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.

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 We do not publish books.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Poetry of Russ Cope

Russ Cope

Russ Cope is a writer from West Virginia.


I’m going to overcome
this patchwork wall of doubt,
I’m going to reach out

What we believe about life
shapes the way we live it,
the way we see an object

Immediately changes that
object, transformation,
metamorphosis into the new.


Nobody’s buying quaint
philosophy, most people don’t
want to hear it

People come for comfort,
want someone to tell them
they’re doing the right thing

Even when they are far from
a path, they want someone to
sell them the idea

that the path they’re on is
magnificent and beautiful.

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