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Poet Lore was the first magazine to ever publish my work way back when I was a college basketball player in South Carolina.
—Terrance Hayes, poet, educator, 2010 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, and 2014 MacArthur Fellow

We have a mission of discovery at Poet Lore; therefore, every submission is read without regard to reputation by the Executive Editor. Poet Lore publishes a range of established and award winning poets such as Ai, Kim Addonizio, Matthew Dickman, Linda Pastan, Nathaniel Mackey, & Carl Philips who share the space with emerging, unknown, or perhaps incarcerated poets, some of whom may be the future stars of American poetry; indeed, they often are.

Poetry

As of May 1st, 2019, we are only considering poems submitted via our online submission platform, Submittable. Please note, we will continue to accept mailed submissions only from those who are currently incarcerated. Thank you for understanding.

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity and highly encourage submissions from marginalized voices.

You may submit up to 5 poems.
  • 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.

Please wait 4 months before entering another submission. We limit the submissions to 5 poems or fewer because we have a small staff, and we make it a priority to have each set of poems reach the hands of our executive editors.


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Essays & Reviews

As of May 1st, 2019, we will be considering reviews and craft essays for Poet Lore’s new online blog via our online submission platform, Submittable.

You may submit ONE review/essay at a time until you’ve received a response from our editors. Submissions will only be accepted electronically; mailed submissions will only be accepted by those who are incarcerated and therefore unable to submit electronically. Please do not send submissions via email.

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity and highly encourage submissions from marginalized voices.

Review Guidelines

  • Please include a cover letter and short bio with your submission
  • The review must be based on work published within the past two years
  • We favor omnibus reviews or two+ collections of work that share a common theme or craft aspect
  • We encourage reviews of works by marginalized writers, small presses, and those that have not received ample publicity
  • Please send completed reviews of 800 to 1,500 words
  • Please cite all sources within the text using the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Include the publications’ information formatted at the top of your review: Author Name, Title, Publisher, Publication Year, Page Count, Publication Material

Craft Essay Guidelines

  • Please include a cover letter and short bio with your submission
  • Essays should examine and interrogate an aspect of contemporary poetics
  • Possibilities include, but are not limited to: explorations of theme, examinations of poetic practice and influences, and critical studies of poets’ artistic and formal styles
  • Please send completed reviews of 800 to 1,500 words
  • Please cite all sources within the text using the Chicago Manual of Style

 

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Mail Submission Guidelines

(for those who are incarcerated and therefore unable to submit electronically)

*AS OF MAY 1st 2019, WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT GENERAL MAILED SUBMISSIONS*
General mailed submissions will be recycled and will not be considered. Thank you for understanding.

You may submit up to 5 poems.

  • Mail submissions are only accepted March 1st through June 30th and September 1st through November 30th. Anything received outside of this window will be recycled.
  • Provide a cover letter & include a list of the titles of all poems (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.
  • No staples.
  • 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.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) must accompany all submissions for response only. As of August 15, 2016, we can no longer return manuscripts.
  • Poet Lore will recycle any submission that does not provide contact information; any submission that does not provide a return address with a SASE will not receive a reply regarding the editorial decision.

Mail paper submission to:

Poet Lore
c/o The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Response Time

We will respond to all submissions between 2-4 months. Do not query regarding the status of your submission until 4 months have passed.

A Note on Publication Rights

Poet Lore requires first serial rights and anthology/reprint rights (for its own anthology projects and those of The Writer’s Center). It requests (but does not require) the right to publish accepted poems electronically on its website and social media outlets. All other rights revert to the author upon publication; although, Poet Lore expects to be credited when poems are republished.