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Friday, March 27, 2020

The MacGuffin Special Formal Poetry Issue

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Formal poetry will be featured in Volume 36, No. 3.

You may submit up to five poems per submission. Please indicate the form of each poem being submitted in parenthesis next to its title, e.g. "My Submission" (Ghazal).

No blank or free verse will be accepted for this feature.

Work will be considered until April 1, 2020.

Please send your work via email, post, or Submittable.

For All Submissions
  • We do not accept previously published work (either in print or online).
  • Use Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • List work titles in the order they appear in your cover letter.
  • Include your name and page number in the header of each page. If you are using Microsoft Word 2007 or later, you can use the "Insert" tab on the ribbon to edit the header area and insert page numbers.
  • Do not include extraneous or blank pages with your submission.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • Allow 8 to 16 weeks for a response (sometimes longer in May-July and December-January). We thank you in advance for your patience.
Postal Submissions
  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or sufficient International Reply Coupons for reply only. No work will be returned.
Email Submissions
  • Submissions should be sent to
  • Submissions made in the body of an email will not be considered. Please submit work as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Links to a Google Docs (or similar) file will be rejected.
  • Please include the genre you are submitting in the subject line.
  • In the body of the email, please list the title(s) of the poem(s) or story that you are submitting.
Submittable Submissions

Additional Information
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions if informed. We expect prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts may be withdrawn until we send an acceptance notification to you.
  • We are not reviewing translations at this time.
  • Authors and artists receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The MacGuffin is copyrighted. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors. We appreciate acknowledgement as first place of publication.

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