Sunday, January 3, 2010

Blue Mountain Arts Seasonal Submission Dates

Today in St. Peters, MO: Mostly clear tonight, low 3 degrees. Brrr.

On the weekends I generally don't post on my blog, but while cleaning my office space last night I discovered a copy of some writer's guidelines with a very short deadline. (I'm really trying to get organized in 2010.)

In an envelope from Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. I found guidelines with a list of seasonal poetry submission dates.

One of this month's deadlines is tomorrow. Yikes!

The deadlines for January are:
Easter - Jan 4, 2010
Mother's Day - Jan 25, 2010

The publisher wants contemporary prose or poetry written from personal experience that reflects the thoughts and feelings people want to communicate to one another but don't always know how to put into words. The poem length does not matter, so long as it can fit on a card. They publish long and short pieces.

They do not want rhymed poetry, religious verse, one-liners or humor.

Try to avoid words or phrases such as "special," "gift," "sending you a hug," and "angel."

Mail postal submissions (typewritten, one poem per page, your name on every page, SASE). Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number with your submission and e-mail address if you wish periodic e-mail updates of their current needs to:

Blue Mountain Arts Editorial Department
P.O. Box 1007
Boulder, CO 80306


e-mail to They DO NOT accept attachments or website links. Type and paste text into the body of your e-mail. Submit as many different works as you wish in the same e-mail, but include your name, address, and telephone number. E-mail submissions will receive a reply as receipt of submission.

They respond within 2-4 months, but do not respond to e-mail submissions that are not chosen. So if you do not hear from them within 4 months, assume your work is not under consideration.

They pay $300 per poem for worldwide, exclusive rights to publish on a greeting card or other products and $50 per poem for one-time use in a book.

If you have questions, e-mail

Good luck!


  1. Hey Donna, thanks for the info. You sound so much like me....and like all my writer friends. I think being somewhat (or a lot) disorganized seems to be part of the writer pysche! I also know that you and I and others have already blogged about being more organized this year, so good luck to us all!

  2. Hi Becky,
    You are most welcome.
    I agree the disorganization is part of the writer psyche--or as I like to put it--that right brain/left brain thingie.

  3. Oh yeah!.. A writer friend and I went out to lunch yesterday, and you should've seen us trying to figure out the change due if we paid by cash, and calculating the tip, etc. We decided to just pay by credit card! ;)
    We discussed those two sides of the brain, too! The waiter came back before we were finished ciphering, and we told him to go away...that we were had the english brain, not the math brain!

  4. Wish my brain could come up with a quick submission idea, but alas, it's not to be.

  5. Hi Pat,
    Same here. Maybe I'll try for the Mother's Day submission later this month.


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