Marin Poetry Center

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Due to our website experiencing technical issues, the Anthology submission deadline has been extended through Sunday, March 22. Please send your poems no later than midnight Pacific time on that day. 

Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2020 (edited by Siân Killingsworth ) submission period will begin this January 15 and will run through March 22, 2020.  Please read our complete guidelines:


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. Please note: Membership is no guarantee your work will be selected. To renew or join, visit our membership page: UPDATE: as of 3/15/2020, our website is temporarily down. Please submit your poems anyway and we will sort out the membership issue as soon as the website is up and running once again. We thank you for your patience!

Submission period: January 15 March 22, 2020

Theme:  The theme this year is: Transformation. 

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 60 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, send us a PDF of your document. *Please note 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; there is a field in Submittable specifically for your bio. 

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

Tip Jar: New this year, we are accepting "tips" in the amount of just 4 dollars to help us bring fantastic poetry programming to you. Your submission will not be affected if you choose not to "tip." Tipping is 100% voluntary.


We will notify you of our decision regarding your submission via email in May 2020. 

Marin Poetry Center