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.
We currently accept submissions electronically or by mail.
Submit up to 5 poems. Please wait 4 months before entering another submission. We limit the submissions to 5 poems or less because we have a small staff and we make it a priority to have each set of poems reach the hands of our executive editors.
Mail Submission Guidelines are below:
You may submit up to 5 poems.
- Please prepare 2 duplicate submissions: one for each of our executive editors. All poems must have a duplicate copy.Provide a duplicate of your cover letter & include the titles of all poems in your cover letter (bullet points or numbers are easiest)
- All poems must be typed with name and address on each poem.
- If a poem is more than one page, please indicate if the second page begins with a new stanza.
- No staples.
- 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.
- A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) must accompany all submissions for response only. As of August 15, 2016, we can no longer return manuscripts.
- Poet Lore will recycle any submission that does not provide contact information; therefore, any submission that does not provide a return address with a SASE will not receive a reply as to the editorial decision.
Mail paper submission to:
c/o The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Essays & Reviews
- Essay submissions should be emailed as attached Word documents to Jean Nordhaus, Review Editor. Double-spaced.
- We do not accept unsolicited reviews. However, prospective reviewers may send a query, along with a sample review to Jean Nordhaus, Review Editor.
- Please view our full guidelines for prose submissions.
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 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 electronically on its Web page. All other rights revert to the author upon publication; although, Poet Lore expects to be credited when poems are republished.