You may submit up to three poems with the understanding that one will be selected. You should hear from us within ten days. Fees collected via the expedited option go directly to pay the expenses of the journal. Each month, if there is an overage, funds will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Consider that we're not looking for poems that are overly instructive. Moreover, poems that effectively bridge the divide between the lyrical and the narrative are preferable and most likely to be selected. We especially want poems that are accessible enough to be shared even by those who may not have known they needed poetry until they stumbled on your work. The poems we most gravitate towards are those that reveal what's personally at stake for the speaker of the poem. Diversity is very important to us as a means of bringing disparate experiences together under one roof with the belief that there are more things that unite us as humans than there are that seperate us.
Furthermore, it's important that your poem fits on a single sheet of paper given the format of Rise Up.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.
A note on re-prints: We will accept reprints of poems that have appeared in print journals only in order to give them a new life on the Internet.