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The Five-Two: Crime poetry weekly

Literary Magazine



Each Monday since September 12, 2011 I post the Five-Two Poem of the Week.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    up to 4 weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes, digital ebook

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Max lines: 60

Crime poems. Nothing glorifying crime or violence. Any form or style, including free verse and prose poem. Any tone (dark, light, serious, humorous) that rings true.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    In the message body, include a bio for publication and the legal statement: I certify that I am the author of this unpublished work. If accepted, I grant Gerald So first worldwide rights to publish it on the Five-Two website and nonexclusive worldwide electronic reprint rights to include it in the applicable Five-Two ebook.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Paste poem(s) into the message body or attach as a Word .doc.

  • Author's rights

    I seek the right to publish your poem for the first time anywhere and nonexclusive worldwide electronic reprint rights toward ebook collections of each year's poems and confessions. I archive poems on the site, but after the week of first publication, you may submit your poem elsewhere for reprint consideration or ask me to remove it from the site. If your poem is reprinted elsewhere, I'd appreciate an acknowledgment that it first appeared at The Five-Two.

  • Additional info

    Copies. I offer you a free copy of the ebook featuring your poem(s).

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