:: 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 If you must, you can withdraw your submission and submit an updated file again (refunds will not be offered for withdrawn donation or requesting feedback submissions).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. 

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize contest. There are no limitations in form or content; we are interested in everything from traditional forms to free verse to lyric essay to flash fiction.  One winner will receive $750 and one runner-up will receive $500.      


The requesting feedback option, for $5 more than our standard contest fee of $12, allows you to receive feedback on your submission: 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.    


Please put all poems in one document, as only one document is permitted per entry.    Submit up to three poems / pieces (five pages maximum) per entry.  


Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but know that if your poem(s) or piece(s) are accepted elsewhere, we cannot refund your contest entry. We also cannot accept revisions on poems; you are welcome to withdraw the whole submission and resubmit. If you need to withdraw a poem due to acceptance at another publication, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the "Withdraw" feature if you need to withdraw the whole of your submission.    


Please only submit original work that has not appeared in any form, online or in print. If you are submitting a piece that is "After" another artist or writer, please acknowledge this somewhere in the work.     


Please make certain all identifying material is removed from the manuscript.      


All work submitted to this contest will be considered for publication in the Winter Solstice issue, which will be published on December 21.    


This year's judge will be Vanessa Angélica Villarreal.     


Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it!

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize contest. There are no limitations in form or content; we are interested in everything from traditional forms to free verse to lyric essay to flash fiction.


One winner will receive $750 and one runner-up will receive $500.  

Submit up to three poems / pieces (five pages maximum) per entry. You are more than welcome to enter the contest more than once provided you pay the fee of $12 for each entry.  If you’d like feedback on your submission, for $17 you can select the requesting feedback 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.


Please put all poems in one document, as only one document is permitted per entry.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but know that if your poem(s) or piece(s) are accepted elsewhere, we cannot refund your contest entry. We also cannot accept revisions on poems; you are welcome to withdraw the whole submission and resubmit. If you need to withdraw a poem due to acceptance at another publication, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the "Withdraw" feature if you need to withdraw the whole of your submission.


Please only submit original work that has not appeared in any form, online or in print. If you are submitting a piece that is "After" another artist or writer, please acknowledge this somewhere in the work.


Please make certain all identifying material is removed from the manuscript.  


All work submitted to this contest will be considered for publication in the Winter Solstice issue, which will be published on December 21.


This year's judge will be Vanessa Angélica Villarreal.


Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it!

Tinderbox Poetry Journal