Four Lines Micro-Poem Publishing Opportunity

***Please note, there has been an uptick in publishers that are not accepting unagented submissions. Too many presses and publishers are getting mass submissions that do not fit their catalogs. DO NOT submit your work if it doesn't fit the publisher's guidelines.

Four Lines is a new online poetry platform that wants to provide a home for well-crafted micro-poems.

Why four lines? Here’s what they have to say about it:

Four is a significant number across cultures and history. Think of the four seasons, four cardinal directions, four elements, four humors, four colors of the medicine wheel. We have four limbs and live in four dimensions. Four is the first composite–or non-prime–number, which makes it a community: individuals coming together to make something greater than themselves, much like this project.

The editors also argue that we need to cut the crap from our online worlds and get to the heart of the matter. The editors ask you this:

“Can you reveal the deeper meaning, true essence, or soul of something in four lines?”

And if you can get to the truth of something simply and succinctly, then this new press wants to hear from you. (You can get a feel of what they like on their Instagram.)

Four Lines Logo

How to Submit to Four Lines

Four Lines plans to publish new four-line micros weekly on social media and monthly on their website. The platform is always looking for new micro poems on any subject, concrete or abstract.

They also hold a monthly contest in which authors to respond to a one-word prompt. The platform will choose four winning micro poems from the contest submissions each month to publish on their website. They also plan to collect the winning entries into an ebook each year.

Here’s what they’re looking for:

  • You must submit poems with four lines in them.
  • One word must be on each line.
  • There is no word limit.

You may submit your poetry to them online, but please don’t send anything to them via email or by post. The platform also accepts micro sketches, tiny drawings of just four lines.

To check out their full submissions guidelines, click here.

Good luck to everyone who submits to Four Lines. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.

And if you are accepted, let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.

Looking for more poetry publishing opportunities? Click here for a list of 25 publishers.

Stay safe, everyone.

Until next time.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


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