:: Tinderbox Poetry Journal has been the original home of poems appearing in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Bettering American Poetry anthologies. We are a paying market that offers contributors $15, regardless of how many poems are selected. We nominate for Pushcart Prizes, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net.


:: We’re proud to announce we now offer fee-free submissions year-round. To offset the costs of running our journal (and to continue offering no mandatory fees), we recommend Tip Jar ($3) and Requesting Feedback options ($5) for folks with the means to make a donation. These proceeds will go towards the standard expenses a journal incurs: Submittable subscription, website fees, promotional costs, etc. We remain a volunteer-run journal, and we appreciate your support in showcasing the talented poets of our era.


:: To get a better sense of our aesthetic, we encourage submitters to read past issues via our archives. When we read submissions, we seek poems that give us a little shiver, poems that catch the light and compel us to look closer. We don't have restrictions on form or content, and we are interested in featuring poets at all stages of their career.


:: We thank you for trusting us with your work. One of the luckiest things is finding the amazing and unknown within these submission pages.


A few specifics--


:: While we are a poetry-specific journal, we seek to expand the definition of poetry.


:: We ask for first rights, and we also ask that any future publications (congratulations!) of your accepted poems are acknowledged back to Tinderbox Poetry Journal.


:: We only accept general submissions through Submittable. Our average response time is 1 week to 3 months. Please wait 3 months after your submission has been received to query in regards to its status via Submittable or email.


:: We unfortunately cannot accommodate revisions once you have pressed the submit button and the work is under consideration, to guarantee our editors are reading the same draft. If you must, you can withdraw your submission and submit an updated file again (refunds will not be offered for withdrawn donation or requesting feedback submissions).


:: Please include all poems in one file, as it keeps costs down. Please page break when a new poem begins.


:: We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately via Submittable if your submission has been accepted elsewhere.


:: We do not accept previously published work. This includes work that has been revised from a previously published poem.


:: We request that poets writing “after” poems not only attribute the name of the poet they are responding to, but the title of the original poem as well. Additionally, if a submitted poem quotes lines from another poet, we ask that the source text be properly attributed as an endnote.


:: We do not accept multiple submissions within one reading season. Please wait until a new reading season to submit your work again after it has been considered. (We are open for submissions four times a year.) We cannot offer refunds if submitters submit via donation or requesting feedback submissions twice--the second submission will not be considered. 

:: limit your submission 3-4 pieces per submission (from free verse to formal, lyric essay, flash forms, sequences of fragments, lyric drama, and on--we're thrilled to read poems that expand the concept of what a poem can be)

:: no more than 6 pages

:: cover letter not required, though welcome

:: If you need to withdraw a single piece from your submission, please leave a note in the Submittable system.  (Go to your dashboard, click on "View," then write a note in the box.)  It's easier to keep track this way.
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$3.00

You can use this category for any of the submissions we accept:  poetry, lyric/hybrid, conversation/essay.  


Know that we appreciate anyone who chooses this category, though we will regularly have fee-free options available. We are poets ourselves; we understand how draining this can be on one's wallet. Using this category does not privilege the submission, but we do appreciate your dedication and assistance to a growing journal.


:: 3-4 pieces per submission (from free verse to formal, lyric essay, flash forms, sequences of fragments, lyric drama, and on--we're thrilled to read poems that expand the concept of what a poem can be)


:: no more than 6 pages


:: cover letter not required, though welcome


:: If you need to withdraw a single piece from your submission, please leave a note in the Submittable system.  (Go to your dashboard, click on "View," then write a note in the box.)  It's easier to keep track this way.



If you’d like feedback on your submission, you can select this option to receive up to a half page of feedback from our editors. If you’d like comments regarding a specific facet of your work, please indicate so in your cover letter. Please note that we can only offer our own perspective and editorial approach--we do not claim to know your work better than yourself or anyone else, but this option does help us continue to fund our journal’s cost of operations. 

:: 3-4 pieces per submission (from free verse to formal, lyric essay, flash forms, sequences of fragments, lyric drama, and on--we're thrilled to read poems that expand the concept of what a poem can be)

:: no more than 6 pages

:: cover letter not required, though welcome

:: If you need to withdraw a single piece from your submission, please leave a note in the Submittable system. (Go to your dashboard, click on "View," then write a note in the box.) It's easier to keep track this way.

Tinderbox Poetry Journal