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  
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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.

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

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Book Length Poetry Collections

The Poetry Box is now accepting manuscript submissions for full-length single-author poetry collections by established poets.

  • Submission Period: Year Round (starting Jan 1, 2018)
  • Response Time: Within 3 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 (starting Jan 1, 2018)
  • Response Time: Within 30 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.

$3.00

"In the News" ISSUE: 

Poetry is more popular than ever as writers are moved to raise their voices in reaction to the chaos found in today's headlines.  Whether it's an unpopular president, climate change, record-breaking storms, gun-violence, sex-trafficking, religious wars, gay rights, human rights, the Black Lives Matter movement, or the latest celebrity gossip, there's a multitude of news stories to enrage and inspire. This is your chance to have your voice and your viewpoint heard (read) on the pages of our literary journal--The Poeming Pigeon.  

"In the News" Issue scheduled for release in Summer 2018. 


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We are accepting submissions from both established and emerging writers, from anywhere in the world. 

Submission Period: Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 31, 2018

  • One submission (maximum 3 poems) per author.
  • Please put all poems in a one single file attachment. 
  • All submissions must be typed…not handwritten. Single-spaced.
  • If submitting more than one poem, please insert page break at the end of each poem. If a poem is longer than one page, please notate whether or not there should be a stanza break, by putting {break} or {no break} at the top of the following page. 
  • Include your name (as it should appear in your byline) and email address at the bottom of each page, with page numbers. (We’re not selecting work based on “who”; this is just to help us stay organized.) 
  • Please present your poems in the format you’d like them to appear. If some of the lines are wider than our margins, we will consult you regarding any necessary line breaks or indentations needed for formatting. Our page size is 6 x 9 inches with approximately 1 inch margins.
  • Please use a standard readable font such as Times New Roman or Arial in 12pt. Do not embed your poems in graphics or imagery.
  • Please send your BIO (50 words or less) written in THIRD PERSON, in the field provided on Submittable. Please limit your publishing credits to three. Include notable accomplishments and something fun & personal to keep it engaging for our readers. Also, feel free to include one website or email address at the end of your bio. As a reader, I always love it when I can directly contact the poet/author about a piece that has moved me ... so don’t be shy.
  • For the "In the News" Issue, we will consider previously published work but give priority to original works that have not been published.
  • For previously published work, please include notation at the bottom of the page of that poem in the following form:

    • "Poem Title" by Poet's Name was previously published in Name of Publication, year.

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us IMMEDIATELY if your work has been accepted elsewhere. 
  • We will not respond to submissions until AFTER the deadline of January 31st has passed, to make sure we give everyone a fair shot. If you haven’t heard from us by April 1st, feel free to drop us a line to inquire the status of your submission. 
  • We offer our contributing authors a free copy and the chance to pre-order copies of the anthology at a discount 30 days before we go to print. We also support our writers by making nominations from each issue to The Pushcart Prize. 
  • Acceptance grants The Poetry Box one time publishing rights. Upon publication, all rights revert immediately to the author. If a poem published in The Poeming Pigeon is later published elsewhere, we respectfully ask that you credit us as the original publisher. 

Every submitter will receive a 25% coupon for one item in our bookstore.

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 are expanding our operation to offer publishing contracts (with no design fees or upfront production costs) and plan on releasing several single-author, full-length poetry manuscripts in 2018.  And to get the ball rolling, we will be accepting submissions year-round. 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.

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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 (Plume de Nom if using one)
    • 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).
  • 70 or more 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 80-150 pages.
  • Acknowledgments for 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.  (approx 200-250 words)

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 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!

Our cooperative publishing model is an ideal solution for writers who haven’t had a book published yet, as well as those who are anxious to get the ball rolling instead of submitting to multiple contests to get that first chapbook published.  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.

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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 30 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!