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 plaintext (.txt) or HTML (.htm or .html) attachments. PDF files are presently not accepted.
- 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- We prefer unpublished work but do accept reprints.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 that you have permission to seek reprint of your work. Include the name of the original publication, the issue or date of publication, and link, if applicable.
- 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.
How to submit
- 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 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.
- 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 Subject line: Withdrawal, [Withdrawn poem/s name/s].
- Feel free to query if you've not heard back from us in two 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Rights of unpublished work revert back to the author upon online publication.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 15, 2017 will receive preference.
Submissions for the upcoming Faith issue will be accepted until at least April 30, 2017.
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 plaintext or 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 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.
Unless your ghazal has in-line formatting, the best format to use is plaintext (.txt). Paste it into a plaintext editor such as Notepad, make sure it looks right, and send this as an attachment. If you send a plaintext (.txt) attachment you can be reasonably certain that it will transfer correctly.
If your ghazal uses italics or other formatting that plaintext cannot handle, the best way to send it is as an html attachment. 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.