We seek only unpublished poems
or translations of poems not already available in English. The magazine
is copyrighted, with rights reverting to the poet on publication.
We are open to a wide range of forms and styles in contemporary poetry. We
are always watching for new
poets, quickened language, and poems that offer a new purchase on the political or social
landscape. The Chad Walsh Poetry Prize ($3000 in 2015) is awarded to the
author of the poem or group
of poems that the editorial board judges to be outstanding among those we published in
the previous year.
The editors read every poem that comes in over the transom. Those we know
aren't for us we return within
weeks of their arrival. The rest we circulate among the editorial board members and
continue to winnow. At quarterly
meetings, we read the surviving poems aloud and put together an issue of what calls to
us most strongly.
We read year-round, do not charge reading fees of any kind, and are
conscientious about responding to
manuscripts promptly. In return, we ask that you honor our policy of not
considering simultaneous submissions.
Contributors receive three copies of the issue in which their poems appear
plus a year's subscription to
We accept submissions only via SUBMISSION
Please familiarize yourself with the BPJ before you send us work
by buying a sample
issue or browsing our
Limit your submission to five pages OR a single long
poem. (Yes, we publish them.)
It’s helpful for us to see more than a single short poem, so we get a fuller sense
of your work.
Please send no more than two manuscripts within a six-month period.
Put no more than one poem on a page. Include your name and address
(postal and email) on every
No cover note is necessary, unless you have something to say to
us. We use no contributors'
notes. Our emphasis is on the poem.
If you don’t hear from us within a few weeks, that’s because
your manuscript has been
screened and is under active consideration. We clear the decks every quarter; please wait
to query us until four
months have passed.