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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review open for submissions

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Deadline: July 20, 2020


Please submit outwardly directed poetry that exhibits social, political, geographical, historical or spiritual awareness to Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

We are open to traditional and experimental forms from people of all backgrounds but aim to highlight historically unrepresented voices including people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, nonbinary or trans individuals, and people with disabilities.

Contributors to our journal are nominated for national contests including the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets.

Previous contributors to our journal have included: Cyrus Cassells, sam sax, Oliver de la Paz, Naomi Shihab-Nye, Jeffrey Bahr, Shara Lessley, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Kelle Groom, Khaled Mattawa, Siaraa Freeman, Alex Lemon and more.

Submitters can receive an annual subscription to Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review at the discounted rate of $15.

The theme for Issue 53 is: PROMISE 

From Faylita Hicks, Editor of BTPR: "I want poems that will speak to current issues including immigration, climate change, queer intersectionality, social justice, modern love, redefining joy, and international travel. I want the poems that excite you and challenge you; the poems that make you want to get up and change something about the world around you."

From Saúl Hernández, Managing Editor of BTPR: “I’m looking for poems that risk everything, in every word, line, and image. I want poems that speak about present issues: identity, borders, queerness, love, injustice, trauma, and hope. I want poems that are written with heart; the poems that move you and haunt you. Above all, I want poems that reinvent this world with words.”

Above all, we are interested in great poetry that moves us!

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if your poem(s) is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept previously published work. 
  • Poetry submissions should be typed in Times Roman or Times New Roman 12pt font, single-spaced. (Note that bold-faced type cannot be reproduced. With rare exceptions, we do not double-space poems.)
  • Submit a maximum of three poems (3) that total no more than five (5) pages. 
  • All poems should be submitted in a single .pdf or .docx document of no more than five pages (5) and should NOT include the submitter's name/address/phone number.
  • Please only submit once per submission period. All submitters, whether chosen for the current issue or not, may apply again to the next issue. 

Please include a cover letter in the Submittable form with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and a brief (one-paragraph) bio. Please do not include your cover letter in the uploaded document.

Payment for having a poem(s) accepted is one contributor's copy of the issue in which your work will appear.