The Poetry Box

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 just 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.

Twice a year, we will publish a new issue of The Poeming Pigeon, each issue having a unique theme, with two open calls for submissions to the journal (May/June  for the Fall Issue and Nov /Dec  for the Spring Issue). Occasionally, we will  also be open for short prose work, in addition to poetry.

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 a journal 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.