Ends on June 15, 2019

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From the learning how to locate the Little Dipper to standing awe-struck under the Milky Way, humans have been asking: What’s out there in the great beyond? Could we survive on Mars? What is dark matter? Are wormholes the secret to time travel?  Our curiosity is as vast as the universe itself. Send us your best stargazing poems exploring the great beyond, string theory and black holes.  Make a case for Pluto–planet or not planet? This theme is yours to take to the outer limits.
The Cosmos Issue scheduled for release in Winter 2019/20.
Submission Period: Apr 15 - Jun 15, 2019


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

Submission Period: APR 15 - JUN 30, 2019

  • 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 start each poem on a new page. (Please use the "insert page break" function, not multiple returns.)
  • 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 "Cosmos" Issue, we will not consider previously published work.
  • 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 has passed, to make sure we give everyone a fair shot. If you haven’t heard from us by Oct 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 North American serial, electronic and archival publishing rights. Copyright always remains with the author. If a poem published first 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!