Here at The Poetry Box®, we strongly believe great literature is meant to be accessible and enjoyed by everyone. Poetry is all around us. We invite you 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 call poems, 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 options for both established and emerging poets and writers to share their work — their words, their imagination, their artistry — with the world.

 

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The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize - 2024

Submissions Open: Feb 1 - Mar 15, 2024


Our annual chapbook contest is open to writers residing in the United States. 

Three Winners will receive publication of their chapbook with worldwide distribution and the following:

  • Grand Prize Award: $500 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
    (chosen by contest judge for 2024: Donna Hilbert)
  • Editor's Choice Award: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
    (chosen by The Poetry Box founding editor: Shawn Aveningo Sanders)
  • Designer's Choice Award: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
    (chosen by The Poetry Box founding designer: Robert R. Sanders)

Winner Announced: July 2024

Publication/Release Date: Winter 2024/25

For more details and past winners, visit: 

https://thepoetrybox.com/the-poetry-box-chapbook-prize-2024

 



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The Poeming Pigeon: A Journal of Poetry & Art

Each year, we publish a beautiful full-color journal filled with moving POETRY and stunning VISUAL ART 

Submissions Open: Sept 15 - Nov 15, 2023

For more information and past issues, please visit:

https://thepoetrybox.com/the-poeming-pigeon



 



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Cooperative Publishing for Poetry Books & Chapbooks, Illustrated Poetry Books, and Curated Anthologies 

We read manuscript submissions for poetry collections year-round in our Cooperative Publishing Program. This is a fee-based publishing model, where the publisher and author share the cost and rewards. We created The Poetry Box® Cooperative Publishing Program to offer poets a professional, trustworthy, and affordable option for publishing their full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. We began offering our hybrid model of publishing in 2018 and have produced 96 poetry collections under this paradigm so far (as of March 2023) by writers from varied backgrounds and level of experience—both prolific and promising. 

Types of Publications include:

  • · Poetry Chapbooks 
  • · Poetry Chapbooks with illustrations/artwork (color or b&w)
  • · Full-length Poetry Collections
  • · Full-length Poetry Collections with illustrations/artwork (color or b&w)


For Complete Details, visit: https://thepoetrybox.com/cooperative-publishing

Submissions Open: Year-Round
 

$10.00

We created The Poetry Box® Cooperative Publishing Program to offer poets a professional, trustworthy, and affordable option for publishing their full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. We began offering our hybrid model of publishing in 2018 and have produced 96 poetry collections under this paradigm so far (as of March 2023) by writers from varied backgrounds and level of experience—both established and emerging. 

(Please note: we are only accepting submissions from U.S. based authors/poets at this time)


Please read all contract details and full submissions guidelines HERE before submitting.  

Submission Checklist:

1.  Cover Letter containing:

  • Proposed Book Title
  • Legal Name of Poet
  • Poet Name as it should appear on the cover
  • Brief synopsis/description of the collection (approx 100-150 words)
  • Contact Information including: Email Address,  Mailing Address
  •  Phone Number
  •  Social Media links, if applicable (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Author Website, YouTube Channel, etc).
  • Why you’re interested in having The Poetry Box publish your work.
  • Whether or not this is a simultaneous submission.    
     

2.  Manuscript containing:

  • Table of Contents (list of poems in order as they appear in manuscript)
  • All poems in order, with each poem beginning on a new page. (Generally 20-32 pages)
  • Acknowledgments for any previously published poems.
  • Author Bio written in 3rd person, noting any literary awards, publications, and anything you’d like to share with the readers as it related to the topic of your book, etc.


Guidelines:

  • Accepted file formats: WORD (.doc or docx) or RTF (rich text format).  We will also allow a PDF (but require manuscript as Word Document or RTF  upon acceptance)
  • Please use a standard readable font in 12pt.
  • Do NOT use ALL CAPS for poem titles.
  • Start each poem at the TOP of a new page.
  • Please keep in mind that our books are typically printed in 6 x 9 size, so do consider how your poems are currently formatted and adjust accordingly.
  • Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Poems that are previously published should be included in "Acknowledgments" section.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible; please notify us immediately if a manuscript has been accepted/committed elsewhere.
  • A reading fee of $10.00 — payable through Submittable (submission manager system).
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your manuscript immediately via automatic email.
  • We aim to respond with a decision regarding your manuscript within 60 days


If you have any questions, you can contact the editor, Shawn Aveningo Sanders via Shawn@thePoetryBox.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

$10.00

We created The Poetry Box® Cooperative Publishing Program to offer poets a professional, trustworthy, and affordable option for publishing their full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. We began offering our hybrid model of publishing in 2018 and have produced 96 poetry collections under this paradigm so far (as of March 2023) by writers from varied backgrounds and level of experience—both established and emerging.

(Please note: we are only accepting submissions from U.S. based authors/poets at this time)

Please read all contract details and full submissions guidelines HERE before submitting.

Submission Checklist:

1.  Cover Letter containing:

  • Proposed Book Title
  • Legal Name of Poet
  • Poet Name as it should appear on the cover
  • Brief synopsis/description of the collection (approx 100-150 words)
  • Contact Information including: Email Address,  Mailing Address
  •  Phone Number
  •  Social Media links, if applicable (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Author Website, YouTube Channel, etc).
  • Why you’re interested in having The Poetry Box publish your work.
  • Whether or not this is a simultaneous submission.    
     

2.  Manuscript containing:

  • Table of Contents (list of poems in order as they appear in manuscript)
  • All poems in order, with each poem beginning on a new page. (Generally 20-32 pages)
  • In order to show illustrations, you can include the images in the manuscript document or pdf. Upon acceptance, we will provide instructions for sending high-res, print quality image files to incorporate into the layout. 
  • Acknowledgments for any previously published poems.
  • Author Bio written in 3rd person, noting any literary awards, publications, and anything you’d like to share with the readers as it related to the topic of your book, etc. 
  • Artist Bio (for illustrated books or chapbooks with art, when artist is not the author)

Guidelines:

  • Accepted manuscript file formats: WORD (.doc or docx), RTF (rich text format), PDF (Upon acceptance, will require text portion of manuscript as WORD Document or RTF )
  • Please use a standard readable font in 12pt.
  • Do NOT use ALL CAPS for poem titles.
  • Start each poem at the TOP of a new page.
  • Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Poems that are previously published should be included in "Acknowledgments" section.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible; please notify us immediately if a manuscript has been accepted/committed elsewhere.
  • A reading fee of $10.00 — payable through Submittable (submission manager system).
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your manuscript immediately via automatic email.
  • We aim to respond with a decision regarding your manuscript within 60 days


If you have any questions, you can contact the editor, Shawn Aveningo Sanders via Shawn@thePoetryBox.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

$10.00

We created The Poetry Box® Cooperative Publishing Program to offer poets a professional, trustworthy, and affordable option for publishing their full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. We began offering our hybrid model of publishing in 2018 and have produced 96 poetry collections under this paradigm so far (as of March 2023) by writers from varied backgrounds and level of experience—both established and emerging. 


(Please note: we are only accepting submissions from U.S. based authors/poets at this time)

Please read all contract details and full submissions guidelines HERE before submitting.  


Submission Checklist:

1.  Cover Letter containing:

  • Proposed Book Title
  • Legal Name of Poet
  • Poet Name as it should appear on the cover
  • Brief synopsis/description of the collection (approx 100-150 words)
  • Contact Information including: Email Address,  Mailing Address
  •  Phone Number
  •  Social Media links, if applicable (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Author Website, YouTube Channel, etc).
  • Why you’re interested in having The Poetry Box publish your work.
  • Whether or not this is a simultaneous submission.    
     

2.  Manuscript containing: 

  • Table of Contents (list of poems in order as they appear in manuscript)
  • All poems in order, with each poem beginning on a new page. (generally 50-100 pages)
  • Acknowledgments for any previously published poems.
  • Author Bio written in 3rd person, noting any literary awards, publications, and anything you’d like to share with the readers as it related to the topic of your book, etc.


Guidelines:

  • Accepted file formats: WORD (.doc or docx) or RTF (rich text format).  We will also allow a PDF (but require manuscript as Word Document or RTF  upon acceptance)
  • Please use a standard readable font in 12pt.
  • Do NOT use ALL CAPS for poem titles.
  • Start each poem at the TOP of a new page.
  • Please keep in mind that our books are typically printed in 6 x 9 size, so do consider how your poems are currently formatted and adjust accordingly.
  • Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Poems that are previously published should be included in "Acknowledgments" section.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible; please notify us immediately if a manuscript has been accepted/committed elsewhere.
  • A reading fee of $10.00 — payable through Submittable (submission manager system).
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your manuscript immediately via automatic email.
  • We aim to respond with a decision regarding your manuscript within 60 days


If you have any questions, you can contact the editor, Shawn Aveningo Sanders via Shawn@thePoetryBox.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

$10.00

We created The Poetry Box® Cooperative Publishing Program to offer poets a professional, trustworthy, and affordable option for publishing their full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. We began offering our hybrid model of publishing in 2018 and have produced 96 poetry collections under this paradigm so far (as of March 2023) by writers from varied backgrounds and level of experience—both established and emerging.

(Please note: we are only accepting submissions from U.S. based authors/poets at this time)

Please read all contract details and full submissions guidelines HERE before submitting.


Submission Checklist:

1.  Cover Letter containing:

  • Proposed Book Title
  • Legal Name of Poet
  • Poet Name as it should appear on the cover
  • Brief synopsis/description of the collection (approx 100-150 words)
  • Contact Information including: Email Address,  Mailing Address
  •  Phone Number
  •  Social Media links, if applicable (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Author Website, YouTube Channel, etc).
  • Why you’re interested in having The Poetry Box publish your work.
  • Whether or not this is a simultaneous submission.    
     

2.  Manuscript containing:

  • Table of Contents (list of poems in order as they appear in manuscript)
  • All poems in order, with each poem beginning on a new page. (generally 50-80 pages)
  • In order to show illustrations, you can include the images in the manuscript document or pdf. Upon acceptance, we will provide instructions for sending high-res, print quality images to incorporate into the layout. 
  • Acknowledgments for any previously published poems.
  • Author Bio written in 3rd person, noting any literary awards, publications, and anything you’d like to share with the readers as it related to the topic of your book, etc.
  • Artist Bio (for illustrated books or chapbooks with art, when artist is not the author)

Guidelines:

  • Accepted manuscript file formats: WORD (.doc or docx), RTF (rich text format), PDF (Upon acceptance, will require text portion of manuscript as WORD Document or RTF )
  • Please use a standard readable font in 12pt.
  • Do NOT use ALL CAPS for poem titles.
  • Start each poem at the TOP of a new page.
  • Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Poems that are previously published should be included in "Acknowledgments" section.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible; please notify us immediately if a manuscript has been accepted/committed elsewhere.
  • A reading fee of $10.00 — payable through Submittable (submission manager system).
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your manuscript immediately via automatic email.
  • We aim to respond with a decision regarding your manuscript within 60 days


If you have any questions, you can contact the editor, Shawn Aveningo Sanders via Shawn@thePoetryBox.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

$25.00

Annual Chapbook Contest for 2024

  Open to writers residing in the United States.


Three winners will receive publication of their chapbook with worldwide distribution and the following:

  1. Grand Prize Award: $500 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
      (chosen by contest judge for 2024: Donna Hilbert)
  2. Editor's Choice Award: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
      (chosen by The Poetry Box founding editor: Shawn Aveningo Sanders)
  3. Designer's Choice Award: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
      (chosen by The Poetry Box founding designer: Robert R. Sanders)
     

Submission Period for Contest:  Feb 1 - Mar 15, 2024

Winner Announced by:  July 31, 2024

Publication/Release Date:  Winter, 2024/25

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  We welcome work from both established and emerging writers alike. We invite all voices, and especially those that have been historically marginalized or under-heard to submit and partner with us. 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. Please keep in mind that a chapbook should have some unifying thread and yet each poem should be strong enough to stand on its own merit.
 

  • The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize honors a collection of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible.
  • The first place winning poet will receive a $500 honorarium upon publication plus 10 copies of the book.
  • The winning chapbook will be published in Winter 2024/25 by The Poetry Box, as a perfect-bound, paperback chapbook (6 x 9 inches in size).
  • In addition, the winning book and author will be featured on the The Poetry Box website.
  • Entries must be submitted between February 1 - March 15, 2024. (Midnight, PST)
  • All entries should be made via Submittable. (No email or snail mail submissions.)
  • Manuscripts should be approximately 18 to 30 pages of poetry, submitted in one single file. (This is only an estimate as it's hard to determine page count depending on individual length of poems. Finished chapbooks usually end of being 32-48 pages with front/back matter, so use your judgement. We're flexible.)
  • Poets may enter more than one manuscript to the contest, but each submission must be a separate entry, each incurring its own fee.
  • Accepted file formats: WORD (.doc or docx), RTF (rich text format), or PDF
  • Please use a standard readable font in 12pt.
  • Each poem should start at the top of new page.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript. Manuscripts will be read and judged anonymously.
  • The title page should contain the proposed title of chapbook and a brief synopsis/description of the collection and/or theme of the body of work. Author contact information is to be collected separately via Submittable. (do not include on title page)
  • Please include a Table of Contents page listing the poems in order. (page numbers are optional)
  • Do NOT include your name, author bio, or any other identifying information in the manuscript.
  • Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. (Please provide acknowledgments page of previously published poems at the end of the manuscript if needed.)
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to please notify The Poetry Box immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere. This is best accomplished by using the withdraw feature on Submittable.
  • If you win first place in our contest, please skip a year before entering the contest again. In other words, if you won the chapbook prize in 2023, you'll be eligible to enter again in 2025.
  • The entry fee of $25.00 is payable through Submittable (our submission manager system). If you'd also like to receive a copy of the winning chapbook when published, you can pay an extra $8 for a total fee of $33.
  • The winner will be announced by July 31, 2024.


        We look forward to reading your work!