Submissions now open to “Sorta-Sonnets” from Guest Editor Bartholomew Barker

We are so very excited to announce that submissions are now open for our first Guest Editor’s call for submissions. Everything you need to know about the call can be found in this post.

Submission Guidelines for “Sorta-Sonnets”

~ Please note our usual submissions guidelines do not apply to this call ~

  • Form: “Sorta-Sonnets” – 14 line poems, no rhyme, under 100 words
  • Theme: Any
  • Only one submission per contributor will be accepted for this call
  • Submissions opens: 27th May 2022
  • Submissions close: 24th June 2022
  • Please state the following in the subject line: Sorta-Sonnet – Your Name
  • All submissions must be sent in the body of an email – no attachments please!
  • Please give your submission a title.
  • Include an author bio written in third person, of no more than 50 words, and accompanied by up to 2 links (blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, etc).
  • All work should be original.  Please do not send us work that infringes another’s copyright – no song lyrics, no fan fiction, etc.
  • Accepted submissions will be posted on the site from Monday 4th July 2022, for a minimum of a two week period, perhaps longer depending on the number of submissions received
  • After you have submitted your Sorta-Sonnet(s), they will be sent on to the guest editor, who will then select the ones which will appear on the website.  All submissions whether they are selected or not will be responded to by the end of the week beginning 4th July 2022.
  • Please send your submission to:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Meet Bartholomew Barker, Guest Editor

I’ve been taking poetry seriously for more than a decade and I’ve been posting poetry to my website for nearly as long. I’ve noticed that in many cases, poems naturally to resolve themselves in about fourteen lines which is why I assume our predecessors, Petrarch and Shakespeare, developed and perfected the sonnet. But getting things laid out in iambic pentameter with the appropriate rhyme scheme is a lot of work.

So, that’s why I tend to write “Sorta-Sonnets”, brief poems of fourteen unrhymed lines. If there’s a rhyme it’s only the final couplet.

Of course one good Turn is well deserved.

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