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In Association with Art.comPoetry- Get it Published : June Cotner's Calls for Submissions
by J. Cotner

Even if you don't submit work to one of June Cotner's Anthologies, visit her website for inspiration.
It took her ten years to get her first book published, but you'll be impressed by her publishing credentials since that time. If you're planning on sending a submission to one of her anthologies or just plan to go bring a gift to a wedding shower check out at least one of her books--
Graces : Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions


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NOTE: Before sending a submission, please follow all guidelines below

Please visit my web site at for updates on calls for submissions as well as information on my new and forthcoming books, excerpts, my tour schedule and much more!

Please limit your submissions to no more than 3 per book.

For all of my books, I find that short submissions, no more than 24 lines, work best and those that donít lecture, but rather, enlighten. Prayers submitted to any of the books should be interfaith. Poetry submitted does not have to be religious or spiritual, but the poems should be insightful, encouraging, or inspirational. Previously published work will be considered. For all submissions, please refer to my nine previous anthologies for the desired spiritual tone. Any dedications or personalization should be removed before submitting your work in order to make it appeal to a wider audience.

All submissions should be typed, double-spaced, titled, and submitted one per page. The contributorís name (the way it should appear in the book), address, and phone number should be listed at the top of each page. (If you have an email address or a fax number, please include it with your submissions. While I donít accept regular submissions via email or fax, I sometimes send an "alert" via email if I need poems for a particular chapter in a current bookóor if a proposed project sells quickly and I have a tight deadline to meet.)

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient return postage. All those submitting work with an SASE will eventually receive a reply. Response time is approximately 4 months. The books receive major publicity. I market my books strongly and strive to find additional recognition for contributors, such as publication in national magazines and newspapers. Poems and prayers from my books have appeared in USA Today, Family Circle, Womanís Day, New Age Journal, the "Dear Abby" column, and many newspapers. Many poets have been contacted by card companies to have their poems featured on a card as a result of exposure of their poem in one of my anthologies. Poems are used on a non-exclusive basis: You retain all rights. My books feature poetry from approximately 20% classic and famous authors and 80% contemporary writers.

Send your submissions to: June Cotner, PO Box 2765, Poulsbo, WA 98370

The most common reasons for rejections:

bulletToo specific to one religion: poems need to be accessible to people of different faiths and beliefs
bulletToo long: generally poems of 24 lines or less work best in these books
bulletDoes not fit in with theme of book
bulletNot universal enough: too specific to your experience
bulletToo prescriptive
bulletToo complex or not easily understood
bulletLacks the poetic quality Iím seeking

Terms: $25 + one complimentary copy of the book for each poem published

Don't submit until you've visited June Contner's website and studied the guidelines.