We are living through historic times. Our publication exists for readers to learn about and process the news in a unique way. It’s also for writers who are collectively creating a new genre, which we have coined journalism in verse. We feature internationally-renowned poets, prize-winning journalists, and emergent writers from around the world. As a non-partisan newspaper, we encourage a diverse range of poetry about the news.
Poets Reading the News publishes unsolicited poetry and prose and is open to submissions throughout the year. Submitting your poetry is free and always will be. Works must be original and previously unpublished, including on public social media pages and blogs. If your work regards a particular news event or article, or features quotations, please be sure to include links to those stories and/or citations with your submission. If you are submitting your work simultaneously to multiple publications, please include a note letting us know. We welcome up to four poetry submissions from an author at a time.
A note on timing: we often cover stories longer than mainstream news outlets, as we believe strongly that current events reverberate way beyond the 24-hour news cycle. If in doubt, submit! With that said, if you want to submit a poem about an anniversary, holiday, or something else that is only notable on one specific day, please submit it ahead of time. From our end, we’re known for being unusually quick in our responses.
Submit via Email
Please organize submissions into a single .doc or .docx document (PDFs are not suitable). If the poem is time-sensitive, please write “Breaking” in the subject line. Include links to relevant news articles and a brief two to three sentence biography including relevant publication history and area of residence. Optional: include a poet’s note that may be published on our website. E-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By submitting to Poets Reading the News, you acknowledge that, if selected for publication, your work will be published online through the Poets Reading the News website and may be selected to appear on the ancillary Poets Reading the News podcast, radio segment, and social media platforms. You also acknowledge this work is previously unpublished, not plagiarized, and that references are cited appropriately. We will presume that you are interested in the publication and will add your email to our newsletter. At this time, this is not a paid opportunity.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to Poets Reading The News. We look forward to reading your work.