We will begin reading for the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series on October 1, 2018.

Our Winter Open Reading period will run from January 1 to February 28, 2019.

General Guidelines

We seek unpublished poems or translations of poems not already available in English. 

We are open to a wide range of forms and styles in contemporary poetry. We are always watching for new poets, quickened language, and work that offers a fresh purchase on the political or social landscape. 

The editors read every poem that comes in over the transom. Those we know aren't for us we return within weeks of their arrival. The rest we circulate among the editorial board members and continue to winnow. At face-to-face, long-weekend-long meetings, we read aloud those poems in which we have strong interest and collaborate to choose an issue from among them.

If you submit translations, please also include the poems in their original language.

We are now willing to consider simultaneous submissions, but (given the time- and labor-intensive nature of our editorial process) we ask that you notify us immediately if a poem is accepted elsewhere. 

Before you send work, please familiarize yourself with the BPJ by buying a sample issue or browsing our website archive.

Limit your submission to five poems OR a single long poem. (Yes, we enjoy long poems!) 

We ask that you send no more than one manuscript during any submission period. Put no more than one poem on a page. 

We seek to emphasize the poems themselves, so we use no contributors' notes, but feel free to send us a note if you want to tell us something about yourself.

If you don’t hear from us within a few weeks, your manuscript has been screened and is under active consideration. Please wait to query us until four months have passed.

And if you're not already a BPJ subscriber, please consider subscribing today, which you can do via an add-on payment (and at significant savings over regular prices) along with your fee-free submission. Subscriptions help support the magazine financially, but they also let us know that the work we're doing--and the work you're doing!--is important to readers. Thanks in advance for your support! 

Beloit Poetry Journal invites submissions for 

The Chad Walsh Chapbook Series

· Open to any poet writing in English, regardless of publication history

· $1000 prize + 50 author copies (perfect bound, full-color cover)

· Winning chapbook distributed to every BPJ subscriber + sold separately (print run of approximately 1,500)

· BPJ editors will read all submissions and select a manuscript for publication

· Submissions open October 1-November 30, 2018

· Results announced in January of 2019

· Selected manuscript published in Spring of 2019


· Submit (via Submittable) a manuscript of 20-35 pages of poetry; each poem should begin on its own page.

· While individual poems may have appeared in periodicals, online, etc., the manuscript as a whole must be previously unpublished.

· Reading fee of $20 per entry. You may submit additional manuscripts by paying an additional reading fee for each. A limited number of fee-free entries are available to poets for whom the reading fee represents a hardship. (Email us at bpj@bpj.orgfor details.)

· Submitters paying the $20 fee may purchase a 1-year subscription to the BPJ for only $15, nearly half off the regular subscription price. (An additional shipping charge applies to international subscribers.)

· Your name should not appear on the manuscript itself. 

· Include a table of contents, and number poem pages only; if applicable, include an acknowledgements page that lists where poems appeared previously. 

· We welcome simultaneous submissions; you may simply withdraw your manuscript (via Submittable) if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

· At this time we aren’t considering translations or multi-author chapbooks, and we ask that you don’t submit manuscripts that include visual art.

· We regret that we can’t accept postal or emailed submissions or submissions after the deadline. During the contest period, we can’t consider changes to manuscripts, though there will be time for editing before the selected chapbook is published.

· We follow CLMP Guidelines for contests and are committed, in all we do, to the highest ethical standards. If you are a close personal friend, family member, or student (outside of brief, one-off workshops) of any BPJ editor or if you are a former or current intern or staff member of the BPJ, please refrain from submitting. Email us at bpj@bpj.org if you have questions about eligibility.

Beloit Poetry Journal