Poetry International

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


General Contest Guidelines:

When submitting through Submittable:
  • Fill in all required categories marked with an asterisk *
  • In the "Title" box, ONLY provide the name of all poems (ex: "House" "Tree" "Car") -- this makes it easier for our Editorial Assistants to track your entries/poems
  • When submitting, please do follow the written guidelines for title, cover letter, and attached files
  • We accept credit card or Paypal payments

When Attaching a File:
  • We read blind. No additional cover letter necessary. Please fill in all required categories with: 

  1. Contact Information (Address, Email, Phone Number). Your Full name should only appear in your Submittable account on any required categories.
  2. Titles of all poems 
  3. (Optional) A title for your collection (if applicable)
  • Identifying information (name) should not appear on any headers or footers throughout the document
  • Document page numbers preferred
  • Poem titles preferably in bold within the document
  • We only accept PDF, .doc, or .dox files
  • A submission can contain between 3 to 8 entries/poems uploaded in ONE document. The reading fee is $15 for the first three entries/poems and $3 for any additional entries/poems. 

Additional Information:
  • No scanned handwritten entries 
  • No Illustrations, fancy fonts, or decorative borders--Please make your entry/poem easy to read for our staff (No Comic Sans or similar)
  • No SASE necessary -- We will announce the winners on our website and blog 
  • Simultaneous submission are allowed -- please note whether or not any poems/entries are simultaneous submissions and if/when they are accepted elsewhere
  • Any poems translated from other languages are only eligible as long as you have permission to print or the work is already in the public domain.
  • All manuscripts will be recycled
  • Declined Entries will not receive an email, only a status change
  • All submissions are read in the order in which they are received. We are a University publisher and our staff and Editorial Assistants run by an academic calendar. Please, do NOT query about your submission.

General Information for Poetry International Chapbook Submission:


  • Poetry International Chapbook is not a contest -- selected manuscripts will be published in an upcoming publication of Poetry International and the submitter will receive a contributor's copy
  • Poetry International Chapbooks are known as "Portfolios" within each printed copy
  • A $20 submission fee is required
  • Poetry International has different guidelines for manuscript cover letters --please research on how to write cover letters for manuscripts. 
  • One submission per reading period per person ONLY
  • The Reading Period is from May 1st to September 1st of each year
  • Manuscript must be previously unpublished as an entirety (individual poem publications are okay)
  • Selected Poetry International Chapbooks are announced on our website and blog
  • Please read our Poetry International Chapbook guidelines for detailed information