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. Poet Lore publishes a range of established and award winning poets such as Erika Meitner, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Sharon Olds, Kim Addonizio, Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan, Mary Oliver & Carl Philips, who share the space with emerging poets. Someone’s first published poem may stand alongside another author’s 100th.

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity and highly encourage submissions from marginalized voices. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, or any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and viewpoints.

In support of all of our contributors, we nominate select works each year for both The Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets.

We accept general submissions twice a year: April 1 - May 31 and October 1 - November 30. 

We are open to translation submissions from January 1 - June 30 and from August 1 - November 30.

Guest editor calls for submissions will be announced on our website and via social media two weeks prior to opening.

By submitting to Poet Lore, submitters agree to receive periodic correspondence about new submission opportunities, events, and workshops. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

We have a mission of discovery at Poet Lore. Therefore, every submission is read without regard to reputation by our team of readers and editors. Please send us your best work.

Poet Lore publishes a range of established and award winning poets such as Erika Meitner, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Sharon Olds, Kim Addonizio, Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan, Mary Oliver & Carl Philips, who share the space with emerging poets. Someone's first published poem may stand alongside another author's 100th. We nominate select 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. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, or any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and viewpoints. 

In the effort of featuring a wide variety of voices, please refrain from submitting again until the next cycle if you have been featured in Poet Lore in either of our Volume 115 issues. Thank you! 

You may submit up to 5 poems (maximum 10 pages).

  • Include all poems in 1 single document and please only submit once per submission period.
  • 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.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published. This includes on personal blogs and social media.
  • Upon acceptance, we ask for first serial rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication.
  • To withdraw part of your submission, please send a message via Submittable noting the title(s) of the piece(s) withdrawn.

We have a mission of discovery at Poet Lore. Therefore, every submission is read without regard to reputation by our team of readers and editors. Please send us your best translated work.

We are open to translation submissions from January 1 - June 30 and from August 1 - November 30.

Poet Lore publishes a range of established and award winning poets such as Erika Meitner, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Sharon Olds, Kim Addonizio, Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan, Mary Oliver & Carl Philips, who share the space with emerging poets. Someone's first published poem may stand alongside another author's 100th. We nominate select 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. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, or any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and viewpoints.

Before submitting translations of works that are not in the public domain, please identify the rights holder and obtain a statement that the rights to publish an English translation are available. Include the original text if possible, as well as a short biography of the writer and the translator, and a short introduction of the work. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from including a copy of the original text at the time of your submission, please note that in the cover letter.  

You may submit up to 5 English translations of poems. 

  • Include all poems in 1 single document and please only submit once per submission period.
  • 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.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published. This includes on personal blogs and social media.
  • Upon acceptance, we ask for first serial rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication.
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