to try to guess what you wanted.
How to submit
- DO NOT USE AN AOL EMAIL ADDRESS. Aol blocks our emails; if you submit using @aol.com email we may receive it but you will never hear from us.
- Send poems to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Subject line: Submission, [Your name]. If you don't do this, we may overlook your submission.
- Attach up to 4 ghazals as a plaintext (.txt) or html (.html or .htm) attachment. Pasting into the body of an email, or word processor formats like .doc, will always result in changes to your poem and we may not be able to guess what you intended.
- Please include a brief 3rd person bio at the end of each submission. We will NOT make updates to your bio, so you might want to include an "as of" date when you write it.
- Please PROOF READ! Strangely, it is easier (and more reliable) for you to fix your typos before you submit than it is for you to describe them and us to fix them after your poems are published. Othr wise you're poems maymake your look like a dumby.
After you submit
- To withdraw work, please simply email us with details. Subject line: Withdrawn, [Withdrawn poem/s name/s].
- Feel free to query if you've not heard back from us in three months.
Rights of unpublished work revert back to the author upon online publication. The Ghazal Page retains the right to archive work online and in future print or online publications (including social media use) and for educational purposes.
If you need to send a correction, please resend the entire submission with your bio. That way the correction is far more likely to be made when the ghazal is published.
REVIEWS AND ESSAYS
We also welcome reviews of ghazal publications and essays on the topic of ghazals.
CURRENT CHALLENGE ISSUE:
Send your ghazals about Childhood — its joys, its sorrows, how to waste it, remembering it, or whatever else you have to say.
Anticipated publication date July, 2017. Submissions received by June 30, 2017 will receive preference.
The August (?) challenge issue (#73) will have the subject "Wind".
How to submit to Challenge issues
- Submit 1-4 ghazals inspired by the challenge prompt regardless of whether or not you have submitted to an upcoming regular issue.
- Include the name of the challenge (and the word Submission) in the subject line of your email.
- Please follow all other regular submission guidelines.
- Feel free to include in your bio how you approached the Challenge prompt and what struck a chord with you (optional).
- Ghazals which are not included in a particular challenge issue may still be published in a different issue.
Why you should use html
Everything you see on the Internet is written in, or embedded in, hypertext markup language (html). HTML has many limitations, and the same content may appear differently to different users depending on their browser, monitor, and settings. Our current lousy host Squarespace also creates some problems. Common issues are:
- Line and paragraph spacing. If you paste text into the body of an email, the line breaks and paragraph breaks will almost always be corrupted after pasting into Squarespace, and have to be manually corrected.
- Certain characters, especially quotation marks, dashes and apostrophes, are prone to be altered.
- In-line formatting (e.g. italics or boldface) may be lost.
- Long lines may be wrapped by the reader's browser.
- Indentations will appear somewhat differently for every user (word processor files often contain indentations that are only revealed when the poem is pasted into something else).
- Non-standard fonts are very likely to not make it into the published page or to not work correctly for some users.
- Squarespace makes it extremely difficult to paste links into a web page. If you send links, we will try to show the correct URL but don't expect them to work.
Microsoft Word will allow you to save a file as html and then you can open it with a browser like Firefox and have a pretty good idea how it will look for most users.
Please do not send PDF files (like Adobe Acrobat). We cannot use them.