Terms & Conditions

Vita Brevis Press Poetry Magazine

For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is not open for submissions. (Read the full story here.)


This website is operated by Vita Brevis Press, LLC. These terms and conditions apply while engaging in any services or information available on the website. This page contains the most up-to-date version of the terms and conditions, and it is subject to change.

TL:DR (“Too long; didn’t read”) sections have been added to encourage submitters to more easily understand their rights, but they are not substantive summaries or binding.

Despite these formalities, this website is all about poetry — and completely respects your rights to your work and your privacy.

TL;DR: This is mandatory legal stuff that helps keep you safe from an abuse of your poetry and me safe from an abuse of my services. These TL;DR sections are here to encourage more people to read said legal stuff.


Vita Brevis Press circulates poetry in an online magazine and print/digital anthologies. The terms and conditions on this page apply to all submissions.

If a poem is accepted, its author is responsible for ensuring that it is not plagiarized and that they have the proper permissions from any previous publications to submit it. We may re-publish a poem/article at our discretion if we choose it for an Editor’s Choice Award. We reserve the right to refuse publication to anyone at any time.

All published poems and bios will appear exactly as they appeared in the submission unless otherwise noted. Minor grammatical mistakes will be corrected automatically, and some complex formatting that cannot be reproduced on the website may undergo a small change. If there is any confusion about how grammar or structure changes might alter the meaning of the poem, the poet will be contacted.

Unlike the Vita Brevis online poetry magazine, our print/digital anthologies are sold by the issue.

Any poet who is under the age of 18 must make their minor status known to an editor and present a signature from his or her guardian consenting to the publication of their work.

TL;DR: (1) You cannot send in plagiarized work, and Vita Brevis has no accountability if you do. (2) If I publish your poem and really loved it, I can re-publish it for an Editor’s Choice Award. (3) If you’re under 18, let me know and have a legal guardian give us the thumbs up to publish your work!


Once a poem is accepted by the editor, the poet grants, assigns, and licenses Vita Brevis a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license and right to use, display, reproduce, distribute, and publish the accepted poetry on the internet and on or in any medium (i.e. print and digital).

Once Vita Brevis publishes the poem, all rights revert back to you!

TL;DR: (1) Upon acceptance, I get to publish your work to readers around the world; (2) after publication, all rights revert back to you.


As a small press in the profitless but passion-filled poetry world, Vita Brevis relies mostly on donations. Because we charge no reading fees, we cannot pay poets for their work. This applies to the print/digital anthologies, the poetry magazine, and any future projects.

By contributing to the anthologies or magazine, the submitter agrees to let us use their name, accepted poetry, and bio within the anthology and on resources to promote or describe the anthology.

TL;DR: (1) I don’t charge reading fees, but that also means I can’t pay poets. Maybe one day. (2) If I accept your poem for an anthology, I can use your poetry and publication name to promote the book.


We are entitled to first serial and reprint rights. That is, we are allowed to be the first publisher of your work before the rights revert back to you, and we are then allowed to republish your work if it is chosen for an award or an anthology. These publication rights extend to all formats (digital and print) and locations, and once your poem is accepted for an anthology you agree that it can be featured in our digital and print issues, which are sold to Vita Brevis readers.

TL;DR: Vita Brevis gives you complete ownership of your work!


It is the submitter’s responsibility to be truthful in all information they share with editors of Vita Brevis or place in their biographies. The editors retain the right to pull the submitter’s work from publication without explanation.

TL;DR: All information that you share with editors must be true, and we retain the right to pull your work from publication without notice.