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. New Editorial Deadlines are February 15th for the March issue and August 15th for the September issue.


Poems in formal structures are most welcome. These include, but are not limited to: Sonnets, Villanelles, Triolets, Sestinas, Pantoums and Rondeaus.

Please send 3-6 poems in the body of an email to submissions_at_barefootmuse_dot_com.

Your email title should be SUB:Barefoot Muse

You may now also mail 3-6 poems to the following address: The Barefoot Muse, PO Box 115, Hainesport, NJ 08036. Please include an email address or SASE for reply.

Bear in mind that shorter poems of less than 40 lines work best for electronic media.

Previously published poems will be considered although unpublished work is preferred.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.

The Barefoot Muse acquires first rights for publication. Upon publication, rights revert to the author/artist. The Barefoot Muse reserves the right to reprint work at a later date if it is selected for inclusion in a print anthology.

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 in received forms, or which use meter (rhyme is optional). If you do not know what meter is, find out before sending me anything which rhymes: a Metrical Primer.


I also publish essays on aspects of formal/metrical poetry, and reviews of books with a noticeable proportion of formal poetry. Please submit a query email to editor_at_barefootmuse_dot_com

If you have a book or chapbook you would like me to consider for review, please mail it to The Barefoot Muse, PO Box 115, Hainesport, NJ 08036, including an email address or SASE for reply. Note: review copies will not be returned. The Barefoot Muse review policy is to provide balanced, respectful reviews which shrink neither from praise nor criticism, as tools to inform a prospective buyer/reader.

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If your poetry is not suitable for The Barefoot Muse please consider submitting instead to:
Chantarelle's Notebook. If you are submitting mostly sonnets please consider Sonnetto Poesia