spaces just aren’t meant to be extra

We accept all kinds of verse, but please note: All poems will be left justified with no extra spaces within lines. No exceptions. If your poetry is formatted contrary to this, we cannot publish it.

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

3 thoughts on “spaces just aren’t meant to be extra”

  1. Hi Nic, I’m the editor who posted the description: “All poems will be left-justified with no extra spaces within the lines” (in the submission guidelines for the Daea Mule School of Southern Literature). As a poet, I know “spaces aren’t meant to be extra.” Do you have a better idea of how I can describe what we can and cannot do, so that poets who submit know what to expect and which poems to send to another literary publication?

  2. Thanks Nic,
    We’d love to be able to do what the editor calls “fancy formatting,” but our software package won’t allow it. (And we have lives, so we don’t spend all our time trying to solve this one problem.) Please consider the Dead Mule (I really can spell it), when you have some poems that are left-justified and you’d like published. Your readers are welcome, too.
    Helen Losse, Poetry Editor for the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

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