Submit

We accept submissions of poetry and critical responses (no longer than 1000 words) to Plath’s work for our monthly retrospectives and archives. Please email submissions as a .doc or .docx attachment. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere please let us know promptly. If we accept your work, we ask for first serial rights and archival rights. All other rights revert back to the author upon publication. Please credit us if your work appears elsewhere subsequently (which we hope it will because it will be amazing)!

Have a question that’s not answered in the guidelines below? Check out our FAQs to see if we’ve answered it there.

Poetry

Following along with Plath’s schedule? Send us your poems! As a generative community, we recognize that your work may still be raw and gasping. We aren’t looking for perfect—we are interested in work that engages thoughtfully and surprisingly with Plath’s poetry and process. Most importantly, you should be able to share with us how her work led you to the poem you are submitting. That said, don’t rush! You can revise before submitting. To be considered for a monthly retrospective you work needs to be submitted by the last day of the month in which you wrote your poem.

  • Include the name of the Plath poem you are responding to in the subject line of your email.
  • Please include in the body of your email a brief bio and a short paragraph (no more than 250 words) explaining how your poem evolved from Plath’s poem.
  • Each poem must be submitted in a separate email. But—! Feel free to submit as many poems and as many times as you like.

Send poetry to poetry@plathpoetryproject.com

PROSE

We welcome short (500 to 1000 words) critical, personal, and lyrical explorations of Plath’s work. MFA students—have an exegetic paragraph on Plath’s work that you wrote for a pesky lit class and then stuffed away in a drawer? Academics and scholars—is Plath studies your literary jam? Poets looking to diversify your CV—what about a craft essay, or even lyric essay, that engages with Plath’s life and work? If you have something thoughtful to say (in prose) about Sylvia Plath, we want to hear it.

  • Please include a bio in the body of your email.
  • Send as many responses as you like, but again, please do so in separate emails.

Send prose responses to prose@plathpoetryproject.com