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 and translations. 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. 

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity and highly encourage submissions from marginalized voices. In support of all of our contributors, we nominate select works each year for both The Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets.

As of May 1st, 2019, we are only considering poetry, translations, and prose entries submitted via our online submission platform, Submittable. Please note, we will continue to accept mailed submissions from those who are currently incarcerated or are otherwise unable to submit online. Thank you for understanding. 

WE ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS TWICE A YEAR: APRIL 1ST - MAY 31ST AND SEPTEMBER 1ST - OCTOBER 31ST. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR SUBMISSIONS FREE, OUR MONTHLY SUBMISSION LIMIT IS 300. ONCE WE REACH THAT LIMIT, SUBMISSIONS WILL CLOSE AND WILL NOT REOPEN UNTIL THE FOLLOWING MONTH. THANK YOU.

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: THIS IS NOT A FORM WHERE YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR WORK. We do not give special preference to poetry submitted by people who donate.

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