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. Click here for more information about formatting and proof reading.
- 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- We prefer unpublished work but do accept reprints.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 has blocked our emails at times; 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.
- 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.
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 Subject line: Withdrawn, [Withdrawn poem/s name/s].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Rights of unpublished work revert back to the author upon online publication.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:
Be it a funeral pyre, the withering flame of a desert sun, or the fury of a scorned woman, we hope this one sparks your imagination!
Anticipated publication date November, 2017. Submissions received by October 31, 2017 will receive preference.
The January 2018 (?) challenge issue (#77) will have the subject "Alone".
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.
Until further notice, odd-numbered issues (i.e. every other month) will be Challenge issues, alternating with regular issues.