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Welcome to Between These Shores Poetry Submissions


Poetry Editor Shiesha McNeil


Shiesha McNeil is an American poet, actress, and painter based in the Washington DC area.  She was chosen as the most recent Poetry Editor of ‘Capella Bi-Annual Poetry Journal’ and ‘Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual’, from among a number of well established poets, as demonstrating not only talent but her keen ability to recognise those who possess it. 

McNeil is a native Washingtonian, who recently relocated back to the area after studying Clinical Community psychology at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. Shiesha enjoys and has successfully competed in poetry slams during her time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recently, she has played ‘Lou Bessie’ in ‘The Old Settler’ with The Bowie Community Theatre.  You may find her in her studio, working on a project with her loving dog Domino right beside her, or, in keeping with her love of the outdoors, on a hiking trail.

When reading submissions, Shiesha will be looking for fearless variety of style, structure and delivery. One should ask the question,  ‘Is this a poem to be delivered aloud, or read in the silence of the mind?’


Submissions may be sent during all months except December and January.

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We accept poetry for both our publications.  Please read guidelines below:


1) Capella, Bi-Annual Poetry Journal

appeals to the more seasoned poet however we will accept newly emerging poets if their work suits Capella. 

Previously unpublished poetry ONLY


2) Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual (BTSA)

accepts both seasoned and newly emerging poets.  Also, though BTS Annual would like to see as many new and unpublished works as possible, it will publish previously published poetry if copyright remains with the author.  




Cover letter in body of email.

  • ‘CAPELLA SUB' or BTSA or BOTH in the Subject Bar.

  • Submit Three Poems Only.

  • We Accept Almost All Poetry but, some concrete poems may not maintain integrity throughout our layout process. If so, we will accept a replacement.

  • WORD Docs Only and must be editable for formatting.

  • FIFTY word, third person bio, full postal address and email must appear in same WORD DOC as submitted poems.

  • FONT: 12 pt. Calibri, Tahoma or any 'uncomplicated' font will do. 

  • Please don't use double spacing between lines whenever possible unless the integrity of the poem calls for it.

  • Please try not to exceed 70 lines if possible.

  • No Previously Published Submissions

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