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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Poetry Magazine submission guidelines

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We look forward to reading your work - and hope you’ll look forward to reading each new monthly issue of POETRY magazine by becoming a subscriber.

Send only one submission at a time. Wait until you receive our decision before uploading anything else. Multiple submissions will be archived unread, and will receive no response.
Put all poems into one document. (Don't submit poems separately.)
Use the Add File button to find the work on your computer you want to submit. Select the file and click the Open button. Your file will appear in the "file" field.
Click Submit and you're done! You'll receive an email confirming that we received your submission. You can check the status of your submission by logging into your Submittable account.

Again, please send only ONE submission, and wait until you receive a decision before uploading any more.
Our response time can be up to 8 months. We appreciate your patience, and wish we could respond more rapidly, or with personal feedback - but we have a small staff and read over 150,000 poems per year. In addition, our office is closed because of the COVID-19 crisis, so staff are working remotely.
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We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
POETRY magazine is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work you submitted is accepted elsewhere: add a note to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.

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