Thank you to all who submitted to Poetry South 12! Our deadline was July 15, and we will take a brief break from accepting submissions but will open them for Issue 13 (Dec. 2021) later this month. Free submissions will resume in August.

Poetry South is a national journal that considers all kinds of poetry. Though we pay particular attention to writers from the South — born, raised, or living here — all poetry within our covers has a claim to the South because it is published here. The magazine has a tradition of including poets from other regions in the US and other countries. We are looking for a great mix of styles and voices that will appeal to our audience and breathe new life into the poetry of the South.

  • Send 1-4 unpublished poems in Word or RTF format
  • Include a brief bio of 100 words or less, written in third person. Bios will be edited to fit in our contributor's notes.
  • Include your mailing address with your submission, so we can send a contributor's copy
  • We do consider long poems. Poems of more than two typed pages should be considered as 2 poems in your submission packet.
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your poem immediately through our submissions manager if it is accepted elsewhere or contact us if one or two poems out of a file of 4 poems needs to be withdrawn. Depending on where we are in our reading cycle, it may be best to withdraw the packet and resubmit.

Our annual submission deadline is July 15. Submissions made after that date will be considered for the following year's issue, though response times may be longer. Our reading period for each new issue typically begins in January or after the current year's issue hits the press.

Please note: because we have free submissions, we're limited to 100 per month by Submittable. If we reach that limit in our busiest months (May-July), you may need to wait a few days to submit again in the next month. We will also open a paid submission form to allow you to submit without waiting, but with a small fee. Feel free to submit using the free form as long as that's available!

Please submit up to 4 poems of any style.

Please submit up to 4 poems of any style.

Use this form if our free submission form is no longer available. You can also wait until next month, when Poetry for Issue 13 will be available again without a fee.

We have reduced the cost of copies by $2 to offset the fee.

Order one or more copies of our current new issue that will ship in December 2020.
Please add international shipping if your shipping address is outside the United States (unless it is an APO or FPO address).

We will send one back issue of our choice.

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