Thank you for sharing your poetic journalism with Poets Reading the News! We look forward to reading your work. Read our guidelines and submission instructions below.

Submission Guidelines

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  • We accept only original and previously unpublished works.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 feature. 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.

How to Submit

You may either send us your work on Submittable below or email it to us directly. Please send up to three poems organized into a single .doc format. Be sure to include a brief, professional biography and any relevant links in the body of the email. If your work regards a timely news event, please put “Breaking” in the subject line. Send submissions to