Tinderbox Poetry Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


[We are now closed for submissions until January 1 - February 15.]

:: 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 as of 2019, and published poets are offered $15 as a flat rate, 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 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 (which will receive the same consideration as all submissions) 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 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.


:: 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 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 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.)


:: 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.



Tinderbox Poetry Journal