The Poetry Box /The Poeming Pigeon

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Here at The Poetry Box®, we strongly believe great literature is meant to be accessible and enjoyed by everyone. Poetry is all around us – it takes someone observant and thoughtful enough to write it down, to allow the world to share in the experience, to become an active witness to the beauty, the struggle, the joy, the sorrow and the ordinary brilliance of life. Through these carefully crafted observances, we as humans are led to the well of compassion and invited to get drunk on its language.

As a boutique publishing company, The Poetry Box® enjoys providing a variety of publishing platforms for both established and emerging poets and writers to share their work — their words — with the world.

The Poeming Pigeon: A Literary Journal of Poetry

Every 8 months, we  publish a new issue of The Poeming Pigeon, each issue having a unique theme, with an open call for submissions to the journal. Occasionally, we will  also be open for short prose work, in addition to poetry. 

Submission Periods for The Poeming Pigeon:

  • Submission Period is Dec 15 - Jan 31 for Summer-Released Issues
  • Submission Period is Aug 15-Sept 30 for Spring-Release Issues 
  • Submission Period is April 15-May 31 for Winter-Released Issues 

Upcoming Themes for The Poeming Pigeon:

  • IN THE NEWS:  Submissions Open Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 31, 2018 
  • SPORTS:  Submissions Open Aug 15 - Sept 30, 2018
  • THE COSMOS:  Submissions Open April 15 - May 31, 2019  

The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize

Our new chapbook contest is open to writers residing in the United States. Winners will receive $200 plus 20 copies of their published chapbook, which will be a 5x8 perfect bound booklet of 28-48 pages. (More Details & Guidelines Coming Soon)

  • Submission Period for Contest:  Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2018
  • Winner Announced by: May 15, 2018
  • Publication/Release Date:  November, 2018

We welcome work from both established and emerging writers alike. Every submission starts out in the same pile and is judged merely on its own merit, not the reputation of the writer. We enjoy poems of all styles: formal, free-verse, metered, non-rhyming, experimental, nostalgic, political, erotic, abstract, lyrical, etc. We don’t censor or shy away from ‘tough topics’, however we do draw the line at poetry that discriminates against our fellow humans.

We pledge to our readers and subscribers to publish books teeming with poems to stir your senses, reveal new truths, make you laugh, cry and tilt your head in that curious puppy dog way. And to the accepted poets who share and entrust us with their words, we promise to represent your work in the highest aesthetic possible, in a book you will be proud to share.