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Kat Lehmann

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Whiptail: Journal of the Single-Line Poem - updated guidelines
« on: October 01, 2021, 11:30:41 AM »
The first issue of Whiptail is released, and we're thrilled to share it!

Due to the robust response of over 900 poems submitted for our first issue, Whiptail will have quarterly issues. The next open reading period will be January 1-14 and will be a themed issue focused on birds!

We have added submissions for cover art (send 5 images), which includes a special page featuring the cover artist's work. See an example of this in issue 1.

We will continue to take a variety of single-line poems, including haiku, tanka, haiga, concrete poems, found poems, and sequences. Visit for full submission info, and get your bird poems ready!

Peace and poetry,

Kat & Robin

We look forward to reading your work!

Submission link and details:

Reading and publication schedule:

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and published on the Whiptail website the following month.

Response time:

If you have not heard back within 21 days, you are free to submit your poems elsewhere. We will not send notices for declined work. Please wait 30 days before sending your next submission, whether accepted or declined. Please refrain from simultaneous submissions.

What to submit:

Individual poems - Please submit 3-5 one-line poems of any variety, including monostich haiku, senryu, one-line tanka, poetic fragments, one-line micropoems, or lyrical lines.

Sequences - Please submit 2 sequences of up to eight single-line poems. Sequences should have a title, should link and shift between each individual poem (or poet, if collaborating), and not have obvious repetition throughout the sequence OR TITLE. Additionally, it should travel. Feel free to submit any format of sequencing you like.

​Poetic images - One-line concrete poetry, and haiga, shahai, and vispo that employ a single-line poem will also be considered. Prose sentences will not. Submit 3-5.
Submissions of a mix any of the above are welcome up to 5 total.

***We will consider found poems that take on their own meaning and veer significantly from the source work. Please provide source info and screenshots or erasures of the areas where you selected your choice words.

All submitted work must be your original and previously unpublished work. This means poems that have not appeared on social media, as we want to be the first venue to present your poem to the public. Include your name as you wish it to appear in publication.

If you have any questions about the types of poems we are looking for, please see the resources at the bottom of our About page.

How to submit:

Submit your poems via the Google form using the Submit button below.

For concrete and visual poems, complete the Google form and type out each poem as one line, then email images as attachments in jpeg or png form to Please make sure the name and email address match on the form. All images should be formatted as a square as this will be the house style for all posts.

​For sequences, follow the same steps but type title in place of poem and email your sequence (paste into body of email for simple formatting as well as in addition to any images you may send of any special formatting).

Rights and terms:

Whiptail retains the right to publish your work on our website and social media accounts. All rights return to the author upon publication. Whiptail reserves the right to reuse work that has appeared in the journal, with proper citation, in any future print or electronic collections or anthologies. If the author wishes to later republish the work, Whiptail requests that you cite the journal as the venue of first publication.

Whiptail does not publish anything racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or the like. Don’t send it.


Whiptail is a non-paying market.

« Last Edit: November 13, 2021, 06:32:30 PM by Kat Lehmann »

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Re: Whiptail: Journal of the Single-Line Poem is OPEN
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2021, 06:16:21 AM »
Thanks, Kat.