Poetry Submission Guidelines
Aphelion will accept original poems with a science fiction,
fantasy, or horror theme. Poems that, in the opinion of the editor,
contain bigotry or slander will not be published.
Any form of poetry will be considered; the only guideline is if the
editor likes it, really, and that's a matter of my (warped) taste.
We've previously published everything from haiku to mock - saga by way
of limericks and sonnets. Works of any length will be considered, but
if anyone sends in
something equivalent to "Beowulf," I reserve the right to
We will accept previously published works, but please tell us
where they have been published before, so that we can include a link or
We provide a free webzine, and have no income from this
enterprise. Consequently, we do do not pay for submissions.
Being an amateur publication, Aphelion ask only the right to
the work once in our webzine, all other rights are kept by the author.
We ask to be able to archive previously published work, but will remove
a work from the archive at the authors request (so as not to interfere
with potentially paying markets). From time to time we may run 'best
of' selections, in which we may re-run previously published material.
If you do not wish to allow your work to be included for consideration
in this manner, please let us know.
Writers will receive copyright notices at the end of each
poem, a short biography, and if you include one, a picture. We can
handle most graphic formats, but GIF or JPEG are preferred.
The cover letter should state that you are submitting the poem
to Aphelion and should contain a brief biographical sketch for
inclusion with your piece. One or two
sentences is generally enough, but feel free to submit more if you are
so inclined. I reserve the right to edit the bio if it is longer
than the poem. If you wish us to publish link to your homepage please
include the URL, but note that we do not generally publicise or include
links to other publications, particularly paying ones!
Do not send more than one poem in a single email. The poem may
be included either as a file attachment (Ascii text, HTML, or MS Word
are acceptable) or as text within the email. You should be aware that
when you export a story from a word processor as text, you will lose
paragraphing and italics. If you are sending a story in text form, you
might want to insert hyptertext markups to indicate paragraphing and
1. To indicate a paragraph break, insert <p>
between each paragraph.
2. To indicate italics, mark the italicized material as
<i> This will appear in italics
Please follow the suggested format:
By (Your Pen Name)
[Text left justified]
- include a title for your poem
- indicate your byline beneath the title
- place the words "The End" at the end of the poem so I will
know that I have received everything.
If you have deliberately not punctuated or capitalised your
work, please indicate this with a note at the start. I have a tendency
Submissions must be received no later than the 20th of the
month to be on time for the issue then under production. Submissions
received after the 20th will be held for consideration for the
following issue. We tend to include no more than one piece by a given
author each month, but will gladly run additional pieces over a number
Please be patient. Submissions will be processed in the order they are
received and response times will vary depending on the number of poems
received and the energy level of the editor. If you do not receive an
acknowledgement of your poem within one week, please send a query. If
you have not received a rejection or acceptance within four weeks,
please send a query.
You will receive a galley proof of the poem in HTML for review
prior to publication. If you do not respond to the email, it will be
assumed that you accept the document as it stands.
Aphelion welcomes your submissions.
Poetry and Filk Editor