Submissions are currently   CLOSED
and likely will remain closed for several months
due to unforeseen circumstances.

> > >     We need to find a new editor before we can reopen.
If you or anyone you know might be interested, please email
Paul Hellweg   (
There is no monetary compensation, so anyone interested would have to believe
in the importance of giving Vietnam war poets an opportunity to have their work published.     < < <

If you have already submitted,
please understand there may be a significant delay
before we can get back to you.
We will get to your submission as possible.

In the meantime, please feel free to submit elsewhere.
If your poetry is accepted elsewhere, let us know.
We'd be happy to consider it as a reprint.

When Submissions are re-opened,
      the following guidelines will apply:

1 - All poems must be directly related to the Vietnam War,
      its aftermath and/or its repercussions.

2 - Previously published poems are welcome
      as long as the original publisher is acknowledged.
      Poems published
on this site remain copyrighted in the poet's name.
      Which is to say, poets will retain all rights to their work
& are accordingly free to publish elsewhere.
However, we would require an acknowledgement for being the original publisher.

3 - Submit 1 - 5 poems at a time.
Please do not submit again until a response is received for the original submission.

4 - Simultaneous submissions are welcome
      as long as we are immediately notified if accepted elsewhere.

5 - Submissions accepted by e-mail only.
      Please submit only in Times New Roman font, 12 point.
      Subject line should include
the words "VWP Submission by   [ author's name ]".
      Copy-paste poems directly into the body of your e-mail;
      please do not send attachments.
      Please include previous publications
& years of poem(s)
      you are now submitting to us.
to  by clicking  SUBMIT  below.

6 - Please include a brief biography.   (150 words or less)

      If you served
in the military or are family of an active duty or a veteran,
      please include which branch, which war, etc.
      If you are not affiliated with the military,
      what drove you to write about the Vietnam War?
      Please also include your website address, if available.

7 - Once a poem has been accepted,
      changes CANNOT be made even if not yet posted.
      All accepted poems are immediately forwarded to the webmaster.
      Once the process has started,
      the making of changes becomes unduly time-consuming.
      Therefore, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT
      UNTIL the work is polished and finished to your satisfaction.

8 - Any submission that does not follow these guidelines
      is at risk of being deleted unread.


Editor's Notes:

I was surprised when I opened an email from Paul Hellweg saying the Poetry Editor for Vietnam War Poetry was stepping aside, and would I be interested in the position, or could I recommend someone who might be. I have admired Paul and his poetry, and his service during the Vietnam War for years. To work with him would be an honor. So, I said yes.

I write poetry but I don't consider myself a poet. Not like Paul is a poet. Not like many of the poets on this website are. But I know when the poet's voice rings true, when the language moves inside of me, when the images of the poem show me, when the poet reveals something new about war
and being human and loving and dying and hoping and despair and peace.

As the new Poetry Editor, I must confess I'm not interested in reading the perfect poem. I'm interested in what you have to say about the Vietnam War the before, during and after. I want to read poems written by the men and women who were there. And who were left behind on America's shore and Vietnam's shore the daughters and sons, the mothers and brothers, the wives and grandfathers. The Buddies. I want
to read what the Vietnamese have to tell. I want to read what you have to tell.

There is no censorship here. Whether you were for the war or against it, it's your poetry that matters. Send me your best poems and the ones you may think aren't so good. I look forward to reading them.

            - Leilani Squire
Poetry Editor
               July 7, 2016

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