Guidelines for Submitting Poems to Your Daily Poem
Before submitting, please study the YDP archives for a better understanding of the type of poetry we prefer. In general, we look for short poems that are well-constructed, with compelling use of language and imagery, and subject matter that is appealing to a broad range of ages and interests. We like to be amused, we do not like to be offended, and we are not impressed by obscurity. Please don't waste our time or yours by submitting poetry with crude or hateful content or profane language. Keep in mind that the purpose of Your Daily Poem is to show those who think poetry is a waste of time that it is actually quite enjoyable and entertaining; if your poetry doesn't leave us smiling or thoughtful, it's probably not a good fit for us.
Please send up to six poems in the body of an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mails sent with poems as attachments will be deleted unread. Submission of poems constitutes permission to feature said poems on Your Daily Poem. While all copyrights remain with the poet, please be aware that if your poem is featured, it will remain in the archives of Your Daily Poem indefinitely.
When submitting, please:
- review all poems to eliminate spelling, grammatical, or formatting errors
- include any copyright, publication information, or backstory that may be relevant to your poems
- include a brief bio with a few interesting facts about yourself (personal details are much preferred to a list of awards or publication credits)
- include a link to your website or blog, if you have one
Expect a response within 1- 6 weeks of submission. If your poem is selected, you will be asked to send a jpg of yourself and a brief bio that focus on you as a person, rather than a list of your publications and/or awards.
Please note: To help defray the cost of this site, the YDP Store offers framed prints of its featured poems. If you do not want your work made available, it is up to you to notify us of that. Othewise, you will receive 50% of the profit any time a print of your poem is sold.