Note: We have shifted from reading submissions year round to seasonal open reading periods. Our summer reading period begins on June 1, and we will remain open for submissions until August 31.
We seek unpublished poems or translations of poems not already available in English. We are open to a wide range of forms and styles in contemporary poetry. We are always watching for fresh voices, quickened language, and work that offers a new purchase on the political or social landscape.
The editors read every poem that comes in over the transom. Those we know aren't for us we return within weeks of their arrival. The rest we circulate among the editorial board members and continue to winnow. At face-to-face, long-weekend-long meetings, we read aloud those poems in which we have strong interest and collaborate to choose an issue from among them.
We are now willing to consider simultaneous submissions, but (given the time- and labor-intensive nature of our editorial process) we ask that you notify us immediately if a poem is accepted elsewhere.
Before you send work, please familiarize yourself with the BPJ by buying a sample issue or browsing our online archive.
Please send (via Submittable—we no longer accept submissions via postal mail) up to five poems OR a single long poem. (Yes, we enjoy long poems!)
We ask that you send no more than one manuscript during any submission period. Put no more than one poem on a page.
We seek to emphasize the poems themselves, so we use no contributors' notes, but feel free to send us a note if you want to tell us something about yourself.
If you don’t hear from us within a few weeks, your manuscript has been screened and is under active consideration. Please wait to query us until four months have passed.