The Cape Cod Poetry Review is on hiatus from submissions until fall of 2022. When we do open, we will ask that you please use our Submittable Portal to submit work during this time. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know immediately if the piece has been accepted elsewhere. Please do not send multiple submissions.
At this time, we can’t pay for material published in the journal, although we will certainly provide payment in the form of two contributor copies. For the sake of transparency, we charge a submission fee of $3.00, of which less than half goes to CCPR (Submittable takes the rest), but which still nominally helps cover the cost of the journal (mainly, software and printing). If the fee presents hardship, please feel free to email us, and we'll waive it.
- Length: 250 - 4,000 words. This isn’t set in stone, but between these lengths will be your best bet.
- Formatting: Times New Roman. 12 Point Font. Double Spaced. Page numbers in the header. Word count and email address on the first page.
- Response Time: Less than 3 months from the closing of the submission period...probably much less than that.
- What Not To Submit: Anything racist, sexist, homophobic, abelist, or just generally hateful. We are not a market for Erotica, Extreme Horror, Space Opera, or Sword and Sorcery. We also aren’t a market for brooding barroom stories with lots of cigarette smoke beneath moonlit lampposts. Gratuitous violence and sex aren’t our jam.
In order to drift away from the contemporary drive to write the "pop poem," CCPR aims to publish small portfolios of each poet selected. Consequently, to provide greater depth into each poet's work, we are asking that you send 5-7 pages of your best poems, or a single long poem of up to 8 pages. Formatting should be in a standard font, single spaced, with a new poem on each page. Because we view poetry as a literary art, we're looking for work that does something new with language. We like risk, experimentation, explosive energy, and eternal quiet. We love Mary Oliver too, and while we realize she lived in Wellfleet, we're not looking for Mary Oliver imitations. Purchasing previous issues helps keep us going, and will also give you a sense of our aesthetic. We strongly encourage work from the LGBTQ+ community, those who identify as BIPOC as well as those whose identities intersect within these communities. Please feel free to mention this in your cover letter or bio.
Art and Photography
We are always looking for new artwork to include in the journal, and would love to showcase Cape Cod artists. Please recognize that much of the work represented can only be rendered in black and white. Submit up to two pieces of artwork as a high resolution jpeg, and address your submission to the Arts Editor.
Interviews and Essays
Generally, our preferred word count is 5,000 words or less. Before submitting, please query us, with the subject Query in the heading, with a synopsis of your interview subject and/or the exploration of your essay: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love literary fiction. We love genre fiction. We particularly love the spaces where those two meet. Do you have something that sits between Kelly Link, Karren Russel,Carmen Maria Machado, Ted Chiang, Cailtin Kiernan, George Saunders, Laird Barron, Victor LaValle, Claire Vaye Watkins, Samantha Hunt, Brian Evenson, and Joy Williams on a literary sliding scale? If so, we want to see it. We love flash fiction and micro fiction. We love series of flash fiction and microfiction. We like it weird. We like it quirky. We like you...so send us something cool :)