:: 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 yearly contest charges a submissions fee of $15. For $20 we offer feedback on contest submissions. Two winners are selected, one by the contest judge and another by our poetry editors. The BEJ prize winner receives $750 and editors choice $500. To offset the costs of running our journal we welcome Tip Jar submissions ($3) on a rolling basis.  


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. 

We are pleased to announce the 2022 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.  Sally Keith will select the winner from ten finalists named by the editors.


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 message in Submittable. Please only use the "Withdraw" feature if you need to withdraw the whole of your submission.


Please 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, published in December.



We look forward to reading your best work!

We are pleased to announce the 2022 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.  Sally Keith will select the winner from ten finalists named by the editors.

For $20 entry fee you may request to receive up to a half page of feedback from our editors. This option helps fund our journal's mission to support new and first time poets and pay our contributors.

If you’d like comments regarding a specific facet of your work, please indicate so in your cover letter. Note that we offer our own perspective and editorial approach and cannot claim to know your work better than yourself or anyone else.


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 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, published in December.



We look forward to reading your best work!

Tinderbox Poetry Journal