Oxford Poetry

The reading window for the autumn 2021 issue of Oxford Poetry opened on 01 May and will close at midnight UTC on 01 July 2021.

Pain poetry journal

This year’s submission window for the poetry journal Pain will open in the fall.

The submissions window for issue 94 of Oxford Poetry is open between 01 October – 01 December 2021.

We welcome submissions of poems, lyrical essays, and articles with a literary focus. We publish work by emerging as well as established writers, and all submissions are read by the editors. Our issues are not themed beyond focusing on poetry – we welcome work on any subject. We cannot offer individual feedback, but we do aim to respond to submissions within three months. If you are interested in writing a review, please get in touch by email instead. If you are a low-income writer and would like to request free entry, please email us at editors(at)oxfordpoetry.com.

Submission guidelines

  • We will consider a maximum of 3 poems per submission. Send all poems together in a single document.
  • We prefer to receive submissions as PDFs.
  • An ideal length for articles and essays is around 2000–3000 words, but there is some flexibility.
  • Work submitted must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Include a short biographical note in your cover letter in the space provided. Do not attach an additional cover letter.
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