Submission Guidelines

Issue 3 Theme: Self-Portrait As

tiny wren is taking a hard look in the metaphorical mirror with its Issue 3 theme "Self-Portrait As". Submit up to six (6) tiny poems that convey your self-portrait in unique or surprising ways in a single Word document (.doc or .docx). Each poem should be on its own separate page, single-spaced, + in 12-point font, nothing fancy. We like tiny poems, so we're looking for miniature self-portraits. Work should be your own and unpublished. Before you submit, please read our FAQ page. 

Check out Robert Okaji's "Self-Portrait as Blemish" from Issue 2 for inspiration.

tiny wren will publish accepted poems on its website and also provide a link to download poems in zine form.


Submissions: Open October 15

Submit to Issue 3

tiny wren publishing

tiny wren lit wants your tiny manuscripts of tiny poems to publish in zine format.


How tiny? 

  • No more than fifteen (15) lines in length (including stanza breaks)

  • Five (5) to ten (10) lines are our sweet spot

  • Each line should have no more than twenty-five (25) characters, including spaces

Submission deets

  • Submit a manuscript of six (6) to ten (10) tiny poems in one file (.docx or .pdf)

  • Have one (1) tiny poem per page

  • One submission/manuscript per reading period

  • Manuscript should be cohesive (theme, tone, + style)

  • At least eighty (80) percent of poems should be new + unpublished

  • tiny wren lit does not charge submission fees


Accepted manuscripts

  • Authors of chosen manuscripts will receive fifteen (15) complimentary copies from a print run of forty-five (45)

  • tiny wren lit will collaborate with authors on zine format + design

Submissions: Currently closed

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