Thank you for your interest in Poetry Northwest. After more than 60 years, we remain committed to publishing the best in contemporary poetry, especially work willing to take risks and push readers to the emotional and intellectual edge of what poetry makes possible. We are staunch advocates for our writers, and poems published in our magazine often appear later in the pages of the Pushcart Prize and Best American anthologies.

We strive to go beyond encouraging submissions from diverse voices. Our mission to employ equitable editorial practices runs parallel to our mission to publish the most exciting poetry we can find. Take a look at a recent issue and you'll see that we stand behind both these commitments.

Poetry Northwest is published semi-annually in June and December. We also publish new work (poetry, reviews, interviews, and essays) on our website. We make no distinction between the work selected for print edition or website publication. All work submitted to us during our reading period will be considered for the print edition, the website, or both.

We do not accept work that has been previously published. This includes on personal blogs and social media.

Please submit in only one category, and limit yourself to one submission per reading period.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted with advance indication and prompt notification upon acceptance elsewhere. You can do so by logging into Submittable and making note of the withdrawal of all or part of your submission. Please do not email the editors directly regarding your submission.

Poetry

We welcome unsolicited submissions of poetry, original or in translation, twice a year: October 1st – December 1st and January 1st – March 1st. Please note that our monthly submission limit for poetry is 300. Once we reach that limit, submissions will be closed for the remainder of that month.

  • Please submit no more than four poems at a time. Combine all poems into a single document and upload as a Word file. If you wish to submit a PDF, please include it as a second file.
  • We accept submissions online only; work sent via mail will be recycled. 
  • When submitting translations, please submit the originals alongside the translations, and be sure you hold the rights to print the originals. Please note, translations need not include a version of the poem in English (ie. you might submit a poem originally written in Arabic and subsequently translated into French).

Prose & visual art

We also welcome submissions of unsolicited book reviews or essays, as well as queries for visual art. Please submit using the appropriate category button.

Response time

Our goal is to respond to unsolicited submissions within 12 weeks, but we may take longer during our busiest months. Please be patient. We want to make sure your work gets the attention it deserves.

Full guidelines are available on our website.

Prose only. Poems submitted here will go unread. Please read our submission guidelines for information about our reading period.

We are open to reviewing prose that encourage us to engage with books of poetry (not necessarily new releases), individual poets, and issues of craft or poetics in new ways. We like thinking about how poetry makes the world a bigger place, and we enjoy reading about the connections drawn between the literary arts and food, migration, the ocean—anything unexpected or risky. Write a manifesto. Take us on an adventure. Show us how dangerous it can be to live on the edge of words.

We have many regular features that appear in print and online, including On Failure, Line Cook, and a new somewhat tongue-in-cheek "writers advice" column. Feel free to pitch us one of these or something entirely new, as we often run one-off features on such topics as under-sung poetic heroes or AWP panel recaps. Surprise us.

We'll make every effort to respond within a month of submission. Please wait three months before inquiring.

Please note that this submission category is for visual work only. All non-visual work will be withdrawn from consideration.

We are interested in publishing visual work that converses (or creates a tension with) language and poetry in a variety of ways. Though most of the visual art appearing in our magazine is solicited, we are open to new discoveries. If you've seen recent issues and think your work may interest us, send a small sample with a brief query explaining why your work is right for us. You may include a link to an online portfolio.

Thank you for your interest in Poetry Northwest. We look forward to reviewing your work.

Poetry Northwest