The Barefoot Muse Guidelines

As a writer of formal poetry I became frustrated by how few markets there are which specialize in this area. Rather than moping about this I decided to do something about it myself, and hence The Barefoot Muse was born.The first issue went online in June 2005. Submissions are welcomed all year round. Editorial Deadlines are May 21st for the June issue and November 21st for the December issue.

Poems in formal structures are most welcome. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Sonnets
  • Villanelles
  • Triolets
  • Sestinas
  • Pantuns
  • Rondeaus

Please send 3-6 poems in the body of an email to Bear in mind that shorter poems of less than 40 lines work best for electronic media.

Your email title should be SUB:Barefoot Muse

Previously published poems will be considered although unpublished work is preferred. Simultaneous submissions accepted with notification. I will not open attachments except by prior arrangement.

Biographical information and credits are not required at this stage. Poems will be evaluated on merit alone, and bios requested along with acceptance notices.

I will endeavor to respond to all submissions within 8 weeks. Please submit no more than one time in any six month period unless invited to do so.

Note well: the web is inundated with journals which publish free verse. There is nothing wrong with free verse; I write it myself. BUT do not send me free verse. The Barefoot Muse will only publish poems which use meter (rhyme is optional). If you do not know what meter is, find out before sending me anything which rhymes!

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If your poetry is not suitable for The Barefoot Muse please consider submitting instead to:
Chantarelle's Notebook or to Baby Clam Press