formatting / poetry

Formatting Your Poetry for Submission

I am frequently asked, “How do I format my poems for submission for a magazine or contest or anthology?” Here are some useful tips: Read several issues of the publication before you send in your work. Make sure they publish the kind of poetry you’re submitting! Request submission guidelines and adhere to them carefully. Unless guidelines … Continue reading

beta readers / concise writing / editing / editing checklists / poetry / rhymes

Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Part 1 in this series discussed: Tips for building your poetry skills.   Tips for self-editing your poetry: Edit your poem several times. After each edit, put the poem away and let it percolate in your mind. Tinker with … Continue reading

exercises / humour / poetry

Poetical Fun

A couple posts ago, I posted a ditty called “Abbreviations Poetical.” And over the years, I’ve often indulged my odd sense of humour by writing our annual Christmas letter in poetical format, as in “Haida Gwaii Christmas.” And I’ve even celebrated important family events with poetical humour (which perhaps sounded like I’d already been celebrating … Continue reading