Whether your humor is high- low- or medium-brow, subtle or direct, we are looking for your poetry. We are certainly very fond of true parodies of famous (or non-famous) poems, but we will also consider your haiku, limericks, or any other bits and pieces that will fit on our pages. If you are unsure of what makes a parody, consult the wisdom of wikipedia. Some of our wordsmithical heroes (other than Weird Al Yankovic, our hero of heroes) include Ogden Nash, Judith Viorst, Shel Silverstein, Mary Ann Hoberman, Jack Prelutsky, Wislawa Szymborska, E.E. Cummings, Faith Shearin, Langston Hughes, Tina Fey, They Might be Giants, and Tim Minchin. Whether your words are meant to be read silently or sung out loud, if they make us laugh, they belong in Parody!
P.O. Box 6688
Portland, OR 97228
FYI, our friends at Winning Writers accept previously-published poems for their annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, which is FREE to enter!
SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
- We hand out a shiny, new electronic piece each Monday! The next one could be yours!
- Send us your submissions whenever you want (year-round).
- If your poem has been published elsewhere, congratulations... we don't want it.
- Simultaneous submissions are peachy.
- Paste your poems in the body of an email or send via snail mail.
- Send up to three poems per submission. Once you hear back, please submit more!
- Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.
- I see plenty of parodies that play on Frost, Dickinson, Shakespeare, Williams, etc.
- It would be lovely to see more submissions that tackle the poems of Anne Sexton, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Walt Whitman...
- Name (and pen-name, if applicable)
- Physical address
- The title & author, or a link, for the original poem (if yours is a parody)
- If any particular formatting is required, you should send along a PDF as well
- If you prepare a cover letter, we will almost certainly read it
- Sorry, better luck next time
- Perhaps humor isn't your shtick... try another fine journal from the masses
- We extract non-exclusive electronic rights from your poem. This means:
- We get first shot at publishing it
- It will become an electronic monster to roam through unsuspecting CPUs
- All other rights are yours to keep
- If you wind up reprinting it, we ask that you remember its history with us (except for the drunken phone calls, that time when we tried to serenade you and wound up yelling at the mariachi band, and well... you get the idea)