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Underfoot is edited by Tim Miller and Daniel Paul Marshall
If you are looking to submit to our Chapbook Confessions series, read the guidelines on that page.
Please submit in the body of an email or a Word doc, not a .pdf.
On simultaneous submissions: the editors are poets too, and we know simultaneous submissions are unavoidable. Please just let us know if something you’ve sent us has been accepted elsewhere.
On basic courtesy: Please be aware that if your email to us includes no cover letter or attempt at a human introduction of yourself and your work, and if it is obvious that you have pasted poems into an email and sent them everywhere all at once, we will not respond at all. Publishing poetry is as hard as writing it, and bad form is as unforgivable in the work as in the presentation.
Rights to all work reverts to the author upon publication, but it may appear in a future print anthology of some kind.
As to what to send: sorry, no manifestos to be found here. Just send us what you think is good poetry, regardless of content, style, etc. We could give a list of those subjects we do or don’t like, but the best poets usually surprise us in upending both. If you are so inclined, include a brief statement of your poetic philosophy or process, as we may collect these later to include on the site.
More so than prose, poetry is an art immensely aware of tradition. If you’d like to contribute to the Forerunners section, email me at the same address as above. To contribute, select ten or so poems from someone you particularly admire, from ancient Mesopotamia to Postmodern Whoever, and write a few paragraphs as an introduction to them.
We look forward to reading.
—Tim Miller & Daniel Paul Marshall