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POETRY

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Book-length collections of poems by a single author, written originally in English.

We are drawn to skillfully crafted, strong, and challenging poetry that explores the human experience in a wholly original way. We define the word “poetry” broadly and are open to a range of forms, structures, and styles—including prose poems. More than any particular theme or aesthetic approach, our central concern is with literary and artistic excellence—in terms of originality of vision, mastery of language, craft, and technique.

Manuscripts must be at least 60 pages in length, and must be finished and polished at the time of querying. We require that at least 75% of the collection comprise poems previously published in well-regarded literary magazines or journals.

EXAMPLES OF OUR TASTE IN POETRY

The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand • Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Bluets by Maggie Nelson • A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib
Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson • Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky
I Will Destroy You by Nick Flynn • Rendang by Will Harris
Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong • Hard Damage by Aria Aber
The Tradition by Jericho Brown • Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith
Eye Level by Jenny Xie • The Carrying by Ada Limon
Wobble by Rae Armantrout • Sight Lines by Arthur Sze
Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets
I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood by Tiana Clark

HOW TO SUBMIT

We have specific submission guidelines for this category. Learn more here.