Note: The BPJ has paused submissions this summer so we can give thoughtful time to considering, editing, and publishing the work we have received. This season has brought us an unprecedented volume of extraordinary submissions. We are entirely grateful for writers' continued faith in language as both fuel and balm, and for their trust in the BPJ as a potential home for their poems. We will work to honor that trust over the summer months. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing your work during our Winter Open Reading Period (opens January 1, 2023).

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the BPJ

We’re open to a wide range of forms and styles in contemporary poetry. We’re 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. We respond to manuscripts we know aren't for us as soon as we can. 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.

For more information about the journal, our various call for submissions, and our editorial process—and to read work we’ve published in the past—visit our website at www.bpj.org


SUBMISSION PERIODS

We read regular submissions during two open reading periods:

  • Our Winter Open Reading Period runs from January 1 through January 31 
  • Our Summer Open Reading Period runs from July 1 through August 31 

Note about open reading periods: We can receive 800 fee-free submissions per month of our open reading periods.  If we reach 800 during any month, submissions will close until the next month of the reading period begins; when 800 is reached in the final month of an open reading period, regular submissions will close until our next open reading period. 

We consider submissions for the Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry from February 1 to April 30

We consider manuscripts for the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series from October 1 to November 30.


Guidelines for all reading periods and contests are available on our website. See the submission forms below for specific guidelines pertaining to current and upcoming calls. 

Beloit Poetry Journal invites submissions for

The Chad Walsh Chapbook Series

  • Open to any poet writing in English, regardless of publication history
  • $2500 prize, 50 author copies (perfect bound, full-color cover), and an in-depth editorial consultation 
  • Winning chapbook distributed to every BPJ subscriber and 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, opening and closing at midnight Eastern Time
  • Results announced in late winter/spring
  • Selected manuscript published in spring/early summer  


Guidelines

  • Submit (via Submittable) a manuscript of 20-35 pages of poetry (including the table of contents and acknowledgments page); each poem should begin on its own page.
  • 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 presents a hardship. (Email us at bpj@bpj.org for 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.). The subscription will begin with the winning chapbook, published in spring/summer.
  • While individual poems may have appeared in periodicals, online, etc., the manuscript as a whole must be previously unpublished.
  • Include a table of contents; 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.
  • 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, student (outside of brief, one-off workshops), or if you have engaged the editing/consultation services 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