Poetry Quarterly Submission Guidelines


Poetry Quarterly has been publishing issues since 2010. Each issue features both new and established poets. We consider all forms of poetry, but we generally shy away from rhyme.

It's still free to submit!

Many excellent journals charge fees for either online or offline submissions (or both). We all understand those funds are needed to send contributors a copy, or otherwise generate income. More than 70% of journals today do not pay anything. These types of practices are understandable, but frustrating to writers.

Fortunately PQ's general submissions are still free.

Publication Rewards

All journals have some financial strategy to stay afloat, and those decisions are often difficult trade-offs.
What are our trade-offs?


  • We don't require writers to pay anything to submit.
  • We are in the minority of journals that DO pay cash (via PayPal because it's easy and convenient).
  • Along with publication, all published poets receive a 1 Year Subscription to Poetry Quarterly online ($20 Value).


  • We cannot afford to send free paperback copies.
  • Token payments are small.

    Submission Terms

    By submitting, you are acknowledging these terms.

    1. By submitting, you are asserting your work is available to print and has not been previously printed elsewhere. You maintain all future-use rights to your work.

    2. You affirm your submission is your own creation and no part of your submission is in the public domain.

    3. You may submit up to 5 times each month. 1 poem per submission.

    4. You may withdraw any submission prior to acceptance by logging into the submission manager. Once accepted, you will need to contact us to withdraw a submission.


  • We do not charge you to submit your work.
  • We do not charge a reading fee for general submissions.
  • We prefer you limit your submissions to 5 per month.
  • Remember to separate your submissions, 1 for each poem.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • One token payment allowed per issue.
  • Token payments are currently $1.50 for everyone, and $10.00 for submissions marked as "Editor's Choice."
  • Cash payments are paid by PayPal to any address you designate.
  • Subscriptions to Poetry Quarterly online are awarded after publication.

  • We prefer submissions using our submission manager. However, we still accept submissions by mail.

    To submit by mail, follow these directions:
    * Include up to 5 poems on separate sheets without contact info.
    * Long poems on multiple sheets should be collated and stapled together.
    * Include your contact info on a cover page with a list of poems and your bio.
    * We no longer return anything by mail. Do not send envelopes. All SASEs are destroyed.
    * You must include an email address for determination notices.

    Mail to:
    Prolific Press Inc.
    Poetry Quarterly Editor
    P.O. Box 5315
    Johnstown, PA 15904


    * Sign up for Submission Calls.

    Also consider submitting unique works to these fine journals:
    Three Line Poetry | Haiku Journal | Inwood Indiana | Jitter | Dual Coast Magazine | Tanka Journal | 50 Haikus

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