Poetry magazine seeks submissions for special issue on poetry in the age of mass incarceration, to feature work by incarcerated writers.

Please submit your own work or the work of incarcerated poets you work with, with their permission. Written submissions that are not selected for publication will be returned. Poets and artists selected for publication will be paid directly. Please feel free to distribute this sheet to your colleagues, especially teaching artists working with incarcerated writers. 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

The best poetry written by incarcerated poets, as well as work by family, friends, and others affected by mass incarceration.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

We prefer submissions via this Submittable form, but we will also accept submissions via email or postal mail.

Email submission can be sent to Holly Amos at hamos@poetrymagazine.org with the subject line “Submission – Incarceration issue.

Or send via postal mail to:

POETRY

ATTN Holly Amos, Submission – Incarceration issue

61 W Superior Street

Chicago, IL 60654

WHAT TO SUBMIT:

4 poems or less, not to exceed 10 total pages of poems, along with a brief, 20-30 word bio.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

Sept. 3, 2018 (We aim to notify writers and artists if their work has been selected by January 1, 2019, but response times may vary.)

IF YOUR WORK IS SELECTED FOR PUBLICATION:

· Poetry will mail a contract, tax form, and a proof of the work to the poet for approval, so we need an up-to-date email or postal mail address to contact them. Please include your contact information, as well, if you are submitting on behalf of an incarcerated poet.

· Poetry pays $10 per line plus two complimentary copies of the issue.

· Poetry acquires first rights to include the poem in the print, web, and digital issues of magazine as well as non-exclusive reprint rights, meaning the poet retains the full copyright to their work and can reprint the work however they’d like once it’s been published in Poetry.