:: Tinderbox Poetry Journal has been the original home of poems appearing in The Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Bettering American Poetry anthologies. 


:: 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 gives 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 want our ideas of a well-crafted poem to move beyond the MFA workshop and into the mettle of life and experience. We want our understanding of the world to expand, leave us silent and struck, lead us in song and in praise. We editors want to be challenged out of our comfort zones. We are looking for the well-written but also, more importantly, the well-lived. We recognize that the cover letter can be a crucial component in the reading process. Rather than a hoop through which to jump, a cover letter can become a lens through which we can better understand the work you are submitting to us. We encourage you to introduce yourselves and your poems to us in your cover letter, however you see fit. (If you do opt to include a bio in your cover letter, please keep it to 100 words or fewer.)


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

   

Free 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.


Donation Submission ($3)

Thanks for choosing this option, poet. We appreciate your support in continuing to offer fee-free submissions and offsetting the standard costs of running an online 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.


Requesting Feedback ($5)

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 on one poem in your submission. **To help structure feedback, please indicate in your cover letter which one poem you would like feedback on. If you do not, editors will select one.** 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.

   



A few specifics--


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


:: We regret we cannot pay contributors at this time, but we do nominate for Pushcart Prizes, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. We are currently evaluating our budget, and it is our eventual goal to offer our poets compensation for their craft.


:: 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. We encourage you to query via email in unique circumstances.


:: Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate revisions once you have pressed the submit button and the work is under consideration.


:: Please include all poems in one file. It keeps costs down. Please also refrain from putting more than one poem to a page.


:: We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately 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 do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait to hear from us about your active submission before you submit again.


:: We hope to respond to your submission within three months, though the ebb and flow of our inbox will cause variation. Please feel free to query if we take longer.


:: Note about reviews: Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future we are not accepting more books to review, as we've slated reviews well into 2018. Thank you for understanding.




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.

:: 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.
:: We are open to fee-free submissions in the months the seasons change over: March, June, September, December. ::

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.


Tinderbox Poetry Journal