WestWard Quarterly seeks to present the best work of upbeat writers and poets, whether accomplished or beginners. We maintain a positive editorial philosophy, presenting material that is reflective, inspiring, uplifting, encouraging and humorous. This is not to say that we “bury our heads in the sand.” Some of the difficult issues of our time must be addressed, and poetry has a role to play in raising the standard of our expectations. It can do this through offering hope, instead of by magnifying what is crude or deplorable in the human condition.
We accept all styles of poetry and look for good imagery and grammar and a fresh outlook. If rhyming, we look for consistency and natural word order in the rhyme scheme. If metrical, we look for consistent scansion or “beat.” If free verse, we look for some kind of rhythm, flow, and harmony that makes a poem differ from prose.
For other submission guidelines, with subscription and single issue prices, please click the link at left. There is a sample page showing the magazine’s current style. We offer a “Writer’s Workbench” (also a regular department of the magazine) featuring helpful hints for better writing. The Archive presents back issues a year old or more. In addition you can meet our editor, Shirley Anne Leonard, and read some of her more than 750 poems. All of these features are linked in the left navigation panel.
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