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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Voices Project seeks poetry

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The voices of our authors are the life of this project. You don't need credentials in writing to submit. If writing poetry is something that you love, we encourage you to make it known. The work of non-English speakers can be translated, thus, you may write in your native language if you prefer. Please spread the word to those you would like to see published! Before submission, please read carefully our Submission Guidelines.

All rights revert back to the author upon publication, however any work submitted to and accepted by The Voices Project will be archived on our site for the duration and may be used for later features on this site, though not beyond the capacity in which the work(s) were first accepted and appeared.

Submission Guidelines: The Voices Project

Poetry and Prose

We take submissions year-round. We prefer poems no longer than two pages. You may submit one single piece or multiple pieces, but no more than 2 at a time. We accept both free verse and traditional forms. Prose, no longer than 250 words. Please be sure to proofread your work for any typos before sending. Please include a title, or specify “Untitled.” We are looking for well-written work with creative word choices that makes us feel emotion. We strive to keep our site engaging and diverse in content. Check our site and see what we may be missing and submit something to that accord, if inclined.

What is NOT accepted:
-Work that may come across as a negative rant about a particular topic or population.
-Work with any spelling or grammatical errors. Please check your work carefully before submitting. -Anonymous submissions. Please submit a brief, thoughtful bio.

How to Submit
Submit through our website:

We always send an automatic response right away, indicating we received your submission. It may take up to one month for an answer regarding publication.

Most of the poems we publish come from unsolicited submissions. Your submissions keep us going, and we always appreciate them. Note: We no longer take anonymous submissions. Submissions without a thoughtful, brief bio will not be considered.

Editor’s Guidance Prior to Publication

If we find the message of a work really moves us, but the writing can be improved to make that message even stronger, we may ask to “workshop” (or help edit) the poem or prose. If we suggest this, it’s not meant to be negative. We find you have great potential and want to see your work published and we want to help you make the work the best it can be.

Required Information

Please place this information on each piece submitted: Name, email, how you heard of The Voices Project. In addition, send a brief contributor bio for the author in 3rd person (about 160-200 words). Please include a bio. We no longer take anonymous submissions. Your bio should tell us who you are and why you love poetry, or anything else interesting about you that the reader would want to know. You do not have to be a published author or have a reached a particular education level. Highlight your passion and aspiration for writing. Contributor bios should be in the 3rd person; please follow the format of this sample:

Ooluss Louisa Ibhaze started writing at a very early age with her friends and sisters as her proofreaders. She loves the ability to create characters and make them do what she wants. Coming from a family with many women, growing up was fun as there was always something to gossip and argue about. Her writing is greatly influenced by spirituality, passion for African culture and tradition, gender and life experiences. If given the opportunity to come back to the world as an animal, she would come back as an eagle. She holds an Msc in Medical Sociology, a second Msc in Globalization and Development and a BSc in Sociology and Anthropology. She has one published novel, a number of magazines, online publications, and a blog.

Additional Information:

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