Founded in January 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. Charlotte Porter and Helen Clarke, two progressive young Shakespeare scholars, launched Poet Lore as a forum on “Shakespeare, Browning, and the Comparative Study of Literature” but soon sought out the original work of living writers.
We have a mission of discovery at Poet Lore; therefore, every submission is read without regard to reputation by the Executive Editors: Jody Bolz and Ethelbert Miller. 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.
You may submit up to 5 poems.
- Include the titles of all poems in your cover letter (bullet points or numbers are easiest)
- All poems must contain name and address on each page.
- 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.