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Grand Little Things

“The fact is that no form belongs inevitably with any theme or attitude; no form is good or appropriate in itself, but any form can be made good by able hands.” – Richard Wilbur

Grand Little Things is a journal that embraces versification, lyricism, and formal poetry that focuses on anything, be it the expanse between the minutia of everyday life, to revelations on how we got here or why we use a thing called language. Grand concepts like spirituality, reality, existence are welcomed. So are little things like emotions and human relationships. Or maybe you write about nature? GLT wants to read all formal poems, be they grand like the sestina or little, like the couplet.

GLT caters to formalistic, stylized poetry, but it is welcome to invented/nonce forms as well. Heck, as long as there is a strong sense of versification – does the poem sing? Is the imagery vivid and serves a purpose? Does the poem have meaning? Or does it do away with such concepts? – it will be considered. However, GLT is not the best place for experimental poetry.

Language is small. It’s just markings that we’ve assigned meaning to. However, that meaning fills the entirety of our universe.

Also, Grand Little Things is open to new writers – meaning you don’t have any publication credits – as well as emerging or established writers. Feel free to submit!

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GLT is looking for formal poetry, be it a tried and true form or an invented/nonce form. Blank and free verse will also be considered, assuming there are other aspects of standard versification.

This means that GLT will read things like the sonnet, metrical poetry, lyric poetry, narrative poetry, haiku, villanelle, etc. And just to reiterate: if your poem doesn’t fall into such stringent guidelines, BUT has a strong sense of versification, it will be considered.

Grand Little Things does not publish previously published work. This includes work that has appeared on other blogs or social media sites.

Feel free to send up to three poems at a time in a single file. Please ensure that the file is saved in a DOC., DOCX., or RTF or any other Microsoft Word related format. Don’t send a PDF. Include your name as well as a short 3rd person bio (50-100 words). Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Poems shall be published based on a rolling basis. I will try to have a response sent back in 5-6 months. If I can respond sooner, I shall.

Allow up to 5 months before querying however.

First time publication rights will belong to Grand Little Things, but all rights will revert to the author after it is published.

Submissions are free. This is a labor of love (which means that there will not be any monetary payment if you’re published).

I’m interested in creating a space for new and emerging writers. However, if you are popular and you want to help spread said popularity, that’s cool.

Note: Due to the growth of the journal, there's no need to wait a month before submitting again. However, please only submit once and wait for a decision before resubmitting.

Also, tip jar submissions have been added. Tip Jar subs will not be treated any differently than the default free subs. Any tips will be used to help maintain the upkeep of this journal. Thanks in advance!

Disclaimer: Grand Little Things assumes that all submitted work belongs to the person submitting it. However, GLT treats plagiarism very seriously and will take any and all appropriate acts to remedy any problems that might arise. Also: Just because Grand Little Things does not have a fixed theme or limits on what subject matter can be submitted doesn’t mean that racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. will be tolerated.

On Translations: Translations of new and up and coming poets will be considered. This means that the original writer wrote in a language other than English and the translator re-writes the piece(s) in English. However, the original writer’s permission would have to be granted to the translator and proof of that permission will have to be sent to GLT along with a submission.

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