Submission Policy

Mel BrakE Press acquires first serial rights to all work published. Mel BrakE Press also reserves the right to electronically archive any content published.

All other rights revert to author upon publication.

Mel BrakE Press has a liberal submission policy, and will accept poetry manuscripts (not books) for its next publication cycle, the Spring of 2018.

We do not charge a reading fee. We DO NOT PAY TO PUBLISH YOUR WORK.

We only accept submissions via email for collection of poems. Please send no more than 3-5 pages of poetry as an email attachment using standard MS format. We do not accept epic manuscripts:10 pages or more will be rejected.

Please note in subject line: "Submission".

Manuscripts that do not follow our guidelines
will be subject to rejection. We do not publish books.

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Thank you

Sunday, October 19, 2014


(No Bio provided)

Hang-over cure
The pain of the                                       
morning rips through             my skull
and the taste
of your lips on            my own fails
to dull             the ache that leaves
me paralysed.

My eyes loll  
to the bedroom
floor, where the
mess remains from
the night before and clothes
with sweat and
ale stains look
too much of our times
to be moved.


He used to treat her like shit. Haven’t
seen them for a while.

He’s got fat and she
doesn’t wear make-up anymore.

And he still treats her like shit.

Stand clear of the doors, please

Baggy clothes walk
as if the world owes
them something, tries
to go
down the up
Creeping back

the fold.
He will become
himself, Hollywood

B-sides (and rarities)

Pick up on
the faintest
clue of
was meant

future echoes
of a sing-along classic.
Knowing heard  a snap-shot
of a time of transformation,

betwixt two
eras: die-hards and
We know why

they are here.
Transitions, wave into
another version, playing
nostalgic anticipation.

of the moment, something of
an idea records

fill space, perhaps, cover.

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