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 platforms for both established and emerging poets and writers to share their work — their words — with the world.


The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize- 2023


Submissions Open:  Feb 1 - Mar 15, 2023

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:

  • 1st Prize: $500 plus 10 copies of published chapbook
  • 2nd Prize: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
  • 3rd Prize: $50 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook

Winner Announced by:  July, 2023

Publication/Release Date:  Winter, 2023/24

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The Poeming Pigeon: A Journal of Poetry & Art

 Every year, we  publish a new issue with an open call for POETRY and VISUAL ART submissions to the journal. 

Submission Period: OPENS AGAIN  ON Sept 15 - Oct 31, 2023


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Book Length Poetry Collections (traditional)

The Poetry Box is now accepting manuscript submissions for full-length single-author poetry collections by established poets under our SELECT imprint. We typically choose 2-4 titles per year for our SELECT program. 

TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL Summer 2023...STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION


Cooperative Publishing for Chapbooks

The Poetry Box is now accepting manuscript submissions for chapbook poetry collections year-round. This is a fee-based publishing model, where the publisher and author share the cost and rewards.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL March 2023...STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION


Cooperative Publishing for Full Length Poetry Collections

The Poetry Box is now accepting manuscript submissions for book length poetry collections year-round. This is a fee-based publishing model, where the publisher and author share the cost and rewards.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL March 2023...STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION


$25.00

Annual Chapbook Contest for 2023

Open to writers residing in the United States.
Three winners will receive publication of their chapbook with worldwide distribution and the following:

  • 1st Prize: $500 plus 10 copies of published chapbook
  • 2nd Prize: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
  • 3rd Prize: $50 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook
  • Submission Period for Contest:  Feb 1 - Mar 15, 2023
  • Contest Judge: Andrea Hollander
  • Winner Announced by:  July, 2023
  • Publication/Release Date:  Winter, 2023/24

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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.

  • The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize honors a collection of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible.
  • Contest is open to poets residing in the United States.
  • The first place winning poet will receive a $500 honorarium upon publication plus 10 copies of the book. 
  • We will also choose  2nd and 3rd place winners for publication and cash prizes. 
  • The winning chapbooks will be published in Winter 2023/24by The Poetry Box.
  • 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, 2023. (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 30-48 pages with front/back matter, so use your judgement. We're flexible.)
  • Accepted file formats: WORD (.doc or docx) or RTF (rich text format) or PDF (if you have illustrations with your poems).
  • Please use a standard readable font  in 12pt. 
  • Each poem should start at the top of a new page.  Poems should be single-spaced with double-spacing between stanzas.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript. Do NOT put your name on the entry. Manuscripts will be read 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 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 of previously published poems.)
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify us immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere.
  • If you win/place in our contest, please skip a year before entering the contest again. In other words, if you won the chapbook prize in 2022, you'll be eligible to enter again in 2024.
  • The entry fee of $25.00 is payable through Submittable) or $30 if you'd like to also receive a copy of the winning chapbook for 2023.
  • The winner will be announced by July 30, 2023.

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

 We look forward to reading your work!

The Poetry Box & The Poeming Pigeon