Contest Guidelines

Please Follow Contest Guidelines:

Crosswinds seeks English language poetry in all styles. Using Submittable, submit poems as word documents. (no PDF’s please!)

Please use use 12 point Times New Roman font. Poems exceeding 60 single-spaced lines, will not be considered (includes stanza breaks, spaces between poem titles and the poem’s opening line.

Poems should not exceed our maximum of 66 characters per-line (includes spaces and punctuation).

Reading fees are $20 for each submission of up to three poems, and two submissions of up to three poems are allowed but require two separate reading fees. Please do not send more than three poems in each of the two allowed submissions, as we will only read the first three. We will not refund reading fees for additional submissions beyond the allowable two separate submissions.

Generally reports in 3-4 months if possible. Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere won’t be considered. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us of your work’s acceptance promptly. There are no refunds of reading fees should your work be accepted elsewhere.

Poets wishing to withdraw any poem/s must do so no later than 30 days following the submission deadline. Please let us know which poems are still available for consideration.

We strongly discourage postal submissions, but will consider them in unusual circumstances. Please contact us as to your situation.