Spring 2019

Submission Period: February 1 - March 15, 2019
Guest Editor: Ed Werstein

As William Carlos Williams famously wrote: “It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”

Bramble is open to all poems & forms, however, our Guest Editor is especially interested in poems that speak to and about the news. Responses to news stories and headlines about anything from the front page to the sports page and all points in between; from a Hollywood romance gone bad to the melting ice caps. Have at it. Poems will be judged on their artistic merit, not their subject matter.


Submission Guidelines

  • We welcome unsolicited submissions from Wisconsin poets* & WFOP members. Please send one submission of 1-3 poems (of any length and style) to bramble@wfop.org. Put your last name and "Bramble Submission" in the subject line. In the body of the email please include a cover letter with mailing address, poet pic, a 50 word bio, and your poems. Please do not submit poems as a separate attachment unless your poem requires special formatting (PDF preferred).

  • No previously published poems; no simultaneous submissions.

  • Please make only one submission to Bramble per issue.

  • If your work was accepted in the last issue of Bramble, we ask that you wait out a cycle before you submit again.

  • Contributing authors and artists will receive one contributor's copy of the print issue.

  • If you are interested in providing original artwork for the cover, please query at bramble@wfop.org.

  • Quarterly issues include: Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018.

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*Bramble seeks to celebrate Wisconsin poets & poetry, as part of the mission of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. For our purposes, this includes poets who live & write (a substantial portion of the year) in Wisconsin, as well as students studying in Wisconsin. If we cannot determine from your bio or mailing address whether this is you – we won’t be able to consider your submission.

WFOP is an inclusive and accommodating group. Benefits of membership are listed here. If you have any questions or concerns about membership please contact our membership chair at wfopmembership@gmail.com. Membership is calendar year based from January to December. Join here.


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