Quill & Parchment Submission Guidelines

Quill & Parchment is on the lookout for new writers with not only a story, but with the voice to articulate that story. We are currently seeking submissions of poetry, book reviews, as well as shorter fiction and non-fiction. We regret that due to space limitations, not all submissions can be published. We may save some pieces for publication at a later time.

All submissions should be included in the body of
your email.


Each submission must have the words; SUBMISSION/(for whatever month & type of poetry.) in the subject line. Also see instructions on our title pages.

Type into the subject line of your email to us:
SUBMISSION (the month/ 2024/ Poetry Prompt or Ekphrastic Prompt or Poetry...etc) 
Otherwise we might not see your email.  The word  SUBMISSION is the most Important word. 

Please send only 3 poems unless asked to send more.

Please type in the email addresses below with your submission
(We use images of emails to avoid roaming spiders and spam bots)

Sharmagne Leland-St.John


Michael Escoubas

We do not accept attachments. At the present time, plain text is the preferred format.

We request that our Featured Poets submit portfolios of ‘unpublished’ poems.
The reason for this policy adjustment is to ensure that submissions are original works created to fit the announced themes of Quill and Parchment, thus presenting an organic unity to our journal.

*Important Note about the April issues where we have our poets write about poets. * 
Please pick out a picture of the poet to go with it that is in 'Public Domain' and the url to the page showing that information.

Or let us know before you are sending an attachment if you have permission from that said poet allowing us to use their pictures then please send that along to us upon approval of your poem.  

We want to avoid any copyright infringements/legal actions from using pictures owned by others.

We appreciate that as it saves us hours trying to research & find images that are Free to Use or Public Domain.  A great source is Wikipedia .  

Thank you from the Webmaster~~:)

If you would kindly check out our poetry section and make sure your poem is in our preferred format it cuts down on our time in templating same.


Title (bold, lowercase and cap not all CAPS
Your byline

Skip a space
Your poem

Example of Poem format:

Unconditional Love
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

I was thinking of your mother today
the first woman you ever loved
the one all others must measure up to
the first sound you ever heard
the beating of her heart
as she nourished you
and dreamt of you
before your birth
cradled there
in the warmth
of her body
which now
has turned
to silver
in your

For Phyllis Kennedy
November 10, 1922-January 13, 2000


Note from Webmaster:

Please keep formatting to the left side without indentations all over the place.. 
It takes a lot of time to hand code the page when there is a ton of indentations and tends to drive the editor and webmaster nuts with all the extra coding.
We would appreciate that.
We reserve the right to reformat poems that do not follow our guidelines.

If you are submitting for a specific issue, please do not wait until the 22 or 23rd of the month to send it in! Try to get it in before the 15th of the month. The earlier the better!

It goes without saying that submissions should be spell checked and edited for content prior to being sent. We may occasionally make small editorial changes, or ask the author do so. This should not be construed as cause for offense. Quill & Parchment prides itself on not being just another self-publishing web site. Actual human eyes, and frequently a committee, carefully evaluates all submissions. Once your poem has been accepted you may not withdraw it. It takes time for us to template the poems and frequently art work is created specifically with your poem in mind.

Simultaneous submissions or previously published poems submitted for publication in our Regular Poetry Section are acceptable.

Presently, we are unable to pay for submissions, but we are hopeful that will change as our subscriber base grows. Currently, your membership fees are applied toward our hosting and production costs. Our staff is unsalaried but dedicated.


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