We seek only unpublished poems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 ($4000 in 2012) 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 days 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 the journal.
We accept submissions online via SUBMISSION MANAGER and by postal mail to
Beloit Poetry Journal
P.O. Box 1450
Windham, ME 04062
Please familiarize yourself with the BPJ before you send us work by buying a sample issue or browsing our website archive.
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 sheet.
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 send poems by postal mail, be sure to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with adequate postage to return them, or tell us if you don’t want them returned with our decision. Manuscripts that arrive without SASEs or sufficient postage will be read but not returned.
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.