Thank you for sharing your work with Poetry. We look forward to the opportunity to engage carefully with your work. Due to the number of submissions we receive each year, we will likely get back to you within eight months. We appreciate your patience.

Gratefully,

Adrian, Angela, Charif, Holly, Jeremy, Lindsay, and Shoshana


How to Submit

Please submit up to 4 poems (up to 10 pages total) for consideration, following these guidelines:

1. First save your poems as a single document.

2. Then complete the form with your information and upload your poems

3. Click SUBMIT, and 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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please send only one submission at a time per category, and wait until you hear back from us before uploading a new submission. We are eager to provide ample time and space for everyone’s voices to be considered, so if you do send multiple submissions, they will be archived unread and will receive no response.
  2. We have a small staff that reads over 100,000 poems per year. Because we strive to give every submission careful review, our response time can be up to eight months. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. If you have published your work in Poetry during the last year, please wait until next year to submit any new work.
  4. We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason, including social media posts, is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  5. We welcome poems in all languages. For poems that are not primarily in English, please include a translation of the non-English portion(s) of the poem. This is an accessibility consideration for our editorial staff, not an attempt to privilege the English language.
  6. For those submitting video, please also include a written copy of your text, as both video and text would be published if accepted for publication.
  7. If your submission involves collaboration with another poet or artist, please include their name and 20-word bio as well.
  8. Poetry is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere by adding a message to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.
  9. All poets will be compensated for published poems. We pay $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem.
  10. To make sure you receive our response, set your spam filter to allow emails from submissions@poetrymagazine.org.
  11. If you have further questions, please visit our detailed FAQ on our website.

Please click the HELP link at the bottom of this page if you have trouble using this site.

If you are unable to use Submittable for any reason, please visit our FAQ page to learn other ways to submit your work.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry magazine!

Poetry Reader (Contract Role 8 months)

This is a remote independent contractor position. The Poetry Readers are not Poetry Foundation employees.

For over 110 years, Poetry magazine has celebrated the work of emerging and established poets. Our monthly publication shares the vibrant diversity of contemporary poetry with print and app subscribers across the US and the world. Every issue of Poetry is also freely available on our website, where we reach millions of readers each year. The majority of the work we publish comes to us via Submittable, and as a small editorial team we work with experienced external readers to help evaluate the thousands of submissions we receive annually. We are excited to share this open call for new readers in 2023.

We are seeking several independent contractors to assist the editorial staff in reading and evaluating submissions, which include poetry, visual poetry, translations, video poems, and special calls. Readers will draw upon their poetry expertise to recommend submissions to the editorial team. Interested parties who meet the Illinois definition of Independent Contractor status from in or outside the US are welcome to respond to this posting citing relevant current or past experience. We are excited to work with readers who share our commitment and enthusiasm for sharing a wide variety of poetry.

Who We’re Looking For

We welcome applicants with varied backgrounds and approaches to this work. Readers with different areas of expertise will help ensure each submission can receive careful consideration from a variety of perspectives. We are seeking applicants who:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and appreciation for a wide variety of poets and poems
  • Enjoy independent reading on their own schedule as well as group discussions
  • Acknowledge their strengths and biases in reading to ensure every submission receives thoughtful consideration
  • Have previous experience working as a reader or editor

Role Responsibilities

Working independently and remotely, readers will read submissions in Submittable, recommend submissions to be read by editors, and periodically attend meetings to discuss submissions (via video chat or phone).

Key Dates

Deadline to submit: February 28, 2023 (at 11:59 PM Central Time).

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis: February–March 2023.

Conversations with select applicants: April 2023.

Anticipated contract start date: May 1, 2023. Contract will be for eight months, with possible extensions.

Rate of Pay: $35/hour.

Anticipated Commitments

  • Readers should anticipate committing between 25–45 hours per month.
  • This position requires an internet connection and experience using Submittable.


Learn more about the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine

The Poetry Foundation recognizes the power of words to transform lives. We work to amplify poetry and celebrate poets by fostering spaces for all to create, experience, and share poetry. Poetry magazine, published by the Poetry Foundation, is an independent literary magazine committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.

Equal Opportunity: The Poetry Foundation values the perspectives and talents of a diverse staff and is committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, color, age, pregnancy, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other bases protected by law.

Land Acknowledgement

The Poetry Foundation building is situated on the occupied original homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odowa Nations, among other Indigenous nations. Indigenous people continue to live here today, and Chicago is home to one of the largest urban Indigenous communities in the United States. We recognize that some of us are settlers on colonized land and that this land acknowledgment is one small part of disrupting and dismantling the colonial structures in which we are living.

Thank you for sharing your work with Poetry. We look forward to the opportunity to engage carefully with your work. Due to the number of submissions we receive each year, we will likely get back to you within eight months. We appreciate your patience.

Gratefully,

Adrian, Angela, Holly, Jeremy, Lindsay, Shoshana, and Winshen


How to Submit

Please submit up to 4 poems (up to 10 pages total) for consideration, following these guidelines:

1. First save your poems as a single document.

2. Then complete the form with your information and upload your poems

3. Click SUBMIT, and 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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please send only one submission at a time per category, and wait until you hear back from us before uploading a new submission. We are eager to provide ample time and space for everyone’s voices to be considered, so if you do send multiple submissions, they will be archived unread and will receive no response.
  2. We have a small staff that reads over 100,000 poems per year. Because we strive to give every submission careful review, our response time can be up to eight months. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. If you have published your work in Poetry during the last year, please wait until next year to submit any new work.
  4. We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason, including social media posts, is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  5. We welcome poems in all languages. For poems that are not primarily in English, please include a translation of the non-English portion(s) of the poem. This is an accessibility consideration for our editorial staff, not an attempt to privilege the English language.
  6. For those submitting video, please also include a written copy of your text, as both video and text would be published if accepted for publication.
  7. If your submission involves collaboration with another poet or artist, please include their name and 20-word bio as well.
  8. Poetry is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere by adding a message to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.
  9. All poets will be compensated for published poems. We pay $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem.
  10. To make sure you receive our response, set your spam filter to allow emails from submissions@poetrymagazine.org.
  11. If you have further questions, please visit our detailed FAQ on our website.

Please click the HELP link at the bottom of this page if you have trouble using this site.

If you are unable to use Submittable for any reason, please visit our FAQ page to learn other ways to submit your work.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry magazine!

As part of the 110th anniversary of Poetry, we are beginning a multi-year project that will interrogate the magazine's archive for absences and erasures. We invite you to submit folios focused on individual poets, movements, dynamic years, forms, or styles. Recent folios on Margaret Danner and Carolyn M. Rogers are examples of the composition, scope, and quality of archival work we are interested in.

These folios will be 25-40 pages in length, and may include photos, letters, interviews, and other ephemera in addition to poems. These folios should include previously unpublished poems, poems published only in limited edition runs, or out-of-print work. All folios should include a short prose introduction and can include other critical re-examinations of the work as well. We are particularly interested in poets, movements, and styles from 1912–1980.

Please note: The curator of the folio is responsible for obtaining reproduction permissions in advance of submitting.

Translation Call from Charif Shanahan (1-13-22)

An intricate, sometimes maddening, and always rewarding act, translation is an intimate process by which we apprehend a source text and generate what, even in its most faithful expression, can only be an approximation of the original. In the process, we crawl into the minds, time periods, and words of another and we decipher them. Translation is also deeply personal—consciously or not, we bring our own experiences and perspectives to the table. For the May and July/August 2023 issues guest edited by Charif Shanahan, we are looking for translations that spark conversation, that reimagine as much as interpret, that celebrate pluralism, and that bring the nuances of writing to the forefront. We also welcome essays and interviews about the craft of translation, contemporary translation issues, and critical essays on translations.

Please note: You must have permission to publish the work you have translated; obtaining permission is the responsibility of the submitter before work can be accepted. 

Deadline: For consideration for our summer 2023 issues, please submit by February 1. Work will be read on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit early! If you submit after that date, your work will be considered for later issues. If your work was already submitted to this category and you have not yet received a response, your work is still under consideration for these issues.

How to Submit

For translations, please submit no more than 4 poems, for a total of 10 pages maximum. Please include both the original poem and your translation. For essays or interviews on translation, please submit no more than 10 pages of a single essay or interview. If this is part of a larger work, let us know in the cover letter field. If you have any trouble using this online system, please email support@submittable.com.

1. Save the work you are submitting as a single document.

2. Complete the form with your information and upload your work.

3. Click SUBMIT, and 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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please send only one submission at a time per category, and wait until you hear back from us before uploading a new submission. We are eager to provide ample time and space for everyone’s voices to be considered, so if you do send multiple submissions, they will be archived unread and will receive no response.
  2. We have a small staff that reads over 100,000 poems per year. Because we strive to give every submission careful review, our response time can be up to eight months. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. If you have published your work in Poetry during the last year, please wait until next year to submit any new work.
  4. We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason, including social media posts, is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  5. We welcome poems in all languages. For poems that are not primarily in English, please include a translation of the non-English portion(s) of the poem. This is an accessibility consideration for our editorial staff, not an attempt to privilege the English language.
  6. Poetry is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere by adding a message to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.
  7. All poets will be compensated for published poems. We pay $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem in print and $150/magazine page for prose. For translations, we split payment 50/50 between the translator and the author of the original poem or the rightsholder.
  8. To make sure you receive our response, set your spam filter to allow emails from submissions@poetrymagazine.org.
  9. If you have further questions, please visit our detailed FAQ on our website.

Please click the HELP link at the bottom of this page if you have trouble using this site.

If you are unable to use Submittable for any reason, please visit our FAQ page to learn other ways to submit your work.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry magazine!

Thank you for sharing your work with Poetry. We look forward to the opportunity to engage carefully with your work. Due to the number of submissions we receive each year, we will likely get back to you within eight months. We appreciate your patience.

Gratefully,

Adrian, Angela, Holly, Jeremy, Lindsay, Shoshana, and Winshen


How to Submit

Please submit up to 4 poems (up to 10 pages total) for consideration, following these guidelines:

1. Upload your video submission, up to four videos. These can be recordings of spoken word pieces, ASL poems, or mixed-media pieces (i.e. poetry read alongside dance)*

2. In the second file field, please also include a written copy of your text, as both would be published if accepted for publication. If there are components to your poem which are performed by an artist other than the poem’s author, please include their name and bio as well.

3. Click SUBMIT, and 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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please send only one submission at a time per category, and wait until you hear back from us before uploading a new submission. We are eager to provide ample time and space for everyone’s voices to be considered, so if you do send multiple submissions, they will be archived unread and will receive no response.
  2. We have a small staff that reads over 100,000 poems per year. Because we strive to give every submission careful review, our response time can be up to eight months. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. If you have published your work in Poetry during the last year, please wait until next year to submit any new work.
  4. We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason, including social media posts, is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  5. We welcome poems in all languages. For poems that are not primarily in English, please include a translation of the non-English portion(s) of the poem. This is an accessibility consideration for our editorial staff, not an attempt to privilege the English language.
  6. Poetry is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere by adding a message to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.
  7. All poets will be compensated for published poems. We pay a $300 flat rate for online videos and $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem in print.
  8. To make sure you receive our response, set your spam filter to allow emails from submissions@poetrymagazine.org.
  9. If you have further questions, please visit our detailed FAQ on our website.

Please click the HELP link at the bottom of this page if you have trouble using this site.

If you are unable to use Submittable for any reason, please visit our FAQ page to learn other ways to submit your work.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry magazine!

Thank you for sharing your work with Poetry. We look forward to the opportunity to engage carefully with your work. Due to the number of submissions we receive each year, we will likely get back to you within eight months. We appreciate your patience.

Gratefully,

Adrian, Angela, Holly, Jeremy, Lindsay, Shoshana, and Winshen


How to Submit

Please submit up to 4 poems (up to 10 pages total) for consideration, following these guidelines:

1. First save your poems as a single document.

2. Then complete the form with your information and upload your poems

3. Click SUBMIT, and 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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please send only one submission at a time per category, and wait until you hear back from us before uploading a new submission. We are eager to provide ample time and space for everyone’s voices to be considered, so if you do send multiple submissions, they will be archived unread and will receive no response.
  2. We have a small staff that reads over 100,000 poems per year. Because we strive to give every submission careful review, our response time can be up to eight months. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. If you have published your work in Poetry during the last year, please wait until next year to submit any new work.
  4. We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason, including social media posts, is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  5. We welcome poems in all languages. For poems that are not primarily in English, please include a translation of the non-English portion(s) of the poem. This is an accessibility consideration for our editorial staff, not an attempt to privilege the English language.
  6. For those submitting video, please also include a written copy of your text, as both video and text would be published if accepted for publication.
  7. If your submission involves collaboration with another poet or artist, please include their name and 20-word bio as well.
  8. Poetry is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere by adding a message to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.
  9. All poets will be compensated for published poems. We pay $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem.
  10. To make sure you receive our response, set your spam filter to allow emails from submissions@poetrymagazine.org.
  11. If you have further questions, please visit our detailed FAQ on our website.

Please click the HELP link at the bottom of this page if you have trouble using this site.

If you are unable to use Submittable for any reason, please visit our FAQ page to learn other ways to submit your work.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry magazine!

Thank you for sharing your work with Poetry. We look forward to the opportunity to engage carefully with your work. Due to the number of submissions we receive each year, we will likely get back to you within eight months. We appreciate your patience.

Gratefully,

Adrian, Angela, Holly, Jeremy, Lindsay, and Shoshana

How to Submit

Poetry magazine welcomes personal and idiosyncratic prose pertaining to poets and poetry. We appreciate experimental forms, as well as playfulness and a sense of humor. These pieces should demonstrate poetry’s role in the wider culture and its manifestations in the writer’s lived experience. This is not a form for straightforward literary criticism or academic prose. Please see our general submissions page for other prose-related calls (book reviews, roundtables, etc). In this form, we are seeking:

Our typical essay  length is about 1,500 - 2,500 words. As a maximum, please submit no more than ten pages; if the work is longer than that, please note that in the cover letter and we will ask to see more if we are interested.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please send only one submission at a time per category, and wait until you hear back from us before uploading a new submission. We are eager to provide ample time and space for everyone’s voices to be considered, so if you do send multiple submissions, they will be archived unread and will receive no response.
  2. We have a small staff that reads over 100,000 poems per year. Because we strive to give every submission careful review, our response time can be up to eight months. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. If you have published your work in Poetry during the last year, please wait until next year to submit any new work.
  4. We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason, including social media posts, is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  5. Poetry is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere by adding a message to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.
  6. All poets will be compensated for published work. We pay $150 per published page in print for prose.
  7. To make sure you receive our response, set your spam filter to allow emails from submissions@poetrymagazine.org.
  8. If you have further questions, please visit our detailed FAQ on our website.

Please click the HELP link at the bottom of this page if you have trouble using this site.

If you are unable to use Submittable for any reason, please visit our FAQ page to learn other ways to submit your work.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry magazine!

Thank you for sharing your work with Poetry. We look forward to the opportunity to engage carefully with your work. Due to the number of submissions we receive each year, we will likely get back to you within eight months. We appreciate your patience.

Gratefully,

Adrian, Angela, Holly, Jeremy, Lindsay, and Shoshana

How to Submit

Poetry magazine seeks:

Please don’t submit reviews of a single book. Those submissions will be declined.

The magazine welcomes exploratory writing that demonstrates the relevance of poetry to everyday life. We encourage writers to take an out-of-the-box approach to book reviewing, and are particularly interested in work that fosters conversation—between the poets whose work is under consideration, the reviewer, and readers at large.

Our typical review  length is about 1,200 - 1,800 words. Please submit no more than seven pages total.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please send only one submission at a time per category, and wait until you hear back from us before uploading a new submission. We are eager to provide ample time and space for everyone’s voices to be considered, so if you do send multiple submissions, they will be archived unread and will receive no response.
  2. We have a small staff that reads over 100,000 poems per year. Because we strive to give every submission careful review, our response time can be up to eight months. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  3. If you have published your work in Poetry during the last year, please wait until next year to submit any new work.
  4. We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason, including social media posts, is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
  5. Poetry is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work is accepted elsewhere by adding a message to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.
  6. All poets will be compensated for published work. We pay $150 per published page in print for prose.
  7. To make sure you receive our response, set your spam filter to allow emails from submissions@poetrymagazine.org.
  8. If you have further questions, please visit our detailed FAQ on our website.

Please click the HELP link at the bottom of this page if you have trouble using this site.

If you are unable to use Submittable for any reason, please visit our FAQ page to learn other ways to submit your work.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry magazine!

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