Submission Policy

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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.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Skerdi Brahimaj, 23 years old. Has been writing his whole life in Albanian and English and have over 50 poems in English. He is an architect by profession and this his my first attempt to get published. He lives in New York City. 

Skerdi Brahimaj


Burned before so I’m afraid to touch
I don’t want to feel again
I still remember the pain
Those scars still remain

That fire I put out
It took a lot from inside
I still remember her cry
Those tears have not dried

In denial for emotions once felt
It’s LOVE you’re trying to downgrade
Like ice, your memories you try to melt
Your decisions you try to mitigate

Cliché metaphors of fire and ice
Your state of mind you try to describe
The comparisons can’t capture it
Although bullets or bombs might work better…

They all cause death
That mysterious end we’re all heading towards
That thing closest to love
Both being an end of life as we know

It’s your sanity you try to harbor
Holding on to it
Like a baby gripping his mother


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