Poets Reading the News publishes unsolicited and original poetry and prose about current events from around the world. We are open to submissions 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • We accept only original and previously unpublished works. Previous publication of works on personal social media platforms are generally allowed.
  • Submit up to three poems per submission. You may have one submission in review at a time.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We move quickly on accepted works. If your writing is accepted elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible.
  • Include links to news sources regarding your work’s topic whenever possible.
  • If you are integrating quotes or data into your writing, you must provide links to your sources.
  • Poets Reading the News encourages writers of all backgrounds to submit their writing, in particular writers of color, women writers, emergent writers, LGBTQI+ writers, and writers from regions near and far.

By submitting your work, you are assuring that you hold the rights to the work and you are granting Poets Reading the News the rights to publish it if accepted. You are aware that if chosen for publication your work may be selected to appear on Poets Reading the News social media platforms, newsletter, and/or radio features. By submitting, we will assume a general interest in our publication and add you to our newsletter. At this time, this is not a paid opportunity.

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Email Submissions

You may also submit directly through e-mail. If your poetry regards a timely news event, please put “Breaking” in the subject line. Send up to three poems organized into a single .doc format. Be sure to include a brief, professional biography up to 40 words in length and any relevant news sources in the body of the email. Send submissions to: editors@poetsreadingthenews.com. Please note that if you choose to submit through direct email, we may take longer to respond to your work. Thank you for your patience.