:: Tinderbox Poetry Journal welcomes new and emerging voices. We are a paying market and pay each contributor $15 regardless of number of poems selected. We publish two issues per year on or around Summer and Winter Solstice and nominate for Pushcart Prizes, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. 

Past Contributors include Emily Yoon, Carmen Giménez, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Erika Meitner, Diannely Antigua, Maggie Smith, Aria Aber, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Emilia Phillips, Kelli Russell Agodon, Brandon Amico, Angela Voras-Hills, Peter Laberge, and Rachel Mennies among many wonderful others. 

The heart of our mission is uplifting new writers, regardless of publication history-- we endeavor to be your first paid publication. 


:: We offer fee-free submissions during each reading period with the exception of our contest. Our 2022 reading period opens Sept 15th and closes September 30th at midnight, PST. 

To offset the costs of running our journal we welcome Tip Jar submissions ($3) on a rolling basis.  


Our yearly contest charges a submissions fee of $15. For $20 we offer feedback on contest submissions.  The contest opens August 1rst, 2022 and closes August 30th at midnight PST. Two winners are selected, one by the contest judge and another by our poetry editors. The BEJ prize winner receives $750 and Majda Gama editor's prize winner receives $500. 



We appreciate your support in showcasing the talented poets of our era and are honored to be trusted with your creative work.


:: 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.


A few specifics--


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


:: Please include all poems in one file. One poem per page, up to four poems total. Poems can be longer than one page as long as the submissions packet is no longer than eight pages total. 


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


:: 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 accept general submissions through Submittable. Our average response time is 1 week to 3 months, but may take longer. For regular submissions, please wait 6 months after your submission has been received to query in regards to its status via Submittable or email.  Contest winners are published in our December Solstice issue.


:: We cannot accommodate revisions to work that has been submitted for consideration.


:: We welcome simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if a poem submitted is no longer available by using the message tab in Submittable. If a poem needs to be withdrawn for any reason, use the message tab in Submittable rather than withdraw the entire submission.


:: 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.


:: If you are a previous contributor, please wait at least one year after publication before submitting again. 

:: limit your submission to 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 8 pages 


:: cover letter not required, though welcome


:: If you need to withdraw a single piece from your submission, please use the message tab in Submittable. Click the message button and let us know what poem needs to be withdrawn.


Fall submissions close Sept 30 at midnight PST.

Our next general submissions call opens Dec 15 and closes Dec 31 at midnight PST.

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


Thank you for helping us pay our contributors and honor the time and dedication of our volunteer staff with a small stipend. In addition to supporting contributors and staff, your donation keeps our online journal free for readers.

:: 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 8 pages


:: cover letter not required, though welcome


:: If you need to withdraw a single piece from your submission, please use the message tab in Submittable. Click the message button and let us know what poem needs to be withdrawn



If you’d like feedback on your submission, you can select this option to receive up to a half page of feedback from one of our three feedback editors. If you’d like comments regarding a specific facet of your work or on a particular poem, please indicate so in your cover letter. Otherwise editors will select one poem for their focus. 

For context, our feedback letters are written independently of our final decision on your submission, and these comments do not necessarily reflect the views of our full team. Please note that we can only offer our own perspective, and we cannot comment on every poem in your submission. We do not claim to know your work better than you or anyone else, but this option does help us continue to fund our journal’s cost of operations. Thank you so much for your support!


:: 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 8 pages


:: cover letter not required, though welcome


:: If you need to withdraw a single piece from your submission, please use the message tab in Submittable.


Fall feedback submissions close Sept 30 at midnight PST.

Our next feedback submissions call opens Dec 15 and closes Dec 31 at midnight PST.

Tinderbox Poetry Journal