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. 

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 entries submitted via our online submission platform, Submittable. Please note, we will continue to accept mailed submissions only from those who are currently incarcerated. Thank you for understanding. 

Ends on June 30, 2019

As of May 1st, 2019, we will be considering reviews and craft essays for Poet Lore’s print issues and new online blog via our online submission platform, Submittable.

You may submit ONE review/essay at a time until you’ve received a response from our editors. Submissions will only be accepted electronically; mailed submissions will only be accepted by those who are incarcerated and therefore unable to submit electronically. Please do not send submissions via email.

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity and highly encourage submissions from marginalized voices. 

Please do not send pitches -- only completed essays or reviews will be considered.


Review Guidelines

· Please include a cover letter and short bio with your submission

· The review must be based on work published within the past two years

· Though single-work reviews are acceptable, we prefer omnibus reviews or two+ collections of work that share a common theme or craft aspect

· We encourage reviews of works by marginalized writers, small presses, and those that have not received ample publicity

· Please send completed reviews of 800 to 1,500 words

· Please cite all sources within the text using the Chicago Manual of Style

· Include the publications’ information formatted at the top of your review: Author Name, Title, Publisher, Publication Year, Page Count, Publication Material

  

Craft Essay Guidelines

· Please include a cover letter and short bio with your submission

· Essays should examine and interrogate an aspect of contemporary poetics

· Possibilities include, but are not limited to: explorations of theme, examinations of poetic practice and influences, and critical studies of poets’ artistic and formal styles

· Please send completed reviews of 800 to 1,500 words

· Please cite all sources within the text using the Chicago Manual of Style


Response Time

We will respond to all submissions between 2-4 months. Do not query regarding the status of your submission until 4 months have passed.


A Note on Publication Rights

Poet Lore requires first serial rights and anthology/reprint rights (for its own anthology projects and those of The Writer’s Center). It requests (but does not require) the right to publish accepted poems/reviews electronically on its website and social media outlets. You may include your review or essay in an anthology or a collection of your works without asking permission from us. We do request that you give credit to Poet Lore as the original publisher.

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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