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 Poeming Pigeon: A Literary Journal of Poetry

Every year, 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 & Upcoming Themes for The Poeming Pigeon:
  • From Pandemic to Protest:  Submissions Open Oct 15 - Dec 15, 2020  


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The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize- 2021

Our annual chapbook contest is open to writers residing in the United States. Winners will receive the following: 1st Prize: $500 plus 20 copies of published chapbook and distribution of their winning title to all contest entrants. 2nd Prize: $100 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook. 3rd Prize: $50 plus 5 copies of their published chapbook.
  • Submission Period for Contest:  Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2021
  • Winner Announced by:  July, 2021
  • Publication/Release Date:  Winter, 2021/22


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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.
  • Submission Period: Year Round 
  • Response Time: Within 6 Months


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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.
  • Submission Period: Year Round 
  • Response Time: Within 60 Days


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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.
  • Submission Period: Year Round 
  • Response Time: Within 90 Days


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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.

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.

Our cooperative publishing model is an ideal solution for U.S. based writers (both emerging talents and established writers) who are excited to get their work published rather than awaiting multiple contest results. The publishing landscape is shifting rapidly, and it can be a very confusing and often costly endeavor for those who simply dream of seeing their work in print. Therefore, we offer an affordable, cooperative solution which can be equally rewarding to both the author and the publisher. 

Please read all contract details and full guidelines on our website before submitting.  

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

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Submission Period: YEAR-ROUND

Manuscript Checklist:


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
  •  Shipping 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.


List of Poems in order (NOT all caps and no underlines).

All poems gathered in one document, in order, with each poem beginning on a new page.

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).  Do not send as PDF.
  • Please use a standard readable font such as Times New Roman in 12pt. Do not embed your poems in graphics or imagery.
  • Do NOT put your poem titles in ALL CAPS.
  • Do NOT underline your titles.
  • Start each poem on 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.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible; please notify The Poetry Box via email (shawn@thepoetrybox.com) immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere.
  • The reading fee of $10.00 is payable through Submittable.
  • 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!

Our cooperative publishing model is an ideal solution for U.S. based writers—both emerging talents and established writers alike. Publishing a poetry book can be a daunting process, especially after so much effort, time and energy has gone into the writing itself. The publishing landscape is shifting rapidly, and it can be a very confusing and often costly endeavor for those who simply dream of seeing their work in print. Therefore, we offer an affordable, cooperative solution which can be equally rewarding to both the author and the publisher. Writers are freed-up to spend time in their craft—creating more art for the world to enjoy—while we lend our experience and expertise to take care of the design and publishing details for you.

 Please read all contract details and full guidelines on our website before submitting.  

 (Please note: we are only accepting submissions from U.S. based authors/poets at this time)
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Submission Period: YEAR-ROUND
Manuscript Checklist:


Cover Letter containing:
 

  • Proposed Book Title
  • Legal Name of Poet
  • Poet Name as it should appear on the cover
  • Synopsis/description of the collection (approx 100-150 words)
  • Contact Information including:
  •  Email Address
  •  Shipping 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.     

     

 List of Poems in order (NOT all caps and no underlines).

All poems gathered in one document, in order, with each poem beginning on a new page.

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).  Do not send as PDF.
  • Please use a standard readable font such as Times New Roman in 12pt. Do not embed your poems in graphics or imagery.
  • Do NOT put your poem titles in ALL CAPS.
  • Start each poem on a new page.
  • Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published (such as in magazines, journals, anthologies, or in author's own chapbooks/books), but the work as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible; please notify The Poetry Box via email (shawn@thepoetrybox.com) immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere.
  • The reading fee of $10.00 is payable through Submittable.
  • 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!

We are very excited to offer a new publishing paradigm for established poets. We have expanded our operation to also offer traditional publishing contracts (with no design fees or upfront production costs) and plan on releasing 3-4 "select" poetry books each year.  So if you’ve been admiring the quality and design of our books these past few years, now is your chance to have your work published under The Poetry Box Select imprint.

Please read all contract details and full guidelines on our website before submitting.

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

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Submission Period: YEAR-ROUND

Manuscript Checklist:


- Cover Letter containing:

  • Proposed Book Title
  • Legal Name of Poet
  • Name as it should appear on the cover.
  • Brief synopsis/description of the collection (approx 100-200 words)
  • Contact Information including:
    •  Email Address
    •  Shipping 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.


- List of Poems in order (NOT all caps and no underlines).

- All poems gathered in one document, in order, with each poem beginning on a new page.  This number may vary, especially for those who write longer poems.  Our aim is to have the final book (including all front & back matter) to be 70-130 pages.

- Acknowledgments for previously published poems. (if not applicabe, let us know, so we don't think it's missing)

- 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.  (approx 200-250 words)

- Authors are required to meed a minimum number of pre-order sales. Therefore, please include your plan for marketing the book, such as doing readings, approaching local bookstores, promoting pre-sales to their existing fans, etc. (Please be specific with details.)


Guidelines:

  • Accepted file formats: WORD (.doc or docx) or RTF (rich text format).  Do not send as PDF.
  • Please use a standard readable font such as Times New Roman in 12pt. Do not embed your poems in graphics or imagery.
  • Do NOT put your poem titles in ALL CAPS.
  • Do NOT underline your titles.
  • Start each poem on a new page. (Please use "Insert page break" instead of multiple returns)
  • Individual poems of the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible; please notify The Poetry Box via email immediately if a manuscript becomes accepted/committed elsewhere.


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