Guest Editor’s Call For Submissions

Our next guest edited call will be open for two weeks, from July 25th to August 8th.

For our Summer/Fall 2022 issue, Guest Editor Taylor Byas will curate submissions from an open call for Black writers. Poems can be on any topic or theme and take any form the writer desires.

Please note again that this call is open for Black writers. We gladly accept submissions from all writers during our two general submission windows (April-May and October-November) each year.

Beginning with Volume 117, Summer/Fall 2022, Poet Lore will pay 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). 

  • 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.