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The Vernal Pool

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Submission Guidelines

The Vernal Pool is interested in original creative textual expression. Here are the general guidelines:

  • A video for help submitting to our particular journal is located at
  • Submissions are rolling but please submit only once from January – July and once from August – December.
  • Submissions should be typed, preferably in twelve-point font.
  • Submissions should be in a single file and should not exceed 2500 words.
  • Poem submissions should be from 1 to 5 poems, all in one file.
  • Submissions in any language are encouraged if presented bilingually, with one language being English.

Original texts that center on creativity have the greatest opportunity for publication. While we hesitate to define creativity in any absolute way, pieces that share their imagination and move us to laugh, to cry, to wonder, and/or to react with a wider audience are more likely candidates for publication. Typical creative forms include poetry, fiction, drama and creative non-fiction. But there are many others. We hope to see new ones.