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 and translations entries submitted via our online submission platform, Submittable. 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.

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 our Fall/Winter 2019 issue or our Spring/Summer 2020 issue. 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.

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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