Beloit Poetry Journal
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
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.
▸ 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 September 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.