We appreciate your interest in Poet Lore. Below you'll find a brief description of our work:

Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry, essays, and reviews. Book-length issues deliver news from the interior—poems that make concerns of our moment both urgent and intimate. Published with the conviction that poetry provides a record of human experience as valuable as history, Poet Lore’s intended audience is broadly inclusive.

Established by Charlotte Porter and Helen Clarke in 1889, Poet Lore is the nation’s oldest poetry journal. It has published world-famous poets and new writers side by side throughout its long history. Founded as a forum on “Shakespeare, Browning, and the Comparative Study of Literature,” Poet Lore soon sought out the original work of living writers from around the world. Among its enthusiastic early subscribers was Walt Whitman himself. 

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Ends on June 30, 2019

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, Mathew 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. Furthering this mission of discovery, we nominate published poems for both the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets.

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.

Support Poet Lore ($3 goes a long way)!

If you would like to support the magazine by helping us with our operating costs, such as printing and mailing, please contribute here. We are committed to keeping America's oldest poetry journal alive and in a print format, so any amount will be greatly appreciated. 

Please note: We do not give special preference to poetry submitted by people who donate.

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