Poetic Matrix Press Submissions

As a small press, we are very selective about what poetry we publish. Please look over our publications and this website before submitting. We are happy to consider good quality, well written poetry, either individual pieces to be published on our Forever Journal or as a manuscript to be published in book form. We typically only publish 3-6 books per year, and are less interested in the pain and suffering one may express through poetry than in the transcendence and understanding that can be achieved and shared.

We publish an online journal as a Forever Journal in blog format throughout the year, utilizing the permanent state of the internet to create a new kind of journal. Send poems via email to poeticmatrixpress@yahoo.com. Email is the best way to present what you are doing, 3 to 5 pieces is appropriate. We only accept pieces in the body of the email, we will not open attachments as they are too time consuming for the number of submissions we receive (please make sure you create line breaks in the email so the formatting remains). Please include a short 2 line bio with the submission.

Submissions to the Forever Journal generally will be reviewed very quickly and if acceptable will be posted as the editor sees fit with the assumption that the author's consent is inferred by the submission. The author will be notified once posted.

It's easy to find alarming reports about the death of publishing, and the myriad difficulties facing the printed book. October of 2012 we learned that Penguin and Random House would merge, further consolidating and flattening the mainstream publishing industry, while Amazon and eBooks are threatening even the largest publishing firms including Barnes & Noble. Poetic Matrix, as a small press primarily focused on poetry with occassional forays into non-fiction, feels the challenges even more acutely.

Since we began publishing full volumes in 2001 we've been constantly seeking new models to help us continue to produce quality work in this challenging environment. Our transition from traditional offset printing to short-run digital printing — allowing us to reduce the cost of producing each new publication — has enabled us to publish 45 titles in the last 10 years, a list of which we are very proud.

In order to continue publishing exciting, thoughtful poetry with an occassional non-fiction work, we are once again looking to change the way we do business. We have begun the process of transitioning away from the commerical business model to what we're calling the Fully-Funded Book Project model, which we hope will allow us to stay in business for another 10 years of art and poetry.

A Fully-Funded Book Project is one in which all of the expenses of design, layout, editing, printing, shipping, distribution, and marketing are paid for before beginning the project. (The pioneering work we have done with Author Assisted Financial Development has shown that this can work.) This allows us to produce the first run of books at no up-front cost to the press, which frees us from worrying about sales and breaking even, and allows us to focus on producing and sharing an excellent book of poetry. The funds will be developed in a number of ways, including grants and pre-sales, but the most important funding method will be in community donation drives, using Kickstarter or some other crowdfunding tool (at least initially). We have published a few volumes this way, but we intend to transition entirely to this new model.

Fully-Funded Book Projects are fully vetted publications and are not fee for printing, vanity or self-published books. We reserve the right to refuse any manuscript for any reason without explanation. We maintain a high standard for publication to insure that all authors can be confident that the author, publisher, and publication have recognizable quality and will be accepted in bookstores and libraries without reservation. Books are produced primarily by short run digital printing. Sample publications are available. A Fully-Funded Book Project is a trusted method to raise the needed funds to meet publication costs and put the work out to a quality public.

For more information on our Fully-Funded Book Project contact us.

We encourage you to look over our titles. Our authors come from all parts of the society; from university professors to highway contractors to lawyers to students. Poetry flourishes in all quarters of the culture and it is our missions to seek out new and interesting work and get it out to a quality public. We invite you to read and purchase our poetry books. One of the roles of the poet is to support other poets — Buy a Book!

Thank you for your interest in our Press.