Guest Editor’s Call For Submissions

Our next guest edited call will be open from June 12 through June 25.

For our Summer/Fall 2023 issue, Guest Editor Ruben Quesada will curate a folio of poems engaging with Traditional Poetic Forms.

From June 12 through June 25, Poet Lore will be open to submissions of poetry written in traditional poetic forms. We seek poems that adhere to the rules and structures of classic forms such as sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, pantoums, ghazals, and others. Poems should be original, unpublished works.

We encourage poets to experiment with different forms and explore a wide range of themes and subjects. We are particularly interested in poems that are creative, thought-provoking, and emotionally resonant. Selected poems will be published in a folio edited by Ruben Quesada for an upcoming issue. We may also feature them on our website and social media platforms.

Poet Lore pays contributors $50 per published poem. Contributors also receive one copy of their issue, plus a copy of the following printed issue of Poet Lore.

You may submit up to 3 poems (maximum of 8 pages). If you currently have an open submission in our general submission queue, you are welcome to submit a separate submission to this themed call.

Submissions should be typed in Times New Roman, 12pt font, double-spaced, and include a cover page with the poet’s name, contact information, and title of the poem.

  • Include all poems in 1 single document and please only submit once.
  • Include the titles of all poems in your cover letter (bullet points or numbers are easiest).
  • If a poem is more than one page, please indicate if the second page begins with a new stanza.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, however, let us know in your cover letter if poems are simultaneously submitted, and please inform us immediately if a poem is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published. This includes on personal blogs and social media.
  • Upon acceptance, we ask for first serial rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication.

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity and highly encourage submissions from marginalized voices. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, or any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and viewpoints.