Poetry Submissions


  • We print free verse, ballad, sonnet, epic, and prose poems, and there’s no need to rhyme unless you want to. TNQ is a generalist magazine, interested in work in a wide variety of formal and stylistic modes. Freshness of style, subject matter, perspective is something we look for. Pick up an issue to get an idea of our tastes.

  • Our editors can only review 120 submissions per submission cycle.

  • If you are looking for more places to submit to The New Quarterly, consider entering your poetry to the annual Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest, for poems written in response to an existing occasion, or that make an occasion of something ordinary.

  • Publication rates are $50 per poem, plus a complimentary copy and a special contributor subscription rate.

Submission Formatting

  1. Online submissions must be in a single file in .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

  2. You must include a cover letter with your submission. Include your cover letter as the first page of your submission.

  3. Title your submission in the following format: YourSurname_SubmissionTitle (i.e. Bala_Butter-Tea-at-Starbucks).

  4. Include a word count at the end of your work.

  5. Include page numbers on prose or multi-page poems.

  6. Include your name on every page.

  7. We will accept one piece per author, per genre, per calendar year. Contest submissions do not count towards this total.

  8. We will consider / accept no more than 3 poems per submission.

  9. Do not include footnotes or Works Cited in your submission. If notes or references are central to your project, try to sort out attribution issues before submitting, or in conversation with TNQ editors.