All Architrave poems and accordion books are letterpress printed on fine paper by the editor at Central Print in St. Louis, MO using their antique Vandercook 215 proof press.
Accordion books feature a single writer, whether multiple short poems or a single, longer poem. Type of folds and number of panels may vary depending on the poem inside; standard book is four panels of 3.25" x 5.5" with a self-covering flap.
Single poems are printed as individual 5 1/2 x 8 inch pages which can be collected into reader-curated chapbooks or journals. Imagine a playlist of favorite songs, but composed of poems...
We are currently accepting submissions for accordion books ONLY.
Full text of both the poems and liner notes for Editions 1 through 10 can be read via the editions tab at the Architrave website.
To withdraw a poem: open your submission and use the note function to let us know which poem(s) you need to withdraw. Thanks!
Architrave is a labor of love, but love doesn't pay the printer.
Poets are ALWAYS WELCOME TO SUBMIT FOR FREE; in fact, you're encouraged to do so. If you're like most poets those few dollars are needed elsewhere.
But for those who are able, and who'd like to help Architrave continue on its mission, please consider sending a tip with your submission. Your work will receive no special treatment or consideration. Your only reward will be that warm fuzzy feeling you get after you done good, plus a sincere "Thank you" for your help.
The guidelines are the same as for free submissions (see next box below).
Send up to 5 original, unpublished poems. Poems available online are considered published.
Length guidelines: Max 45 lines, but poems can be longer if individual line length is short; bear in mind your poem will be split over two, three, or four panels; several short, related poems are just as welcome as a single, longer work. Bottom line: Space in each book is finite, but flexible.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please notify us as soon as possible if you've placed submitted work elsewhere by leaving a note in Submittable.
Please submit all poems as a single document and wait for a response before submitting another group of poems. If you wish to be read anonymously, do not include your name within the submitted file or in the file's title. We make every effort to read and respond within 2 months.
We acquire first serial rights; all rights revert to the poet upon publication and we ask that you credit Architrave should the poem be reprinted elsewhere. Poets receive 5 copies of their poem's 50 copy run. Poets are free to sell their copies independently (or keep them, or give them to friends...).
It is our goal to reclaim poetry for non-poet readers. To that end, we seek work that has an element of story or an intriguing speaker, as well as a solid emotional core. Please help us prove that accessible poems don't have to be simplistic, boring or safe.