Submission Guidelines


Send us only your best work.

Send your poetry as a word attachment with “F&V Submission” in the subject line.

Use one-inch margins left, right, and bottom of all pages.

Since the writer’s contact information should be in the upper left-hand corner of
the first page of submissions, it looks good to use a 1/2 margin at the top of that page.

Use 12 point-Times New Roman font.

Submit 3-5 poems: 

Include a cover letter as well.

Deadline for next issue: April 4, 2022.

Thank you,

Editor, James Eric Watkins

About the editor:

Although James has merely earned two associate’s degrees, one in General Education and the other in Social and Behavioral Science, his experiences far exceed that of his formal, on-paper, educational level. James Eric Watkins was first accepted for publication by Poetry Motel in late 2002. He has dramatically performed his poetry (as well as given poetic speeches) at Ivy Tech Community College, Madison Campus in 2004, the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library in 2005, the University of Southern Indiana in 2006, Indiana University Southeast in 2007, the Village Lights Bookstore in Madison, Indiana on a couple of occasions, and other venues. James’ creative work has appeared in Acorn, The Scioto Voice Newspaper, The Main Street Rag, Pegasus, Tipton Poetry Journal, Visions, Off the Lake, Moments of the Soul and many others.

“I want to publish work that makes the reader think, makes them see something in way they’ve never thought of before, in a different way, or just in a beautiful way, work that tells a story. Grade A poetry and prose, anything less than this will not be considered.” ~James Eric Watkins

*We also have two very talented photographers that will contribute to all future issues.

David Brooks lives in Trail, British Columbia and was instrumental in Flowers & Vortexes the first time around. We ran eight issues before tragedy struck. I am honored to have him on board. Check Dave out on Facebook:

And then there's Mikey Webb, a photographer originally from Indiana but is currently enjoying the sunshine and all that California has to offer, playing his harmonica and making a better way for himself. A quite righteous dude!



  1. Can the poems have been on line anywhere?

  2. Poems under consideration for the print edition should not be previously published in any way.

  3. I submitted a poem to an NPR call for poems about grief. Kwame Alexander then selected lines from poems submitted and used them in a poem he created from multiple other persons' lines. I've since reworked my poem extensively, but have kept in, the 2 lines he published in his poem on NPR. Does the publication of these two lines in his poem disqualify my poem in its entirety for consideration in your print edition? (Weird stuff!) Thank you.

    1. Sorry for the delay in my response. But, yes, I will consider this since you inquired first.

  4. Replies
    1. There are no line limits. Forgive me for the delayed response.

  5. You will all be happy to know that I now have the notifications box checked for these comments.

    --the editor


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