Marin Poetry Center

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2019 (edited by Kirsten Jones Neff ) submission period will begin this January 15 and will run through March 15, 2019.  See guidelines below:


Please read all of the following guidelines carefully. Submissions that don’t comply with these guidelines may be discarded.

Eligibility: You must be a current member of Marin Poetry Center (MPC) to submit to the anthology. To renew or join, visit our membership page:

Submission period: January 15 March 15, 2019 (via on Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2018 page, open 24/7 starting 1/15/19 - 3/15/19)

Theme:  The theme this year is: “The Wild.” This theme is meant to be loosely and widely interpreted, allowing for each poet to bring their own understanding and interpretation of the wild to their work. 

Content: Must be written in English (except for minor use of words or phrases from other languages); no poems in translation. Free verse, formal poems, and prose poems. Any style, mood, technique, tone.

Quantity: One to three poems. (Only one submission per poet.)

Each poem 65 lines maximum, including: title, epigraph (if any), line breaks, and any other elements (such as footnotes) to be included with the poem. If your poem contains lines longer than can be accommodated on single typeset lines, they will be counted as multiple lines. (See recent previous issues of the anthology for an idea of how long a line can be without running over; the number of characters per line varies according to the widths of the characters used.)

Begin each poem on a new page. 

Formatting: Times New Roman, Arial, or a similar plain font, in 12-point type. Minimum one-inch margins all around. Single spaced. 

If a poem is unconventionally formatted (anything other than single spaced and left justified with normal word spacing) or contains special characters, “publishing” a pdf of your file (creating a pdf version of it) is a good way to preserve that formatting for submission. *Please not that due to the small page size of our anthology, formatting changes do occur. You will receive an email with formatting changes for your approval.

Do not include your name or contact info on any page of the poems in your submission.

Submit all poems together, in one file. Acceptable file types: doc, docx, rtf, or pdf.

Brief bio: In third person, maximum 50 words. Do not include your bio in the file with your poems. Instead, cut and paste or type it into the text box provided on the Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2018 page of The box won’t accept more than 50 words, so remember to edit in advance to fit. 

NO revisions accepted after submission.

Both unpublished and previously published poems are eligible (except those published in a previous annual MPC members’ anthology). If a poem has been published before, at the end of that poem please include a credit line stating where it first appeared.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted. If any of your poems is accepted elsewhere, notify us immediately at

We will notify you of our decision regarding your submission via email in May 2019. 

Marin Poetry Center