Please follow the Submission Guidelines.
Poets’ Quarterly publishes in-depth reviews of poetry books and chapbooks, recognizing new works from both emerging and established poets. The interview series aims to showcase the overall scope of work poets contribute to their society. Through these avenues, Poets’ Quarterly aims to emphasize the importance of poetic contributions to the literary community – and the community-at-large – and to recognize both the diversities and commonalities expressed through this art form. We also seek essays and short blog posts related specifically to poetry: a discussion on poetry trends, an observation, major news in the poetry publishing world, etc. For these types of submissions, please contact our Nonfiction/Blog Editor to provide an overview of what you would like to write for us.
All contributors and editors volunteer their time. Poets’ Quarterly is a non-paying market. Occasionally, reviewers receive complimentary review copies from publishers or authors, but this is not always the case.
Poetry has a relatively small circle. We all know one another or know so-and-so through one another. It goes without saying that we read work of those we admire. Poets tend to rely on other poets. Many of us work with publishers, regardless of pay, as we like to keep active within the community. These are all reasons why poetry is so awesome. That being said, Poets’ Quarterly requests that Contributors and Reviewers abstain from reviewing books published by any publication he/she works for (regardless of pay/no pay), to keep things on the level. So, if you work at ‘Number One Poetry Publisher,’ please excuse yourself from reviewing other books published by ‘Number One Poetry Publisher.’ There’s plenty more for you to cover; we’ll find someone else suitable to dip a toe in your backyard pool.
Poets’ Quarterly is published online: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Blog posts occur randomly, but regularly, in between these times.
Rights & Reprints
Poets’ Quarterly only accepts previously unpublished reviews and interviews. We request first time rights. You may reprint (online or in print) your review or interview after it has first appeared on Poets’ Quarterly with the request that Poets’ Quarterly is acknowledged with a credit and link to www.PoetsQuarterly.com. You are encouraged to post a brief excerpt of your review, once published, to online booksellers. Let’s help poets sell their books!
Submissions should be between 500—2,000 words. Nonfiction/Blog Posts may run shorter, if appropriate.
Style & Tone
Please offer an in-depth portrait of the book you are reviewing rather than a ‘back cover blurb’ summary. Give the reader a reason to seek out the book by offering your response to the work as a whole and the themes it explores. Use excerpts and examples to speak to the work as a whole while also freely narrowing in on specifics the reader may find interesting. Poets’ Quarterly aims to fully explore the poetry reviewed rather than simply provide a brief summary that could easily be read from a press release. This is poetry we are writing about. The poet has something to say. What do you have to say about the work?
Also, please note, Poets’ Quarterly has no interest in overtly negative reviews. If you don’t care for a book, there’s no obligation to submit a review for it. There are far too many quality books deserving of our readers’ attention; while we offer critical analyses and ask questions, Poets’ Quarterly prefers to only cover books we want our readers to seek out. There simply isn’t enough time or space to cover anything less than a recommended book/poet.
Important Style Notes
Please use Cambria 12 point font for all submissions.
Titles of books and chapbooks must be in italics. Use quotation marks for individual titles of poems.
Please use only one space after a period, between sentences.
Please use single spacing throughout your document, with no paragraph indents. Use one extra line break to start a new paragraph, but do not indent the paragraph. Note that many word processing programs have a default of multi-lines; you’ll need to format your submission to single spacing.
Do not design/add style to your submission. If you have images to include, do not design your submission to include them. Include images as attachments.
Please do not include page references. You should make clear the poem you are referencing and that should be enough to provide clarity for the reader.
Follow rules of grammar, check your spelling, and provide accurate information about the publication. This includes the following required information for all reviews, in this order:
- Book Title
- Binding, # of pages
- Link to purchase
When you make a submission to Poets’ Quarterly, it is assumed you have edited your work and are giving permission for the review/interview to be published as submitted. Revisions of submissions are by request and you will not be able to preview your contribution on the website prior to publication. Please note, your submission may be edited for grammar, punctuation, or clarity. However, significant editorial changes will be redirected to the reviewer. This includes matters of word count, clarification of quotes, etc.
Please supply a brief, third-person bio (no more than 50 words) to include with your review/interview. You may include a link to your website or blog. Please submit your bio every time you submit a review/interview so our editors don’t need to go digging for it.
Please be aware the response time may take up to three months, although generally you will hear a response much quicker. Please understand we receive several inquiries and submissions and aim to respond in a timely manner. General inquiries may also take up to four weeks to receive a response. Poets’ Quarterly is a volunteer operation and we will respond as quickly as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
How to Submit
Please direct your submission to the appropriate Department Editor, following the aforementioned guidelines.
Reviews Coordinator: Andrew Ruzkowski, email@example.com
Interviews Editor: Millicent Bórges Accardi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Essays & Blog Editor: Leslie L. Nielsen, email@example.com
Please submit your letter of interest detailing previous review/interview experience along with a brief, third-person bio to the appropriate Department Editor, as noted above. As new books become available for review, interested contributors will be notified of what is available for potential assignment.
Publisher & Author Inquiries
Poets’ Quarterly welcomes contact from authors and publishers seeking reviews. Please send an email detailing the title available for review, date of availability, and a direct link to the book. This information is required upfront to determine reviewer interest. You will be contacted when a reviewer has requested your title. Questions and queries should be addressed to the Reviews Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poets’ Quarterly does not include advertisements for books or authors.