E·ratio has a new look, and a new policy: 


E·ratio will no longer publish issues.  Rather, as works are accepted, so they will appear.  New work appears two or three times a week or as accepted.     


E·ratio is always reading.  Please read and follow these general guidelines:


E·ratio requests that you prepare your manuscript using Times New Roman 16 pt.  Please set your margins to one inch, left and right, and when indenting or arranging text, please avoid the tab key and instead use the space bar.  Likewise, when indenting or arranging text, please avoid readjusting your margin and instead use the space bar. 


Please consider your work in the transition from the text file to the html page. 


Please send brief bio (include a link to your website or social media page) and poems together in one attachment. 


If you prefer to send a .pdf, send both the .pdf and some sort of text file. 


E·ratio publishes reviews (please keep it to around 1500 words). 


E·ratio publishes translations. 


For art, text art and visual poetry, query with a link, or send no more than three pieces (preferably framed), .jpg, saved for the web.  (In the case of “visual poetry,” sometimes it is best to capture your piece in a screen shot, rather than have us copy & paste and then have to tidy it up.)



Poetic discourse idioms.


E·ratio publishes poetry in the postmodern idioms with an emphasis on the intransitive.  By “idioms” (plural) is meant a tolerance for variations.  By “postmodern” the absence of a hyphen.


The idea of the “intransitive” comes by way of the French literary critic and semiotician Roland Barthes who (in his essay, “Ecrivains et écrivants”) made the distinction between “transitive” writing and “intransitive” writing, which is to say writing that is a means to an extra-linguistic end as distinct from writing that calls the attention of the reader to the activity of writing itself.  Flaubert, Zola and Hemingway are instances of the former and Proust, Joyce and Beckett are instances of the latter.



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E·ratio is edited by Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino




E·ratio has been online for over twenty years and has consistently presented a diversity of new, first-time and emerging writers alongside some of the most recognized writers of our time. 



See the E·ratio Blog-Auxiliary for news and updates.  Read the Editor Interview at Duotrope and see the article for E·ratio Poetry Journal at the Poets & Writers Literary Magazines Database









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