$30.00 USD

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)


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.)


  • 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!

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