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Remember to send in your submission to Le Mot Juste!

Below are the submission guidelines as well as more information regarding the 1st Annual Janus Award…

Le Mot Juste 2014

Call for Poetry Submissions!

And Janus Award Competition Entries!

Edited by Karla Linn Merrifield

with Colleen Powderly, Celeste Schantz

and Wanda Schubmehl

Send Us Your Finest Work!

Deadline: December 15, 2013

1. Eligibility: Le Mot Juste is open to all Just Poets members in good standing (in

other words, with dues paid).

2. One to three ORIGINAL poems per poet maximum. Your poems will

automatically be considered for the 2014 Janus Award (see separate document).

3. Length: maximum 34 lines each, INCLUDING stanza breaks (= one printed

page); poems longer than 34 lines will not be considered.

4. By email only, attached as a .doc (or .docx or .txt only) as a SINGLE attachment

of three poems in 12-point Times New Roman only. Send anonymous poems

(three maximum) and cover letter to lmj2014editor@gmail.com.

5. Do NOT put your name or any other identification on the poems. Label the

attachment: “Submission – Your Full Name” and label your email subject

likewise. Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

6. If you do not have access to email, please mail your cover letter and a hard copy

of your poems – with no identification to: Karla Linn Merrifield, 15945 Edrose

Shores, Kent, NY 14477. Poems submitted after Nov. 1 should be mailed to Karla

Linn Merrifield, 16100 Baypointe Blvd., #E504, North Fort Myers, FL 33917.)

Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

7. Janus Award participation: If you do not want to participate in the Janus Award

competition, please state so clearly in the cover letter to your submission.

8. Note: Friends and family members of the judge who are Just Poets members are

ineligible for the award as are members of the LMJ editorial board.

9. Cover letter must contain: A) your contact information (name, mailing address,

email);B) titles of your three poems; C) one-line bio note (max. 25 words) that

cites a favorite quotation and its author in answer to the question: “Why do I write

10. Original poems only; please do not send poems that have already been published

(including on Facebook, blogs, etc.).

11. Editing/corrections: The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments for

grammar, spelling and anthology stylistics such as title capitalization style for

consistency; if more significant changes are required, the editor will contact you

to negotiate any changes to the selected poem.

12. Content disclaimer: In keeping with Just Poets’ policy of nondiscrimination,

please do not submit poems conveying discrimination based on gender, race,

religious beliefs, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. And please refrain from

vulgarities unless essential to a poem’s integrity.

13. Late submissions: Submissions received after December 15 will be ineligible and

14. About the 2014 Janus Award judge: Eve Hanninen, editor and publisher of The

Centrifugal Eye, one of the preeminent international poetry journals, who is

familiar with the work of many of our members, will be the 2014 Janus Award

judge. For more about Hanninen, see the accompanying award announcement.

 

Le Mot Juste 2014

Call for Poetry Submissions!

And Janus Award Competition Entries!

Edited by Karla Linn Merrifield

with Colleen Powderly, Celeste Schantz

and Wanda Schubmehl

Send Us Your Finest Work!

Deadline: December 15, 2013

1. Eligibility: Le Mot Juste is open to all Just Poets members in good standing (in

other words, with dues paid).

2. One to three ORIGINAL poems per poet maximum. Your poems will

automatically be considered for the 2014 Janus Award (see separate document).

3. Length: maximum 34 lines each, INCLUDING stanza breaks (= one printed

page); poems longer than 34 lines will not be considered.

4. By email only, attached as a .doc (or .docx or .txt only) as a SINGLE attachment

of three poems in 12-point Times New Roman only. Send anonymous poems

(three maximum) and cover letter to lmj2014editor@gmail.com.

5. Do NOT put your name or any other identification on the poems. Label the

attachment: “Submission – Your Full Name” and label your email subject

likewise. Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

6. If you do not have access to email, please mail your cover letter and a hard copy

of your poems – with no identification to: Karla Linn Merrifield, 15945 Edrose

Shores, Kent, NY 14477. Poems submitted after Nov. 1 should be mailed to Karla

Linn Merrifield, 16100 Baypointe Blvd., #E504, North Fort Myers, FL 33917.)

Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

7. Janus Award participation: If you do not want to participate in the Janus Award

competition, please state so clearly in the cover letter to your submission.

8. Note: Friends and family members of the judge who are Just Poets members are

ineligible for the award as are members of the LMJ editorial board.

9. Cover letter must contain: A) your contact information (name, mailing address,

email);B) titles of your three poems; C) one-line bio note (max. 25 words) that

cites a favorite quotation and its author in answer to the question: “Why do I write

10. Original poems only; please do not send poems that have already been published

(including on Facebook, blogs, etc.).

11. Editing/corrections: The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments for

grammar, spelling and anthology stylistics such as title capitalization style for

consistency; if more significant changes are required, the editor will contact you

to negotiate any changes to the selected poem.

12. Content disclaimer: In keeping with Just Poets’ policy of nondiscrimination,

please do not submit poems conveying discrimination based on gender, race,

religious beliefs, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. And please refrain from

vulgarities unless essential to a poem’s integrity.

13. Late submissions: Submissions received after December 15 will be ineligible and

14. About the 2014 Janus Award judge: Eve Hanninen, editor and publisher of The

Centrifugal Eye, one of the preeminent international poetry journals, who is

familiar with the work of many of our members, will be the 2014 Janus Award

judge. For more about Hanninen, see the accompanying award announcement.

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One Response

  1. David! Thank you so much for posting! What a guy! Karla

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