Letter from the Editor

Dear Poets,

For the first time in nearly 4 years, we have closed submissions. We received record-breaking volumes of writing during the first months of the pandemic – it was an incredible outpouring of creativity and we are honored to have been chosen as the venue for you to share your latest writing. We continue to select and publish poetry from the record-breaking spring submissions, though at a slower pace than usual as we are like so many others handling increased responsibilities and changes in our day-to-day lives. If you have submitted your writing and are waiting for our response, please know our editors are working diligently to review your poetry and will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

With love,

Elle Aviv Newton, Editor in Chief

Submission Guidelines

Poets Reading the News, founded in 2016, publishes original poetry about current events from around the world. We are currently closed to submissions. Please follow our social media platforms to stay updated on our calls for poetry.

• We accept only original and previously unpublished works, up to three (3) poems per submission. You may have one submission under review at a time.

• Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your writing is accepted elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible.

• When possible, include news sources to support your submission and provide sources for any data or quotes.If your submission is heavily influenced by another poem, please acknowledge it with the word ‘after’ and the original poem’s title and author.

• Poets Reading the News encourages writers of all backgrounds to submit their writing, including writers of color, women writers, emergent writers, LGBTQI+ writers, and writers from regions near and far. We recognize that participation in poetry and journalism can come with significant barriers, including financial, institutional, and historical barriers, and we as an organization have a responsibility to do all we can do to break down those barriers. We offer a no-cost submission form for Black, indigenous, and POC writers. For more on our cultural equity goals and actions, please take a look at our About page.

By submitting, you assure that you hold the rights to the poem(s) and are granting Poets Reading the News the rights to publish if accepted. This is a non-paying publishing market at this time. Your poetry may be selected to appear on Poets Reading the News social media platforms, newsletter, and/or radio features. We will assume a general interest in our publication attends to your submission and subscribe you to our newsletter.