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 in all categories with advance indication and prompt notification upon acceptance elsewhere. Please send a message to us through Submittable if any of your work has been accepted elsewhere. Please do not email the editors directly regarding your submission.

We accept submissions online only; work sent via mail will be recycled. 


  • Thank you to all who submitted poetry in November when we kept the doors open all month! We are humbled by the interest in our magazine and our submission window dates for 2023 are TBD
  • 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.
  • Out of respect for our volunteer readers, we request that you include a content warning if your work references or depicts personal or historical trauma (including violence, genocide, assault, abuse, etcetera). Please use the format "CW: ______" at the bottom of your cover letter.
  • We now have a special submission category for translations. Please do not submit translations in the general poetry submissions category. We require that translators obtain permission from the copyright holders for the translation. Note: translations submissions are closed for the remainder of 2022 and will reopen in early 2023. 
  • If you are an emerging writer, please consider submitting poems to Presenting, an annual feature published in the Winter & Spring issue of the magazine in which Senior Editor Xavier Cavazos introduces readers to a poet whose work has never before been featured in a nationally distributed print journal. All work submitted in this category will be considered for general publication even if not selected for the Presenting feature. (Currently closed.)


We also welcome submissions of book reviews or essays all year.


The 2022 James Welch Prize for Indigenous Poets accepts submissions from December 1 2021 – January 31 2022. Full prize guidelines are available on our website.

Response time

Our goal is to respond to unsolicited submissions within 6 months, 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.

Poems submitted here will go unread. We are open to reviewing prose that encourages us to engage with books of poetry (not necessarily new releases), individual poets, and issues of craft or poetics in new ways.

We also regularly feature reviews, interviews, and essays that engage specifically with poetry. For a list of titles we are particularly interested in, please check out this spreadsheet

What We Look For in Essays/Reviews:

  • Engaging, deep readings of titles that go beyond content summary and description into considerations of how the title might shift, challenge, illuminate, disturb, produce its poetics.
  • We are especially interested in multi-book reviews that put multiple titles in productive conversation.
  • Reviews that contextualize a book within a tradition or explore how it might/might not speak to it.
  • Critical writing that is itself sharp, lyrical, and analytical!

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

Land/Form is a new series edited by Publisher and Contributing Editor Kevin Craft that explores topics in geo-poetics. Read first installment of the series here.

Our focus is to publish longer essays of a lyrical, exploratory nature, mapping lived experience, big or small, with the topography of selected poems. Our goal is to offer a different kind of close reading, one that borrows equally from landscape and lineation, showcasing how poetry deepens our engagement with places—those loved, lost, or previously overlooked.

If you have a proposal for the series, please query us here or at

The Possession Sound Poetry Series from Poetry NW Editions will publish one or two manuscripts in spring 2024 drawn from our open reading periods.

Poets who have published at least one full-length collection are eligible. First book prizes are fairly common… but what comes next? Our mission is to give mid-career poets—those seeking a publisher for second books and beyond—a lift and a home. As with our flagship magazine, we have a strong preference for poems that discover joy in the musicality of language, poems attentive to their linguistic roots and expressive permutations. We have no formal or stylistic preferences beyond deep attention. Verse which employs meter and rhyme is as welcome as free verse, nonce forms, and experimentation. Read more about our aesthetic and guiding principles on our website.

Manuscripts are read in-house. If you think your work aligns with our mission, please send. All manuscripts will be read and selected by the Poetry NW Editions team.

This series is open to established poets who have already published at least one full-length collection (48+ pages). This includes books published by established third-party presses. Self-published manuscripts are not accepted for eligibility purposes.

How to Submit
Between March 8 and 11:59pm on April 30, submit your manuscript through Submittable. Please submit only once. During this time period, we are accepting free submissions from BIPOC writers only. (Our general reading period will open to all writers in May.)

Submissions must include a cover letter using the Submittable form, including a brief bio. Manuscripts will be read anonymously and discussed by a team of Poetry Northwest readers. Please include a title page featuring manuscript title only, a table of contents, and any notes. You are welcome to include publication notes, but they are not required.

All manuscripts must be previously unpublished. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know in your cover letter if you have submitted elsewhere. Also, if your manuscript is accepted anywhere else (congrats!) please let us know by sending a note through Submittable. If needed, you may withdraw your submission at any time, also through Submittable.

Reading Period Results
We will announce the winner along with a shortlist in the fall. The winner will receive a $500 advance, standard publication contract, and national distribution via Ingram. We use the IngramSpark platform for printing and distribution. All manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Code of Ethics
Poetry Northwest Editions complies with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) code of ethics.

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